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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Redesigned dashboard with its cleaner layout and higher-quality interior
Arguably one of the best-looking two-seaters on the road
Car and Driver
Goes from a small and sleek coupe to an open-topped roadster in seconds
In 2005, Mercedes-Benz set out to restyle the hot-selling SLK-Class, and the body style introduced that year is the same one that can be found on today's 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. While the styling is universally praised, 2008 is the last year for the current generation of SLK-Class, as Mercedes-Benz has deemed it time for another update.
The exterior of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class gets superlative compliments in the reviews researched by TheCarConnection.com. Kelley Blue Book writes that "the SLR McLaren-like front end turns heads at every encounter" and "the perfectly aligned side bodylines appear as though carved from a single block of steel." Car and Driver adds that this 2008 Mercedes-Benz is "arguably one of the best-looking two-seaters on the road." Edmunds reviewers say that for Mercedes-Benz, 2008 brings an SLK-Class that comes in three trim levels: "SLK280, SLK350 and SLK55 AMG," though the only real external differences are that the SLK280 "includes 16-inch alloy wheels," versus 17-inch wheels on the SLK350 and 18-inch wheels and some unique "exterior trim details" on the SLK55 AMG. All three trims of the Mercedes-Benz 2008 SLK-Class feature the "power-folding hardtop," according to ConsumerGuide, and Edmunds says it's "unique-in-class."
The interior of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has been updated as well, going from good to great. Kelley Blue Book says that "Mercedes has done a wonderful job of organizing the SLK's interior," with controls that are "close at hand," according to ConsumerGuide. However, ConsumerGuide notes a few drawbacks, most prominently that "not all" of the controls are "obviously marked, and the steering-column stalk for cruise control invites confusion with the turn-signal lever." ForbesAutos offers both pros and cons for the Mercedes-Benz 2008 SLK-Class, writing that the interior "is elegant, with a dashboard that flows" from side to side, though they point out that "as with all Mercedes-Benzes, there are many buttons and knobs that can seem overwhelming at first."
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class offers a stunning exterior and a stylish, if somewhat confusing, interior.