3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

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The second most affordable open-air roadster in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the SLK350 is a snug two-seater that serves up equal parts luxury and sport. While this type of car may never be exactly practical, the SLK350 remains a sensible and sexy alternative to exotic roadsters that require a king’s ransom.

What's New for 2014

A panoramic sunroof for the power-retractable hardtop is now standard on all models.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz SLK350

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As the middle child in the SLK family, the 350 carries a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower, matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes claims a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds with this setup.

More so than others in its class, the SLK focuses on comfort and convenience. Standard fare includes sun-reflective heated leather seats, aluminum interior trim, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio, and neck-level warm air vents embedded in the seats—a feature Mercedes calls AirScarf. The SLK350 rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels.

You can add to the basic goodness of the roadster with a number of option packages:

  • Dynamic Handling: Outfits the SLK350 with an adjustable suspension and beefier brakes.
  • Sport: Includes AMG wheels, sportier styling touches and red interior lighting.
  • Multimedia: Adds navigation, a larger in-dash touchscreen, voice controls, a six-CD changer and Mercedes-Benz's COMMAND electronics interface.
  • Distronic Plus: Bundles adaptive cruise control with a sophisticated collision mitigation system known as PreSafe.
  • Lighting: Adds adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with washers.

Popular individual options include wood interior trim, upgraded Nappa leather seats and Magic Sky Control, which electrically adjusts the tint on the glass roof.

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CarsDirect Tip

We’ve always admired how the SLK mimics the style and luxury of the flagship SLS roadster at less than half the price. Because Mercedes has a long history of building prestigious two-seaters, the SLK enjoys built-in cachet that its competitors lack.

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