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The optional PreSafe system anticipates an imminent crash and automatically takes measures to better secure occupants.
Safety extras include active cruise control with collision warning.
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Unfortunately, the ESC on the SLK350 cannot be completely disabled. When the dash switch is toggled off, the tires will spin to aid acceleration on snow or through mud, but any yaw immediately triggers a throttle intervention.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class doesn't have any U.S. crash-test ratings to stand behind it, but Mercedes' reputation for top-notch safety sure does—that, and perhaps the Attention Assist system, reminding you that it's time to make another coffee stop.
In addition to that, the 2013 SLK boasts dual front, side and head airbags with a driver knee airbag; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; mbrace telematics; active head restraints.
As long you keep the top down, there's no need for a rearview camera system; but the rest of the time, it's one sore omission.
And as with most luxury convertibles, the SLK's relative rarity on the market may keep it from ever being tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Mercedes-Benz's strong safety heritage has the 2013 SLK's back.