Introduced more than a decade ago as an answer to its European rivals in the luxury small roadster segment, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was the first modern vehicle to popularize the use of a power-retractable convertible top made out of steel panels rather than the more traditional fabric soft top. Though more complex and bulky, a convertible hardtop design provides a coupelike profile and superior wind and weather protection in the top-up position.
Though they suffered from uninspiring handling and questionable sporting credentials for hard-core driving enthusiasts, previous SLKs were popular with consumers. The current third-generation SLK is intended as a more serious sports car, featuring a dramatic design inspired by the SLS AMG, and a more capable suspension. As a convertible that provides good all-season performance along with luxury and prestige, we think a new or used Mercedes-Benz SLK is a solid choice.