Mercedes SLK 200 AMG Roadster Review
Whist Mercedes-Benz is most renowned for its S, E, C Class and now renamed ML, it has also been popular for its compact 2 seat sports car the SLK.
As a front engine, rear wheel drive roadster, the SLK ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to looks, feel and handling. Being a tin-top it is also a practical roadster as it is comfortably usable all year round.
As a strong competitor to the likes of the Audi TT (available as a coupe or rag top roadster) and the BMW 2 Series Convertible,
it offers something a little different. The BMW and Audi still retain that business like look with their designs being more efficient than stylish. However, the SLK has more striking lines and the interior has a brighter finish bringing more light into the cabin. The Mercedes SLK also comes with all the creature comforts Mercedes drivers come to expect such as Bluetooth Hands Free, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, DAB Radio & 6CD Changer, and the like as standard. The AMG Sport variant we tested also includes AMG Bodystyling, Larger 18³ AMG Alloy Wheels, Lowered Sports Suspension and leather upholstery with contrast stitching.
Overall the cabin, as mentioned earlier is brighter than the Audi and BMW equivalents making it a pleasant place to be.
To drive, the SLK is rather nice too. The petrol 200 model on test produces 184hp out of the 2.0l turbo-charged engine delivered to the rear wheels via the optional 9-Speed G-Tronic gearbox on the vehicle provided. Acceleration on the Auto is actually .1s quicker (than the manual), getting you from 0-62 in just 6.9s and on to 147mph. The interesting thing with this and the Audi and BMW is that they offer a diesel variant. Even more interesting is that the 250d is quicker than the 200 getting you up to 62 in only 6.6s
and on to 152mph. Taking this performance improvement into account along with the improved economy of the diesel (a claimed 70 mpg combined) means this is a pragmatic choice for the exec wanting a sporty company car. However the trade off is engine sound, which with a diesel is a grumble and far less impressive than the angry bark of even the 200 petrol. However, if you want speed, the SLK 300 will win out getting you to 62 in an even quicker 5,8s. Oh and dont forget the AMG SLK55 variant which will knock another 1.2s off the 300’s time.
Handing wise the 200 was nice and tame. The firmer suspension does give rise to a slightly more crashy ride which, bearing in mind the likely audience of the SLK, might not be as appreciated as MB would like to think. When pushed around the B-roads however, body roll is not severe and it handles the corners well (just avoid pot-holes), whilst the traction control keeps you firmly in check.
Looking at the SLK200 AMG Sport we had on test, it is a capable roadster perfectly targeted at its market. Honestly, I cannot imagine the 300 petrol being that popular as those wanting the performance will no doubt look for a more masculine looking vehicle. The diesel option will prove popular (due to the better
performance and far superior economy) in the fleet market and is a strong competitor against the slightly more conservative styling of the BMW and Audi alternatives.To lease, on a standard 3+35 / 10,000mpa Contract Hire, both the 200 Petrol and 250 diesel come in under £300+VAT per month which is even more appealing. If you would like to find out more about leasing the Mercedes SLK or any other vehicle, please contact JCS Fleet on 01223 911 971 or complete our online enquiry form below.