Used Mercedes-Benz SLK 2004 - 2011 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Alternatives

Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
  • Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes SLK sports?

The original Audi TT Roadster was a lot like the original Mercedes SLK, in that it looked the business but was dreary to drive. However, the second-generation SLK, introduced in 2007, was a revelation, with sharp handling and a punchy yet frugal turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. In fact, it was so strong that it made the V6 alternative redundant.

Another two-seater convertible that’s worth considering is the BMW Z4. On sale since 2002, it had a very firm ride and a traditional soft-top hood until 2009, when a new version with a folding metal roof was introduced. The suspension on this new Z4 struck a fine balance between comfort and control, and the one major downside was that you could only have the car with thirsty six-cylinder engines until late 2011.

Overview

This second-generation SLK is so much better than the first, and the folding metal roof remains its most appealing feature.

  • Reliable folding metal roof
  • Comfortable ride for a sports car
  • Plenty of space for two and their luggage
  • Boot is hard to access when roof is down
  • Porsche Boxster and Audi TT are more fun