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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Big blind spots with top up
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, side-impact airbags
Traction control, slip control, stability control
Kelley Blue Book
While the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has yet to be crash-tested by either of the testing authorities in the U.S., its long list of safety features and its Mercedes lineage are enough to earn it high marks in the safety category.
Mercedes-Benz vehicles have long been praised for their advanced safety features, and the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class proves to be no exception. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably praise the numerous safety features on the Mercedes-Benz 2009 SLK-Class. J.D. Power reviewers first notice that "all 2009 SLKs will carry integrated roll bars," a critical safety element that provides head protection in a convertible in the event of a rollover. Cars.com adds that "standard safety features" on the Mercedes-Benz 2009 SLK-Class "include antilock brakes, side-impact airbags, knee airbags and an electronic stability system." In addition, Edmunds reports that a "brake assist" feature is included, along with Mercedes-Benz's "TeleAid emergency call system," which is also standard on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK lineup. Finally, ConsumerGuide mentions that all 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class vehicles come with "daytime running lights" and a "tire-pressure monitor."
Unfortunately, despite the wealth of safety features included on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK line of roadsters, there is nothing to compensate for the poor top-up visibility. Edmunds is perhaps the most vocal in its criticism of the visibility, reporting that one major "drawback involves the SLK's inferior sight lines, as the intricately constructed roof unavoidably creates significant blind spots." However, a quick press of the roof release solves that problem, as the visibility from within the Mercedes-Benz 2009 SLK-Class with the top down is, understandably, vastly improved.
The long list of safety features on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class should inspire confidence, but visibility can be troublesome.