2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

A plush, roomy interior makes for cozy long-distance touring in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class hardtop convertibles.

The current-generation SL has always been one of the more comfortable convertibles in its pricey class. Wood, leather, and aluminum trim are balanced out in the handsome cockpit in a warm way. The base seats are some of the finest in the class, with all kinds of built-in power adjustments, massaging and heating functions. For an added dose of one-percenter coddling, there are multi-contour buckets that use air bladders to inflate and deflate their seat bolsters dynamically--they tighten up in corners, and relax in cruising mode.

A pair of adults and a pair of soft-sided bags are all the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class cares to carry--though they're toted in exquisite fashion.

We've always found great leg and head room inside the SL, even with the hardtop convertible roof raised. Each of our team of six-footers fits inside easily, with space behind the seatbacks and the trunk to spare.

Those storage extras come in handy in the SL, since the trunk itself is marginally useful. When the hardtop is folded down and away, the SL Class has only 7.2 cubic feet of space behind. It's possible to expand it to about 10 cubic feet of cargo space by raising the roof and a flexible cargo blocker in the trunk, but that's still just enough for a couple of soft-sided bags.

There isn't a better, tighter-fitting hardtop in the business. The SL's lid truly keeps the cabin as quiet as a hardtop could, and noises are limited to the fabulous howl from the engines at full wind-up. A spot or two of off-note materials aside, the cockpit's a spectacularly rich place for two to ride.

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