This is the third-generation of Mercedes-Benz SLK, which is code named as R172. The roadster looks aggressive than the previous two generations, which looked rather cute. The snout of the SLK gets the large black front grille with a single horizontal chrome slat with pulled back headlamps. The fascia of the SLK resembles that of the SLS AMG, giving it a family look.

SLK has space only for two seats, and its short wheelbase means no second row of seats. The front row seats of the SLK are large and supportive and are electrically adjustable. The leather on the seats is well bolstered and the feel of it is lavished. The instrument binnacle is made of twin dials and a central information system too. It also gets the same three-spoke Mercedes-Benz steering wheel with a flat bottom. It get circular air-con vents and of course the COMAND system. The boot size is fairly large as it swallows 335 litres of luggage in it.

Mercedes-Benz has plonked in a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine in the SLK350 and it produces 306 bhp, while the peak torque is of 350 Nm. While the SLK 55 AMG comes with a 5.5 litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine that produces 420 bhp of power and 540 Nm of peak torque. This might sound less for an AMG standard, but open the bonnet and see how tight fit is the engine in the SLK bay. Change the mode from comfort to sports and things improve further. The throttle response is better, the shifts are quicker. The steering wheel is light and easy to drive all day long. The response from it is also good.

The SLK had always been more of a tourer than a sports car- all credit to its well-tuned suspension and steering. The ride suppleness is excellent and the roadster simply glides over potholes.


1) SLK 350

2) SLK 55 AMG

Variants Ex-Showroom Price
79.88 Lakhs Get on road price


Fuel Type PETROL
Engine CC 1796
Power 165 BHP
Torque 24 @ 3,000 (kgm@rpm)
No Of Cylinders 4
Transmission AUTOMATIC
Paddle Shift -
Kerb Weight 1390

Our Verdict

The updated Mercedes Benz SLK is a much more evolved version and breaks away from the automaker’s norms. To appeal to a larger audience, the sticker price has been reduced a bit. SLK in German stands for Sportlich’, ‘Leicht’ and ‘Kurz’, which essentially in English translates to ‘Sporty’, ‘Lightweight’ and ‘Short’. And that is exactly what the stylish and good-looking SLK is all about. With snug, comfortable seating, and premium interiors the two-seater coupe has a large boot which definitely underlies its efficiency. A practical everyday vehicle, way ahead of its competition, it is one among the best vehicles today.