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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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44 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz SLK Open.
  • 200K 2dr

    Drew Kok , Gloucestershire . Date: 14/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Like the Essex man who posted a review of this car on 2/4/08, we too test drove the SLK and the BMW 3-series CC, amongst others, when looking for a new drop-top.

    The Merc SLK is a proper roadster which still attracts admiring looks and comments - roof up or down. In the flesh, it looks even better than the pictures, especially in Cubanite Silver. We'd know, having owned one for a happy 12,000 miles now.

    The BMW had looked good on paper, but on closer inspection turned out to be a boxy saloon which could lower its roof. Everytime I look at one [and there aren't too many, even here in posh Cheltenham], it reinforces the feeling of a 'compromise car' -ungainly top up, and with insufficient luggage space for its 4 occupants top down.

    We have averaged 33 mpg in the SLK, and the Airscarf and Heated Steering Wheel are amongst the best things ever invented for a roadster - they allow for very pleasant driving conditions with the roof down, even on crisp chilly evenings.

  • 200K 2dr

    Paul Chable , essex . Date: 02/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove a new SLK 200 auto as the new car discounts Mercedes were offering were very tempting.

    My girlfriend and I both hated the vehicle however. Firstly it was to small and I am only 5 foot 9. My shoulders would not fit into the width of the chairs and am only slightly broad.

    The auto gearbox changes were not impressive. The exotic intoxicating engine note under acceleration was non existent. The steering was not very positive.

    I bought a 3 series convertible BMW instead. More space, better drive, better gear box, faster, sexy engine note and one can see the traffic lights without being blocked by the windscreen frame.

  • 200K 2dr

    David Honeyman Date: 20/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a new 200 Auto off the showroom floor and after 9 months and 10,000 miles at an average 32.7mpg I'm fairly pleased with it although I'll almost certainly go for the 350 next time.

    The problem is I find it does not have quite enough grunt for safe overtaking on Welsh A-roads.

    Never mind though, as soon as the sun shines the lid is down and although this car does not have airscarf I've never felt cold and have enjoyed every moment.

    Main complaint; the shape of the boot floor.

    And finally - I'd forgoten what it was like to have other drivers shout abuse at me but the SLK seems to bring out the worst in them, never happened when I drove an A-class, envy is a terrible thing!

  • 350 2dr

    John Rawling , Leicestershire . Date: 18/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Our third SLK and second 350 (after starting with a 230)has done 3000 miles now and is another fine car. The auto box is terrific, handling outstanding and it still nails and BMW and Porsche opposition in terms of looks.

    Only two quibbles. At just under 6ft, I am no skyscraper but I could see taller men would struggle. And why does it return 25 mpg when the last one did 28? But all in all, who gives a damn and it keeps the bride happy and has a feelgood factor that almost rivals my 21 year old 500SL.

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