Introduced as an answer to its European rivals in the luxury small roadster segment, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was the first modern vehicle to popularize the use of a power-retractable convertible top made out of steel panels rather than the more traditional fabric soft top. Though more complex and bulky, a convertible hardtop design provides a sleeker coupelike profile along with superior wind, weather and vandalism protection in the top-up position.
Although it has never been a focused sports car, the SLK delivers solid all-around performance. Its comfortable ride and competent handling make it quite agreeable on longer drives. This Mercedes-Benz convertible is also available with a wide range of high-end amenities, including an AirScarf feature that blows warm air at neck level for toasty top-down driving.