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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Performance

4 out of 5 4.0

Supercharged engines offer sparkling, smooth performance; 200K is brisk; 3.2 V6 is creamily refined but not that much quicker than 230K and best with the latest six-speed manual gearbox; rare 350 bhp AMG version is wickedly quick.

Handling

3 out of 5 3.0

Designed for cruising rather than tearing up twisty alpine roads so don't expect razor sharp responses. However it handles safely, the ride is typically Mercedes-Benz, rather than sports car.

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Obedient; good balance and grip; safe, stable but just a touch sedate. Mercedes' manual gearbox is typically un-sporty to use, and as such the automatic gearbox is the more popular model.

Comfort

5 out of 5 5.0

The cockpit is quite cosy for space, but is as quite as a coupe with the roof up. Leg and head room are limited for those who are particularly tall. Seats are saloon car comfortable rather than sportscar supportive.