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  • (4.8) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $18,016$33,624
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 201-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Redesigned for 2012, Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster continues to offer a folding metal hardtop, but it can now come with Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency. On sale in summer 2011, the SLK-Class will come initially as an SLK350 with a 3.... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Turbo four-cylinder (SLK250), V-6 (SLK350) or V-8 (SLK55 AMG)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Manual (SLK250) or automatic (all)
  • Standard power-retractable hardtop
  • New variable-tint moonroof

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Reviews Expert Reviews

The 2012 Mercedes SLK looks sharper than ever, with driving and luxury to match. Since the Mercedes-Benz SLK made its debut, its styling has been writing checks the rest of the car couldn't cash. The 2012 redesign has improved the SLK in many respects. Driving enthusiasts will still lean toward a BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxster, which outperform the SLK at the extremes, but the gap is closing. T... Read full review for the 2012 Mercedes Benz SLK Class

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My New SLK 350

by Convertible Lover from Philadelphia Ms 39350 on December 5, 2011

I really love the new SLK 350, from the complete restyle on the exterior to the complete makeover of the interior, I am completely pleased and excited with this car. The interior is more plush and com... Read Full Review

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


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.


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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