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Mercedes Benz SLK (2011-16)

Overall Rating

5 stars

The SLK is a striking sports-car blending light-footed sportiness with stylish comfort.

  • Improved style with panoramic roof
  • High quality materials inside
  • New engines with increased performance
  • Expensive
  • Automatic gerbox could be sharper
  • Competitors drive better
Road Test

It has always been a good looking car that sounds out from the crowd, Mercedes have introduced a panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control, which switches to light or dark at the touch of a button. Front end changes in looks are reminiscent to the 1950's SL model, inspiration that then lead to the SLK. Inside is finished with quality materials such as walnut wood and brushed chrome and a decent amount of space. Increased powered engines with direct injection, the four-cylinder engines in the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY and SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY develop 184 hp and 204 hp. The SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY is the most economical roadster in its segment, with the enhanced, optional seven-speed automatic transmission 7G Tronic Plus it returns 46.3 mpg on the combined cycle. The frugal model sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 7.0 seconds, and achieves its top speed at 147 mph (150 with manual transmission). The SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY is equipped as standard with the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and returns 45.5 mpg on the combined cycle. From a standstill it reaches 62 mph in 6.6 seconds, and it has a top speed of 150 mph. The V6 engine in the SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY 306 hp, uses the power to accelerate in 5.6 seconds from 0 to 62 mph (top speed 155 mph). It returns 39.7 mpg on the combined cycle. The exemplary efficiency, with fuel consumption improved by up to a quarter compared with the predecessor models, is also due to the ECO start/stop system which is fitted as part of the standard specification in all models. Great to look at, brilliant drive and efficient engines all positive except the price to actually buy one.

Need To Know

Best Models: SLK 200

Worst Models: None

Mercedes Benz SLK (2011-16)
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Quality & Reliability

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4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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