2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK250

Pros: Invigorating acceleration, particularly with top-line SLK55 model; crisp handling; higher-class build quality, materials, and comfort than most two-seat sports-car contenders

Cons: Transmission isn’t as responsive as most competitors’; ride can become stiff over sharp bumps

CG Says: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK sees no significant changes, just a shuffling of standard and optional equipment. The SLK is sporty and engaging to drive, but it still delivers the quality and refinement expected of Mercedes. The V6-powered SLK350 delivers great performance, but the price is out of reach for most, a condition exacerbated when options are added. Current Porsche Boxster owners might not give this car a second glance, but anyone considering the Audi TT or BMW Z4 should give the SLK a spin.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices SLK250: $43,950
SLK350: $57,650
SLK55 AMG: $70,900

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-33

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
5.5-liter V8
Horsepower
415
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG