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Mercedes Benz SLK (2004-08)

Overall Rating

4 stars

This newcomer is just like the old SLK, but even better to drive, with superb engines and well-finished interior. There's not much to complain about except perhaps the high prices!

  • A sportier drive than the previous SLK
  • Good choice of engines
  • Potentially confusing instrument layout
  • Expensive for a compact roadster
  • Extras push prices even higher
  • Waiting lists and no used bargains
Road Test

A wider choice of engines from four-cylinder to V8 confirms that SLK now has a broader appeal. The most significant change is that Mercedes have developed this SLK into a much more credible sports car. And buyers can now choose between manual and automatic gearboxes. Meanwhile that graceful, clever metal roof folds away even faster and more impressively than before. The SLK plays to its strengths by being very refined and smooth on the move, thanks to its solid shudder-free structure. Its driving and handling responses are far sharper than before, and this combines very enjoyably with the more exciting choice of engines. The cockpit is very comfortable, with an adjustable driver's seat. It's a pleasant environment thanks to the high quality materials used. However, some may be confused by the huge number of buttons on the dashboard and steering wheel and the shortage of gadgets and luxury options.

Need To Know

JD Power stars: 3 (previous model)

NCAP: 4 (previous model)

Best Models: 3.2 V6

Worst Models: None

Replacement: 2008

Mercedes Benz SLK (2004-08)
Star Ratings


4 stars


4 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars


4 stars


4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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