Mag­nif­i­cent Merc grabs at­ten­tion

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But it is easy to see why this car comes at the cost it does.

Reek­ing of qual­ity and pos­sess­ing an air of class, and so­phis­ti­ca­tion the SLK 350 is also clas­sic and sporty.

The en­gine is linked to t h e su­perbly w e l l - en­gi­neered 7G au­to­matic trans­mis­sion — which ul­ti­mately pro­vides you with a smooth-shift­ing adapt­able win­ner.

You can also choose a man­ual trans­mis­sion if you pre­fer.

The SLK350 also has great steer­ing.

At the wheel you en­joy a nice blend of feeling and re­sponse.

Sit­ting tautly on its sporto­ri­en­tated chas­sis, the car is ca­pa­ble of han­dling quick cor­ners with supreme con­trol.

The in­side of the SLK350 is pleas­antly com­fort­able, es­pe­cially with fully ad­justable leather seats.

A chunky mul­ti­func­tional steer­ing wheel is great to hold snug­gly in the palm of your hands, and it has the car au­dio, mul­ti­func­tional dis­play, op­tional phone and dual cli­mate con­trol switches at your fin­ger­tips.

The SLK 350 is not just about look­ing good.

It is also jus­ti­fi­ably prac­ti­cal.

The car cer­tainly doesn’t cut any cor­ners on safety.

The SLK350 has dual front and side airbags, and anti-lock brakes.

The speed-sen­si­tive steer­ing, Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Pro­gram and Traction Con- trol en­able the driver to have com­plete con­trol, and mas­tery, of the road ahead.

My mum en­joyed be­ing shown around Dar­win in pre­mium style.

And I will en­joy not hav­ing to com­pete for her love with an SLK 350 when I drop her back at the air­port on Tues­day morn­ing.

The Mercedes Benz SLK350 that I test drove is avail­able at Ker­rys Au­to­mo­tive Group, Stu­art Park, for $94,990

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