2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Change Vehicle
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Available in 3 styles:  2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2dr Roadster shown
Asking Price Range
$9,832–$27,596
Estimated MPG

16–19 city / 22–27 hwy

Summary

By 

Cars.com National
Vehicle Overview
Moving into its second generation for the 2005 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class roadster retained its retractable hardtop but adopted a different front end with a large three-pointed star in the center and small grilles on each side. Inspired by Silver Arrow Formula One racecars, the 2005 SLK-Class was meant to resemble the automaker's new SLR McLaren supercar. Mercedes claimed that this generation of the SLK-Class was "more aggressive, sportier and more powerful" than its 1998 - 2004 predecessor.

The SLK350 holds a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that drives a six-speed-manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed-automatic transmission with Touch Shift operation. This engine benefits from variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves.

A new SLK280 version with a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is available for the 2006 model year. Mercedes-Benz also offers an SLK55 AMG edition with V-8 power.


Exterior
The roadster's fascia features an arrow-shaped nose and a long hood. Measuring nearly 3 inches longer and wider than its predecessor, the latest SLK-Class has a steeply sloped windshield and taut body lines.

The SLK's retractable hardtop goes up or down in 22 seconds. The folded roof takes up less trunk space than in the first-generation SLK.

A lowered sport suspension is available. Ten-spoke alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires. Perforated and ventilated 13-inch front disc brakes have four-piston calipers. With its top down, the SLK-Class has 46 percent better torsional rigidity than its predecessor.


Interior
Redesigned for 2005, the roadster's interior features silver-colored switches and trim elements. The sculpted dashboard blends into the door panels on each side. Large chronometer-style gauges dominate the two-passenger cockpit. Trunk space is 6.5 cubic feet with the top down and 9.8 cubic feet with the top up.

For cool-weather driving with the top down, an optional Airscarf neck-level heating system blows warm air from the headrests.


Under the Hood
In the initial SLK350 model, a 3.5-liter V-6 with variable timing for both intake and exhaust valves develops 268 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Either a six-speed-manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic with Touch Shift operation can be installed. A 355-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 powers the SLK55 AMG. For 2006, the new SLK280 roadster contains a 228-hp, 3.0-liter twin-cam V-6.

Safety
Side-impact airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an Electronic Stability Program are standard. A BabySmart child-recognition system prevents the front passenger-side airbag from activating.

Driving Impressions
Acceleration is energetic and refined with the 3.5-liter engine, which seems a more civilized choice than the old supercharged four-cylinder. Automatic-transmission operation can be rude. It can get jerky at low speeds in lower gears and delivers a sizable jolt if you hit the gas pedal while slowing down.

Steering and handling are strong points, inspiring confidence and poised behavior. Better yet, the SLK's ride is easily tolerable for a sports car of this caliber. Sure you feel the bumps, but most are dispensed with rather handily.

The seats are adeptly supportive and snugly bolstered, yet surprisingly comfortable. Space is ample inside, and top-up visibility isn't bad. When parking, however, the driver may have no clue where the pointy front end is located. Wide doors make parking-lot spots a problem.


People Who Viewed this Car Also Viewed

Select up to three models to compare with the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.


Featured Services for this Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.