Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Easton, MD
Vehicle: 2012 SLK 350 (R172)
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This is helpful info, since I anticipate using the very same tires (rated VERY high for snow traction) and estimating your KY snowfalls by still passable highways, it appears that the SLK should be O.K. up to about 6 inches of snow. More than that it appears other factors come into play (clearance). Although I usually wouldn't choose to start out when it snows, occasions arise where I'm already out and may venture a return trip. I'm going to assume 4 in. is all good, any more up to 6 in. would be testing things, and more than 6 in. is a non-starter in a SLK. Thanks!
PS - I am a very experienced snow driver - but the SLK presents new limitations.
Having driven first a SLK 280 with Pirelli P-Zero A/S tires and then a 09 SLK 350 with both the Pirelli P-Zero A/S tires and then Conti DWS A/S tires for the last 6 years, I have found the SLK is pretty good in the snow. I actually prefer it to my wife's 2005 Volvo V50 wagon which is front wheel drive. I drove the SLK 350 to work after the 3 feet of snow we got in in DC a couple of years ago when the roads were barely plowed. Last January we got 8" of snow while I was at work and the SLK 350 got me home with little drama while hundreds of people abandoned their cars all over the DC area. Basically I just put the transmission in "C" (or "E" for newer models) and let ESP do it's thing if the wheels start to slip. I have never gotten stuck in a SLK and they all have been my daily driver. The big thing to watch for is how deep the snow is. If you get the rear wheels off the ground you are not going anywhere. I have quite a bit of experience driving in snow with rear wheel cars and enojoy doing it BUT it's the other guys on the road that can make it dicey.
2012 SLK 350, Mars Red, Ash, 7G Automatic, Premium Pkg I, Lighting Pkg, Multimedia Pkg, Sport Pkg, Digital Dual Zone Climate Control, Panorama roof, Air Guide Windstop, Chrome Bonnet Fins, smartTOP roof module v1.42, Akebono ceramic front brake pads, TRW ceramic rear brake pads, DIY Backup Camera
Other Ride: 2016 GLA 250 4Matic, Cirrus White, Ash, Premium Pkg, Multimedia Pkg, Panorama Sunroof, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Blind Spot Assist