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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

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For 2011 Mercedes-Benz has left the SLK-Class largely untouched, thanks to the fact that the company is planning to introduce an all-new version of the vehicle for 2012. Even while wearing the 2010 model's robes, the vehicle still offers an affordable way for buyers to enjoy one of the best retractable hard tops in the industry. Though the SLK-Class delivers less raw performance than competitors like the BMW Z4 and Audi TTS Cabriolet, the Silver Arrow brings unsurpassed comfort and refinement to the table - both traits that luxury roadster buyers are sure to admire.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class continues to offer the perfect balance between coupe comfort and convertible driving enjoyment. With its excellent retractable hard top in place, the cabin is quiet and sheltered from the elements. The roof drops in 22 seconds to transform the vehicle into an attractive convertible.

You May Not Like This Car If...

This isn't a vehicle that can accommodate drivers or passengers who are exceptionally tall. The passenger footwell offers little room for large shoes and the trunk provides little space for luggage.

What's Significant About This Car?

With an all-new model coming for 2012, the 2011 SLK-Class is nearly identical to its 2010 counterpart. Expect to find similar bodywork, options and standard features.

Driving the SLK-Class

Driving Impressions When equipped with the 3.5-liter V6, the SLK350 delivers 300 horsepower and helps to push the German roadster to 60 mph in as little as six seconds. Though the standard...

six-speed manual transmission is a pleasure to operate, the optional six-speed automatic is no less enjoyable, offering quick and smooth shifts. While the SLK-Class may not be capable of keeping up with more sports-oriented vehicles from Audi and BMW, the little roadster does deliver improved ride quality with considerably less harshness over rough road surfaces.

Airscarf
The Airscarf seat heating system blows warm air on the back of your neck and shoulders, keeping you warm when the air outside isn't.

Improved Clear Coat Paint
Improved Clear Coat paint is 40 percent more durable, helping the SLK resist small scratching that appears after repeated washing and waxing.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Details
Interior

Mercedes-Benz has built the 2011 SLK-Class to offer excellent top-down driving every day of the year, including those days when the temperature is less than optimal. The company's Airscarf system provides warm jets of air at exactly neck level to keep both driver and passenger warm, and the comfortable and supportive leather seats are perfect for long drives or quick jaunts down more engaging roads. As with the exterior, the 2011 model is nearly a carbon copy of its 2010 predecessor.

Exterior

With a low-slung stance and wide footprint, the SLK-Class presents a sporty appearance. Though the upcoming 2012 model uses many design elements from the SLS AMG, the 2011 lifts its lines from the older SLR. With an arrow-like nose and a long hood, the vehicle makes no qualms about its purpose. A refreshingly short rear trunk deck efficiently stows the retractable hard top and a variety of wheel options make for an unmistakably stylish exterior.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes with an army of driving aides that include traction control, slip control and stability control, among others. In addition, buyers will find dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. The vehicle comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels as well.

Optional Equipment

Buyers can outfit the 2011 SLK-Class with options such as heated seats, the innovative Airscarf system, hard-drive based navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers and HID headlamps. Additionally, a number of dealer-installed options are also available.

Under the Hood

The SLK300 has a 228-horsepower V6 that feels plenty peppy, but not rocket-ship fast. If you can swing the extra cash, the SLK350 is the way to go. Either way, these are terrific roadsters with plenty of performance, great handling and Mercedes-Benz quality.

3.0-liter V6
228 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
221 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 19/26 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (manual), 19/25 (automatic)

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 142 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love it.

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Great handling."

Cons: "Tough on leg room for tall people"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased in April 2014 with 34,000 miles. It is pristine, and a real blast to drive. Not many SLK's in the Midwest, thus his roadster is a real "head turner". Love retractible hardtop"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

SPORTY-DYNAMIC-ALWAYS IN STYLISH LUXURY

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "HOLDS VALUE, IN DEMAND, ALWAYS IN STYLE, RELIABLE"

Cons: "HUSBAND AND WIFE ARGUE OVER WHO GETS TO DRIVE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Ownership is a pleasure and fun to drive. A true luxury sports car that is eye catching and head turning."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great car, great handling, good gas mileage

By on Thursday, June 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fantastic to drive up in the mountains"

Cons: "Trunk space with the top down is hard to access"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car is a joy to drive, can hardly way to take down the road. Great on twisting mountain drives, the Virgin River Gorge in southern Utah at 80+ is a hoot. Only draw back to the car is driving in snow, park it! For a two seat roadster, very comfortable ride, I get great comments on the looks everytime I drive it. The freeway from SLC to Vegas, everyone is driving 85+, this car isn't even breaking a sweat, really wants to get on down the road. This is my second SLK, the previous one was a 98' Compressor."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A true sports car

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Head turner"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car is not only exciting to drive but is also beautiful to look at. Mercedes quality, beauty and driving pleasure, what more could you want. The hardtop convertible is icing on the cake."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Fun in the Summer

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Sunburn, LOL

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "power, convertible, sharp looking"

Cons: "pricey, can't drive in a NE winter, small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"What a fun car!!! Engine + lightweight + hard-top convertible = perfect spring, summer and fall car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

by far a fast premo car

By on Friday, March 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good on gas, real fast, chick magnet, head turner,"

Cons: "no where to put a drink, back hurts on long rides"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I cannot believe how fast and how well this car rides. It is truely a work of art. It is well worth the money you spend on them"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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