2012 MercedesBenz SLK350 Car Maintenance and Car Repairs DriverSide

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

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The modifications do the trick. The exterior design is aggressive and modern looking the outgoing model’s, and a few key technology are now standard like the luxurious Air Putting power to the wheels is a new V-6 engine that sounds and delivers enough power to this little ride a lot of fun. It’s no bare-bones car you’ll get that type of elsewhere but the now longer and wider is focused on providing more and comfort than most in the

What’s to Like

For just a bump in price, you’re to more standard features, the hugely popular Air Scarf, a system that blows air on your neck while the top is Roof deployment is quick, in just 20 seconds. The exterior is more aggressive and reminiscent of the new SLS design. Wind deflection is enough that you can have a conversation while cruising at 70 the top down.

What’s Not to Like

A dual-clutch isn’t even an option for the and it should be; the sluggish seven-speed quite hold its own. is a little high compared to the The Comand system, while has a confusing menu layout. As is with this type of trunk space is greatly with the top down.


The SLK’s strong suit is in its to create a sporty feel to its despite the (heavy) luxury it offers. The V-6 has a near-perfect engine that highlights the level of the SLK has on tap. As is the case with Mercedes-Benzes, both the brake and are heavy, so you’ll need a bit of a foot to get moving. The seven-speed shifts a little sluggishly, but you a manual shift mode paddle shifters on the steering for more hands-on fun, or you can out for the manual available in the upcoming model.

The suspension skews toward the side, with damping a smooth ride even bumpy roads. And the SLK is nothing if not especially around corners, in part to strong lift-reduction You’ll feel the car’s though, mainly in spirited since the level of amenities and features in this small car in it being about 400 pounds than a Porsche Boxster and 70 pounds heavier than the model. However, some of extras have enabled the SLK to wind noise to nil with the top up and manageable sound levels the top down. Wind disturbance in the is also minimal even at speeds.

Engine and Drivetrain

A new 3.5-liter V-6 produces 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of better numbers than the model. There will be a four-cylinder option available in the year. Your only choice is a seven-speed with and manual modes, with shifters at the steering wheel. The is rear-wheel drive.

Green Mileage

The SLK350 boasts fuel economy numbers to the of the segment and requires premium It returns 20 miles per gallon in the and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. the upcoming four-cylinder to receive a few mpgs.

Vehicle Details

and Technology

Safety is always a for Mercedes-Benz, so it should come as no that the SLK features a host of systems. Attention Assist is for the first time on this it records erratic driver and alerts the driver if he or she is too drowsy to safely. New this year is the Sky Control, a optional system with one touch of a button or un-tints the glass roof electric currents, a chemical and, of course, a few nano Not only does it look but when tinted it also the heat level in the cabin. The Air Scarf feature, which warm air from the base of the to keep you warm when the top is is now standard as well.

Refined, in classic Mercedes-Benz (and feature-heavy), the interior is and comfortable. It’s dominated by the central display and standard trim that can be switched out for walnut. The eight-speaker audio with Bluetooth audio and a USB interface is no slouch, but audiophiles want the upgraded harman/kardon system instead.

While it has grown over this new generation is 1.5 inches and 1.5 inches wider the SLK is still more so than the BMW Z4. A few styling will remind the Mercedes of the 1950’s SLs, and we’re smitten with the bold haunches and SLS Gullwing -inspired Front-facing rows of LEDs are as are the optional bi-xenon headlights sit under.

Market Segment and

The SLK350 is most well against the BMW Z4 sDrive35i and pricing is $1,500, but convertible lovers want to look at the Porsche and Audi TT ; both start at a price than the SLK but offer amenities off the bat. The SLK350 begins at $54,800 (including fees), and thanks to minimal and packages, the base price rise much.

What We Think

This is no performance-driven sports car, but the SLK aims to be. It is, most importantly, fun to drive and easy to love. smartly priced against its competitors too, especially the level of standard features on As you’d expect, styling is up to the high Mercedes-Benz standards, and have a hard time not as you barrel around corners in drop-top.

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