What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Classy, with the practicality of a coupe. Drives just as well as it looks

Against The maintenance bills are as high as you'd expect on a Mercedes

Verdict The CLK is a practical convertible, but it's not as reliable as Mercedes of old

Go for… V6 autos

Avoid… Four cylinder manuals

Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet
  • 1. There's a good selection of engines, but the V6s are the most sensible to buy
  • 2. Build quality is not great, and small items of cabin trim often come loose
  • 3. There are occasional problems with the seats, so check that everything works as it should
  • 4. As with any Mercedes, it makes most sense to stick to models with an automtic gearbox
  • 5. With the roof up, the car's refined, but it's a bit blustery in the back with it down
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