Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK200 BlueEFFICIENCY 7G-Tronic Review: Baby bloom

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK200 BlueEFFICIENCY 7G-Tronic Review: Baby bloom

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
12 Nov 2011
What we like:
pros
Looks more muscular than previously
pros
decent performance
pros
well-executed cabin
pros
decent ride and handling
What we dislike:
cons
Engine needs to make a better noise
cons
throttle and gearbox response can be improved

The third generation SLK’s new interior seems to be inspired by the SLS AMG’s, which is no bad thing indeed as it looks rather great and much more contemporary than the previous gen model’s cabin. The dashboard features the SLS’s circular air vents which in turn seem to be inspired by those found in the W123 E-Class as well as the R107/C107 SLC models, a high mounted LCD screen for the infotainment system in the middle of the dash as well as instruments that are recessed within two separate pods. Like in the topless E-Class, the controls to operate the roof are neatly tucked under a cover forward of the driver’s arm rest. The interior designers have used LEDs throughout the cabin for ambient lighting to lift the interior atmosphere further in low light conditions.

Like any topless model with a folding metal roof out there, access to the boot is very limited when the roof is down. Roof up though and there’ll be a reasonable load area. In addition to the boot, the SLK’s cabin is also littered with many useable compartments that can store smaller items. These include a sizable glove compartment and a large cubby hole underneath the driver’s arm rest and door bins. Another practical feature is the luggage net on the rear wall behind the passenger’s seat.

Despite being a base model, the SLK200 still comes with standard niceties like electrically adjustable seats and steering column, parking sensors, KEYLESS-GO keyless operation, cruise control, Bluetooth interface and so on.

Uninspiring engine sound aside, the third generation SLK is a major step forward in all areas when compared to its predecessor. More importantly, its less feminine looks and character should widen its appeal further to the men out there who would otherwise go straight for a competitor’s model like a Z4 or a TT Roadster.

Credits: Story by Mark Yeo Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai

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