Compare 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs 2013 BMW Z4

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
2013 BMW Z4
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2-Door Roadster SLK 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SLK 250 22 32 $39,897 $42,900
2-Door Roadster SLK 350 21 29 $51,522 $55,400
2-Door Roadster SLK 55 AMG 19 28 $63,231 $67,990
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 22 34 $43,560 $47,350
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $50,740 $55,150
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $59,065 $64,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,897
$43,560
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,900
$47,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$715 / month
$789 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the least polarizing of the roadsters, but there's enough urgency to go with its elegant, mini-SL charm. The 2013 BMW Z4 is spirited and purposeful, and balances fun and comfort quite well, but it's pricier than other roadsters.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2 Seater Two Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 53.300
Passenger Volume (ft³)
49.0 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.200
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 59.500
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.100
Length, Overall (in)
162.8 167.000
Height, Overall (in)
51.2 50.800
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
95.7 98.300
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 70.500
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.1 (6.4 w/top down) 10.900/6.400
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.7 x 1.3 13.000 x 0.900
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.4 11.800 x 0.800
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 14.500
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.000
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.400
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 35.100
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3308 3307
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.700
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
229 @ 2000 - 4300 260 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 5500 240 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.080
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.000
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.680
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.680
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.72 1.310
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.810
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.350
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.61 2.060
Trans Order Code
411 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Roadster Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class BMW Z4
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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