The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class remains closely comparable to rival small roadsters from BMW and Porsche, the Z4 and Boxster, which all offer strong acceleration and premium features, though forgoing some of the simplicity and lightness in the process.
If a simpler, more traditional roadster for weekend top-down driving is what you seek, you may be happier with the back-to-basics Miata.
However, if you plan to drive the roadster every day, the SLK is perhaps the top choice due to its excellent retractable hardtop, which seals out the weather and even road and wind noise.
The soft tops available for the Z4 and Boxster are no match, though they don't compromise trunk space as the SLK's setup does.
The Z4 offers a distinctly different style, with swoopier sheetmetal, while the Boxster remains the top choice for those craving a purer sportscar experience, though its interior isn't quite up to the standards of the others.
The TT is nimbler and more maneuverable for city driving, but its interior isn't as spacious and comfortable as the SLK's.
The SLK remains among the most refined and smoothest-riding of the roadsters, and this year's changes promise to make it even more enjoyable to drive.
|2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi TTBrowse Used Listings||2008 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbo Gas I4||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|2-Door Roadster 3.0L||2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak||2-Door Roadster|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Roadster||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Roadster|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual|