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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Very, very similar to models that cost three times as much
Car and Driver
An appropriately luxurious look that takes key elements from other, more expensive Mercedes-Benz models
For 2009, all models get new shoes and a nose job
The current second-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has been available for five years, but despite its longevity, this 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK still boasts eye-catching looks.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes in three flavors, which J.D. Power lists as "SLK 300, SLK 350 and SLK 55 AMG, with the major differentiator being the model's particular powertrain." Mercedes-Benz aficionados might notice that the SLK280 is no longer available, as its name has been changed to SLK300 for 2009. The Mercedes-Benz 2009 model year brings exterior updates to the SLK-Class, which Motor Trend says includes "larger mesh in the grille and redesigned foglamps" up front, as well as a "nose job—trimmed back a bit, with the wings fleshed out for a more Formula 1 look." The SLK55 AMG got similar updates, but "the changes are less evident because of its larger grille," according to Car and Driver. Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com agree that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has an exciting look that calls to mind some of Mercedes' more potent racers.
The rear end of the Mercedes-Benz 2009 SLK-Class has also receives a minor makeover from Mercedes-Benz designers. Motor Trend notes the "taillamps are now tinted" and "exhaust tips are squared off," while Car and Driver observes that "the rear bumper is more sculpted and adds a mock diffuser."
The exterior of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class may be stunning and more racer-like than before, but as the saying goes, the real beauty is on the inside of the SLK-Class. The interior of this 2009 Mercedes-Benz is also redesigned slightly, and Car and Driver reports that "new gauge faces and a new three-spoke steering wheel" are among the most notable changes, along with "an updated navigation system" that Edmunds says will display along an "expanded 6.5-inch LCD screen." Edmunds adds that the Mercedes-Benz's 2009 design for the SLK-Class is "beyond reproach," and Kelley Blue Book is impressed that "Mercedes has done a wonderful job of organizing the SLK's interior without losing the look and feel common to all Mercedes products."
Reviewers at Car and Driver are also pleased to find that "the choices of textures and colors in the dashboard have been streamlined," and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the new materials look great. Edmunds in particular is impressed with the "classy interior appointments" found inside the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.
If you're looking to impress the neighbors, parking a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class in the driveway is one sure way to accomplish that mission.