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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $39,766 - $41,789.

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MSRP $44,450

Fair Purchase Price $40,778
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KBB Expert Rating 7.7 / 10
10/7.7
This Car - 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 9/20/2013


With a retractable hardtop and Mercedes-Benz's innately high comfort level, the 2014 SLK roadster is satisfying to drive regardless of weather or road conditions. The latest generation of Mercedes' 2-seater is larger and roomier than past models, and its exterior design has matured into something truly elegant yet aggressive. A variety of engines – from a small and efficient 4-cylinder to a mighty AMG V8 – enable the 2014 SLK's performance to range from competent to blistering. Dynamically it still feels softer than the corner-carving Porsche Boxster, but the SLK's emphasis on comfort and prestige should come as no surprise for any car wearing the vaunted 3-Pointed Star, and those traits only add to this roadster's overall appeal.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a well-appointed 2-seat convertible with a hardtop roof that protects against the elements and a supple ride quality that coddles on your daily commute, it's hard to beat the 2014 Mercedes SLK.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you play basketball (or even first base) for a living, you probably need more stretch-out room than the SLK offers. In that case, the 4-seat Audi A5/S5 might appeal. If you crave an open-top plaything to slice mountain roads on weekends, you'll probably be happier in a Porsche Boxster.

What's New for 2014

Still fresh from its redesign two years ago, the SLK only brings a pair of different exterior colors to the table for the 2014 model year.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Mercedes-Benz has worked hard to build sports-car credibility into its latest SLK, the third generation of the car. Each edition of the retractable hardtop roadster has upped the performance ante. For the most part, they have succeeded with the latest edition, which boasts confident road-holding and taut, responsive steering while still returning a plush highway ride. Even a base model with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is quick (0-60 mph is pegged at 6.5 seconds), but Sport mode should be engaged to wring the most out of it. In Normal mode, that base engine is nagged by turbo lag. V6 models are noticeably quicker (0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds), while the V8-powered SLK AMG model blazes (0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds). The SLK still isn't as naturally light on its feet as a Boxster, but it's extremely satisfying to drive, especially in proper top-down form.

Favorite Features

RETRACTABLE HARDTOP
The SLK-Class brought retractable hardtops into the mainstream when the roadster debuted in 1998, and it's still setting the pace. Such a setup delivers a delicious automotive duality: In less than 20 seconds, the SLK can transform from buttoned-down coupe to sun-splashed convertible.

AIRSCARF & AIR GUIDES
In a bid to make top-down motoring a more pleasant experience in cooler weather, Mercedes engineers have provided adjustable Air Guide deflectors on each roll bar and the Airscarf system, which delivers warm air to your neck from an outlet in the headrest.


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