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Mercedes-Benz SLC SLC 200 AMG Line Auto, Memory & Heated Seats, Navigation, Air Scarf, Designo Matte Paint 2.0 Automatic 2 door Roadster (2017) available from Warrington Motors Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall

This vehicle is currently in stock at Volvo Horsham and can be purchased from Warrington Motors Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall.

This Mercedes Benz SLC 200 is the AMG Line variant with more emphasis on a sportier styling and drive. It features Selenite Grey Designo Matte paint work with Red and Black Leather Interior, Electrically Folding Hard Top, Satellite Navigation, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, with Parking Space Information, Air Scarf Neck Heating System, Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters, Auto Dusk Sensing Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors, 18 Inch AMG Diamond Cut Alloys, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, CD Player, DAB Radio, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio Streaming, 2x USB Ports and AUX Port, Media Interface Cables, Electrically Adjustable, Heated and Memory Front Seats, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Multi Function Steering Column, Front Fog Lights and much more. Please call us for further information.

18/09/2017

9740

Automatic

Petrol

Designo Selenite Grey Matte



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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
153 g/km

MPG:
42.2

WLTP CO2:
173 g/km

WLTP MPG:
37.2

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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric windows

Brakes

Acceleration skid control, Active brake assist, Adaptive brake system with hold function, Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Brake pad wear warning indicator, Electric parking brake, Electronic Stability Programme, Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering

Carpets/Rugs

AMG floor mats with AMG lettering and piping in red

Chassis/Suspension

Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics, lowered by 10 mm

Communication

Bluetooth interface with HD voice capable hands free function and audio streaming for playing music files

Driver Aids

Attention assist, DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)

Driver Convenience

ECO start/stop function, Remote boot release

Driver Information

7-inch high-resolution TFT colour display, Chequered flag design instrument cluster, Mercedes connect me with remote online services, Outside temperature display, Service indicator (ASSYST), Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

Engine

Petrol Particulate Filter

Entertainment

Central controller dial to operate audio functions and telephone, DAB digital radio tuner, Media interface port for iPod or iPhone, Two USB ports in centre console

Exterior Body Features

AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts, AMG sports exhaust system, Body colour bumpers, Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and chrome plated louvre, Door sill panels with Mercedes Benz lettering, Electro hydraulic vario roof

Exterior Lights

Adaptive brake lights, Automatic headlamp activation, LED tail lamps/brake lamps and indicators

Interior Features

3 spoke flat bottom multi-function perforated leather steering wheel, Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, Front centre armrest, Independently lockable glove compartment stowage

Safety

Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure, Driver and passenger head and side airbags, Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags, Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system, Seatbelt pretensioners, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit

Seats

Automatic child seat recognition sensor, Crash responsive head restraints, Driver and front passenger sports seats, Seats with height adjusters

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser, Remote central locking

Wheels - Spare

Tyre sealant kit

General

Badge Engine CC: 2.0
Badge Power: 184
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: N
Coin Series: AMG Line
Generation Mark: 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.201
CO2 (g/km): 153
HC: 0.023
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 70
NOx: 0.02
Particles: 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 173
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 166

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1991
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears: 9 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 42.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 50.4
EC Urban (mpg): 32.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 35.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 38.7
WLTP - MPG - High: 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Low: 26.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 36.7

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.9
Engine Power - BHP: 184
Engine Power - KW: 135
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
Engine Torque - NM: 300
Engine Torque - RPM: 1200
Top Speed: 147

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: MULTI SPOKE
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1301
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4133
Wheelbase: 2430
Width: 1810
Width (including mirrors): 2006

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1795
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 225
Max. Loading Weight: 315
Max. Roof Load: N
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
Minimum Kerbweight: 1480
No. of Seats: 2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.52

FACE TO THE FUTURE (new2) 28/01/2011

Having re-badged its compact roadster as the 'SLC', Mercedes is continuing to evolve it. Does it all add up into an appealing package? The experts at Car & Driving decide..

Ten Second Review

After two decades of selling its SLK model in the compact roadster segment, Mercedes re-launched the car in 2016 as the 'SLC', the name change acknowledging this model's traditionally close relationship with the brand's C-Class saloon, a car with which it shares most of its technology. Fresh additions to the model line-up have revitalised the range: the sporty top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 variant for example - and the entry-level SLC 180 derivative. In visual terms, stand-out SLC features include the standard-fit diamond radiator grille and the optional LED Intelligent Light System.

Background

The third generation SLK roadster proved moderately successful for Mercedes. Launched in 2011, it generally out-sold its key rival, Porsche's Boxster, two to one but that wasn't enough to satisfy the Stuttgart brand. Hence the move in 2016 to re-name and re-style the car, the 'SLC'-tag positioning it as the 'sporty' option for a Mercedes C-Class buyer wanting a roadster-style car for weekend or holiday use. Strip away the marketing flam though and to be frank, things are much as before. Visually, this car continues the SLK recipe that's been stablished since 1996 - long bonnet, compact cockpit and folding hard top roof - but adds to it a raft of fresh technology that should play well with potential buyers.

Driving Experience

The mainstream engines start with the SLC 180 which features a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine developing 156bhp. Next up are the 2.0-litre petrol variants, the SLC 200 which offers 184bhp and the SLC 300 which delivers 245bhp. The efficiency champion remains the 204bhp diesel model, the SLC 250d. For high performance, there's a fresh range flagship, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43. This car mates a 367bhp, 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with a modified version of the AMG sports suspension familiar from the old Mercedes-AMG SLK 55, and the combination is reflected in the sporty performance figures, with the SLC 43 accelerating from rest to 62mph in 4.7 seconds. The SLC 180 and SLC 200 models are fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The brand's latest sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for these models as an option and fitted as standard in the SLC 250d, the SLC 300 and the AMG SLC 43. Mercedes thinks that a big SLC selling point will be its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' vehicle dynamics system, one of those that enables you to alter your car's engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics at the touch of a button. The five modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+', 'Eco' and 'Individual' are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the colour multifunction display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250d. In the SLC 200 with 9G-TRONIC, transmission mode selection is available as an option. The SLC 43 features an AMG Sport exhaust system as standard and uses the two adjustable exhaust flaps to adapt the sound to the mode selected via DYNAMIC SELECT. This is optional on some other models and keen drivers will also want to look at the extra-cost 'Dynamic Handling package' which features a 10mm lower chassis, an adaptive damping system, a direct steering system and the brand's clever 'ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist' package.

Design and Build

As part of the facelift that's transformed the SLK into this SLC model, the Mercedes-Benz designers have tried to further hone this roadster's sporty look. There's a re-styled front section that sees the steeply raked diamond radiator grille elongate the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet. In addition, there's a bumper which features striking air intakes, dynamically modelled contours and high-quality chrome trim at the lower edge, along with distinctive headlights incorporating LED daytime running lamps, plus there's the option of an LED Intelligent Light System. The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster, with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The silhouette is defined by a variety of things; the gently rising beltline, the sweeping curve of the roof, the powerfully moulded wheel arches, sporty 16 to 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the ventilation grilles in the front wing. Inside, Mercedes has tried to give the cabin a higher quality feel, with extra flashes of aluminium and carbonfibre, plus electroplated control elements for the electrically adjustable seats and gearshift paddles. The instrument cluster looks smarter too, with the tubular instrument surrounds now featuring black dials and red needles. A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a 4.5-inch screen sits between the two dials, with a black-dialled analogue clock available as an option. The main central infotainment display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console goes up in size from 5.8 to 7 inches. There's also a smarter flat-bottomed steering wheel trimmed with DINAMICA microfibre. As with the old SLK, you get an electrically-operated panoramic folding hard-top vario-roof that you can operate at speeds of up to 25mph. This can come with a 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL' option allowing you to lighten or darken the glass top at the touch of a button. Plus we'd also want to pay extra for the 'AIRSCARF' neck-level heating system. The 335-litre boot continues to be the biggest in the segment.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much over those of the SLK, which means that most SLC sales will continue to be made in the £30,000 to £46,000 bracket. Equipment levels are much as before, though it is worth pointing out that the Audio 20 entertainment system can be combined with a Garmin MAPPILOT navigation system. If you want to go further, Mercedes' full-house COMMAND Online infotainment system is available as an option, complete with hard disc navigation, a DVD player, internet access, internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, LINGUATRONIC voice control, an EMERGENCY Call service and an Integral Media Interface for your iPod or iPhone. Standard equipment on the SLC includes smart features such as Airguide. What's this? Well, rather than the clumsy mesh draught stoppers that some convertibles opt for, Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics engineers have developed a pair of pivoting transparent plastic 'petals' which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can rotate them from their stowed position behind the head rest to their 'active' position and cut draughts in a flash. Onto safety. Amid the sea of standard safety features are two of particular note. The drowsiness detection system Attention Assist warns the driver to take a break when they have been driving too long or their driving patterns change. Pre-Safe uses radar to detect an impending collision and primes the brakes, seatbelts and airbags. The optional Pre-Safe Brake system takes things one step further and automatically applies the brakes if the car detects that its' about to run into the back of something.

Cost of Ownership

The SLC's SLK predecessor always did well here thanks to its beefy residual values propping up what was often a not inconsequential price tag. In latter years, fuel and emissions taxation have become a far bigger part of the annual financial equation for most owners, so Mercedes has in recent years worked hard to driving down the costs of day to day ownership. Take the entry-level SLC 200. Even when paired with an automatic gearbox it will still return a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, along with 137g/km of CO2. Step up to the SLK 300 and you'll hardly be penalised for the power advantage, this model eking an impressive 47.1mpg and 138g/km of CO2 in its sole auto form. The SLC 43 manages 36.2mpg and 178g/km. As you'd expect, the economy champion of the range is the SLC 250d, which manages 70.6mpg and 114g/km.

Summary

Mercedes-Benz is a company that is often underestimated. It understands its audience and knows how to develop cars that tap into their needs and aspirations with laser-guided accuracy. The latest SLC is no different. The road tests virtually write themselves but magazine writers don't have the same forensic grasp of what sells. Expect this car to continue the SLK's record of solid achievement. If anything, it's a car that's become more finely attuned to market conditions than ever before. The efficiency of the engines and the increasingly impressive technology integration mean that the SLC slides effortlessly into a position that makes many of its rivals 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.

SL-lite (new2) 27/10/2011

The SLC 200 version of Mercedes' baby roadster piles on the tech and cuts a more masculine dash. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes SLC is a useful development of the SLK model it replaces. Like that car, this one is an everyday-usable sports roadster that, like its arch-rival, BMW's Z4, has a neat folding metal roof. More efficient engines, low running costs, slick detailing, some incredible technology and distinctive styling are all part of its appeal. Even in this relatively affordable SLC 200 guise.

Background

This car has quite a job on its hands, tasked with changing a whole buying demographic. Previous generations of the SLK model that this SLC range replaced have traditionally been bought by undemanding, style-conscious older female buyers who wanted and could afford something nicer than metal folding roof cabrio versions of family hatchbacks like Peugeot's 308 or Renault's Megane. Keeping these customers while simultaneously appealing to the mostly male-orientated market that would usually opt for a sharper handling rival like an Audi TT Roadster, a BMW Z4 or a Porsche Boxster was never going to be easy. But Mercedes is never a brand to shirk a challenge. With this car, they aim to keep the fashionistas loyal with an opulent, more spacious cabin and the option of a 'Magic Sky Control' roof that enables drivers to switch from light to dark at the touch of a button as they cruise along the Kings Road. Enthusiasts meanwhile, get classic looks borrowed from the iconic 190SL of the Fifties and a clever 'Dynamic Select' handling package that enabes the drive characteristics to be altered at the touch of a button. As for the engine in this SLC 200 petrol model, well it's a willing 184bhp 2.0-litre unit. The signs are good.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, this SLC 200 offers 184bhp and uses much the same 1,991cc petrol engine as the 245bhp SLC 300 variant. We think that for most buyers, this '200' model will be quite sufficient, getting to 62mph in 7.0s en route to 149mph. This variant is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The brand's latest sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for these models as an option. Mercedes thinks that a big SLC selling point will be its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' vehicle dynamics system, one of those that enables you to alter your car's engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics at the touch of a button. The five modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+', 'Eco' and 'Individual' are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the colour multifunction display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250d but it's optional on this SLC 200 variant.

Design and Build

As part of the facelift that's transformed the SLK into this SLC model, the Mercedes-Benz designers have tried to further hone this roadster's sporty look. There's a re-styled front section that sees the steeply raked diamond radiator grille elongate the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet. In addition, there's a bumper which features striking air intakes, dynamically modelled contours and high-quality chrome trim at the lower edge, along with distinctive headlights incorporating LED daytime running lamps, plus there's the option of an LED Intelligent Light System. The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster, with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The silhouette is defined by a variety of things; the gently rising beltline, the sweeping curve of the roof, the powerfully moulded wheel arches, sporty 16 to 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the ventilation grilles in the front wing. Inside, Mercedes has tried to give the cabin a higher quality feel, with extra flashes of aluminium and carbonfibre, plus electroplated control elements for the electrically adjustable seats and gearshift paddles. The instrument cluster looks smarter too, with the tubular instrument surrounds now featuring black dials and red needles. A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a 4.5-inch screen sits between the two dials, with a black-dialled analogue clock available as an option. The main central infotainment display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console goes up in size from 5.8 to 7 inches. There's also a smarter flat-bottomed steering wheel trimmed with DINAMICA microfibre. As with the SLK, you get an electrically-operated panoramic folding hard-top vario-roof that you can operate at speeds of up to 25mph. This can come with a 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL' option allowing you to lighten or darken the glass top at the touch of a button. Plus we'd also want to pay extra for the 'AIRSCARF' neck-level heating system. The 335-litre boot continues to be the biggest in the segment.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much over those of the SLK, which means that most SLC sales will continue to be made in the £35,000 to £55,000 bracket, though pricing for this SLC 200 starts at around £30,000. Equipment levels are much as before, though it is worth pointing out that the Audio 20 entertainment system can be combined with a Garmin MAPPILOT navigation system. If you want to go further, Mercedes' full-house COMMAND Online infotainment system is available as an option, complete with hard disc navigation, a DVD player, internet access, internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, LINGUATRONIC voice control, an EMERGENCY Call service and an Integral Media Interface for your iPod or iPhone. Standard equipment on the SLC includes smart features such as Airguide. What's this? Well, rather than the clumsy mesh draught stoppers that some convertibles opt for, Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics engineers have developed a pair of pivoting transparent plastic 'petals' which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can rotate them from their stowed position behind the head rest to their 'active' position and cut draughts in a flash. Onto safety. Amid the sea of standard safety features are two of particular note. The drowsiness detection system Attention Assist warns the driver to take a break when they have been driving too long or their driving patterns change. Pre-Safe uses radar to detect an impending collision and primes the brakes, seatbelts and airbags. The optional Pre-Safe Brake system takes things one step further and automatically applies the brakes if the car detects that its' about to run into the back of something.

Cost of Ownership

The SLC's SLK predecessor always did well here thanks to its beefy residual values propping up what was often a not inconsequential price tag. In latter years, fuel and emissions taxation have become a far bigger part of the annual financial equation for most owners, so Mercedes has in recent years worked hard to driving down the costs of day to day ownership. Take this SLC 200. Even when paired with an automatic gearbox it will still return a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, along with 137g/km of CO2. Step up to the SLC 300 and you'll hardly be penalised for the power advantage, this model eking an impressive 47.1mpg and 138g/km of CO2 in its sole auto form. As you'd expect, both these variants lag behind the economy champion of the range, the SLC 250d, which manages 70.6mpg and 114g/km.

Summary

Back in 1996, the Mercedes SLK re-invented the coupe-cabriolet concept for the modern age. In many ways, with this SLC, it still does. According to SLC 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's become more finely attuned to its market than ever before. A car offering a level of engine efficiency and technology that makes many of its rivals 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.

MERCEDES SLK 200 (family) 12/05/2017

SLK? A OK!

Introduction

So you've got the Jimmy Choo kitten heels, the Prada handbag and the Harvey Nicks' store card. Fiona Leitch puts on her fake Gucci sunglasses and takes the ultimate accessory for a spin.

Will It Suit Me?

What's sleek, sexy and guaranteed to turn heads? No, not me (though it's very kind of you to say so), it's the Mercedes SLK. It's also sure to inspire great swathes of envy amongst friends not wealthy enough to possess one or lucky enough to have a job like mine. If creating jealousy and being admired at the traffic lights is your thing, then this is the car for you.

Practicalities

A practical Mercedes sports car is something of an oxymoron. You won't be doing the school run or the weekly shop in this one, unless of course your idea of grocery shopping involves popping into the Harrods food hall. Better to keep it as a sporty runabout and general swank-mobile for the single girl-about-town or reserve it just for Mummy and Daddy when the kids are at their grandparents'. Being a two-seater there's not oodles of room inside; it feels compact rather than claustrophobic, although with a passenger you will probably want the top down. What am I saying? Owning one of these is all about having the top down - I'd only put the roof back up when absolutely forced to by monsoon-like weather. The 'accordion' roof is easily operated at the touch of a button, and it only takes twenty-five seconds for the two metal panels which make up the roof to fold back and down. This does however compress the boot space from a surprisingly large 12.3 cubic feet to a measly 5.1, so make sure it doesn't squish your Louis Vitton luggage. This car is all about style and the interior, clad in classy cream and black leather, is the automotive equivalent of the Chanel little black dress. The chrome-trimmed handles, instruments and gear stick give it a sporty feel, whilst the centre console is more straightforward than its rather technical appearance would suggest. With a 6 CD changer in the glove box there's not much room to put things, although the storage units down the centre of the car are big enough for CDs and a few other carefully chosen necessities. If you're that bothered about storage, buy a van.

Behind the Wheel

Being a shallow sort of person, I'm easily impressed by good looks, which this little baby certainly has; but, as my old gran used to say, it's what's inside that counts. Luckily enough the SLK delivers here too. With a top speed of 144mph and acceleration from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds there's enough going on under the bonnet to keep any girl-about-town happy. Mercedes also claim that, with the stiffest bodyshell in its class, this is the safest car of its type.

Value For Money

If you're seriously thinking about buying a car like this, you already know that it's not going to come cheap. You will however be getting quite a lot for your money; the things you'd expect, like power steering, anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels and air conditioning, along with special touches like a tailor-made sound system and a digital miles-to-service indicator.

Could I Live With One?

Hmmm, now that's a difficult one. You bet I could, as long as I had another, more practical car for when I had my 'sensible' head on. Whether or not my bank manager would let me live with one is, sadly, another matter entirely.