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2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was new.


Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK boasts an upscale interior, with tasteful wood and metal trim pieces and an impressive build quality. Whether you have the top up or down, the SLK stays surprisingly quiet inside. You can have a normal conversation at highway speeds, which is a rare thing in a convertible. The SLK is noisier with the top down, but good aerodynamics mean it's still quieter than many convertible rivals.

  • "Mercedes-Benz also has decades of experience with convertible aerodynamics, so you can count on minimal wind buffeting. But if you keep the top up, the SLK turns into a luxury cruiser, permitting normal conversation even when the speedometer is at the higher end of the dial." -- AutoTrader
  • "Settle into the cockpit and you'll find fine quality materials, superb fit and finish and rock-solid construction." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The materials are of the highest quality with a solid fit-and-finish." – Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating and Cargo

The SLK should have plenty of head- and legroom, even if you're a taller person. However, it isn't the most-spacious two-seat convertible in its class. The BMW Z4 has a more spacious cabin, so it would be a better choice for you if you're very tall.

Trunk space in the SLK is good for a two-seat luxury convertible. With 10.1 cubic feet, you should be able to throw some golf bags in the back of the vehicle with the top up. You'll probably have to leave it up on the way to the golf course, however, because there are only 6.4 cubic feet with the top down, which isn't quite enough for two golf bags.

  • "The main interior drawback for the SLK is that it's quite snug, even by compact roadster standards. The Z4, for example, gives larger drivers more room." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether outfitted in the leather-like MB-Tex or the real thing, the SLK's seats are a pleasure to be in." – Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Top-up headroom is plentiful, and the seats have enough travel to accommodate all but the longest of leg." – Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Tech

If you've been in a Mercedes in the past five years, you'll be familiar with the SLK's infotainment controls. There is a 5.8-inch central display screen with virtual icons you select using a knob in front of the armrest. Though a number of audio and other vehicle functions are controlled with the screen and knob, the most important functions, like volume and temperature, are given their own buttons and knobs.

The screen-and-knob system can be frustrating to use when you're not used to it, especially while you're driving. Touch functionality and a larger screen would help with that. However, it gets easier to use with practice.

The Mercedes SLK comes standard with a glass roof panel, but it's difficult to control the amount of light that gets into the interior because the glass has a light tint and no sunshade. Mercedes' Magic Sky Control feature fixes the problem. It lets you electronically darken the tinting in the glass by pressing a button. However, it costs $2,500.

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  • "One element shared with the SL is the distinctive glass roof panel that provides sunshine even when outside temperatures keep the roof up. Unfortunately, there's no retractable sunshade, and the only protection you get from a glaring sun is a light tint. In lieu of perpetually wearing a hat, we strongly recommend springing for the optional Magic Sky Control feature, which darkens the glass at the press of a button. It seems silly to get a retractable-roof roadster if the roof isn't able to block the sun." -- Edmunds
  • "The system takes some time to get used to, but most of the controls become second nature after a month or two. We would like the screen to be slightly larger and offer touch functionality." –Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The main gauges are two big analog circles that flank a screen displaying a wide variety of driver-selectable information. A twist-and-push electronic controller on the console operates audio and navigation features - not immediately intuitive, but it works." – Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Safety Tech

The 2016 Mercedes SLK comes standard with a driver drowsiness monitoring system, which monitors your driving characteristics for signs of fatigue and recommends that you pull over if you seem to be getting tired.

Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a system that uses parking sensors to find a parking spot and then offers steering instructions to help guide you into it. Choosing every advanced safety feature is expensive, adding over $10,000 to the price of a base SLK300.

The SLK offers more safety features than many rivals, including the Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, and Audi TT. A rearview camera is not available, which is unusual in modern cars. However, if you're trying to avoid obstacles while parking, the SLK's parking sensors should do the trick.

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