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Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster review

2004 - 2011 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £28,560 - £41,920
Used prices £1,060 - £5,351
Road tax cost £335 - £710
Insurance group 37 - 45
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 400 - 554 miles
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Pros & cons


Neat styling, good quality interior, refined with roof down


More powerful models are expensive to run, poor manual gearbox, no diesel option

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a feel-good convertible. Every one of its engines is a pleasure to drive, it looks stunning and has a party-piece in its folding metal roof. Inside it’s well built, comfortable and well equipped. As a result it’s been a hit for Mercedes-Benz and used prices have stayed high. But while it’s undoubtedly desirable, the more powerful models are expensive to run and the manual gearbox – standard on smaller engined versions – isn’t pleasant to use.

Plus in terms of driver involvement it can’t match the likes of the Porsche Boxster. But for refinement and style – few convertibles come close.