The SLK-Class was heavily redesigned last year, introducing the third generation of the roadster. This year, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class continues to offer the same molding metal hardtop, with some new features.
The SLK-Class is the small roadster in the German automaker’s lineup, and it is the first-ever two-seater in the American market to feature a retractable-folding hardtop that offers the security of a coupe and the easy top-down functionality of a convertible.
New For 2013
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is now fitted with mbrace2 in-car technology along with Adaptive High beam Assist as an option. The SLK350 model is fitted with the following standard features:
- Heated Seats
- MP3/iPod interface
- Remote-operating hardtop
- Airscarf neck-heating system
- Premium stereo system with satellite radio
- Fuel-saving Eco Start/Stop
Compared to other competing roadsters, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is rather short. It shares the same low-sitting grille as its more powerful SLS-Class sibling, as well as the single chrome band in between the headlights, with the three-pointed Mercedes star.
As with other luxury cars available in the market today, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is fitted with LED taillights and daytime running lights. All versions of this roadster get the retracting hardtop and an optional Magic Sky Control pane, which is a glass pan that can be switched to opaque or transparent with the push of a button.
The SLK-Class comes with 17-inch wheels as standard, but 18-inch alloys can be fitted as an option. A sports appearance package adds some more exterior features to the car to give it a sportier look, including the addition of a rear spoiler. The roadster can also be fitted with bi-Xenon headlights with washers.
The high-performance 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is fitted with some notable exterior features to differentiate itself from its other models. These features include light-alloy wheels, a ground effects kit, a spoiler lip, a large front air dam, and chrome-plated twin tailpipes.
The optional AMG Handling Package comes with 18-inch AMG wheels in matte black or silver, performance suspension and steering wheel, and a limited-slip differential.
Interior & Cargo
The dashboard of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is the most dominant part of the roadster’s interiors. Its shelf-like design is fitted with a 5.8-inch center screen that houses stereo displays. Horizontal stripes have been added to the interior of the car to make it look wider, and the center screen can be incorporated with a navigation system if the latter is chosen.
According the Mercedes, the glove compartment is now around 26 percent bigger than its predecessor, and it does appear a little bigger by comparison. The trunk of the roadster is usually not a qualifying factor in the segment, but the SLK-Class offers a decent 10.1 cubic feet of space when the hardtop is raised up. When the hardtop is lowered, however, trunk space goes down to a meager 6.4 cubic feet.
Standard interior features inside the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class include an aluminum trim, a Harman Kardon premium stereo system, a flat-bottom and leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted cruise controls and audio controls, and leather seats.
Optional features include wood trim, a wood-and-leather steering wheel, heated seats, and neck-level heating vents in the seatbacks.
All versions of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class come with the bevy of safety features that is expected of Mercedes-Benz cars. This includes anti-lock brakes, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring, and several other safety features. The roadster is fitted with eight airbags, including head-extending side airbags that are deployed from the doors.
Other safety features incorporated in the SLK-Class include parking assist, Electronic stability control and traction control, attention assist, and adaptive high-beam assist.
The base model SLK250 is fitted with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 201 horsepower (hp) and 229 lb-ft of torque. It goes from zero to 60 mph in around 6.5 seconds. The next-powerful version is the SLK350, which is fitted with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This model hits the 60 mph mark in around 5.4 seconds.
For the best performance, the SLK55 AMG is the way to go, with a 5.5-liter, V-8 engine under the hood that delivers 415 hp paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has also been optimized for better fuel economy with the addition of the Eco Start/Stop technology. The large, handmade, V-8 engine under the hood of the SLK55 AMG comes with a cylinder deactivation feature and uses lightweight aluminum engine casting for better fuel efficiency.
Overall, the SLK250 offers around 23/29 mpg city/highway, the SLK350 offers 23/27 mpg city/highway, and SLK55 offers 20/24 mpg city/highway. All these figures are quite decent considering the performance offered by the roadsters and the average fuel economy in the segment.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
- Audi TTS
- BMW Z4
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Ford Shelby GT500
- Porsche Boxster