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After having a test drive in the brand new Mercedes SLK 250 CDI, you'd be crazy not to consider it. Although not quite as involving as the BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxter, this vehicle is a much more thrilling drive, with great body control and tons of grip.
Under the bulky roadsters bonnet is a brand new 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel distributing 200bhp, but a much more gripping 500Nm of torque. This power gives the Mercedes SLK 250 a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds slower than the petrol model. The diesel vehicle should claim 56.5mpg which expects to produce 132g/km of CO2.
Refinement of the motor is variable, with a loud engine when accelerating, but tame at lower revs. The power is processed smoothly, and there's plenty of it. There's no instant throttle reaction in the diesel model, but you will receive a mass amount of enduring power than will keep you fastened to your luxurious seat. Comfort is top quality in the new Mercedes, soaking up any holes and bumps on UK roads.
Unconventional to most roadsters, the Mercedes SLK has stuck with its renowned folding metal roof. An extraordinary addition was the panoramic roof, costing £410, of changing from opaque to transparent is available at the flick of a switch.
Boot space is at a minimum with the roof folded away, but you can still appreciate buffet free cruising at ease thanks to air scarf and heated seats options, costing £395 and £330 respectively. Although not the most modern cabin, the standard version is excellently built, with Bluetooth and a DAB radio included.