2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The one automobile company which has become the synonymous to a wealthy class of car owners is the Mercedes-Benz. The surreal look and features of the model have not only attracted many a car lovers, but it is a dream car to own. It traces its origin back in 1886 when Karl Benz first introduced the first petrol powered car and since then this German car manufacturing company under the wings of Daimler-Benz has become a rage in the automobile market.

Many technological and safety changes have been made. Not only is Mercedes-Benz a favorite among the most elite car owners. It is also one of the oldest car manufacturing companies, and it has changed overtime with the ever-improving Technology.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK which has taken the market by storm was initially announced in 2010, and its official launch was scheduled to be in 2011. The marketing techniques were heavily followed and several press conferences were organized before officially launching the model in January 2011 this year.

Added Features

The “Magic Sky Control” is one feature, which was prominently emphasized in the press and was the focus of all eyes until its launch. The Mercedes Benz SLK soon became a branded symbol after its launch and more footfalls happened in the Mercedes showroom to catch a glimpse of the model. The women customers, in particular, were most interested. Around 455 of the customers in Europe who chose to drive a Mercedes vehicle were new clients of the SLK model. Such was the jump in the sales.

Few of the prominent features which might attract the Car lovers are as follows:

  • The new model encapsulates the designing features like SLS AMG and LED running lights.
  • Magic sky control which is an added feature from all other past models has a retractable hardtop which has an opening and closing feature in just 20 seconds.
  • There is a 302 HP direct injection along with a 7 speed automatic transition.
  • The highly innovative interior feature includes the Reflecting leathers to protect the sun rays and a command controlled knob and most importantly a direct ambience lightning control system.
  • A highlighted feature of this model is its Brake facility which is quite adaptive. There is a parking assisting facility provided with an attached assistance feature and it is commonly used in Emergency situations.
  • The pickup on this model makes it a Hit as it can reach 100km/hr in just 4.5 seconds which is really an improvement pattern from what we had in its last models.

Pros & Cons

This model of the Mercedes-Benz SLK comes in midway between the sports car and a luxury car. The reviewers have given a thumbs-up to it and have really provided rave reviews on the features of the car. Similar sports cars have been a sort of punishment for the drivers owing to several pitfalls while this model has become a safe bet for such drivers.

The performance and the exterior have received very good reviews from those who owned the car or have done a test drive. The interior section and the reliability section have a good remark which can be considered better performance than other similar cars available in the market.

Having a retail price and a horsepower capacity which is in close comparison to sports cars in the market it has received good feedback. The only thing which lacks is the interior but that too is compensated by strong power windows and power door locks. The remote controlled Fuel lid is an added zing in the kitty.

Overall Rating
69 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class pampers most drivers with ample space and comfort, though the folding top cuts into cargo room.”Car Connection

“Any SLK has precise steering, adroit overall balance, and grippy cornering even in bumpy turns. Strong brakes deliver drama-free stops.”Consumer Guide

“While convertibles bearing the Mercedes-Benz name have always offered luxury, solidity and brand cachet, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class does them one better -- it's a genuine driver's car.”Edmunds

“The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK is one of the more desirable premium roadsters, as it offers the advantages of both a hardtop coupe and an open-air convertible. ”KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Convertible Est. Market Value: $38,593.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons (70 liters) MPG: 17 city / 26 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 161.5 in. (410 cm) Wheel Base: 95.7 in. (243 cm)
Height: 51.1 in. (129.7 cm) Width: 70.4 in. (178.8 cm)
Curb Weight: 3208 lbs (1455 kg) Ground Clearance: 4.7 in. (11.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 9.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: 24-valve DOHC V6 Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Horsepower: 228 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 221 lb-ft @ 2500-5000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds 1/4 Mile: 14.3 seconds
Available Trims & Engine
Option:SLK350 3.5L V6 Est. Market Price: $53,300; MPG: 18 city / 25 hwy
Option:SLK55 5.4L V8 Est. Market Price: $54,521; MPG: 14 city / 22 hwy