2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Interior


$13,363 - $15,499

2011 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

Reviewers offer mixed reviews on the SLK's fit and finish, but believe that the interior refresh it received in 2009 is a step in the right direction. In addition to a long list of standard convenience features, the SLK offers modest cargo space and generally comfortable seats -- as long as you aren't very tall.

  • "Interior construction isn't quite up to the level of Benz's latest models, but still, you're unlikely to feel cheated by the SLK. "--Edmunds
  • "All in all, the SLK's slick cabin is every bit Mercedes-Benz; nicely finished, ergonomically sound, and well constructed." -- About.com
  • "Despite the changes, the cabin is rather plain and basic when you consider the SLK350 starts at about $50,000. Some of the buttons and controls in the cabin, like the ones for the retractable hardtop and side mirrors that are located on the center console, have a low-grade look and feel." -- Cars.com

Seating

Most reviewers agree that the SLK's two-passenger cabin is no place for tall drivers. However, most say the car's seats are comfortable for long drives.

  • "The seats provide exemplary support and adequate long-distance comfort. "--Edmunds
  • "Probably the biggest impediment to long-haul comfort is the roadster's firm bucket seats, which began to get uncomfortable after only three hours at the wheel. The seats have substantial side bolsters that'll keep you in place when cornering quickly, but they could use softer padding.  ... The SLK350's cabin is definitely cozy if you're around 6 feet tall, and the car's optional power seats don't help matters. If you're tall, you'll find that the seats work against you in your quest to get comfortable in the car." -- Cars.com
  • "Good shoulder width and head clearance, but tall drivers may want more legroom. The driving position is enhanced by a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The seats are very firm, and oddly, lumbar adjustment is only standard on the SLK55 and optional on the 300 and 350." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There isn't much space inside the SLK 350's cabin. That means if you are accustomed to leaning back a bit as you caress the steering wheel, forget it. The driver's seat, for example, keeps your body upright, whether you want to be upright or not." -- Washington Post

Interior Features

Critics, on balance, are pleased with the SLK’s cabin features -- especially its sound system.

  • "The audio system has been revamped and now includes a screen like the one used on models with the automaker's Comand system. It doesn't, however, include the integrated control knob you'll find in a C-Class or S-Class sedan with Comand; selections are made using a set of buttons on the dash. The steering wheel is also new and the gauges have been mildly restyled." -- Cars.com
  • "Mercedes' new, enhanced stereo system sounds fantastic, and the iPod integration works well. Unfortunately, the small screen on the dashboard appears to have the same resolution as a 1980s monochrome computer monitor. Thankfully, it can be switched off completely." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Our Michigan test car was fitted with the optional new COMAND audio/navigation system, which dressed up the interior to a level befitting a $50,000 vehicle." -- Car and Driver
  • "We highly recommend the Airscarf system, which blows warm air on your neck -- it sounds weird but it works. Add to all this heated seats, a capable heating system and perhaps a warm hat, and all-season top-down motoring is easily accomplished."--Edmunds

Cargo

The SLK provides 9.8 cubic-feet of cargo space with the top raised and 6.5 cubic-feet with the top lowered.

  • "When lowered, the folded top naturally eats up trunk space, but a modest 6.5 cubic feet is still available." -- Edmunds
  • "[A] medium-sized suitcase can fit in the trunk even with the top lowered." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The top lowers into the trunk, leaving just enough space for a couple of soft suitcases. Raising the roof frees sufficient trunk volume for a long weekend." -- Consumer Guide

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