2016 mercedes-benz slk-class Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class gains two new exterior colors, Selenite Grey Metallic and Magno Shadow Grey, which replace Steel Grey and Palladium Silver. Blind spot warning is now available as a standalone option while the AMG Carbon Styling package is now available in the SLK55 AMG. The SLK250 has been replaced with the SLK300 model, which comes with a more powerful turbo-four engine and a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a small, rear-drive two-seat convertible with a retractable hardtop that slots below the larger and more powerful SL-Class.
Three engines are offered in the 2016 SLK-Class and they are paired exclusively to automatic transmissions.
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 – nine-speed automatic
Power: 241 hp/273 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 25/32 mpg city/highway
Engine and Transmission: 3.5-liter V-6 – seven-speed automatic
Power: 302 hp/273 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/29 mpg
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine and Transmission: 5.5-liter V-8 – seven-speed automatic
Power: 415 hp/398 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/28 mpg
Trunk space in all SLK models with the roof up is 10.1 cubic feet and 6.4 cubic feet with the top stowed.
In addition to the dual front and front-side airbags, the 2016 SLK-Class also comes with head level airbags and knee airbags for both occupants. Additional safety features are available in the Premium 3 package including lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, and Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control. BAS brake assist, which immediately applies full braking force on emergency braking, comes standard along with Attention Assist.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base SLK300 comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, leatherette upholstery, a 5.8-inch infotainment screen, eight-way power sport seats with memory function, a USB port, a panoramic glass roof, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and an Eco start/stop system. Stepping up to the SLK350 adds a more power V-6 engine, 18-inch-alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated seats, Airscarf, keyless entry/start, infrared-remote hardtop operation, and a Harman Kardon audio system. All the extra standard equipment on the SLK350 can be had on the SLK300 by opting for the Premium 1 package. On the range-topping SLK55 AMG, additions standard features include the AMG body kit, an AMG-tuned sport suspension, AMG quad exhaust, a three-stage electronic stability control program, HID headlights, AMG Nappa leather upholstery.
Additional options include navigation, dual-zone climate control, blind spot warning, adaptive suspension, and Mercedes-Benz Apps, which is available for a fee after the three-month trial period. The Sport Appearance package for the SLK300 and SLK350 adds the AMG body styling, AMG five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and Solar Red ambient lighting. On the SLK55 AMG, the available AMG Handling package adds 18-inch AMG alloy wheels in silver or black, the AMG performance suspension, the AMG limited-slip differential, an AMG performance steering wheel, and an increased top speed limited. The AMG Carbon Styling package adds contrasting exterior styling and black and neon green carbon interior styling.
What We Think
In a 2012 First Drive review, we said that the SLK-Class has evolved into a sporting machine that won’t disappoint when the road gets twisty and is an excellent daily driver. The car inspires confidence on the road and enables the driver to enjoy the drive thanks to it having predictable turn ins and surefootedness. While it still doesn’t match up to a Porsche Boxster in terms of all-out performance, we said in a 2012 First Test review, the SLK provides plenty of driving pleasure thanks to its accurate steering, and eager handling. However, we noted that the seven-speed automatic in the SLK350 had a tendency to downshift on turn-in, which would cause the car to rotate more than necessary and in manual mode, it was reluctant to downshift. The cabin, on the other hand, is a nice place to be, featuring attractive red accents throughout; however, at freeway speeds, it gets overly noisy with the roof down. The high-performance SLK55 AMG, as we noted in a 2013 First Test review, provides excellent fun behind the wheel thanks to its excellent chassis and V-8 power, enabling it to flow smoothly down the road. However, in Sport mode, the suspension makes the ride stiffer than necessary.
The 5.5-liter V-8 in the SLK55 AMG is essentially the same engine in the E63, S63, CLS63, GL63, GLE63 and SL63 but without turbochargers.
- Great handling
- Surprisingly good fuel economy in the SLK300
- Well-designed cabin
You Won’t Like:
- Overly noisy with the roof down
- Seven-speed automatic is poorly tuned
- Stiff ride in the SLK55 AMG’s Sport mode