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2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Roadster
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/200
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $41,000
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2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

Sports just enough power to justify the price.

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Overview

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was first introduced in 1997. This fun-to-drive roadster reflects how Mercedes-Benz has set its sights on a younger crowd by designing a vehicle with lots of power and an attention-seeking design.

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is available in just one model: the SLK230 Kompressor. The Kompressor can go from a closed, hard-top coupe to a convertible with the touch of a button. In fact, there are plenty of standard luxury features that, when coupled with the high-powered engine, may cause drivers to take the long way home. Anyone looking for a fun, luxury sports car should have the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class on their short list.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Kompressor

What's New

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class only receives a few upgrades, including special Designo paint and trim offered in either Electric Green or Copper.

Exterior

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has a sporty look designed to attract buyers of all ages. Exterior standard features include a power convertible roof, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, power heated mirrors, and auto-dim mirrors. Buyers can upgrade to the Designo Copper edition or the Electric Green edition.

Interior

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has plenty of luxury features, which help make it one of the best vehicles you can buy. Features include a six-speaker Bose stereo system, air conditioning, interior air filtration, an electrochromatic rearview mirror, and leather just about everywhere you look (doors, dash, steering wheel, and shift knob included, not to mention the seats).

One of the 2010 SLK's best features, though, is its retractable roof. When it's up, you feel like you're sitting in the cabin of a regular hardtop, as there are very few hints that you're actually in a convertible. It even blocks outside noise very well. Push a button, though, and you get to enjoy a convertible's carefree attitude within 30 seconds. Unlike some convertibles, you don't have to get out of your seat to put the top up or down. It's fully automated for your comfort.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 comes with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that offers 185 horsepower (hp). Although the SLK was originally introduced with just an automatic transmission, Mercedes-Benz wisely listened to the rejection from sports car enthusiasts and later added a manual option. The 2000 SLK230 Kompressor now comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but for those who aren't purists, an automatic transmission is available.

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has precise steering, which adds to the driving experience. A well-damped suspension responds well to the road's inconsistencies, offering a very smooth ride. Unfortunately, the driving experience is hampered by a rather weak exhaust system. Still, the SLK230 Kompressor is definitely fun to drive.

Safety

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes with a ton of safety features, including electronic brake force distribution, traction control, stability control, and four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS). You also get emergency braking assist, dual front side-mounted airbags, an anti-theft alarm system, and front seatbelt pretensioners.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor: 19/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Quiet ride
  • Good handling
  • Retractable hardtop

You Won't Like

  • Putting the top up creates a huge blind spot
  • Poor steering feedback
  • Seeing other drivers get more for their money

Sum Up

Sports just enough power to justify the price.

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