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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
safety features "unsurpassed in this category
Kelley Blue Book
Three stages of traction control
Neither NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has tested the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class for crash safety.
There are extensive standard safety features on board each SL roadster, including dual front airbags and thorax airbags that inflate to give head protection, along with a driver knee airbag. Anti-lock brakes, as well as stability and traction control, are fitted, along with a pop-up roll bar that deploys automatically in the event of a rollover. TeleAid emergency telematics are also standard, including automatic collision notification.
The 2010 Benz SL AMG roadsters have a traction control system that allows sporty driving with a choice of traction modes. "Three stages of traction control are available," Motor Trend explains. "Leave it alone, and the SL63 is a pussycat," they contend, but cycling through other modes allows either some wheelspin and car rotation or complete hands-off treatment by the electronics-where "it becomes a wonderful handful of powerful creature."
Kelley Blue Book believes the SL's "extensive list of safety features is unsurpassed in this category." However, while the 2010 SL does offer parking sensors and adaptive cruise control, other newer safety features such as a rearview camera and lane-departure warning systems are not available.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class hasn't been crash-tested, and some cutting-edge safety gadgets aren't available.