Used Mercedes-Benz CLK Coupe (1997 - 2002) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 22 Jan 2014
The CLK coupé is excellently engineered throughout and boasts a supremely comfortable ride, while the elegant four-seater’s core design is based upon the fine Mercedes-Benz C-Class series. The supercharged 230K and V6 engines offer potent performance, while the 320 and 430 models mark this out as a highly sought-after vehicle.
4 out of 5


The earlier 200 unit is a little lethargic - although this was replaced by a much fiercer supercharged 200K Kompressor engine. The 230K, 320 V6 and 430 V8 are all mightily impressive and great fun to drive. All versions accelerate at a rapid rate and the gearbox is just as effortless as you would expect from Mercedes-Benz.

2.5 out of 5


There should be few nasty surprises when cornering, although the steering is disappointingly unresponsive and feels a little too numb. Overall, the ride is generally well balanced and reassured and the Coupé will cruise effortlessly for many motorway miles. However, despite the traction control system, the back end can still slide a little in slippery conditions and the ride can be rather uncompromising - especially in the Avantgarde and Sport editions.