Review 2012 Mercedes SLK350 Convertible | The Truth About Cars

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

Review: 2012 Mercedes Convertible

Luxury roadsters always been niche With the economic implosion the last decade, that has become even smaller. year the Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4 each less than 3,500 on our shores, down from 10,000 each back in and Canadian sales are roughly a of that. While Mercedes is crying in their delicious roadster shoppers benefit by able to drive one of the most Mercedes models available on our While the last model aped the unholy union of a F1 car and a bottlenose dolphin, the new model itself with sexy new metal, 29 MPG on the highway and a $54,800 price.

Now in its third generation has finally found a style fits the SLK. The first SLK in 1997 was described by all my college as “cute” – not exactly how a dude his potential ride described. The generation in 2005 struck me as awkward than Ugly in a southern beauty pageant. I’m not what the 2005-2011 SLK looked inside because I couldn’t myself to get close enough to out. Fortunately for the 50-something, earning, multiple car owning buyer as well as the 30-something Valley professional, the SLK’s new are decidedly delicious. From the hood to the pert little the SLK looks like the hot love of an SLS AMG and the recently announced 2013 Adding to the appeal is one of the best of Mercedes new-found love for that (to me at least), is considerably aggressive than the Porsche slippery sheet metal.

Luxury cars are all about and features, and the SLK is no different. Our tester one of two optional wheel packages; the “AMG” wheels included in the “Sport Package.” While AMG use said wheels on any AMG car, are quite attractive, as are the $500 in the stand-alone wheel upgrade. option will get you 5-spoke and identical tire selections. The package also adds a aggressive (and more front and rear bumper, fiber gauges, and more side sill treatments. Our also wore a $720 metallic paint job, and had the lighting package which bi-xenon headlamps that into corners and headlamp The Xenon lamp upgrade aids vision at night, and if you are at an $1090 option, it is time to a cheaper car.

According to SLK stands for “sportlich leicht In English this means light and short. 300+ HP? check. But at 3400lbs, light be a relative term. The SLK is 17-inches than a Toyota corolla, shorter than a Boxster, and shorter than a Golf, and the part becomes obvious anyone over 6-feet tries to gain entry the SLK with the top up. You don’t so much get the SLK as “put the SLK on.” Despite a tight entry (due as to the dimensions as the low ride height) inside, the 38-inches of headroom and of leg room are similar to the baby-Porsche and a Volvo C70 (a four-seat hard-top Being 6-feet tall, I had no getting comfortable in the SLK. My friend however fit snugly ( yet ample leg room) and found the a bit more claustrophobic with the lid up.

The SLK350’s cabin is all high as long as you don’t look Oddly enough some of the of the two-piece folding hard-top completely uncovered with the lid something you don’t even see in the basement Chrysler convertibles. from this haptic the rest of the interior is absolutely from the soft, cross-stitched seats to the thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed steering wheel. Our model was with the standard aluminum which many reviewers to favor, but I’d pony up the $990 to get the walnut trim to satisfy my desires. The real-tree upgrade highly lacquered walnut and center console trim as as a wood/leather steering wheel and shift knob. Strangely not at any price is Mercedes’ excellent cruise control and collision system dubbed “Distronic

Since our tester was equipped the aforementioned “Sport Package,” our was bathed in red ambient lighting the doors and a glowing red stripe both sides of the center Also included was the $2,590 Package” which brings a few that really ought to be on a $54,000 car, namely: the player interface and heated On the flip side, the package also buy the 11-speaker, 500-watt 7 sound system by Harman/Kardon and a of “Airscarfs” (yes, I’m told is the correct plural). The up-level system is as crisp as the Logic 7 systems in the rest of the top-tier lineup but it lacks any bass at all. Apparently there was no to squeeze a subwoofer so if thumping tunes are required for your you might want to look As gimmicky as the “Airscarf” sounds, proved worthy of the name and our topless napes warm as temperatures in California “plummeted” the 40s.

Rounding out the gadget list is the “Multimedia Package”, also as Mercedes COMAND. The system with XM radio, XM weather a short 6 month subscription), controlled navigation, voice Bluetooth phone interface, of usable storage for your an SD card reader, and a 6-disc changer. If you have read any of my late-model Mercedes reviews you know I’m not the biggest COMAND I find it somewhat awkward and a step behind iDrive. I’d have COMAND than but the price tag is a bitter pill to Also on our option list was the dual-zone climate control $650 for keyless-go and a whopping for ultrasonic parking sensors. parking sensors on something as big as a cross-trainer seems silly, visibility isn’t that with the lid closed so you might to consider coughing up the cash bashing your $60,000 into a pole, or accidentally the center surround speaker your elbow as I did.

If the options above have head spinning already, as say on TV: but wait! There’s more! the SLK doesn’t have a “sunroof” opens like the VW EOS, in the section of the two-piece hard top you have some choices. You can opt for the all-metal lid, a “panorama which is a fixed, slightly piece of polycarbonate for $500, or the variable tint sunroof “Magic Sky,” which, at its setting, comes as close as you can get to an cover in the SLK. Our tester had the plastic porthole option and I to say, I’d skip it or jump up to the window. (Given the price, skip). On a bright sunny day I myself jamming envelopes, anything I could get my hands on, the seams around the “sunroof” to the hot sun and glare. Regardless of your the SLK350 goes topless in flat.

Once the two-piece top is stowed, space drops from cubic feet to 6.4. I find this number a bit given that there are no seats to use as a padded cargo it is on par with a wide variety of convertibles and significantly better the 1.99 cubic feet the G37 convertible is left with. is just about enough for a weekend away as I was able to fit one bag, one camera backpack, and one rollerbag in the trunk with the top Since Mercedes doesn’t a feature like Volvo the roof segments lift up and out of the way to cargo retrieval easier, the top be closed to stow or retrieve larger bags. The Boxster on the hand gives you 9.9 cubic of cargo space at all times, but it into his and hers trunks in the and rear. For safe topless the new SLK350 also includes airbags that pop out of the sides of the active headrests and tiny hoops behind the seats.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

out 302HP at a lofty 6,500 RPM and 273 of twist at 3,500 RPM, the new drops the SLK’s sprint to 60 by over half a second (to seconds) compared to the former thanks to a broader torque and a reworked transmission. In addition to a hair faster, the new 3.5L V6 a 60-degree bank angle it considerably smoother than the 90-degree V6. Joining the new engine is a Mercedes 7-speed automatic three drives modes: Sport and Manual. As with Mercedes products, Eco mode the transmission to be reluctant to downshift but improves economy by 7% in mixed Sport mode makes the hold a lower gear for and in addition allows this new unit to downshift directly 7th to 3rd for improves padding performance. attempts to replicate the paddle tendencies of Infiniti and Jaguar rev-matched downshifts. Unfortunately the transmission has absolutely no sense of when it comes to the flappy-paddles and flaps like mere not commands. Just leave the in Sport and mash the pedal or put it in Eco and the “greener” leanings of the new V6. For 2012 EPA are up from 18/25 MPG to 20/29 and in our 578 miles with the SLK we averaged a 24 miles per gallon.

While the SLK’s primary is to be a stylish luxury roadster a cheaper alternative to the six-figure SL, the baby-Benz makes a compelling against the likes of the Porsche S. The optional ($990) dynamic package which includes a suspension system and a torque-vectoring axle is an absolute most for that wants to have a bit of fun in the and remain parallel to the lane The well-weighted steering, balanced and an engine that sounds a banshee when pressed to the make getting sideways in the SLK entertaining, slightly unexpected, butt-clenching and strangely addictive. to the Boxster S, the more compliant narrower 225-width front and rear rubber and nearly heavier curb weight the SLK will never handle as as the small Porsche (or indeed a WRX STi that was my mountain dance-partner for a while) but in my heart of hearts I have to say I prefer the softer GT of the SLK. If crazy is what you the SLK55 AMG is dropping soon a 412HP 5.5L V8 under the and a rumored base price $70,000.

Speaking of pricing, our SLK started at and ended up at $67,565 after ($720 Diamond White paint, $630 Bengal Red Leather, $2590 premium $1070 lighting package, Multimedia Package, $500 Roof, $2500 Sport $760 dual-zone climate and $970 “parktronic” parking Price aside, roadsters are a niche market that the first and second generation came and went without taking one for a spin. If the sales are anything to go by, the same happens on lots.  Largely forgotten by who lay down similar cash for ML350s or GL350s at Mercedes buyers are walking right one of the best Mercedes models Forget about the school forget about the trailer you tow and buy an SLK350 as your commuter After all, a pair of in an SLK can drive in the 3+ HOV lanes in California and Sounds practical to me.

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