• (4.8) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,795–$11,483
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19-23
  • Engine: 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

Vehicle Overview
A new high-performance model from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has joined the CLK-Class lineup. Like the equivalent coupe that’s been on sale, the new CLK55 AMG Cabriolet carries a handbuilt, 342-horsepower V-8 engine and rides a special AMG suspension.

Only 1,400 CLK55 AMG Cabriolets will be produced in its single-year life cycle, and they will be priced at $79,645 (including the destination charge). As a comparison, the CLK430 Cabriolet stickers for $57,945. The sticker price for the CLK55 AMG coupe is $69,095, which is $18,200 higher than the price of the CLK430 coupe.

Mercedes-Benz says both AMG models promise “supercar performance.” In addition to the hot V-8, both CLK55 AMG models feature aero body trim, a sport suspension and 17-inch wheels. Convertibles have a power top with a glass rear window.

As for the regular CLK-Class models, a Sport Package is newly available for the CLK320; this package features AMC aerodynamic bodywork and 17-inch tires. New five-spoke alloy wheels go on the CLK430 models.

Derived from the prior-generation C-Class midsize sedan, the rear-wheel-drive two-door CLK-Class coupes and Cabriolet convertibles display a more curvaceous profile. The CLK320 has a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine, while the CLK430 is powered by a 275-hp, 4.3-liter V-8. The two standard models compete against the BMW 3 Series, Lexus SC 430 and Volvo C70. Mercedes-Benz sold 19,423 CLK-Class models during 2001, down from 17,796 units in 2000, according to Automotive News.



Exterior
The styling of the CLK-Class group is strictly Mercedes-Benz but with more rounded lines than the C-Class sedan features. Oval headlights instead of rectangular units sit within a lower front end that flanks a tapered, classic-look grille. Full body-colored rocker panels are installed on the CLK320 to match the air dams and rear bumpers. Convertibles have an automatically activated roll bar and a power-operated top that includes a glass rear window with a defogger. Except for modified doors on the convertible, the two body styles share little structural features and no body panels behind the A-pillars.

AMG-designed Sport aerodynamic enhancements are installed on CLK430 models. Front and rear fog lights are mounted on all models. Riding a 105.9-inch wheelbase, the CLK-Class models are 180.2 inches long overall. Coupes stand 54 inches tall, vs. 54.3 inches high for the Cabriolet. Seven-spoke alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the CLK320, while 17-inchers equip the CLK430 and CLK55 AMG models.



Interior
Both the CLK-Class coupe and convertible are built to provide ample interior space for four occupants on leather-upholstered seats. The front seats have a 10-way power adjustment with driver’s seat memory. A split, folding rear seat is installed in the back. Cargo volume is 11 cubic feet in the coupe and 9.4 cubic feet in the Cabriolet, but the latter dips to just 5.7 cubic feet when the roof is down.

One-touch operation controls the coupe’s sunroof, and opening the doors drops the side windows by about half an inch to assure the best seal when the doors are closed again. An optional COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system controls audio functions, as well as those of the integral satellite-based navigation system and available cellular phone by using a dashboard screen. An Internet-based InfoServices option, available separately, uses the same screen to display news, stock quotes, sports scores, weather reports and other customized information.

Standard equipment includes automatic dual-zone air conditioning, a telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and door locks, heated power mirrors with memory, a Bose cassette/weather-band stereo with CD changer, tachometer, digital clock, intermittent wipers, a universal garage-door opener and a theft-deterrent system.

All CLK-Class models have a Tele Aid emergency assistance system with features that include remote door unlocking, alarm notification and remote diagnostics. Tele Aid can summon emergency help by using cellular and satellite-based technology that provides a direct link to the company’s roadside assistance program.



Under the Hood
Three CLK-Class engines are available. A 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 goes into the CLK320, and a 275-hp, 4.3-liter V-8 powers the CLK430. The V-6 is also equipped in the E320 sedan and other Mercedes models, while the 4.3-liter V-8 is used in larger vehicles. The 5.5-liter V-8 in the CLK55 AMG coupe and Cabriolet generates 342 hp and 376 pounds-feet of torque.

All CLK models have a five-speed-automatic transmission that makes use of Touch Shift for manually controlled gear changes by tipping the gearshift lever to the left or right. Mercedes-Benz claims the new CLK55 AMG Cabriolet can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach 155 mph, while its AMG coupe companion performs the 0-to-60-mph dash a full second quicker, making this the company’s fastest production model ever.



Safety
Side-impact airbags, traction control, antilock brakes and Mercedes’ Electronic Stability Program are standard on all CLK-Class models.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 12 reviews

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by BH from Martinez, ca on October 4, 2017

Very soled gorgeous car, love driving it.. I feel so proud when I do, turns head every time.. Simply in love with it. And it has 172000 miles on it and still feels like new.. Waw

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Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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