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Mercedes-Benz SLK

The Mercedes-Benz SLK range was given a major facelift in 2011 to fit in with the style of the new SLS AMG and keep the range fresh inline with stiff competition from BMW and Porsche. Inside and out it has a whole new look but mechanically it is much as before. That’s no crime though it was and still is a great little sports car.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Details

Production dates2011-current
Length4134 mm
Width inc. mirrors2006 mm
Wheelbase2430 mm
Turning circle2430 m
Luggage capacity225 litres
Fuel tank capacity60 litres
Warranty distanceUnlimited miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals15,534 miles

Mercedes SLK 200

The Mercedes SLK 200 remains the best driver's car in the range (with the exception of the AMG of course); quick, fun to drive and with the option of a manual gearbox which suits the roadster better than the auto. While the larger engined cars have more power they lack the entertainment of this lightweight manual car.

Mercedes SLK 200 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1796 cc
Power184@5250 bhp
Torque184@1800-4600 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 7-spd auto
Kerb Weight1435 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £34,750
UK Insurance group41E

Mercedes SLK 200 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)149 mph
Max Speed (Auto)147 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)7.3 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)7 seconds

Mercedes SLK 200 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)41.5 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)43.5 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)158 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)151 g/km

Mercedes SLK 250

The Mercedes SLK 250 has the same basic engine as the 200 but with more boost from the turbo charger. It is refined and powerful but without the manual gearbox the car is more of a high speed cruiser than a dynamic sports car. It remains however a pleasure to drive.

Mercedes SLK 250 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1796 cc
Power201@5500 bhp
Power204@5500 ps
Torque310@2000 nm
Transmission type6-spd manual / 7-spd auto
Kerb Weight1475 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £38,705
UK Insurance group44A

Mercedes SLK 250 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)152 mph
Max Speed (Auto)151 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)6.5 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)6.6 seconds

Mercedes SLK 250 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)38.7 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)42.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)169 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)153 g/km

Mercedes SLK 350

The Mercedes SLK 350 is an exceptional car. It is super-car fast while being manageable and easy to use. It is economical for a performance car and has low emissions. The interior is luxuriously appointed as you would expect from a top of the range Mercedes. It should all add up to a wonderful car but somehow it lacks the exciting driving dynamics of some other roadsters. Never-the-less it remains a very capable high speed cruiser.

Mercedes SLK 350 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size3498 cc
Power306@6500 bhp
Torque273@3500-5250 lb.ft
Torque370@3500 nm
Transmission type7-spd auto
Kerb Weight1540 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £44,605
UK Insurance group45A

Mercedes SLK 350 Performance

Max Speed (Auto)155 mph
0-100kmph (Auto)5.6 seconds

Mercedes SLK 350 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Auto)39.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Auto)167 g/km

Mercedes SLK 250 CDI

Diesel is not the usual fuel associated with roadsters so when the Mercedes SLK 250 CDI was announced it raised a few eyebrows. As the first rear-wheel-drive roadster to use this fuel it sets a new standard. Concerns that it might turn the little sports car into a dull commuter car are not needed as the German brand have managed to squeeze some impressive performance as well as the expected economy out of their 2.1 litre twin-turbo engine. Large amounts of torque mean there is always a response when you bury the throttle even at low revs which inspires confidence. The engine note is not as musical as most roadsters and at low speeds it can be a bit noisy but for those who cover large distances it may be worth the trade-off.

Mercedes SLK 250 CDI Specifications

Fuel typeDiesel
Engine size2143 cc
Power201@3800 bhp
Power204@3800 ps
Torque500@1600 nm
Transmission type7-spd auto
Kerb Weight1590 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £33,150
UK Insurance group42E

Mercedes SLK 250 CDI Performance

Max Speed (Auto)151 mph
0-100kmph (Auto)6.7 seconds

Mercedes SLK 250 CDI Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Auto)56.5 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Auto)132 g/km
Power204@3800 ps

Information last updated June 28, 2015

2 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a Mercedes SLK mk3? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Mercedes Benz has 2 owner reviews.

  1. Alex says:

    Great car, but MPG figure no way near claimed! Consider before making a purchase!!!!

  2. Johny Boy says:

    If you like the style then you just have to burn the fuel.

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