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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Interior

Reviewers say that the SLK’s interior is typical Mercedes-Benz fare, with a stylish design and high-quality materials throughout. Differing opinions are offered on overall cabin space and comfort, though. Some reviewers think there is plenty of space, while others think it is a bit snug.

  • "The materials are of the highest quality with a solid fit-and-finish." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Despite petite dimensions, this roadster is big on all-day comfort, everyday convenience and a features list that includes pivoting wind-blocker panels, a variable-transparency roof panel and sun-reflective leather upholstery." -- Edmunds
  • "If you play basketball (or even first base) for a living, you probably need more stretch-out room than the SLK offers. And if you need to carry much stuff, a 2-seater whose hardtop retracts into the trunk space doesn't make a lot of sense." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new interior is a welcome departure from that of the last SLK. Gone is shiny-plastic, generic switchgear; in its place is what appears to be a scale model of the SLS dashboard. The design is modern, clean, and elegant." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Seating

Multiple reviewers use the word “snug” to describe the SLK’s cabin. Though space is not necessarily abundant, reviewers generally give the seats high marks for comfort and support. One reviewer appreciates that the optional leather seats are treated with a material that reduces the amount of sunlight and heat the seats absorb, which helps keep occupants cooler. MB-Tex leatherette upholstery and power seats are standard on the SLK250. Leather seats are optional on the 250 and standard on the SLK350 and SLK55 AMG. Heated seats and heat vents built in around the neck area on the seat, called Airscarf, are optional on all models.

  • "With the top up, visibility is better than in most convertibles. However, a small rearview mirror and tall deck hurt the view directly behind the car. The SLK rides low and has long doors, so entry and exit can be a challenge for older folks and in tight spaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The SLK cabin is quite snug, however, even among two-seaters." -- Edmunds
  • "The SLK seats aren't just extremely comfortable, they are also covered in sun-reflecting leather that reduces the rate at which the seats heat up when the car is parked with the top down." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There are seats for only two bottoms, but they fit those butts snuggly - the functional equivalents of leather-wrapped thrones, deeply contoured, precisely stitched. The cabin smells like well-cured, expensive leather." -- The Washington Post (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 SLK-Class comes standard with Mercedes’ COMAND system for operating audio, communication and navigation controls. An eight-speaker audio system with HD Radio, Bluetooth and a USB port are also standard. Optional features include navigation, an 11-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo, 10 gigabytes of music/memory storage, satellite radio, a CD changer and dual-zone climate control. A glass primary roof panel is also available.

Reviewers are generally pleased with the interior controls. Most like the COMAND system, which one critic says is intuitive, and the same as the system offered in other Mercedes-Benz models. Other reviewers say that it takes some time to acclimate to COMAND, but that is fairly common among infotainment systems. Another reviewer says he would appreciate the screen being a bit larger and having touch controls.

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  • "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
  • "Controls are virtually identical to those throughout the Mercedes lineup, meaning you're not sacrificing functionality or features because you've bought a two-seater." -- Edmunds
  • "One highlight is the thick-section, 3-spoke steering wheel that is flat-bottomed to help clear your thighs. 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

Cargo

The SLK’s trunk offers 10.1 cubic feet of space with the top up, which is a bit more than the 8 cubic feet available in the BMW Z4. Lowering the top reduces usable trunk space to 6.4 cubic feet. One reviewer notes that rivals like the Porsche Boxster, which have a soft top, don’t lose cargo space by lowering the convertible top. Another reviewer says that storage space in the cabin is lacking.

  • "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
  • "But while the SLK feels a little tight inside, it provides a relatively large trunk whether the roof is up (10.1 cubic feet) or down (a still useful 6.4 cubic feet)." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk volume is 10.1 cubic feet, falling to 6.4 cubic feet with the convertible top lowered. Both figures compare to the Z4, but that illustrates a drawback of folding hardtops. The soft-top TT and Boxster don't encroach on luggage room when you lower the roof." -- Cars.com (2012)
Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

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