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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Key Features

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  • Nifty retractable glass roof panel
  • Powerful yet fuel-efficient engines
  • Comprehensive equipment roster


  • Underwhelming acceleration
  • Limited cargo space
  • Unrefined automatic transmission
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Just a superb Mercedes

Overall rating: 3 Reviewed By: Ashok Jain on 10 June 2015
My beautiful car! I have been driving this model of Mercedes from the last few months and trust me; I don’t think any car would be better than this. Its engine is really very powerful powered by a 1.8 Lt four cylinder engine. I think company did really very good job with this car, in terms of performance...  Read More »

Amazing caaaaar

Overall rating: 4.5 Reviewed By: Mayur Tanwar on 03 November 2015
This is the best car that I have ever owned. Beautiful exterior and interior. The car can drive itself, but I much prefer to have fun driving it myself. The handling-ism outstanding. Talk about the quiet inside. The only complaint that I have is the voice recognition. I have to repeat myself several...  Read More »

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Overview

Mercedes-Benz is a German luxury automobile manufacturer headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-W?rttemberg. Mercedes-Benz's slogan is ‘Das Beste oder nichts’ which translates in English as ‘The Best or nothing’. Mercedes-Benz is part of the German Big 3 luxury automakers, along with Audi and BMW, which are among the best selling luxury automobile makers in the world. SLK is the abbreviated version of ‘Sportlich, Leicht und Kurz’ which is German for ‘Sporty, Light and Short’. The SLK is a compact roadster manufactured by Mercedes-Benz generationally. It has evolved over time and now connotes greater depth in its personality. Its enticing sports-car features have stepped aside to give more room to grace and elegance. The original SLK was designed to enthral women drivers with its meticulously detailed body, elegance and weightless feel. It also had a four-seasons folding hardtop. The current SLK with its masculine design is a total departure from its elder siblings.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK is one of the most elegant drop-top two-doors in the automobile market and is a supremely pleasing drive. In its current layout, the SLK is offered in 3 variants namely, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 55 AMG. All the three are quite substantially different from one another. SLK 250 defines the base of the line-up with its 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. SLK 350 with its 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is a modest combination of price and performance. At the higher end of the line-up is the enticing V-8-powered SLK 55 AMG. A paddle-shifted 7-speed automatic transmission pushes force to the rear wheels in a mostly smooth way. The brakes are ruthlessly perfect and the new torque-vectoring controls are commendably superior. The luxurious automobile is brimming with features like navigation controls, Bluetooth and HD radio. A photochromic glass roof that tints itself on bright sunny days can be fitted in. On a sunny winter day, AIRSCARF comes to rescue which blows a warm, gentle breeze on your neck and beckons you to put the top down. Mercedes-Benz deserves all the appreciation for drawing a very elegant design on such a short wheelbase.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Exterior

The look of the extended front section immediately marks out the car as a member of the Mercedes-Benz sports-car family. Its coup?-esque side view, with lines flowing into the muscular rear wing and short rear end, displays more than a hint of aggressiveness even when the car is stationary. When the vario-roof is opened, it disappears into the boot to leave a hallmark roadster silhouette.

The rear quarters are soft and taper gently while the front end is blunt & square. The bubble-like roof tapers off into teardrop tail-lamps that create the most cohesive view. When the roof is tucked in, the view from behind makes the SLK especially distinctive, with its metallic twin peaks of the seatbacks. The pioneering spirit continues in the SLK-Class with the introduction of the world’s first ‘MAGIC SKY CONTROL’ panoramic vario-roof.
This ensures that the driving pleasure and open air feeling is experienced even with the roof closed. While protecting the occupant from noise and external ambience, the connectedness between the driver and his surroundings is still maintained. The improved mechanism opens and closes the roof in less than 20 seconds further adding to its attractiveness.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Interior

While dynamism dominates the exterior, the interior is all about sporty luxury. The materials are of exclusive quality – selected and combined with unerring attention to detail. The ergonomic and perspicacious design is built around the driver. Mercedes has done away with most of the confusing metallic buttons and has replaced them with more conventional black switched through the functioning is far from elementary. The centre stack reverts to a softly rounded, aluminium-clad look, capped by an LCD screen for audio displays. Versions with the screen-based COMAND system get steering-wheel-driven controller that rests just under the driver's right wrist, while meaty metallic ribs flare from the flat-bottomed steering wheel and metallic tubes house clean analog gauges.
Mercedes-Benz SLK rides on a wheelbase of 95.7 inches, and measures just 162.8 inches which makes it a very short car but its styling adds length to it. The cabin space, however, remains quite tight. Most passengers will fit adequately but the taller ones could do with more legroom. The sport seats themselves fit perfectly snugly, but you'll sit close to the dash.
Having a defined edge over some other small roadsters, interior space in Mercedes SLK is excellent. There's not much space to spare, nor is there much room in the trunk with the folding top down—and you can't put it down without first aligning the trunk dividing partition properly—but there's enough space for a weekend retreat for two. A backpack-sized space lies under the flat floor; lift out a formed plastic bin and hide valuables, or flip it on its other side for a shallow well that adds a cubic foot or a little more to the equation. In all, there are 10.1 cubic feet of storage with the roof up, but only a scant 6.4 cubes when it's out of sight. A flexible cargo lid inside the trunk has to be latched in place over some of the cargo hold before the top can be moved; it's a good safeguard, but it's possible that potholes and bumps will dislodge it. Otherwise, raising or lowering the top is just a button press away--though you do have to be at a full stop for it to operate, or at least we did. Once the top is up, the SLK is much more coupe-like – quieter with a closer feeling. The SLK's cabin is tight with the windows up and the climate control set; but with the top down, it can get a little turbulent. The mesh divider between the seats, however, makes it better. Mercedes-Benz SLK gasconades magnificent features that outdo those of any other convertible. All SLKs come with power windows, locks and mirrors, climate control, an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD player with HD radio, a USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming and leather seats.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Engine & Transmission

Post the latest introduction of a four-cylinder model, the SLK now boasts of a complete line-up of versions - 4, 6, and 8-cylinder engines. Four-cylinder versions get a 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, offered with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. The stronger 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine is only available with the 7-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes posts a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds and limits the SLK 350 to a top speed of 155 mph. That puts it in the category of Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4, though there are considerable differences in the steering and exhaust notes. SLK 350 in its Sports mode has fast gear changes and in the Eco mode the shifts are long and melty.

The SLK 350 can be outfitted either with either a conventional independent suspension or with user-selectable shocks, and all versions have electro-hydraulic steering with Direct Steer, which amplifies steering inputs according to the rotation angle of the steering wheel. The hybrid steering system leaves the usual Mercedes play of an inch or so on centre for a more relaxed attitude on the highway, and works its way into aggression by the time you're a quarter-past in either direction. The SLK 55 is beastly forceful and stuffed to the gills with a 5.5-liter V-8 engine. With 415 horsepower, this brute machine sends reverberations far and wide through its brutal-sounding exhaust. It's capable of 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. Tightened and screwed down even more, the SLK 55 still has a pervasive firmness to the ride, but its shocks have been tuned to demand less from the driver and more from the car - a much better balance for top-down cruising. In this version, you'll get a crisper transmission.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Mileage

The turbocharged four-cylinder version - SLK 250 registers a mileage of 9.8 kmpl intra-city and of 14 kmpl on highways, with the 7-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-level convertible - SLK 350 delivers good fuel economy, considering the performance that it delivers. The SLK 350 registers a 11 kmpl mileage intra-city owing to its small size and its standard 7-speed automatic transmission. These models get start/stop technology that automatically stops the engine at stoplights, in some conditions, and restarts it when you lift back off the brake. The top-of-the-line version - SLK55 gives a mileage of 8 kmpl intra-city and on the highway, registers 12 kmpl due to its cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts off fuel to four of the eight cylinders under light running loads.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Braking and Safety

The Attention Assist system, dual front, side and head airbags with a driver knee airbag, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, active head restraints are enticing safety features in Mercedes SLK. Depending on the accident type, the six airbags and belt systems are selectively activated in addition. The sensor system only activates the restraint systems that are actually needed.
In accordance to the predicted severity of a collision, the adaptive front airbags in the SLK can be deployed in two stages (in a minor collision, in the first deployment stage the airbag is only partially filled). In lateral impacts that exceed a defined threshold, the head/sidebags in the flanks of the seat backrests are deployed on the impact side. The headbags deploy from the upper edge of the door inner sides, the sidebags are integrated on the outside edges of the seat backrests. Crash-responsive head restraints improve occupant protection and contribute to reduce the risk of whiplash injury. In the event of a rear-end collision the head restraints are instantly displaced by around 40 mm towards the front and 30 mm upwards, providing support for the seat occupant’s head at an earlier stage. The standard active bonnet function can help reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians or cyclists if they are involved in a collision with the bonnet at speeds between 25 and 55 km/h. To cushion the blow, the bonnet springs up by approx. 8.5 centimetres at the rear. Across the model line, you also get Mercedes' hardtop convertible roof, which was designed in-house and remains one of the best of any on the market. It opens via a pull lever in an egg-shaped enclosure. Pull the tab and the compact hardtop tucks away in 20 seconds. A mesh air blocker does what it can to cut buffeting, but the SLK's short body means that you get a bit more turbulence than in longer convertibles. What used to be part of the Premium Package - power seats, satellite radio, a media interface, and a Harman/Kardon surround-sound system - is also now standard on the SLK 350. Separately, a Trim package wraps the shifter and steering wheel in walnut; a Lighting package adds active bi-xenon headlights and cornering lights. The Heating package adds the wonderful AIRSCARF jet of air for your neck and heated seats; the Sport package gets its own AMG-style 18” wheels and distinct body add-ons, as well as ambient interior lighting. A Multimedia package tops it off with COMAND controller and hard-drive navigation with real-time traffic; a six-DVD changer, a 10GB hard drive and an SD card slot for audio. About the only thing missing from these systems is a top-notch voice-control system. Other standalone options include push-button start, parking sensors, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a panoramic glass roof. The Magic Sky Control roof photochromically tints its glass panel from nearly opaque to fully transparent, spanning almost the entirety of the main roof panel. AIRSCARF remains the other truly innovative feature in the SLK - and while it's been offered now for many years there are few alternatives in rival models that do quite the same thing; simply put, warm air is blown gently around your neck, letting you drive top-down in colder weather than you otherwise might.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011 Performance and Handling

For all the apparent modesty of this power-machine, the SLK is not short of outright pace. And yet in normal road use the 200 feels merely adequate in its performance rather than brimming with eagerness. Having to work the 6-speed manual gearbox to get the best out of the four-cylinder engine is not a bad thing. In fact, this level of power sent through a 6-speed manual box in a rear-wheel-drive car is a pleasing set-up because you can wring more out of the car on a daily basis and still be obedient about speed limits.

What do we think about Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2006-2011?

SLK is the perfect embodiment of paradisiacal aesthetics and idyllic driving pleasure. It is proficiently designed and is unrivalled, whether for top-down cruising or for sporty sprinting. It is luxuriously crafted to provide an enrapturing experience.
Mercedes-Benz SLK is magnificently styles and the look of this sports car is jaw-droopingly gorgeous. It has a long bonnet that adds on its sportiness and the SLS-style protruding front grille gives it a tremendous character. The engine spins smoothly and the elasticity is remarkable. With its linear performance, keeping a track of speed is no easy game. Contrary to typical Mercedes gearboxes, this one is astute and responsive. It is nowhere as quick as the dual-clutch unit on the Z4 or the Boxster S, but still is quick enough to keep the motor on the run. Underneath the body of the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive SLK, the suspension is multi-link all round. And this two-seater is quite stiffly sprung too, thanks to which the SLK has plenty of grip in corners. Body-roll is well contained and the car feels comfortable even when cornered hard. The stiff means that the ride is not always comfortable. The SLK gets unsettled over broken surfaces, its 17” wheels and low profile tyres communicate a lot of the road’s surface into the cabin. The interiors of SLK proudly display its Merc DNA. The seats are comfortable and large enough, and the dashboard has an elegant design. The premium, class-apart ambiance is a proud reminder of the Mercedes-Benz tag. Mercedes SLK’s price in India ranges between 82.78 L - 1.26 Cr. The on-road price escalates differently across States and depends on the accessories pressed into service. Some valuable trunk space is lost in the coupe-convertible SLK but the highly elegant interiors are simply unmatched. There are space-related issues for taller drivers and there is no rear-view camera system in the SLK. As long you keep the top down, there's no need for a rear-view camera system; but the rest of the time, it's one sore omission. In the sky of opulence, From the cloud of plenitude, It’s rainin’ SLK !

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