This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (11-16) review.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

The SLK features a clean-looking and user-friendly cockpit. The buttons and switches are well placed and click satisfyingly into place while all cars from early 2008 get built-in Bluetooth hands-free phone technology. Detail changes within the cabin make it subtly more attractive, but are very difficult to spot, unless you know what you’re looking for.

There’s a new 3D instrument cluster, changes to the colour of materials, upgraded sat nav system and full iPod/MP3 compatibility.

The SLK is a convertible that can be driven all year round with the roof down. The cockpit is surprisingly draught-free and – where fitted – the heated seats are extremely effective. There’s also the optional Airscarf system – heating vents built into the neck of the seats to warm around your head. It’s an innovation that was first introduced by Mercedes-Benz.

The metal folding roof is well insulated and lined – it’s so snug inside that you wouldn’t be able to tell that you were driving a drop-top in winter, while the roof itself opens (or closes) at the push of a button in 22 seconds.