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Mercedes-Benz SLC 200

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By Jonathan Crouch

The SLC 200 version of Mercedes' baby roadster piles on the tech and cuts a more masculine dash. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 63

The Mercedes SLC is a useful development of the SLK model it replaces. Like that car, this one is an everyday-usable sports roadster that, like its arch-rival, BMW's Z4, has a neat folding metal roof. More efficient engines, low running costs, slick detailing, some incredible technology and distinctive styling are all part of its appeal. Even in this relatively affordable SLC 200 guise.

Backgroundword count: 209

This car has quite a job on its hands, tasked with changing a whole buying demographic. Previous generations of the SLK model that this SLC range replaced have traditionally been bought by undemanding, style-conscious older female buyers who wanted and could afford something nicer than metal folding roof cabrio versions of family hatchbacks like Peugeot's 308 or Renault's Megane. Keeping these customers while simultaneously appealing to the mostly male-orientated market that would usually opt for a sharper handling rival like an Audi TT Roadster, a BMW Z4 or a Porsche Boxster was never going to be easy. But Mercedes is never a brand to shirk a challenge. With this car, they aim to keep the fashionistas loyal with an opulent, more spacious cabin and the option of a 'Magic Sky Control' roof that enables drivers to switch from light to dark at the touch of a button as they cruise along the Kings Road. Enthusiasts meanwhile, get classic looks borrowed from the iconic 190SL of the Fifties and a clever 'Dynamic Select' handling package that enabes the drive characteristics to be altered at the touch of a button. As for the engine in this SLC 200 petrol model, well it's a willing 184bhp 2.0-litre unit. The signs are good.

Driving Experienceword count: 177

Under the bonnet, this SLC 200 offers 184bhp and uses much the same 1,991cc petrol engine as the 245bhp SLC 300 variant. We think that for most buyers, this '200' model will be quite sufficient, getting to 62mph in 7.0s en route to 149mph. This variant is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The brand's latest sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for these models as an option. Mercedes thinks that a big SLC selling point will be its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' vehicle dynamics system, one of those that enables you to alter your car's engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics at the touch of a button. The five modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+', 'Eco' and 'Individual' are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the colour multifunction display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250d but it's optional on this SLC 200 variant.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

7

7.3

Boot capacity min (litres):

225

Boot capacity max (litres):

335

Combined mpg:

41.5

43.5

CO2 (g/km):

151

158

Extra urban mpg:

53.3

... and 9 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Convertibles

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
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