Introduced greater than about ten years ago being an response to its European rivals within the luxury small roadster segment, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was the very first modern vehicle to popularize using a energy-retracting convertible top constructed of steel sections as opposed to the more traditional fabric soft top. Though more complicated and ponderous, a convertible hardtop design supplies a coupelike profile and superior wind and weather protection within the top-up position.
Much improved interior design, sports-carlike handling, strong and sweet-sounding V6, comfort and convenience of retractable hardtop.
Costs more than peers, big blind spots when top is up.
After seven years on the market, Mercedes redesigns the SLK for 2005. Potential buyers should also note that the company's complimentary scheduled maintenance program has been dropped.