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A used Mercedes-Benz SLK makes the ideal companion for summer. As the weather warms up and you start planning epic road trips across the country, here's eight reasons why the SLK should be by your side:

1. You can always have your favourite music on:
The SLK comes with DAB digital radio as standard giving you access to almost 300 radio stations across the UK, meaning that your favourite songs are only a dial away. If you prefer to drive to your own tunes, the Mercedes-Benz SLK also comes with a six-disc CD changer and MP3 input for your best driving playlist.

All models boast a six-speaker sound system, and there's even models available with Harmon Kardon Surround Sound system with 10 high-performance speakers, for those who like it loud and clear.

2. You get more out of the tank than you'd think:
The current generation, SLK was the first Mercedes-Benz roadster to offer a diesel engine, but it's not just any diesel. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI offers fantastic performance from the bi-turbo power unit to rival most petrol engines. That means it has in excess of 200bhp and can reach 60mph in just 6.7 seconds. That's really impressive for a diesel engine with a combined 64.2 mpg.

This definitely doesn't mean that the petrol models are left behind on the economy front. The SLK 300 offers classic roadster thrills, but with an extremely respectable 47.1.mpg - so you can go further on your road trips without needing to fill up.

3. There is plenty of storage space:
Planning a weekend away? No problem. With the roof down, the Mercedes-Benz SLK has an available 225 litres of boot space which is more than enough space for a suitcase or two. With the roof in place, this expands to a sizeable 335 litres - around the same amount of space as the practical and stylish A-Class. That kind of space can accommodate anything for the weekend's activities, from a set of golf clubs to skis and snowboards.

4. An illustrious history:
The SLK-Class can trace its roots all the way back to the iconic 230SL. A car which started the roadster style, the like s of which were owned by the John Lennon and John Travolta. The 230SL was a more affordable and practical successor to the Mercedes 300SL, and made life on the open road accessible to more people than ever before.

The hallmarks of the 230SL - light weight, great handling, and comfort, are all attributes which still stand true. The SLK still bears design influences from its ancestor to this day, such as the emblematic grille and chrome-finned vents in the front wings.

5. The AMG Sport Trim
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is already an extremely well-equipped car, and seeking out one with an AMG Sport trim will give you some great visual extras. Benefits include larger, uprated 18 inch alloy wheels, and an AMG Sport bodykit with lager front bumper and sills. 

Lowered suspension improves the driving feel, involving you in every corner, and holding you in place with full leather upholstery and supportive seats.

6. As good on the inside as the outside
All Mercedes-Benz vehicles are renowned for their plush interiors, and the cabin of the SLK certainly doesn't disappoint. Brushed chrome and leather adorn the snug cockpit, leaving no misconceptions about the premium status of the SLK.

Combined with the - 3-spoke multi-function sports steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather, the roadster is a fantastic place to settle in for summer journeys. A comfortable ride and whisper-quiet refinement also make it a great long distance option - equally suited to uneven B-roads as it is to the motorway.

7. The vario roof brings the sun closer than ever
A unique feature in the Mercedes-Benz SLK is the electro-hydraulic vario roof, which turns the SLK from a hard-top coupe to an open-top roadster in seconds. However, it's not always warm even if the Sun is out, and the SLK has plenty of clever solutions to keep you comfortable.

The panoramic-vario sunroof includes an integrated glass panel that makes the most of those spring evenings - keeping out the cold but letting in the majestic sun-setting vistas. For the ultimate control, MAGIC SKY CONTROL changes the glass from clear to tinted at the press of a button, using a unique layer of liquid crystal within the glass. 

8. Safety first
The SLK is extremely safe - coming with plenty of safety features as  standard to put your mind at rest. This includes Attention Assist, which monitors over 70 parameters of the driver to ensure alertness, and Pre-Safe which prepares the car's safety systems in the event of an imminent accident. An Active Bonnet system pops up in the event of a crash to reduce any impact on pedestrians.

This means that the SLK is just as safe as a family hatchback or saloon - the perfect summer driving choice..

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