2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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$8,119–$26,803 Inventory Prices
(4.9) 7 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2009 Mercedes‑Benz SLK‑Class base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 3.5-liter V-6's performance and gas mileage
  • Comfortable ride
  • Sporty looks
  • Decent trunk space
  • Top-up visibility

The Bad

  • Seat comfort diminishes during long drives
  • Seats limit comfort for tall drivers
  • Cabin not luxurious enough for price
  • Tiny glove box
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • SLK350's V-6 gains 32 hp for 2009
  • Modest styling changes for 2009
  • Retractable-hardtop roadster
  • Available seven-speed automatic
  • High-performance SLK55 AMG version

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Road Test

Mike Hanley
If you haven't been in the market for a convertible in a while, you might be surprised to learn how many retractable-hardtop convertibles are available. Mercedes-Benz's SLK-Class was at the forefront of this trend when it debuted for the 1998 model year. It's gone through one complete redesign since then, and for 2009 it receives modest styling changes inside and out — and a more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the SLK350, which I tested. Also available with new styling are the SLK300 with a 3.0-liter V-6 and the SLK55 AMG with a 5.4-liter V-8.

There are a number of things to like about the SLK350, including its comfortable ride, strong powertrain and svelte looks. Unfortunately, there are just as many things that detract from its appeal, like frustrating power seats and a cabin that isn't luxurious enough for the price this roadster commands.

The SLK350 makes an interesting visual statement. The car has a bulge running down the middle of the hood that recalls the SLR McLaren, Mercedes' supercar, and the large three-pointed star draws your attention to the grille. Exterior changes for 2009 include a split lower bumper that calls to mind the front wing of a Formula One racecar. Smooth bodyside styling continues around to the short rear deck, and the bottom of the rear bumper gains some strakes (see a side-by-side comparison with the 2008 model).

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Latest Reviews


Excellent Performance and Quality

by Tyler on February 23, 2018

Great performance and a blast to drive!!! Build quality and reliability is outstanding! Great to drive a V8 again, after years of underpowered six and four cylinder cars. Read full review


great little sports car

by top686 from Gulfport, MS on November 4, 2017

One hot little car all most 300 hp and still gets great mileage. A blast to drive. a hard top convertible. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class currently has 1 recall

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