Used Mercedes-Benz SLK 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

1996 - 2004 review
Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
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Which used Mercedes SLK sports should I buy?

All of the standard models make sound buys, but as the SLK is more of a cruiser we'd err towards the 161bhp 2.0-litre supercharged model. It has more than enough power to keep up with most hot hatches, yet is cheaper to insure and more frugal than other SLKs.

A face-lift in early 2000 brought better-looking bumpers, an upgraded interior and indicator repeaters in the door mirrors. At the same time, the 3.2-litre V6 and the supercharged 2.0-litre were introduced alongside the 230K with its 2.3-litre supercharged motor. But, whichever model you choose, go for an automatic gearbox, as the manual has a notchy, reluctant action.

Fastest of the bunch is the SLK32 AMG with its supercharged 3.2 V6 producing 354bhp and capable of 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. It's rare and never really looked - or drove - much better than the lesser models, so there's no point in tracking one down.

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