Mercedes-Benz SLK

Mercedes-Benz SLK Parkers 2015-07-07

There have been three versions of the Mercedes-Benz SLK since its launch in 1996, but in 2016 it’ll be renamed the Mercedes-Benz SLC.

  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (11-16)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (04-11)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG (04-10)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (96-04)

There have been three versions of the Mercedes-Benz SLK since its launch in 1996, but in 2016 it’ll be renamed the Mercedes-Benz SLC.

Upon launch, the first generation was known internally as R170 and appeared at first as the SLK 230 Kompressor. It aimed to take on the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3. Powered by a 2.3-litre supercharged petrol engine with 191bhp, you could pick between automatic or five-speed manual gearboxes.

It was incredibly successful in its first year and featured what Mercedes-Benz called the Varioroof. This was a hydraulic system which also moved the bootlid and allowed the roof to fold neatly away at the touch of a button.

In 2000 this car was facelifted and an entry level 200 Kompressor was added along with a V6 called SLK 320 and a high-performance model called the SLK 32 AMG.

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Most Popular Model Reviews

Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster 1996 - 2004

4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster 1996 - 2004

New price range:
£25,830 - £45,697

Used price range:
£452 - £3,302

Clever roof, strong image
Firm ride

Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG 2004 - 2010

4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG 2004 - 2010

New price range:
£51,595 - £53,790

Used price range:
£4,838 - £11,711

Thundering performance, AMG styling, superb engine, sharp handling
Not as nimble as a Porsche Boxster, slow-witted manual mode

Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster 2011 - 2016

4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster 2011 - 2016

New price range:
£30,015 - £44,725

Used price range:
£6,559 - £16,559

  • Improved driving dynamics
  • More efficient engines
  • Larger boot
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Not as much fun to drive as a Z4 or a Boxster

Mercedes-Benz SLK Competitors

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster

BMW Z4

BMW Z4