2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the most conservative choice amongst its competitors, but the mini-SL makes for a charming, compelling choice.

The 2014 Mercedes SLK is the least polarizing of the German roadsters on today's market. That's not to say that it isn't exciting or fun–it's also something you can comfortably drive every day.

It has evolved over the years, and it's become a more focused, more graceful sportscar with just enough urgency to feel like a worthy competitor for other, more performance-centric options.

We won't knock our love for the Porsche Boxster, or fail to mention that the BMW Z4 is now one of the best touring roadsters available. But the Mercedes SLK has its own performance qualities, leaving it in an arms race with the other German models.

The 2014 SLK models have it covered in other respects, with all the infotainment features expected in a luxury vehicle, like HD radio, Bluetooth, navigation, and real-time traffic. The SLK can be fitted with a photochromic glass roof that tints itself on bright sunny days--and there's AIRSCARF, which blows a warm, gentle breeze on your neck and beckons you to put the top down on a chilly-but-sunny day.

The 2014 SLK Class is offered in three quite dramatically different personalities. At the base end there's the SLK 250 and its 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; we still haven't driven variants with this engine, but we've found it plenty perky in the C Class--and it's the only way you can get an SLK with a (six-speed) manual gearbox. What most are probably going to find the best compromise between price and performance in the lineup is the SLK 350 and its 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. But those who always need to have the best and fastest will head straight to the sizzling V-8-powered SLK 55 AMG.

Over extensive drive time in the SLK 350, we've found it easy to get used to this model's rhythm and drivability. With any of these automatic models, there's a paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic pushing force to the rear wheels in a mostly smooth way. Massive, biting brakes are in store, either way, and new torque-vectoring control works with the SLK's stability control to tighten cornering, giving this latest edition a lot of tech weaponry to tackle corners.

The top is, quite simply, what the coupe-convertible SLK is all about. You lose some trunk space compared to soft-top rivals, but what you get instead is a tight, refined interior that's long-distance quiet and comfortable, and essentially a coupe with the top up. Unfortunately, the interior's still snug for tall drivers and for luggage. Outward visibility can also be difficult with the top up, and there's no rearview camera system on offer.

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March 2, 2016
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 250

Outstanding "middle age crisis" vehicle

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Having driven all manner of four door sedans during my 40 years as a sales rep, I splurged and purchased my 2015 SLK 250 as a sort of retirement gift. I have had the vehicle for about a month and all I can say... + More »
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December 23, 2015
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 55 AMG

My dream car

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This is a black/red slk55AMG. It handles very well and is capable of reaching 184MPH.What more could you want.
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September 4, 2015
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 250

Sporty and elegant

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Mine is a SLK 200, 184 HP, looks very nice, rides excellent, good performance. I love it.
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April 13, 2015
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2006 Mercedes SLK 350

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My 2006 Mercedes SLK 350 is not the perfect automoble...; but it's perfect for me. I can't get an ironing board in the trunk. I can't carry more than one other person in it, other than myself. But all those... + More »
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December 8, 2016
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 250

I didn't know I was such a important person until I bought my sik ;)

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Just a joy to drive. Took a five day trip to Arizona with enough room for our luggage. My wife and I drove up to 14 hours a day neither of us any worst for the wear. I'm 6 ft. It's funny how strangers come up... + More »
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October 31, 2015
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 250

Brilliant piece of Engineering

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This is another example of German Engineering at its Best. A real head turner With the Top down on a sunny day Love the Sports Mode for a bit of Fun around my coastal weekend run Very comfortable and the road... + More »
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June 15, 2015
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 55 AMG

Strong performance in a small package

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The AMG SLK55 is the way to go for SLK nodels. Previously owned a SLK350 and it takes nice to a new fun level. PLenty of power to play with. Easy to explore the limits of traction control and beyond in sport... + More »
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August 14, 2015
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My 2003 SLK230 is cute and sexy and filled with joy.

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As long as you find an honest mechanic who knows all of the codes, you're gold. An electric top adds to the easy of enjoying. It's a timeless ride that continues to turn heads. I love it.
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