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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
A performance car for those who refuse to sacrifice luxury
Cabin is definitely cozy if you're around 6 feet tall
Soft, high-quality plastics complement supportive yet nicely cushioned seats
The Mercedes–Benz 2009 SLK-Class is simply a top-notch vehicle when it comes to comfort and luxury, as one would expect from Mercedes. However, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class loses some points in daily practicality.
Edmunds reports that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a two-seat "luxury roadster" that offers a "power-retractable hardtop" and extraordinarily comfortable seats, provided you aren't too tall. Kelley Blue Book reviewers love the "supportive bucket seats" on the Mercedes-Benz 2009 SLK-Class, while Edmunds mentions the "power heated sport seats." However, Cars.com notes that the "cabin is definitely cozy if you're around 6 feet tall," and that "even though [they] were able to get relatively comfortable, [they were] never able to put the seat exactly" where they wanted to.
Cargo space is one of the few areas where the 2009 Mercedes-Benz isn't a class standout. Unlike most of its competitors, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has a retractable hardtop, which sure looks good but also significantly detracts from the cargo room. Edmunds says that, "when lowered, the folded top naturally eats up trunk space" and leaves just "6.5 cubic feet...available." Kelley Blue Book adds that the Mercedes-Benz 2009 SLK-Class's "retractable hardtop still eats up trunk space, but the design responsibly leaves some usable room for storing small luggage and valuables."
Despite complaints about the lack of cargo space, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK lineup still impresses in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com for its impeccable build quality. On the exterior, "the perfectly aligned side bodylines appear as though carved from a single block of steel," claims Kelley Blue Book. The praise for the manufacturing of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class extends to the inside, where Edmunds says that the interior "materials are generally beyond reproach," with "soft, high-quality plastics" throughout.
In addition to the commendable build quality, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class offers good isolation from road noise, at least with the top up. Popular Mechanics says that "top-up motoring is appropriately insulated thanks to the folding hardtop." Cars.com reviewers find "a little bit of wind noise can penetrate the cabin on the highway with the top up," but when the top comes down, the experts at TheCarConnection.com are disappointed to register a bit more wind turbulence than one would expect from a Mercedes-Benz.
A pitchy, harsh ride is considered par for the course in a small roadster, but reviewers' comments suggest the SLK has exceptional ride quality compared to its peers. Kelley Blue Book contends that the "ride has definitely been improved," and Edmunds reports the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is "comfortable and compliant enough to appeal to the average driver."
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class will pamper you, but convertibles, by their nature, are not the right choice if you need to carry a lot of people or gear.