The middle child in the SLK-Class of entry-level roadsters from Mercedes-Benz, the V6-powered 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 convertibles circling the price stratosphere.
What's New for 2015
The SLK350 can now be equipped with a painted black roof in place of the standard glass panel.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz SLK350
While options for the rear-drive SLK-Class includes four-cylinder and V8 engines, the SLK350 aims for the middle of the road with a 3.5-liter V6 good for 302 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission comes standard, as does an engine stop-start function to conserve fuel. The SLK350 scoots from zero 60 mph 5.4 seconds and delivers 24 mpg in combined driving. The power hardtop features a fixed glass roof, which can be deleted in favor of a black metal panel. Bodies carry sporty trim borrowed from AMG, the brand's in-house performance shop.
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 and HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio, and neck-level warm air vents embedded in the seats -- a feature known as AirScarf. Mercedes-Benz's COMAND electronics interface is also standard. The SLK350 rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels.
You can add to the basic goodness of the roadster with a number of option packages:
- The Multimedia package provide a navigation system, a larger touchscreen, voice controls and a six-CD changer.
- AMG wheels and ambient interior lighting come with the Sport package.
- The Dynamic Handling package adds an adjustable suspension system.
- The Driver Assistance package features adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and a comprehensive collision mitigation system known as PreSafe.
- Finally, the Lighting package gets you adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with washers and automatic high-beam control.
Popular individual options include front and rear parking sensors, wood interior trim, Nappa leather seats, a smartphone app suite, and Magic Sky Control, which electrically adjusts the tine on the glass roof.
All of the option packages are reasonably priced considering what you get in return. We're most fond of the Dynamic Handling package ($990), which not only provides tighter handling when you want it, but also delivers a smoother ride in top-down cruising.