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2008 (58) Mercedes-Benz SlkSLK 200K 2dr Tip Auto

Ashton Fiat / Jeep / Abarth
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise control + speed limiterOutside temperature gauge
Remote boot releaseService indicator (ASSYST)
Trip computer 

Exterior Features

2 Electric windowsAerial on rear wing
Automatic headlamp activationBody colour bumpers
Chrome exhaust tailpipesDoor sill plates with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsElectro hydraulic vario roof
Fog lights with chrome surroundGreen tinted glass

Interior Features

Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensorFront head restraints
Sports seats 

Safety

ABS with Brake AssistBrake pad warning light
Driver/front passenger head+thorax airbagDual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
ESP with Acceleration skid control (ASR)Roll over protection
Seatbelt pretensioners 

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliserLocking wheel bolts
Remote central locking 

Wheels

Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)192Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1796Compression Ratio9.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)85
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliverySUPERCHARGER
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)34.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.1EC Urban (mpg)24.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.8Badge Power184
Coin DescriptionKInsurance Group 116
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0740AInsurance Group 2A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage15500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.9Engine Power - BHP184
Engine Power - KW135Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG26Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM5000Top Speed144

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear225/50 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style5 SPOKE
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1296Length4103
Wheelbase2430Width1777
Width (including mirrors)2012 

Weight and Capacities

No. of Seats2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz SLC

The SLC 200 version of Mercedes' baby roadster piles on the tech and cuts a more masculine dash. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes SLC is a useful development of the SLK model it replaces. Like that car, this one is an everyday-usable sports roadster that, like its arch-rival, BMW's Z4, has a neat folding metal roof. More efficient engines, low running costs, slick detailing, some incredible technology and distinctive styling are all part of its appeal. Even in this relatively affordable SLC 200 guise.

Background

This car has quite a job on its hands, tasked with changing a whole buying demographic. Previous generations of the SLK model that this SLC range replaced have traditionally been bought by undemanding, style-conscious older female buyers who wanted and could afford something nicer than metal folding roof cabrio versions of family hatchbacks like Peugeot's 308 or Renault's Megane. Keeping these customers while simultaneously appealing to the mostly male-orientated market that would usually opt for a sharper handling rival like an Audi TT Roadster, a BMW Z4 or a Porsche Boxster was never going to be easy. But Mercedes is never a brand to shirk a challenge. With this car, they aim to keep the fashionistas loyal with an opulent, more spacious cabin and the option of a 'Magic Sky Control' roof that enables drivers to switch from light to dark at the touch of a button as they cruise along the Kings Road. Enthusiasts meanwhile, get classic looks borrowed from the iconic 190SL of the Fifties and a clever 'Dynamic Select' handling package that enabes the drive characteristics to be altered at the touch of a button. As for the engine in this SLC 200 petrol model, well it's a willing 184bhp 2.0-litre unit. The signs are good.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, this SLC 200 offers 184bhp and uses much the same 1,991cc petrol engine as the 245bhp SLC 300 variant. We think that for most buyers, this '200' model will be quite sufficient, getting to 62mph in 7.0s en route to 149mph. This variant is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The brand's latest sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for these models as an option. Mercedes thinks that a big SLC selling point will be its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' vehicle dynamics system, one of those that enables you to alter your car's engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics at the touch of a button. The five modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+', 'Eco' and 'Individual' are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the colour multifunction display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250d but it's optional on this SLC 200 variant.

Design and Build

As part of the facelift that's transformed the SLK into this SLC model, the Mercedes-Benz designers have tried to further hone this roadster's sporty look. There's a re-styled front section that sees the steeply raked diamond radiator grille elongate the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet. In addition, there's a bumper which features striking air intakes, dynamically modelled contours and high-quality chrome trim at the lower edge, along with distinctive headlights incorporating LED daytime running lamps, plus there's the option of an LED Intelligent Light System. The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster, with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The silhouette is defined by a variety of things; the gently rising beltline, the sweeping curve of the roof, the powerfully moulded wheel arches, sporty 16 to 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the ventilation grilles in the front wing. Inside, Mercedes has tried to give the cabin a higher quality feel, with extra flashes of aluminium and carbonfibre, plus electroplated control elements for the electrically adjustable seats and gearshift paddles. The instrument cluster looks smarter too, with the tubular instrument surrounds now featuring black dials and red needles. A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a 4.5-inch screen sits between the two dials, with a black-dialled analogue clock available as an option. The main central infotainment display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console goes up in size from 5.8 to 7 inches. There's also a smarter flat-bottomed steering wheel trimmed with DINAMICA microfibre. As with the SLK, you get an electrically-operated panoramic folding hard-top vario-roof that you can operate at speeds of up to 25mph. This can come with a 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL' option allowing you to lighten or darken the glass top at the touch of a button. Plus we'd also want to pay extra for the 'AIRSCARF' neck-level heating system. The 335-litre boot continues to be the biggest in the segment.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much over those of the SLK, which means that most SLC sales will continue to be made in the £35,000 to £55,000 bracket, though pricing for this SLC 200 starts at around £30,000. Equipment levels are much as before, though it is worth pointing out that the Audio 20 entertainment system can be combined with a Garmin MAPPILOT navigation system. If you want to go further, Mercedes' full-house COMMAND Online infotainment system is available as an option, complete with hard disc navigation, a DVD player, internet access, internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, LINGUATRONIC voice control, an EMERGENCY Call service and an Integral Media Interface for your iPod or iPhone. Standard equipment on the SLC includes smart features such as Airguide. What's this? Well, rather than the clumsy mesh draught stoppers that some convertibles opt for, Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics engineers have developed a pair of pivoting transparent plastic 'petals' which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can rotate them from their stowed position behind the head rest to their 'active' position and cut draughts in a flash. Onto safety. Amid the sea of standard safety features are two of particular note. The drowsiness detection system Attention Assist warns the driver to take a break when they have been driving too long or their driving patterns change. Pre-Safe uses radar to detect an impending collision and primes the brakes, seatbelts and airbags. The optional Pre-Safe Brake system takes things one step further and automatically applies the brakes if the car detects that its' about to run into the back of something.

Cost of Ownership

The SLC's SLK predecessor always did well here thanks to its beefy residual values propping up what was often a not inconsequential price tag. In latter years, fuel and emissions taxation have become a far bigger part of the annual financial equation for most owners, so Mercedes has in recent years worked hard to driving down the costs of day to day ownership. Take this SLC 200. Even when paired with an automatic gearbox it will still return a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, along with 137g/km of CO2. Step up to the SLC 300 and you'll hardly be penalised for the power advantage, this model eking an impressive 47.1mpg and 138g/km of CO2 in its sole auto form. As you'd expect, both these variants lag behind the economy champion of the range, the SLC 250d, which manages 70.6mpg and 114g/km.

Summary

Back in 1996, the Mercedes SLK re-invented the coupe-cabriolet concept for the modern age. In many ways, with this SLC, it still does. According to SLC wisdom, a roadster needn't be uncomfortable to drive in town or on long trips. It need cost no more than a family hatchback to run. It can make you feel at one with the elements even when the roof's up. And when you can go al fresco, the coldest day can feel as warm as it would be were the top to be closed. These are all attributes that rivals struggle to match, even if some of them might be cheaper or sharper to drive. Here then is a car from a brand that perfectly understands its target audience. A car that's become more finely attuned to its market than ever before. A car offering a level of engine efficiency and technology that makes many of its rivals seem from a prior generation. If you believed that the two-seat roadster was becoming a selfish and irresponsible indulgence, Mercedes clearly thinks it can persuade you otherwise.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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