The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK is a true automotive indulgence. As a small two-seat convertible with little cargo space, it’s not particularly practical. It is, however, fun to drive. The SLK competes with other premium two-seat convertible sports cars like the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and the Porsche Boxster.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a rear-drive luxury roadster that seats two and features a retractable hardtop. It’s available in SLK300, SLK350 and AMG SLK55 trim levels, with the latter being the top performer. It comes powered by either a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a V6 or a V8. The turbo-four is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the other two engines come with seven-speed automatics.
For 2016, the SLK300 replaces the previous SLK250 base model and delivers quicker acceleration with improved fuel economy. Option availability is streamlined, with most available in Premium 1, Premium 2 and Premium 3 packages. The AMG version offers a new Carbon Styling Package. A blind-spot monitor is now a standalone option, and a five-year subscription to the Mbrace telematics service is included.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK is a sleek and low-slung small roadster. It bears resemblance to the larger and costlier SL-Class with gentle curves front to rear, a long hood and short rear deck. A broad front grille is punctuated by the Mercedes logo and is bisected by a horizontal bar.
The SLK rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, with 18-inch rims available. Heated power-folding side mirrors are standard. The power-retractable roof incorporates a panoramic sunroof. The available Magic Sky Control function allows the driver to darken the opacity of the sunroof to keep the interior cooler on a sunny day. Optional adaptive high-beam headlamps automatically dim for oncoming traffic.
Since it rides low to the ground, climbing into and out of the Mercedes-Benz SLK can be challenging, but once inside it’s very comfortable. The cabin is elegantly designed and nicely finished. It features classic round analog gauges on the instrument panel and round air vents on the dashboard. A small analog clock resides atop the dash. With only 6.5 cubic feet of cargo space, its small trunk holds little more than a set of golf clubs.
Eight-way power seats trimmed in leatherette upholstery are standard. Leather is optional, as are heated seats. Rollover bars reside behind the seats for added safety and include a fabric air deflector to reduce air buffeting. Available neck-level air vents help keep occupants warm with the top down in cooler weather. Other options include dual-zone climate control and “Designo” trim treatments.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a quick and nimble performer. The SLK300 packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, it’s good for a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.8 seconds. The SLK350 features a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Meanwhile, the AMG SLK55 includes a 5.5-liter V8 that generates 415 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. It will reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The V6 and V8 drive the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic. A manual transmission is not available.
Fuel economy is at 24/32-mpg city/highway with the turbo four, 21/28-mpg with the V6 and 19/28-mpg with the V8.
The standard Direct-Steer system automatically varies the steering ratio depending on how far the steering wheel is turned. It helps maintain stability at higher speeds and affords easier steering while parking. An adaptive suspension is optional to maximize cornering abilities while maintaining a smooth ride.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK offers the requisite suite of technology. Standard items include an 8-speaker audio system with a 5.8-inch display, a USB port and the Bluetooth hands-free interface. The automaker’s Attention Assist system monitors the driver’s input and suggests taking a rest if it decides he or she is becoming drowsy. The standard “Mbrace” telematics system includes five years of service.
Options include an 11-speaker premium audio system, push-button entry/start and a navigation system with voice control and a 7-inch display. Available safety equipment includes blind spot and lane departure warning systems, and adaptive cruise control with forward auto-braking.
"This is a well built automobile with all the options and highway safety features. It has plenty of horsepower with 32.mpg on the highway. The hardtop convertible feature is tight, quiet, and gies thru csrwashes easily. No leaks whatsoever."
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2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK Pricing
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The price range for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK is $21,981 - $28,987.
The average selling price is $25,483.
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$47,000 - $72,600
This is the price range for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$21,981 - $28,987
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