Mercedes SLK information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Merc’s sporting convertible. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the SLK car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is the original folding hard top coupé-convertible sports car in the premium segment. Two seats, all-seasons comfort and a wide range of four-, six- and eight-cylinder power. For more information on the SLK, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
This is to all intents and purposes a baby SL - it even looks more like a shrunken roadster with every passing year. Partly that’s because Daimler shares stylistic cues across its portfolios, but there’s no denying the similarity. It is much more usable in everyday driving, however, with a compact footprint and a wide array of engines on offer. We’d be tempted to pick the V6 350 model though, as the four-pot engines lack the aural character which is so immersive in this open-top car. Be sure to check out some of the tech on offer on the SLK - like the SL big brother, it can be specced with Magic Sky Control, letting you alter the transparency of the glass roof section by magnetic forces; the cabin can be bathed in light or virtually opaque at the touch of a button. A neat trick. To drive, this model has more of a GT character than a Boxster-style sports car vibe. Purists may prefer the Porsche, but there’s plenty to recommend the Mercedes roadster route.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
SLK 250 CDI
Rivals to consider
Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster
Great all-rounder, bigger boot than previous SLKs, clever hood
Not as fun to drive as a Porsche