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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (11-16) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Mercedes-Benz maintenance is expensive, but it's essential if you want to keep its value. This will be repaid by strong residuals, even though it has just been replaced by a new and rather better model. Fuel economy isn't bad, especially on the smaller engined, supercharged models.

SLK is a polluting model. With an average of 247 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite high for a sports roadster. It's worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is quite thirsty, averaging 27 mpg.

It's a Mercedes-Benz – build quality is peerless and reliability almost unrivalled. Especially impressive when you see that wonderfully complex folding roof mechanism working.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £265 - £325
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Insurance group 32 - 37
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