The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is an attractive coupe and convertible. It's based on the CL-Class, which may be the only problem found, given that it feels more like a sedan than a sports car. Plenty of wood trim and leather luxury outline the interior, and the silhouette is also eye-catching. Safety-wise, it can’t be beat. The only downside is the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) system, which was introduced in 2000. Although futuristic, this cockpit control panel is temperamental and hard to use.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mercedes-Benz CLK320, Mercedes-Benz CLK320 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz CLK430, Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Cabriolet
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class now offers a convertible model that is reminiscent of the classic muscle cars in the 1970s. Exterior mirrors now have an integrated turn signal feature. Stability and traction control are now standard, and all models have a new instrument cluster and the COMAND control system.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class convertible style has a power-operated top with a classy glass window that includes a defogger. It has a very sexy profile, and looks very attractive on the road. Exterior features include a rear window defroster, alloy wheels, heated mirrors, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and a light bar.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class has different interior qualities depending on the style. The coupe’s rear seats will accept two extra passengers with a little squeezing, but the convertible’s rear jump seats are a bit cramped for adult passengers, making long rides very uncomfortable. A new feature is the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) system. This system allows drivers to control a wide variety of functions in the cockpit including the radio, navigation, telephone, and trip computer functionality. All controls are combined into one unit. Unfortunately, the COMAND system is extremely buggy, causing a lot of confusion and frustration.
Standard features in the base CLK320 include bucket seats, front console, universal garage door opener, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, tachometer, stability control, traction control, anti-theft alarm system, leather seating, rear-split bench seat in the coupe only, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, telescoping steering wheel, leather shift knob, leather wrapped steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, auto-dim rearview mirror, an AM/FM cassette player, and a Bose audio system. Optional features include a CD player, heated seats, navigation system, cell phone, rear ski bag, steering wheel audio controls, and a power rear sunshade.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class comes with one of two engine types. The CLK320 models use a 215-horsepower, 3.2-liter, V-6 engine, the same that comes in the E320. The CLK 430 models come equipped with a 4.3-liter, V-8 engine that produces 275 horsepower. This is another engine used in other, larger Mercedes cars. Both engines use a five-speed automatic transmission with Touch Shift, a lever that allows drivers to shift gears manually if needed. All models are rear wheel driven.
Steering on the 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a bit heavy, but otherwise the drive is exceptionally smooth. The automatic transmission has adaptive logic technology that adjusts to a consumer's driving style over time. The suspension is a bit rough on the 320, and the vehicle drives more like a sedan than a sporty vehicle but may go unnoticed when on the road.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, stability control, and traction control. There are plenty of other features including the Electronic Stability Programing (ESP) system that reduces under steer and over steer by intelligently applying brake force to the wheel that needs it during a skid. The TeleAid system is also standard, which notifies emergency services immediately following a collision. It was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS for crash reliability.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz CLK320: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CLK320 Cabriolet: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CLK430: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Cabriolet: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Solid build
- Fast and smooth drivetrain
You Won't Like
- Lumbering steering
- Rough suspension in the CLK430
- Tiny convertible jump seats
One classy package.
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