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.