2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

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 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK gets a more powerful base engine. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower replaces the previous 201-horsepower turbo four. Reflecting the increase in power, the base SLK250 is now badged SLK300. The new engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic, which replaces a 7-speed auto. A manual transmission is no longer available. All other SLKs have a 7-speed automatic. 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: $47,000
SLK350: $59,200
SLK55 AMG: $72,600

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

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

2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG