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2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Preview

Pros: All the refinement and engineering you’ve come to expect from the German automaker with a touch of sporty fun and performance thrown in for good measure. Oh, and there’s a manual version available. Score. 

Cons: There’s only room for two, so the SLK isn’t always going to be the most practical and likely won’t be your only vehicle. 

2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Price & Fuel Economy: There are three equally fabulous versions of the 2015 SLK-Class available, and they are: 

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 Roadster $52,200 (with 6-speed manual) 
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Raodster $67,200 
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Raodster $81,000

As there is a different engine in each model, fuel economy ranges from 7.2L to 8.1L/100km on the highway, and 10.4L to 11.1L/100km in the city. 

Powertrain: As mentioned above, there are three different engines featured in the 2015 SLK-Class models. In the SLK 250 you’ll find an inline 4-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Move up a rung to the 2015 SLK 350 and you’ll find a V6 mill under the sculpted hood that’ll push out 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. And if you pony up for the rambunctious SLK 55 AMG you’ll find a V8 powerhouse that pumps out 415 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. 

Power is sent to the rear wheels and is controlled via a 6-speed manual (in the base SLK 250) or via 2 versions of Mercedes’ 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 

Changes and Improvements: No major changes or improvements have been made to the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class models. 

Cargo Capacity: As this is a roadster, there is only seating for two. With the roof up, the SLK features 335 litres of trunk space. And when the roof slides into its storage spot over the trunk, that capacity shrinks to 225 litres. 

Safety: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as PRE-SAFE Brake, ATTENTION ASSIST (which helps keep you in your lane should you start to drift), and DISTRONIC PLUS (which keeps the optimal distance between you and car ahead in stop-and-go traffic). 

Comparing the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class: Porsche Boxster, Audi TT, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z.