2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK 320 V6 from UK and Ireland
Sensible fun, particularly when bought used with full Mercedes service history
Completely faultless. Despite worryingly low annual mileage and a history of short trips up to the time of purchase, regular servicing and valeting by the previous owner has ensured that the car looks and feels like new.
Fabulous build quality and finish, with no signs of wear or deterioration, either outside or in; not bad for a five year old car.
Typical Mercedes hewn-from-solid feel, which may not be overtly sporty, but is reassuring and suggests that it will go on for ever.
Disappointingly numb steering, which will presumably aid stability on fast open roads and motorways, but turn in and grip cannot be faulted.
Lovely retro interior with wood and leather just adds to the sense of occasion. Electric seats particularly useful with two drivers.
Wonderful, effortless performance from the V6, which sounds incredible when asked to perform, yet is limo-silent when cruising.
Tiptronic auto box is a perfect match for this engine. Manual control via tip function is excellent through the twisty and hilly bits, and even in drive, the auto box adjusts to driving syle, and doesn't change up when you don't want it to, e.g. around corners when pressing on.
Folding metal roof is brilliant, providing no-fuss open motoring at the push of a button and saloon-like security and comfort when raised.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2005