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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The entire engine range is fairly impressive, and while the lazy 200 is underpowered and underwhelming, it was later been replaced by an improved 200K Kompressor unit. The 230K is lively but loud, while the 320 V6 and 430 V8 are lightning quick, if a bit of a handful. The CLK cabriolet accelerates at a rapid rate and the gearbox is just as smooth as you would expect from Mercedes-Benz.

Due to the innovative traction control system, the grip and balance is excellent - however the back end can still skid a little in slippery conditions. On motorways, it will smoothly cruise for hours with poise and prestige, although the ride can be rather firm - especially in the Avantgarde and Sport editions. There should be few nasty surprises when cornering, but the steering is disappointingly unresponsive and feels a little anaesthetised.