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MSRP: $43,525 - $68,925
Invoice: $40,478 - $64,100
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Interior

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class draws compliments from reviewers for its high-quality interior materials and attractive cabin design that they say evoke more expensive Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Test drivers also appreciate the optional Airscarf system, which blows warm air onto the occupant's neck to increase comfort while driving with the top down on cooler days.

  • "The SLK interior bears a strong family resemblance to the layouts in both the SL luxury roadster and the more exotic SLS AMG GT. Although the SLK is by far the cheapest car of the three, you'll be hard-pressed to see where Mercedes cut costs." -- Edmunds
  • "The materials are of the highest quality with a solid fit-and-finish." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The luscious interior is Mercedes-Benz deluxe in every way." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The interior now looks like a scaled-down SLS." -- Car and Driver (2012)

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Seating

The SLK-Class seats two and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated leather seats are optional, as is Mercedes' Airscarf system, which blows warm air onto the occupant's neck in order to make driving with the roof lowered more pleasant on cooler days. Reviewers say the SLK's seats are comfortable and spacious for most occupants, though some critics mention that legroom will be limited for taller drivers. Test drivers are impressed with the Airscarf system, saying it makes driving with the top down very enjoyable.

  • "The main issue inside the SLK is that it's quite snug, even by compact roadster standards. The Z4, for example, gives larger drivers more room." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether outfitted in the leather-like MB-Tex or the real thing, the SLK's seats are a pleasure to be in. … Key to the SLK's glorious top-down driving experience are features like the Airscarf neck-heating system and Airguide wind-deflector that create a comfortable and surprisingly turbulent-free cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Top-up headroom is plentiful, and the seats have enough travel to accommodate all but the longest of leg." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The seats, unfortunately, remain too stiff, with little payoff on curvy roads. Get the SLK in a tight sweeper, and your backside still slides too much. Power adjustments are standard, but tall drivers will want more range. At 5-foot-11, I drove with the chair all the way back." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The SLK250 comes standard with Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with a 5.8-inch display screen, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with HD Radio. Available features include navigation with a 7-inch display screen, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system and dual-zone automatic climate control. The SLK-Class also comes standard with a transparent roof panel, and a Magic Sky Control roof panel is optional, which allows the driver to adjust the transparency of the roof panel to let in more or less sunlight.

Test drivers report that the COMAND infotainment system is pretty simple and straightforward to use once it's learned, though some critics wish the display screen were a bit bigger. Reviewers also like the Magic Sky Control roof option, noting that the standard roof is not tinted dark enough to adequately block out the sunlight.

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  • "Notably, the panoramic glass roof is standard on every SLK for 2014, and that's both a blessing and a curse. The view out is certainly nice, but there's no retractable sunshade, and the only protection you get is a light tint. For this reason, we strongly recommend the optional Magic Sky Control feature, which darkens the glass automatically at the press of a button. It seems silly to get a retractable-roof roadster if the roof isn't able to block the sun." -- Edmunds
  • "The system takes some time to get used to, but most of the controls become second nature after a month or two. We would like the screen to be slightly larger and offer touch functionality." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The main gauges are two big analog circles that flank a screen displaying a wide variety of driver-selectable information. A twist-and-push electronic controller on the console operates audio and navigation features - not immediately intuitive, but it works." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

With the top up, the SLK-Class has 10.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which reduces to 6.4 when the top is lowered. The SLK's trunk space is fairly good for the class. Test drivers note that golf clubs won't fit in the trunk when the top is lowered, and others report that the SLK's center console is not very deep and that there generally isn't much in the way of small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "On the bright side, the trunk is surprisingly accommodating whether the roof is up (10.1 cubic feet) or down (a still useful 6.4 cubic feet)." -- Edmunds
  • "With the roof up, trunk space checks in at a respectable 10.1 cubic feet, while lowering it down reduces room to 6.4 cubes." -- Left Lane News
  • "… golf bags won't fit in the trunk with the top down. …" -- AutoTrader
  • "In-cabin storage is also limited. The center console is shallow, the door pockets are tiny, and Mercedes provides a couple cubbies behind the seats, but they're small." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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