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Mercedes-Benz CLK Coupe (02-09) - rated 4 out of 5

Two generations of Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class were sold between 1997 and 2009 offering seating for four in stylish two-door coupe and cabriolet bodies, competing against models such as the two-door BMW 3 Series models and, later on, the Audi A5.

Introduced to replace the then E-Class coupes and cabriolets the Mercedes CLK was part of a widening of the firm’s range, with many models spun off with different names. The CLK initials are derived from ‘coupe, luxus, kurz’ in Franco-German, meaning ‘coupe, luxury, short’, indicating they sat below the larger CL-Class coupe in the Mercedes hierarchy.

Although the Mercedes CLK tended to look like sportier, sleeker versions of their contemporary E-Class saloons and estates, their underpinnings are more closely aligned to the smaller C-Class.