Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Power, Beauty and Fun; SLK 300 Proves a Marriage of Style, Power and Pleasure on the Road

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Power, Beauty and Fun; SLK 300 Proves a Marriage of Style, Power and Pleasure on the Road

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MORE often than not, we buy cars out of necessity.

They serve as a functional, practical mode of transport to get us from Point A to Point B.

But some cars are different.

And the SLK 300 is one of these cars. From the moment you get out on the open road, with the wind through your hair and the power beneath the bonnet, you'll understand.

While it took me a moment to get used to sitting so low to the ground, the SLK 300's firm and supportive sport seats offered beautiful cushioning. And although slightly on the small side, the SLK offered just enough leg room for the passenger.

It was instantly clear that immense thought had gone into every last detail of this vehicle, with the steering wheel and gearshift fitting perfectly into my hands. Plus the clear, stylish dash was easy to read and everything was within close reach.

It was, however, occasionally difficult to determine which button or dial controlled which function a largely due to the sheer number of buttons including full numeric keypad. But once this was sorted out, everything was quite simple to operate.

The roof itself was incredibly simple to operate, transforming the SLK from a roadster into a convertible in just 22 seconds with the push of a button.

Exceptional handling and precise steering left me feeling like it would be almost impossible to make a wrong move in the SLK.

The SLK 300's 3.0-litre V6 engine took it from 0 to 100kmh in just 6.2 seconds, and the vehicle's consistency made it easy to control even at higher speeds.

The low ride height meant bumps and potholes were quick to make themselves known, though the McPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension did manage to iron out a few.

Safety was well and truly covered thanks to features including anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic stability program with acceleration skid control and four airbags. …

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