• Frugal four-cylinder
  • Innovative comfort features
  • More fun to drive than last gen
  • Shifts can be slow
  • Not as sporty as the competition
SUM UP Small, sporty, and spirited.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for SLK-Class in 2013

There are no significant changes for 2013. The turn-signal and cruise-control stalks have been redesigned, and automatic high-beams are now optional...more

Overview

The SLK offers a refined roadster experience, regardless of whether you’re driving with the top up or down. The retractable hard top comes as a metal roof, a panoramic glass roof, or the Magic Sky Control roof, which features a glass panel with adjustable opacity. Optional Airguide uses Plexiglas pieces that rotate out from behind the seats to calm cabin turbulence when the top is down. Other open-air comfort options include sun-reflecting leather and Airscarf, which blows warm air onto the necks of the driver and the passenger. It’s a stretch to call the SLK a sports car, but it is definitely sporty. All SLK models use variable-ratio steering that quickens during aggressive driving. Although these systems have traditionally felt unnatural and unpredictable, Mercedes has executed this one nearly to perfection in the SLK. The SLK350’s direct-injected V-6 is quick and powerful and has a raspy growl, and its seven-speed automatic delivers silky-smooth upshifts. For those interested in better fuel economy, the SLK250 uses a turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic, which the EPA rates at 22–23/32–33 mpg, respectively. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the normally aspirated V-8 of the AMG car will power the SLK to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Safety

Standard features include ABS; front, side, and knee air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; driver-drowsiness alert; and traction and stability control. There is no optional safety equipment.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-class

  • Audi TT
  • BMW Z4
  • Porsche Boxster

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