Can't add much to the above comments, so let me take this opportunity to vent about a feature on all Mercedes-Benzes that has bugged me for several years. Why, oh why, is the cruise control stalk located so close to the blinker stalk? I can't tell you how many times in the last few years I've accidentally engaged cruise control while trying to signal a lane change. I did it again shortly after I hopped behind the steering wheel of the SLK350. So I had a stern talking-to with myself to HIT THE CORRECT STALK when signaling. Not five minutes later, I accidentally activated the cruise control when I wanted to signal a lane change. And then I did it again ten minutes later! Perhaps I'm just a slow learner, but I prefer to think of it as an ergonomic failure of the highest order.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor