2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Mercedes‑Benz SLK‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 drivetrain (SLK350)
  • Improved handling
  • 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 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • New standard features and options
  • Turbo four-cylinder (SLK250), V-6 (SLK350) or V-8 (SLK55 AMG)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Manual (SLK250) or automatic (all)
  • Standard power-retractable hardtop

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster continues to offer a folding metal hardtop, but there's also the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency The SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK250 that can be had with a manual transmission, the 302-horsepower V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a big 5.5-liter V-8. Competitors to both cars include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
New for 2013
For 2013, all SLK models now come equipped with mbrace2 in-car technology and optional Adaptive Highbeam Assist. SLK350 models now come standard with features including heated seats, iPod/MP3 interface, remote-operated hardtop, Airscarf neck-heating system and a premium stereo with satellite radio. Fuel-saving Eco Start/Stop is also now standard on the 3.5-liter V-6.

(Skip to details on the: SLK55 AMG)

Exterior
The SLK is  one of the shorter cars in its class. Like on the SLS-Class supercar, the SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights; a single chrome band divides it, with Mercedes' three-pointed star sitting front and center. Like many new luxury cars, the SLK uses LEDs in its taillights and daytime running lights. All SLKs feature a standard power-retracting hardtop with optional Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque. Other exterior features include:

  • 17-inch whe...
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster continues to offer a folding metal hardtop, but there's also the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency The SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK250 that can be had with a manual transmission, the 302-horsepower V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a big 5.5-liter V-8. Competitors to both cars include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
New for 2013
For 2013, all SLK models now come equipped with mbrace2 in-car technology and optional Adaptive Highbeam Assist. SLK350 models now come standard with features including heated seats, iPod/MP3 interface, remote-operated hardtop, Airscarf neck-heating system and a premium stereo with satellite radio. Fuel-saving Eco Start/Stop is also now standard on the 3.5-liter V-6.

(Skip to details on the: SLK55 AMG)

Exterior
The SLK is  one of the shorter cars in its class. Like on the SLS-Class supercar, the SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights; a single chrome band divides it, with Mercedes' three-pointed star sitting front and center. Like many new luxury cars, the SLK uses LEDs in its taillights and daytime running lights. All SLKs feature a standard power-retracting hardtop with optional Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque. Other exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels standard; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Standard power-retracting hardtop
  • Optional sport appearance package 
  • Optional adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers
  • Optional keyless access system
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior
A more shelf-like dashboard dominates the new SLK's two-seat interior; Mercedes says it used horizontal shapes to emphasize the car's width. A standard 5.8-inch center screen houses the stereo and optional navigation displays. The automaker says the SLK's glove compartment is 26 percent larger than its predecessor. Trunk volume measures 10.1 cubic feet with the folding hardtop raised and 6.4 cubic feet with it lowered. Interior features include:

  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Standard aluminum trim; optional wood trim
  • Standard flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • Optional wood-and-leather steering wheel
  • Available leather seats; heated seats optional
  • Optional neck-level heating vents embedded in seatbacks

Under the Hood
The SLK250 uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the SLK350 has a 3.5-liter V-6. Mercedes says the SLK250 accelerates to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the SLK350 takes 5.4 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 201 hp and 229 pounds-feet of torque (SLK250)
  • 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 hp and 273 pounds-feet of torque (SLK350)
  • SLK250 comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic; SLK350 comes only with the automatic
  • SLK350 has standard Eco Start/Stop fuel-saving technology

Safety
All SLKs come with eight airbags, including head-extending side airbags that deploy from the doors. Additional safety features include:

  • Available parking assist
  • Electronic stability control with traction control
  • Mbrace2 in-car telematics
  • Attention assist
  • Adaptive high-beam assist

SLK55 AMG
The high-performance 2013 SLK55 AMG features the only V-8 powertrain offered on the roadster. The AMG model pairs with a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Like the four-cylinder and six-cylinder, which feature new fuel economy measures, the new V-8 is also more fuel efficient and more powerful than its predecessor.

The 5.5-liter V-8 gains fuel efficiency by implementing stop/start technology and cylinder deactivation and by using more lightweight aluminum in the casting of the powertrain.

Besides the V-8 powertrain, the AMG model distinguishes itself from the regular trims through AMG-specific aesthetic upgrades: light-alloy wheels, a large front air dam, ground effects kit, a spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes. The SLK55 AMG also features an optional AMG Handling Package that has a limited-slip differential, performance suspension and steering wheel, and package-specific 18-inch AMG wheels in either silver or matte black.

On the inside, the SLK55 AMG gets a center-console analog clock, aluminum trim and pedals, AMG-specific steering wheel, unique instrument cluster and sport bucket seats. The SLK55 also features a standard hardtop retractable roof with a full glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque. Back to top


What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Fun convertible to drive. Great performance.

by 86JHawk from Austin, TX on June 1, 2018

This has been a great car to drive. Always fun in the summer with the top down. The only reason I am selling is to get a car with a back seat. Otherwise I would keep this car for a lifetime of fun. Read full review

(5.0)

thats perfect for me

by abe from dallas on April 12, 2018

after driving the Pilot, Ridgeline, Highlander, Santa Fe, and several others, the Mercedes SLK-230 was by far the best value for my money. It is solidly built, quiet, and smooth. The ride is like a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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 SLK-Class 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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