Dignified manners, looks and image. Safe, tough and well equipped, it's more solid than most other soft-tops and now comes with a remote-controlled roof
Expensive to buy and costly to run, but it holds its value well. There’s no diesel engine available and it's not the exciting car to drive. It can get blustery for those in the back when the roof is down
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Mercedes-Benz CLK Sports performance
Even in its most basic form (2.0-litre supercharged 'Kompressor' engine) the CLK is a brisk car. And that's just the starting point. There's also a 2.3 Kompressor, a 3.2 V6 and a 4.3 V8 - the last two with auto 'boxes as standard. All have effortless acceleration that's more than adequate for top-down motoring
Mercedes-Benz CLK Sports ride & handling
The CLK Cabrio is not quite as solid feeling as its roofed relative, the CLK Coupe, but still delivers a dignified and sophisticated drive that suits an elegant soft-top perfectly. It shrugs off urban bumps well and provides a superb motorway ride and easy, relaxed handling.
Mercedes-Benz CLK Sports refinement
The CLK does a fine job of avoiding the billowing canvas roof and body shudders that blight many cabriolets. With the roof down it's blustery, though, especially for anyone sat in the back. The two supercharged Kompressor engines can get throaty and coarse when revved, but the rest are smooth and sonorous.