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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
A quieter cabin than its competitors' soft tops
Good shoulder width and head clearance
Supportive bucket seats
Kelley Blue Book
Build and materials quality are, as you would expect, quite high on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. A pleasant surprise is also found in the SLK's overall comfort, which in a small car can sometimes be sacrificed in the name of aesthetics.
The two-door, two-seat 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is outfitted with a pair of bucket seats that offer both good support and commendable comfort levels. Edmunds writes that the "soft and supportive seats remain comfortable even after several hours of driving," while ConsumerGuide adds that the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK's dimensions provide "good shoulder width and head clearance, but tall drivers may want more legroom." Car and Driver describes the interior simply as "comfy." In accordance with the increased emphasis on sporty handling, Kelley Blue Book says that for 2008 Mercedes-Benz has installed "supportive bucket seats" for both front occupants.
Storage space on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz isn't ideal, though it still offers more room than many of its competitors. ConsumerGuide testers find that, with the top lowered, there is "just enough space for a couple of soft suitcases," while "raising the roof frees sufficient trunk volume for a long weekend." Cars.com offers some dimensions to go along with their impressions, listing the trunk volume in the Mercedes-Benz 2008 SLK-Class as "6.5 cubic feet with the top down and 9.8 cubic feet with the top up."
Materials and assembly quality is outstanding on the Mercedes-Benz 2008 SLK-Class, a reflection of both the badge on the front and the sticker price in the window. Edmunds praises the interior for its "handsome, soft-touch materials" and notes that "even the plastics used exhibit the same high quality." ConsumerGuide notes that "cabin materials are top-notch," though in one of the few complaints read by TheCarConnection.com concerning materials, they find themselves wishing that "the dressy aluminum trim were available on more models than just the top-end SLK55." That aluminum trim is essentially the only change in materials between the SLK55 and the less-expensive SLK280 and SLK350.
Interior noise is usually above average in convertibles, but the folding hardtop on the Mercedes-Benz 2008 SLK-Class does an admirable job of providing a comfortable decibel level inside the cabin with the top up. Kelley Blue Book says that, with the top up, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz boasts a "cozy but quiet environment" in the cabin. Top down, ConsumerGuide says, "wind noise is modest," and they note that the "SLK's sport-tuned exhaust note is prominent, but it never annoys."
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class offers an exceptionally well-crafted interior and comfortable seats, but unsurprisingly, cargo space isn't exactly ample.