2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLK

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz AMG SLK. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Engine:
    415-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 drivetrain (SLK350)
  • Interior quality
  • Intuitive multimedia system
  • Top-down wind protection

The Bad

  • Ride over rough pavement
  • Accelerator lag
  • Inconsistent steering
  • Seat comfort
  • Slow convertible top

Notable Features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLK

  • New turbo four-cylinder (SLK300)
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission
  • V-6 (SLK350) and V-8 (SLK55 AMG) models available
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Power-retractable hardtop

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLK Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The high-performance SLK55 AMG is the only V-8 model in the SLK line. The engine works with a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The SLK55 AMG has an available AMG Handling Package that has a limited-slip differential, performance suspension and steering wheel, and package-specific 18-inch AMG wheels in silver or matte black.
What's Special

  • 415-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 engine
  • AMG 18-inch wheels, air dam, spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes
  • AMG-specific steering wheel
  • Unique instrument cluster
  • Heated leather sport seats
  • Airscarf neck-level heating system
  • Stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation for better mileage

Here's info on the regular SLK-Class:

Mercedes' SLK roadster has a power-folding hardtop with a panoramic sunroof, plus there's the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency. The two-seat SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK300, the V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a 5.5-liter V-8. The SLK is smaller and less expensive than Mercedes’ SL roadster. Competitors include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
New for 2016
The base SLK has a new 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, and it is now designated the SLK300. Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication services.
Significant Stand...

Vehicle Overview

The high-performance SLK55 AMG is the only V-8 model in the SLK line. The engine works with a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The SLK55 AMG has an available AMG Handling Package that has a limited-slip differential, performance suspension and steering wheel, and package-specific 18-inch AMG wheels in silver or matte black.
What's Special

  • 415-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 engine
  • AMG 18-inch wheels, air dam, spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes
  • AMG-specific steering wheel
  • Unique instrument cluster
  • Heated leather sport seats
  • Airscarf neck-level heating system
  • Stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation for better mileage

Here's info on the regular SLK-Class:

Mercedes' SLK roadster has a power-folding hardtop with a panoramic sunroof, plus there's the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency. The two-seat SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK300, the V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a 5.5-liter V-8. The SLK is smaller and less expensive than Mercedes’ SL roadster. Competitors include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
New for 2016
The base SLK has a new 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, and it is now designated the SLK300. Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication services.
Significant Standard Features

  • Power-retracting hardtop with panoramic sunroof
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Eight-way power seats with memory settings
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Driver drowsiness monitor 
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (SLK300)
  • 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (SLK350)
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission (SLK300)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (SLK350)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge adaptive headlights
  • Harman Kardon surround sound audio system
  • Navigation system
  • Automated parking
  • Magic Sky Control glass roof panel

Consumer Reviews

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Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

What a rush!

by Peteski from Wausau, WI on May 11, 2017

First off, it's a 2012 - this survey didn't give me that option. Anyway, I traded in a perfectly powerful '06 CLS55 AMG with only 51,000 miles. I loved the car, but I got the bug for something newer ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLK currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The AMG SLK received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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