2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was new.

In addition to its surprisingly smooth ride and sports-car handling, the SLK's power-retractable hardtop gives it an advantage over soft-top sports car convertibles and makes for a unique coupe/roadster experience. Still, it falls a bit short on its interior space and controls.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.3
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling with a ride that's especially smooth for a sports car
  • Power-retractable hardtop is quick and easy to use
  • High-quality interior with good fit and finish
  • Cockpit can be cramped for two adults
  • Snug interior offers few storage spaces
  • Some find interior controls overly complicated

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Overview

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK is a fun-to-drive convertible. Its power hardtop gives it all the practicality of a coupe along with the open-air exhilaration of a roadster. Redesigned in 2005, the second generation SLK is described by Car and Driver as the "sweetest-handling Benz ever" and "an everyday please-me machine."

While the SLK's strengths are its quick-folding steel hardtop and luxurious interior, its weakness include a small cabin and little cargo space -- but that's to be expected for this class. With a base price just under $45,000, the SLK may be inexpensive for a Mercedes -- but it still commands a premium. Less expensive hardtops include the Pontiac G6 and Mazda MX-5 Miata. However, when compared to such luxury (and pricey) rivals as the Porsche Boxter and Chevrolet Corvette, the SLK could be a good value.

Mercedes-Benz's smallest sports car comes in several trims. The base SLK280 features a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission, while the SLK350 gets a 3.5-liter V6 and a seven-speed automatic. Though it's not addressed in this review, a performance-minded SLK55 AMG is also available.

  • "For what it is, the SLK hits on all the important notes with a standout look, good drive dynamic and luxury amenities that you expect from a Mercedes." -- AutoWeek.

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