2009 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class Interior
This interior review was written when the 2009 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class was new.
Reviewers offer mixed reviews on the SLK's fit and finish, but agree that its 2009 interior refresh is a step up from previous models. In addition to a long list of standard convenience features, the SLK offers modest cargo space and generally comfortable seats -- granted that you aren't very tall.
- "The interior is finished with materials that are a quantum leap from the first SLK's." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The SLK's interior design and materials are generally beyond reproach. Soft, high-quality plastics complement supportive yet nicely cushioned seats." -- Edmunds
- "All in all, the SLK's slick cabin is every bit Mercedes-Benz; nicely finished, ergonomically sound, and well constructed." -- About.com
- "Despite the changes, the cabin is rather plain and basic when you consider the SLK350 starts at about $50,000. Some of the buttons and controls in the cabin, like the ones for the retractable hardtop and side mirrors that are located on the center console, have a low-grade look and feel." -- Cars.com
- "Without COMAND, as was the case with our West Coast test car, the interior really does look a bit déclassé, its big vents and sparkly painted plastic buttons conveying more base-model C-class character than aspiring SL-class." -- Car and Driver
Most auto writers agree that the SLK's two-passenger cabin is no place for tall drivers. However, they offer differing opinions on whether or not the car's seats are comfortable for long drives.
- "Probably the biggest impediment to long-haul comfort is the roadster's firm bucket seats, which began to get uncomfortable after only three hours at the wheel. The seats have substantial side bolsters that'll keep you in place when cornering quickly, but they could use softer padding. ... The SLK350's cabin is definitely cozy if you're around 6 feet tall, and the car's optional power seats don't help matters. If you're tall, you'll find that the seats work against you in your quest to get comfortable in the car." -- Cars.com
- "The soft and supportive seats remain comfortable even after several hours of driving." -- Edmunds
- "Good shoulder width and head clearance, but tall drivers may want more legroom. The driving position is enhanced by a standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel. The seats are very firm and lack lumbar adjustment, which is a comfort deficit to some occupants." -- Consumer Guide
- "There isn't much space inside the SLK 350's cabin. That means if you are accustomed to leaning back a bit as you caress the steering wheel, forget it. The driver's seat, for example, keeps your body upright, whether you want to be upright or not." -- Washington Post
The SLK receives subtle changes for 2009. In general, critics are pleased with its cabin features -- especially its new sound system.
- "Interior changes are even harder to spot: Redesigners freshened up the instrument cluster and head unit, which has also been updated with Mercedes's next-generation NTG 2.5 electronics system. There's also a new three-spoke steering wheel, which now controls Benz's new Direct Steer system..." -- Motor Trend
- "The audio system has been revamped and now includes a screen like the one used on models with the automaker's Comand system. It doesn't, however, include the integrated control knob you'll find in a C-Class or S-Class sedan with Comand; selections are made using a set of buttons on the dash. The steering wheel is also new and the gauges have been mildly restyled." -- Cars.com
- "Mercedes' new, enhanced stereo system sounds fantastic, and the iPod integration works well. Unfortunately, the small screen on the dashboard appears to have the same resolution as a 1980s monochrome computer monitor. Thankfully, it can be switched off completely." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Our Michigan test car was fitted with the optional new COMAND audio/navigation system, which dressed up the interior to a level befitting a $50,000 vehicle." -- Car and Driver
- "Top-down wind buffeting is minimal if you keep the windows up, and the optional Airscarf system, which channels warm air to your neck and shoulders via dedicated ducts in the headrests, makes the SLK a true four-season convertible." -- Edmunds
The SLK provides 9.8 cubic-feet of cargo space with the top raised and 6.5 cubic-feet with the top lowered.
- "When lowered, the folded top naturally eats up trunk space, but a modest 6.5 cubic feet is still available." -- Edmunds
- "[A] medium-sized suitcase can fit in the trunk even with the top lowered." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The top lowers into the trunk, leaving just enough space for a couple of soft suitcases. Raising the roof frees sufficient trunk volume for a long weekend." -- Consumer Guide