My wife has the Edition model with a 7- speed automatic. Silver on black. This car looks cool and is a blast to drive. Off the line, it's not especially quick. But once the RPM get above 2500, look out! This car really moves. You can accelerate to 80 MPH (and much higher)in the blink of an eye. And it sounds like a sports car. Terrific fun. The wife used to have a '03 SLK320. The '08 280 is a much better car. It has a much better ride and is much more fun to drive.
Exterior looks, 'Edition' chrome wheels, acceleration, handling, ease of parking, folding hardtop. It also has more interior room than you might think.
The standard sound system is horrible. It sounds like a table-top AM radio. The radio that I had in my 1966 Chevelle Malibu sounded better. What a disappointment for a high-end car.
We enjoy this special car because of its unique appearance and build quality. The car is very stable on the highway and absorbs road imperfections well. The black metallic paint is of superior quality and shines beautifully (if clean). The gear shifter feels industrial in strength but the sun visors are very small and cheap. Seats are firm but comfortable for long distance cruising. Road noise can be heard from the rear when driven above 40 mph. The sound of the engine via the tail pipe is second only to the Porsche in the roadster class. Great safety is a given as is its long term durability. Learning the features of the car and the interior buttons may take time.
Edition 10 wheels and paint. Overall design of the exterior and automatic retractable top.
Blind spots with top up. Rear wheel tire noise and intermittent noises from the trunk/ roof at highway speeds (90 mph)