2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Mercedes‑Benz SLK‑Class. Base trim shown.

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 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • Turbo four-cylinder (SLK250), V-6 (SLK350) or V-8 (SLK55 AMG)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Manual (SLK250) or automatic (all)
  • Power-retractable hardtop

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster offers a folding 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 include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.

New for 2014
For 2014, all SLK models now come equipped with a panoramic sunroof, but the company's Magic Sky Control with variable transparency remains an option.
(Skip to details on the: SLK55 AMG)

Exterior Highlights

  • SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights
  • 17-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Power-retracting hardtop
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Available sport appearance package
  • Available adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers
  • Available keyless access system
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • 5.8-inch center screen houses the stereo and available navigation displays
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Aluminum trim; available wood trim
  • Flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • Available wood-and-leather steering wheel
  • Available leather seats; heated seats available
  • Available neck-level heating vents embedded in seatbacks
  • Available Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent ...
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster offers a folding 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 include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.

New for 2014
For 2014, all SLK models now come equipped with a panoramic sunroof, but the company's Magic Sky Control with variable transparency remains an option.
(Skip to details on the: SLK55 AMG)

Exterior Highlights

  • SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights
  • 17-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Power-retracting hardtop
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Available sport appearance package
  • Available adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers
  • Available keyless access system
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • 5.8-inch center screen houses the stereo and available navigation displays
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Aluminum trim; available wood trim
  • Flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • Available wood-and-leather steering wheel
  • Available leather seats; heated seats available
  • Available neck-level heating vents embedded in seatbacks
  • Available Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque
  • Trunk volume measures 10.1 cubic feet with the folding hardtop raised and 6.4 cubic feet with it lowered

Under the Hood

  • Turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 201 hp and 229 pounds-feet of torque (SLK250)
  • Available 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 Eco stop-start fuel-saving technology

Safety Features

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

SLK55 AMG
The high-performance 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.

The SLK55 AMG also features an available 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.

  • AMG-specific wheels, air dam, spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes
  • Center-console analog clock
  • Aluminum trim and pedals
  • AMG-specific steering wheel
  • Unique instrument cluster
  • Sport bucket seats
  • Standard Magic Sky Control roof
  • Stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation for better mileage

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The most satisfying car I?ve ever driven or owned.

by Bellboy from Palm Bay, Fl on April 14, 2018

Car looks, feels, drives, like new. I had been looking for the model and year I wanted without much luck. I finally found it on Cars.com. And for $6,000.00 less than the previous cars I looked at. The ... Read full review

(5.0)

What a toy

by Ace Detective retired from Kingston New York on April 9, 2018

I have multiple vehicles and the SLK350 is my fair weather toy. It has limited space but if it had wings it would fly. Terrific road car that handles so well you want to take the road with twists and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has not been tested.

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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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