Review: Mercedes SLK 350

24 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review: Mercedes SLK 350
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Review: Mercedes SLK 350

Too small and uncomfortable. В That more or less sums up what I think of the Mercedes SLK 350. В

I have always enjoyed Mercedes cars and my SLK experiences started with a 2002 SLK 320 Manual. It was bright red and my, so called, friends refered to it as a hairdressers car! В

Looks aside, it was not a bad car, the gearbox was a bit notchy and the suspension was not very sporty but on the whole I quite liked it. В So when I first took delivery of my SLK 350 auto with the F1 style front end and the more powerful engine I was excited, I like to drive fairly quickly and I enjoy driving for drivings sake. В  The new car looked better than the old model and the interior felt more up todate.В

My first drive of the 350 was quite interesting.

As I pulled away, with far too much throttle, the rear wheels snatched at the tarmac for grip and the car snaked it’s way up the road. My first impression was positive, I like a lively drive and this certainly felt quite lively. В But my initial impression did not last for very long.

В I discovered that if I drove the car with too much vigour that the gearbox would soon start to mess about, it would refuse to change up and hold the car in a gear for far too long. В On one occasion I arrived at a t-junction which was on a fairly steep incline; the car would not move! it just sat there with it’s engine revving away. В After what felt like an age a gear was found with a bang and away we went. В

I continued my drive in a far more sedate manner and the car behaved as it should, but this experience had tainted my view and I was never particularly happy with the car’s performance.В

Another problem with the SLK 350 Auto is one of having a very slow gearbox when it comes to selecting reverse gear after drive. В If you are driving along a busy high street and spot a parking space you pull up just past the gap and select R on the auto box and then wait. it feels as though it’s going to take forever. The only thing I will say about this is that it’s a problem with ALL modern Mercedes auto’s and the SLK is not alone.

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The Interior cabin of SLK is quite well appointed, if a little on the small side. В There is a distinct lack of accessible storage and trying to find find somewhere to put your house keys, mobile phone and pack of gum is quite a challenge.В

The folding roof is quite superb and should be a standard feature on all cars. В The only small problem is the amount of luggage space space left when the roof is folded down.

The cars perfomance on a nice wide open, smooth, bump free road is very good. The car accelerates well and stops well. В The engine feels a little harsh when being driven in anything other than a docile way and I have already given my opinion of the gearbox.

The car’s suspension is very hard and is set up in such a way that hard driving into corners will produce a little initial understeer followed by very controllable oversteer. В The suspension is, in my opinion, just too hard for everyday use.

In conclusion, The Mercedes SLK 350 is not my type of car. В It’s not an exceiting drive in the sense that a Caterham or a TVR is exciting and it’s not comfortable like some of it’s bigger brothers. В I think this car is targeted at the 50+ female driver who does not want to drive quickly and is more interested in the look rather than build quality and performance.

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