Mercedes SLK rental car – Hire a Mercedes Convertible
In countries with low to moderate vehicle registration tax, Mercedes smallest convertible SLK is a popular hire car.
However, with room for only driver and one passenger, limited luggage space, metal folding roof and fairly high power output, the Mercedes SLK remains a niche car to the hire car companies.
Introduction of the Mercedes SLK
The first SLK, R170 in Mercedes lingo, was initially introduced in 1996.
When introduced, the automatic metal folding roof was revolutionary within the car industry. In German SLK is an abbreviation for “Sportlich Leicht Kompakt” (or Kurtz) which in English translates to Short, Light and Compact.
Hire car version of SLK
The SLK R170 is no longer in service as a hire car as its replacement called R171 was introduced in 2004. As a rental car the SLK mostly comes as the supercharged 4-cylider 200K, which is the smallest engine with either 163 BHP (2004-2008) or 184 BHP in the later face lifted versions from 2008 and onwards.
Mercedes SLK bears many visual resemblances from the £300,000+ Mercedes McLaren hyper car, which is probably no coincidence.
All SLKs now comes with double tail pipe exhaust systems, which makes it far more difficult to distinguish the basic less powerful versions from the 6-Cylinder engines, not least because many 4-cylinder versions is factory de badge, which means model designation is removed from the boot lid.
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Facts about the Mercedes SLK Convertible hire car
- Rental vehicle type: Sport, exotic, cabriolet, (XTMR)
- Luggage capacity: 208 litres with folded roof and 300 litres with closed roof
- Fuel economy extra urban SLK 200 K (2011 model 184 BHP): 53.3 mpg
- Fuel economy mixed SLK 200 K (2011 model 184 BHP): 43.5 mpg
- Euro NCAP safety level adults (max 5 stars): 4 stjerner
- Available with 7 speed auto but mostly delivered with manual
- Fuel capacity: 70 litre