Mercedes says the rationale behind the renaming of the SLC (née SLK) was to draw a clearer parallel with the sister model with which the car shares most: the C-Class saloon.
However, it’s the previous C-Class to which the SLC bears a particular resemblance – and it’s something you don’t need any help to conclude after a moment at the wheel.
It’s immediately obvious that Mercedes cabin design has progressed a very long way in the five years since the launch of this R172-generation car – and the SLC hasn’t benefited from that progress as it should have.
The driving position is a little too highly set to feel truly sporting, the centre console a little too low. The seats are comfortable enough and the material quality on show in all directions is very good.
But although Mercedes has done what it can to bring the car’s switchgear, instruments and infotainment system up to date, it still hasn’t quite done enough.
From the button-stacked centre console and the odd-looking, ashtray-sized storage cubby underneath it to the 7.0in multimedia display screen that is bigger than before but still not quite big enough, so many of the SLC’s interior fittings conjure a small but unmistakable sense of antiquation that it could do without.
Although Mercedes has expanded the SLC’s infotainment display screen from 5.8in to 7.0in in diagonal diameter, it still looks small compared with the screens currently being fitted by the competition.
As standard, you get the firm’s Audio 20 sound system with CD player, six speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming, DAB tuner and two USB ports. You get Garmin Map Pilot navigation as well.
As a multimedia offering, it’s just about generous enough in a £46,000 car not to look mean. However, for any proper smartphone integration, voice control, live traffic information or internet connectivity, you need to upgrade to Comand Online.
The Comand system gives you Mercedes’ own internet apps and in-car internet access for Facebook, internet radio, news and weather reports, as well as Apple CarPlay connectivity.