What's New for 2013:
- Standard Mbrace 2 telematics system
- New turn signal and cruise control stalks for all models
- Automatic stop/start feature for SLK350
- SLK350 adds premium surround-sound system, heated front seats, and an AirScarf neck-heating system
- Optional Adaptive High-beam Assist technology
- Sun-reflective leather swapped out for MB-Tex leatherette on SLK250
- Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake discontinued
- Dynamic Handling package discontinued
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a 2-seat luxury sports car equipped with a power-retractable hardtop and sold as the SLK250, SLK350, and the SLK55 AMG. The SLK55 AMG performance model is discussed in a separate article.
When the original SLK debuted for the 1998 model year, it popularized the power-retractable hardtop roof for convertibles, and today this feature is found on many models. Additional standard equipment includes LED running lights, rain-sensing wipers, power heated exterior mirrors with power-folding feature, and staggered-width 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK250 is equipped with aluminum interior trim, flat-bottomed power tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel, 8-way power front sport seats wrapped in MB-Tex leatherette upholstery, memory for the front seat positions, air conditioning with a max-cool function, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener. Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming is also standard, along with Mbrace 2 telematics and an 8-speaker stereo featuring HD Radio, weatherband reports, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The 2013 Mercedes SLK holds 10.1 cubic feet of cargo with the top raised. With the top lowered, the car can carry 6.4 cubic feet of cargo.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 model is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic transmission with shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel, and remote power-retractable hardtop operation. Leather heated seats are also standard for the SLK350, along with an AirScarf neck-heating system, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and a premium surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and an iPod/MP3 interface.
The SLK250 can be equipped with a Premium 1 package that adds heated front seats, AirScarf, remote top operation, and a premium surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and an iPod/MP3 interface.
Both versions of the 2013 Mercedes SLK can be upgraded with the Multimedia package (voice-controlled navigation system, real-time weather and traffic reports, CD/DVD changer, SD card reader, 10GB Music Register hard drive, Gracenote media database); Sport package (Solar Red ambient cabin lighting, AMG 18-inch wheels, AMG body styling kit); Trim package (wood/leather steering wheel, wood/leather shift knob, hand-polished Burl Walnut interior trim); and the Lighting package (bi-xenon headlights, Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive High-beam Assist, headlight washers, cornering lights).
Numerous stand-alone options are also offered for the SLK, including 18-inch aluminum wheels (SLK250), leather seats (SLK250), premium leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, and a choice of a panoramic glass roof and a panoramic glass roof with Magic Sky Control. The SLK can also be upgraded with front and rear park-assist sensors with Advanced Parking Guidance, AirGuide wind stop, Keyless Go passive entry with push-button ignition, rear spoiler, analog dashboard clock, and illuminated doorsill plates.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes SLK250 comes standard with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 229 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking between 2,000 rpm and 4,300 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 7-speed automatic transmission available as an option. The automatic includes shift paddles and an ECO driving mode. Mercedes says the SLK250's turbocharged 4-cylinder takes the car from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The 2013 Mercedes SLK350 is equipped with a direct-injection, 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking between 3,500 rpm and 5,250 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission is standard, and includes paddle shifters and an ECO driving mode. Mercedes says the SLK350 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK models are:
- SLK250 with manual transmission: 22/32/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- SLK250 with automatic transmission: 23/33/26 mpg
- SLK350 with automatic transmission: 21/29/24 mpg
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK is equipped with 8 air bags, stability and traction control, and 4-wheel-disc brakes with brake assist and Adaptive Brake technology. Adaptive Brake offers hill-hold assistance, a brake hold function for idling at stoplights, panic braking preparation when the driver suddenly releases the accelerator pedal, and a brake disc drying function when driving in the rain. Rain-sensing wipers and Attention Assist drowsiness detection technology are also standard, along with Neck-Pro crash-responsive head restraints that reduce whiplash.
Safety-related options include front and rear park-assist sensors, and headlights offering Active Curve Illumination and Adaptive High-beam Assist technologies.
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Mercedes SLK.