Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (2002 – 2009) Review

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (2002 – 2009) At A Glance


+Much better second attempt at CLK. Goes well, handles well and is comfortable. Attractive looks.

-Some wind noise. Electrical problems are not unknown.

On average it achieves 90% of the official MPG figure

Let's say they decide on a fairly basic CLK 240 at £29,190, plus £1,450 for an automatic gearbox, and metallic paint at £600, and leather seats at £1,250, and the mobile phone kit with roof antenna at £690. That little lot comes to £33,180. CO2 emissions are 259g/km, so 34% of £33,180, or £11,226, is the taxable BIK on which tax at 40% works out at £4,490. Now to pay £4,490 in tax at this level you have to earn £7,483, which is well over 10% of a gross annual income of £70,000. So I don't think so. I think any couple choosing a new CLK 240 as their company car will need a combined income of well over £100k a year.

And that's the essence of this car. It cannot by any stretch of the imagination be regarded as a sensible choice. It's a wealth statement, pure and simple. It tells everyone who sees you in it that, between you, you're pulling in a Seymour and more. You're rich enough to afford not to have a saloon. Or, alternatively, you're rich enough to afford several cars: a coupe, a sportscar and a 4x4.

Now there will be couples who opt for other ways of putting across this message without laying out quite so much wonga. They could put their names down for a manual CLK200K which arrives in the autumn, at £27,840 in the obligatory silver. With 206g/km equating to 25% of list, they'd be paying tax on £6,960 which comes down to a more palatable £2,784. They'll enjoy MB's newest, highest-tech supercharged engine which displaces just 1,796cc yet delivers all of 163bhp. Or they could cheat and go for the diesel.

Mercedes Benz CLK Coupe 2002 Road Test

Mercedes Benz CLK Cabrio 2003 Road Test 

Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (2002 – 2009)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

19–47 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Can I connect my iPhone to the Bluetooth in my 2007 car?
"I have just bought a 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK. Do you know if its possible to connect my iPhone through the Bluetooth ?"
If you try to pair your iPhone and it comes up as an available device, you have your answer. If not, you can get a device that will pair your phone to your car. This £16 unit is the best reviewed device on Amazon, it just plugs into your 12v socket: Alternatively, you can go for something more expensive like this Sony stereo that will give you full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It's expensive, but far superior to Bluetooth:
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Will fitting V rated tyres, for speeds up to 140mph, affect my insurance?
"My Mercedes-Benz CLK 220 CDI is supposed to have W rated tyres, which are for speeds up to 150mph. A national tyre group has advised me I can quite safely use V rated (140mph). As I might do 90mph max when in Europe, am I okay to fit the V rated tyres or would it affect my insurance?"
Yes, you are fine using V rated. It will not affect your insurance. The minimum rating is 113mph, which is over and above our national speed limit. An insurer would have to prove the difference in speed rating was a direct cause of an accident to repudiate a claim.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Someone hit my Mercedes-Benz CLK in a car park - how do I stop the insurer writing off my car if the repair costs a lot?
"While I was at work someone hit my car in the car park. They've assumed liability and his insurance already contacted me. I have also contacted my insurance company in the meantime and started proceedings with them, however TP insurance contacted me to deal with them directly and even offered a garage of choice to repair. So far, so good. However, my car is a Mercedes-Benz CLK Avantgarde with 110,000 miles and some rust on the rear arch (which, funnily enough I meant to fix this weekend). I'm afraid the insurance will deem the cost of repair higher than the cost of the car and write it off. I went to a garage close to my house and they said to fix it would cost £1000, however in another garage I believe it might be about £750/£800. I've owned this car for six years, I religiously service it myself every 10,000 miles and have replaced many expensive parts over the years, most recently a full exhaust system and a full gear box service. The engine is an absolute gem. The last thing I want is a write off as I feel the money they will offer me will not permit me to buy another one in same condition. I'm a bit confused and not very wise with insurance matters. What should I do to get the best deal possible? I really like my car and all I want is to have it fixed."
It comes down to the value of your car, as long as the repair cost is less than the market value, then you can insist on the car being repaired or ask for a cash in lieu sum for the full cost of repair. Your legal entitlements are here: Whoever you deal with, be it the third party insurer or your own, tell them not to write off your vehicle.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Problem with camshaft magnet faults?
"An engine management fault comes up with exhaust cam fault. The car has always been serviced by Mercedes. Is there a general problem with magnetic sensors on this V6 engine?"
If you mean the V6 petrol engine, then yes: 27-8-2011: Problem of premature wear of timing chain sprocket for balancer shaft of M272 and M273 V6 petrol engines. Mercedes Star bulletin about this. Big job. Can cost £4000. From:
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