Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The interior has been refreshed but the dash is awash with buttons from the entertainment controls to the seat heaters. A system like BMW’s i-drive or Audi’s MMI would de-clutter the dash and free up more space. However, the quality of materials is high and the dash is soft to touch with an upmarket feel to it.

Roof down or up the SLK is one of the most comfortable roadster cockpits to sit in. Fold the roof flat for open-top motoring and you’ll be surprised – the cabin is virtually draught-free and if you flick the optional Airscarf (heating vents built into the neck of the seats to warm the air around your head) you'll feel little wind chill. Close the hood and the car is well insulated from the wind, tyre and road noise.

Ride comfort is very good as the SLK soaks up bumpy surfaces with ease as long as you are driving with the normal suspension – the optional sports suspension will give you a firmer ride and will not feel as pleasant over the bumps. Visibility is quite good from the front but close the roof and you will find that the rear window is rather small and your view restricted, especially when parking.