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Mercedes SLK (04 - 11) review

(2004 - 2011)
Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
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Which used Mercedes-Benz SLK sports should I buy?

Even the entry-level SLK 200 model is quick enough, thanks to its supercharged 1.8-litre engine. Indeed, its slightly less frantic performance makes it less intimidating for drivers new to the sports car experience.

For the real deal, though, you can pick from the 280 and 350 V6s, which are both quick and sound great. The 280 was only introduced in 2006, so there are more 350s out there for used buyers. We’d go for the SLK 350 because it will cost barely any more to buy than a 280 of the same age and it offers more performance.

Alternatively, if you want something altogether more hardcore, the SLK 55 AMG is a real humdinger of a sports car, with a 5.4-litre V8, a loud exhaust and a firmer ride.

All SLKs are well equipped, but try to find one with the optional Airscarf fitted; this wafts warm air around your neck when the roof is down.

Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)

Which used Mercedes-Benz SLK sports should I buy?

Even the entry-level SLK 200 model is quick enough, thanks to its supercharged 1.8-litre engine. Indeed, its slightly less frantic performance makes it less intimidating for drivers new to the sports car experience.

For the real deal, though, you can pick from the 280 and 350 V6s, which are both quick and sound great. The 280 was only introduced in 2006, so there are more 350s out there for used buyers. We’d go for the SLK 350 because it will cost barely any more to buy than a 280 of the same age and it offers more performance.

Alternatively, if you want something altogether more hardcore, the SLK 55 AMG is a real humdinger of a sports car, with a 5.4-litre V8, a loud exhaust and a firmer ride.

All SLKs are well equipped, but try to find one with the optional Airscarf fitted; this wafts warm air around your neck when the roof is down.

Mercedes SLK (04 - 11)
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