2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

An ideal convertible for speed and thrills.

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Overview

As would be expected of a convertible, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has presence. Its retractable hardtop is an eye-catcher whether up or down, and the sheer power in this little car is very good for an ego boost, or as an aid in a hasty exit situation. With its firm suspension, it does not disappoint in comfort, stability, and maneuverability.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible/roadster
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual overdrive, seven-speed automatic overdrive
Models: Mercedes-Benz SLK280, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

What's New

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes with options that further enhance the already sleek aerodynamic design of this speed machine. Enhancements give the roadster classier wheels and a fancier outer body, making it a clear show-stopper. It also comes with higher engine performance, moving to a 3.5-liter, V-6 base engine, a lower ground clearance, and optional sport suspension. To accommodate the various options, it is offered in three trims: the SLK280, SLK350, and SLK55 AMG.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is proportional, with 70.4 inches of width, 51 inches of height, 160.7 inches of length, 9.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, riding on a 95.7-inch wheelbase. It's fitted with 225/50 RV performance tires on 16-inch alloy wheels, with external signaling mirrors, a rear window defogger, and a power-driven retractable hardtop.

Interior

The interior of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes with alloy trim on the dashboard, on the center console, and on the door handle. The trim, coupled with the high-quality leather that covers the sport height-adjustable driver and passenger seats, doors, gearshift, and steering wheel, and you have interior perfection. It is a two-door that seats two passengers comfortably and has ample interior space, for a convertible. It comes with 37.9 inches of headroom, 54.6 inches of hip room, 42.5 inches of legroom, and 52.2 inches of shoulder room. It is also fitted with plenty of power-operated features, including heated mirrors, remote-operated, one-touch windows, and speed-proportional steering, along with audio settings and cruise control mounted on the steering wheel. For added convenience, it is fitted with ample storage space in cup holders, a front console, and door pockets. As is standard on almost all Benz vehicles, it comes fitted with dual-zone climate control for both the driver and the front passenger. The driver is also given various signals on the dashboard such as low fuel, low tire pressure, low battery power, and high engine temperature, among other indicators. The driver also enjoys a DVD voice-operated trip computer and a clock. For entertainment, the SLK it is fitted with an external antennae and nine interior speakers that support a sound system with an AM/FM radio and a single-CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a rear-drive vehicle that seats two, with a hardtop convertible roof and a powerful engine. The base engine is fitted on the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Roadster, and is a six-speed manual transmission, 3.0-liter V-6, producing 228 hp at 6100 rpm, emitting 221 lb-ft of torque at 2700 rpm, and featuring a double overhead cam (DOHC) and 24 valves with variable valve timing (VVT). The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 has a 3.5-liter, V-6, 268-hp engine, while the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG comes with 5.4-liter, V-8, 355 hp engine.

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes with a high-quality suspension system, which includes a front and rear stabilizer bar, MacPherson strut suspension, multi-link suspension in the rear wheels, and four-wheel independent suspension. Other fittings and safety systems include the emergency braking assist and electronic brake force distribution systems, stability and traction control systems, Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) in all the four-wheels, and ventilated front disc brakes coupled with solid rear disc brakes.

Safety

Additional post-collision safety fittings and systems on the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class include airbags for the driver and passenger, with side-mounted airbags on both sides, adjustable headrests that protect the occupant from whiplash in a collision, and a occupant-sensing deactivation system for the passenger airbags, which protects a child or a small bodied occupant from likely injuries from a launching airbag. For day-to-day safety, it is fitted with a remote anti-theft alarm, an engine immobilizer, and an interior emergency trunk-release lever. It also comes with daytime running lights, fog lights, dusk-sensing lights, and auto delay-off headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

SLK SLK280: 20/27 mpg city/highway
SLK SLK350: 18/25 mpg city/highway
SLK SLK55 AMG: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Performance
  • Attractive exterior and interior
  • Options

You Won't Like

  • Small vehicle
  • Tight interior and cargo room

Sum Up

An ideal convertible for speed and thrills.

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