Mercedes SLK cabriolet
Price £33,150 - £55,345
- Stylish design
- High quality cabin
- Folding metal roof
- Quite expensive
- Poor rear visibility
- Not as fun to drive as some rivals
At a glance
“The Mercedes SLK is a stylish sports car with a folding metal roof, which offers luxury and reasonable running costs thanks to a range of efficient engines."
The Mercedes SLK is a rival to the Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster, and while the Porsche is the most exciting sports car in that group, the Mercedes feels the most luxurious. Its lovely interior makes long-distance drives a pleasure, and in combination with a relatively large boot, makes the SLK an appealing everyday ownership proposition.
There's a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines and one diesel, plus a V6 petrol that offers Boxster-baiting performance and a thirsty V8 that sits at the top of the range. Surprisingly for a sports car, the diesel is actually the pick of the bunch in our opinion, because its mid-range acceleration is well suited to the character of the SLK and it offers temptingly low running costs.
Both the Audi TT Roadster and BMW Z4 are cheaper than the pricey SLK and adding options doesn't do it any favours. Getting the COMAND Online system, with its sat nav, media connectivity and traffic information, will cost you almost £2,000, and even cup-holders in the front console will set you back £50. That said, the SLK is desirable and should hold its value well.
It feels like a grown-up choice, too, with its secure, winter-friendly hardtop roof, while the cleverly designed windscreen and wind deflectors help keep the cabin from being too blustery with the roof down. Going for the optional panoramic glass roof with Magic Sky Control also means the interior feels particularly airy with the roof in place, plus it gives you the ability to vary the amount of light that comes through the glass.
The Mercedes SLK starts at just over £33,000 for the diesel-engined model in the basic trim. The cheapest petrol model costs nearly £35,000, plus around £1,500 if you want it with the automatic gearbox. The top-of-the-range SLK 55 AMG will set you back more than £55,000 before you hit the options list.
The diesel-engined Mercedes SLK 250 CDI returns very impressive fuel economy
All the engines in the Mercedes SLK range are powerful and responsive
The Mercedes SLK is built for comfort, and can cover huge distances without breaking a sweat
The Mercedes SLK hasn’t been designed to be a practical car – but its boot is the largest in this class
You get build quality you can depend on and a range of safety equipment as standard on all Mercedes SLK models