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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Mercedes Benz SLK Class 5.5L AMG
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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.

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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK doesn’t have the edgy driving experience of other roadsters, but it keeps you comfortable, looks fast, and is fast.
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The TT is a little more engaging to drive than before, but it doesn’t stand out in the crowd quite like the original one did when it was new.
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The 2008 BMW Z4 coupe and roadster are fun cars, but the M versions are truly memorable.
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The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop.
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The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
MSRP From    
$44,150$34,800$36,700$20,635$45,800
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Turbo Gas I4Gas I6Gas I4Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class    
2 SeaterMini-CompactTwo-SeaterTwo SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster 3.0L2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Roadster 3.0i2-Door Convertible Manual SV2-Door Roadster
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24222
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door Roadster2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Convertible2 Door Roadster
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual
 
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