Though the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has racy good looks, it's one of the most mature and isolated of the small roadsters on the inside--with more of the spirit of a big grand-touring convertible than a perky roadster.
If you plan to drive the SLK daily on the commute, you might think that's a good idea, but if you're looking for a weekend plaything, one of the more spirited sportscars might be more likely to give you goose bumps.
The Audi TT is smooth and refined, with a light, nimble feel that makes it the more city-friendly choice; its interior stands out as being well styled.
The BMW Z4's curvaceous styling may look feminine, but it has assertive, satisfying performance; however, its cabin is cramped.
For driving enthusiasts who might even go to the track on the weekend, it's hard to beat the Boxster, which doesn't have as good a ride as the SLK or TT, but elicits precise, communicative steering, impressive handling, and a great sound from its flat-six engine.
Lastly, at about half the price of the other choices, the Mazda Miata still makes a compelling case for those who want to keep it simple and go top-down on sunny fair-weather days.
|2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi TTBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW Z4Browse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2008 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbo Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|2 Seater||Mini-Compact||Two-Seater||Two Seater||Two-Seater|
|2-Door Roadster 3.0L||2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak||2-Door Roadster 3.0i||2-Door Convertible Manual SV||2-Door Roadster|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Roadster||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Roadster||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Roadster|
|Manual||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual|