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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 2996
Engine size 1796
Engine size 3.0
Engine size 2295
Engine size 1998
Engine size 1.8
The third generation Mercedes SLK is an everyday-usable sports roadster that, like its arch-rival BMW's Z4, has a neat folding metal roof. Slick detailing, some incredible technology, low running costs and distinctive styling are all part of its appeal. Does this post-2011-era model make sense as a used buy? Let's find out.
Back in 1996, the Mercedes SLK re-invented the coupe-cabriolet concept for the modern age. In this third generation guise, it continued to do just that. According to SLK wisdom, a roadster needn't be uncomfortable to drive in town or on long trips. It need cost no more than a family hatchback to run. It can make you feel at one with the elements even when the roof's up. And when you can go al fresco, the coldest day can feel as warm as it would be were the top to be closed. These are all attributes that rivals struggle to match, even if some of them might be cheaper or sharper to drive.
Here then is a car from a brand that perfectly understands its target audience. A car that in MK3 model form, became more finely attuned to its market than ever before. A car offering a level of engine efficiency and technology that makes many rivals from its era seem from a prior generation. If you believed that the two-seat roadster was becoming a selfish and irresponsible indulgence, Mercedes clearly thinks it can persuade you otherwise.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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