Launched in 1996 the Mercedes SLK is a top-quality compact sports roadster. A high thrills sports car with a convertible hardtop, the Mercedes SLK combines both performance and luxury. Mercedes decided to end production of this car in 2020 but there are no shortage of these highly-prized vehicles on UK roads today.
The third-generation model, launched in 2011, was effectively the last major change to the SLK. Mercedes changed its name in 2016 to SLC to emphasis the engineering shared by the C-class.
There are four engines to choose from, starting with the entry-level 154bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder SLC 180 petrol (the diesel option was dropped by Mercedes) and the SLC 300 with its turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine.
In terms of fuel consumption, the Mercedes- Benz SLC Roadster SLC 200 Final Edition 9G-TRONIC offers 44 miles to the gallon with CO3 emissions of 173. This compares to the Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster SLC 43 AMG Final Edition 9G-TRONIC delivering only 37 miles to the gallon with CO2 emissions of 199.
Being a two-seater sports car – there is no back-seat passenger safety issue. The Mercedes Benz SLK 2002 model was given a four-star rating by Euro NCAP for adult occupants. The car’s safety score:
Adult: four star
Pedestrian: one star
The Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s of London set your car’s insurance group from 1 to 50. In theory, the higher the insurance group, the greater your insurance premium will be
Unsurprisingly, given the sporty nature of the high-powered SLK the insurance group is pretty high. Depending on the size engine and model spec, the insurance group ranges from 32 to 37.
You could find cheap car insurance quotes for all these models and more:
Mercedes A Class hatchback
Mercedes B Class hatchback
Mercedes E Class Saloon
Mercedes certainly got the design right when it launched the SLK in 1996. So successful was it with its target market and ahead of its time, that no significant alterations were made for a full eight years.
The name ‘SLK’ derives from sportlich (sporty), leicht (light), and kurz (short).