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Bentley Continental vs Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Bentley Continental
Bentley Continental

2023 price

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

$373,370 - $380,000

2024 price

Summary

2023 Bentley Continental
2024 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Twin Turbo V8, 4.0L

BI Turbo V8, 4.0L
Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

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Fuel Efficiency
11.1L/100km (combined)

13.9L/100km (combined)
Seating
4

4
Dislikes
  • A thirst for petrol
  • A surprising amount of options
  • Too many optional safety features

  • Thirsty
  • Big turning circle
  • Pricey servicing
2023 Bentley Continental Summary

Bentley has been building cars for more than 100 years, but the famous British brand was re-born 20 years ago when it launched the Continental GT.

The sporty coupe and convertible reinvigorated the brand, returning it to its former glory days when it made cars that were dynamic and not just big and luxurious.

Now onto its third generation, the Continental GT has not only helped Bentley re-establish itself but also become a modern motoring icon.

Which is what the company wanted, an iconic model, like the Porsche 911 that could be a flagbearer for the brand.

Like the 911, this latest iteration is available in multiple forms, and we’re testing the Continental GT S Convertible, a two-door, four-seat grand tourer - with an emphasis on the ‘grand’.

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2024 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Summary

An SL sports car has been part of the Mercedes-Benz line-up since the early 1950s, and when I think of this model I see that golden years of Hollywood star (with the great hairstyle) Yul Brynner, in the late 1950s cruising the French Riviera in his 300SL roadster. Or Sophia Loren regularly posing with her 300SL Gullwing coupe around the same time.

Over seven iterations and more than seven decades it has stood for performance, glamour and exclusivity. And after a two-year hiatus the Mercedes-AMG SL63 roadster has made a comeback to the Australian market.

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