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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The SLK 55 AMG has a slightly sportier feel compared with the rest of the range thanks to some bespoke fittings, but it's shame it doesn't feel more special. On the plus side, the AMG sports seats are electrically adjustable and the steering column adjusts electrically for reach and height, so it's easy to get a good driving position. The instrument dials are clear and easy to read while the controls for the roof are located in front of the handbrake.

Visibility is pretty good with the roof up, bearing in mind you sit quite low.

The cabin is roomier than in the previous SLK and thanks to excellent refinement and the metal folding roof, it's a convertible that can be driven all year round. Air conditioning is standard along with electrically adjustable seats and an electric steering column but the car is low, which means effort is needed to get in or out with your dignity intact.

The seats are heated and it's well worth choosing the Airscarf feature from the options list - a vent below the head restraint blows warm air around your neck, allowing owners to take advantage of roof-down motoring all through the year. There is hardly any buffeting with the roof down up to about 60mph and a fabric wind deflector comes as standard.

A more substantial wind deflector can be chosen as an option. Noise intrusion into the cabin is limited with the roof in place.