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Mercedes SLK 200

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Latest generation of original folding hard-top much, but does it deliver?

a name derived from the of the German words for Sporty, and Short, the original SLK had an obvious Predictably, the automated hard-top was separated Mercedes’ baby car from its rivals – although did affect the styling of the 1996 giving it a boxy look.

generations have refined the and the all-new SLK is less compromised by its roof arrangement than before. The tidy rear and face give the latest car a upmarket and aggressive appearance.

Opt for Sport trim, and you also get an AMG 18-inch wheels and lowered It’s still taller and than the low-slung BMW, so it looks more substantial.

The continue inside, as the interior has completely reworked. It offers space and a wide range of and seat adjustment. The driving is good, then, while upgrading from the current SLK immediately notice the cabin’s modern design and superior

Deep-set dials complement the yet simple dashboard, while the air vents and aluminium switches on the console are lifted straight the SLS. These give the a high-class feel.

On top of that, the £4,000 premium the Sport model commands the standard car buys contrasting red on the upholstery. It also brings touches like matching and perforated grips on the tactile, multifunction steering wheel. quality can’t be faulted either.

Buyers can access a of technology and trim options, but be they don’t come Even a traditional analogue is a £195 extra. More is the clear polycarbonate Panoramic (£410), which allows into the cabin even the top is closed.

Go for the all-singing, all-dancing Sky Control version, and you can even the top from transparent to tinted at the of a switch – although this costs a hefty £1,995.

The roof is fully automated – it in around 20 seconds – and refinement is with it in place. However, wind-in-the-air motoring means boot space; drop the and luggage capacity falls 335 litres to 225 litres. Still, the area is bigger than the in either configuration.

That’s news, but buying a roadster is a decision made by the heart, not the If the SLK is going to beat its rivals the driving experience needs to a big impression.

On paper, it gets off to a start, as the relatively small and four-cylinder layout won’t sports car fans. Still, the 1.8 181bhp output isn’t far its rivals, and standard stop-start to make it the cleanest and most choice.

You have to really drive cars to get under their and it’s then that the early promise begins to Docile throttle responses it lacks the sporty reactions expect from a roadster, and the is strained at high revs.

Mercedes SLK 200

is a problem, as you have to work it to extract its performance. At the track, the SLK did in 7.5 seconds – that’s eight-tenths on the Z4 and a huge 1.9 seconds behind the TT.

not completely outclassed, however, as the produces peak torque at 1,800rpm – and that helped the beat the Z4 in each of our in-gear It’s worth noting that our car was equipped with the auto box (£1,520), with an ratio over the six-speed BMW.

Standard SLKs are likely to be matched to the Z4. The automatic transmission have other benefits. paddles provide manual and you get a distinctive warble when you up at the red line.

But the shifts aren’t as as those delivered by Audi’s transmission, and the box is often busy for the correct ratio in automatic

The biggest disappointment for keen will be the engine’s lack of yet the SLK’s chassis doesn’t much, either. Even our car had sports suspension and Direct (£215), it doesn’t have the sporty reactions or the surefooted of the Audi.

Worse still, the Sport delivers a brittle ride, to its 10mm lower suspension and wheels, while the rear thumps over bumps. We that lesser models strike a better compromise, but for all its the SLK has its work cut out here.


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WHY: Third-generation SLK with bold new look. SLK 200 manual box as standard, but ours has the 7G-Tronic auto.

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