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Mercedes SLK (R 172) used car test

Driving a Mercedes in all openness has never been seen as a cheap pleasure. But maybe now is the right time to think about what might be the brand’s last compact roadster? The third generation of the Mercedes SLK (from the facelift in March 2016: SLC) remained true to the concept of the original model until construction stopped in June 2020. It is sporty, relatively light and, with an overall length of only 4.13 meters, pleasingly short.

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Under the flat roadster body with the long front hood is plenty of tried and tested large-scale production technology from the C-Class. However, this is so skilfully composed that driving pleasure and durability are in an almost ideal balance.

Our obsidian black test vehicle from Autowelt Michael in Beckdorf (district of Stade) cost 49,226 euros new according to the Schwacke database. After eight years and 106,402 kilometers, 22,480 euros are due.

Mercedes SLK used: Body construction quality and material exemplary

The mileage is in no way problematic. Even with the roof open, cobblestone passages succeed without rattling. And that applies to both the chassis and the body. In retrospect, the quality of body construction and material selection of the roadster that rolled off the assembly line at the Bremen plant can be considered exemplary.

But is the base engine the right choice? Yes, because it still satisfies high demands! The seven-speed automatic harmonises well with the 1.8-liter M-271 Evo-Turbo direct injection engine: only seven seconds from zero to 100 km/h are fast, and the 270 Nm of torque that comes early guarantee proper elasticity.

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After eleven years, the design of the SLK still looks elegant. The third SLK generation is also the best in terms of quality.


On the other hand, the specified top speed of 237 km/h is only rarely exhausted, although the hard top remains acoustically restrained even at high speeds. The direct steering, which still works without play, and the cleanly tuned chassis ensure plenty of driving fun and dynamic reserves.

However, it is more relaxing to cruise overland in the intimately designed interior with the top down and enjoy gimmicks such as the “Airscarf” neck hairdryer (optional at the time), which reliably counteracts colds.

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0-100km/h

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135 kW (184 hp) at 5250 rpm

Seven-speed auto/rear

Trunk volume 225-335 l


If assistance systems such as the well-functioning “Distronic Plus” distance cruise control or the ILS headlight system with adaptive headlight distribution, which was groundbreaking at the time, benefited driving safety as well. With the 2014 Becker Map Pilot navigation system, which is subject to a surcharge, it is no longer possible to win a flowerpot: the touchscreen and mirror function are missing. And the system response times are rather sleepy.

Amazingly moderate average consumption

On the other hand, the astonishingly moderate average consumption, which has a seven in front of the decimal point even with fun inserts, is absolutely positive. Although the then alternatively available common rail diesel would still be one to two liters more economical, but they screwed up the fun character and can annoy in old age with expensive injector problems.

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Where else might there be a problem? The lengths SLK-Doors quickly provoke paint defects and dents. And the engine installed in this form until the end of 2015 unfortunately only meets the Euro 5 emissions standard.

Eight years later, the electrohydraulic vario-roof is still impressive: it doesn’t shy away from car washes and only has expensive joint or hydraulic problems in exceptional cases. Rarely has an old Swabian been so cool and solid at the same time.

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CO2

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Liability (14)*

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Partial coverage (19)*

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Fully comprehensive (19)*

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Road tax (Euro 5)

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alternator

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Starter (AT)

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4 summer tires (225/45 R17 Y; 245/40 R17 Y)

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