2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-CLass
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class and its hardtop convertible have been joined by a raft of luxury convertibles since the 1990s.

The most direct competitor is the new BMW Z4, which is more overtly performance-oriented, with a light folding hardtop, tremendous prowess, and a feline grace that's been missing from previous Z4 and Z3 roadsters.

The Porsche Boxster isn't a hardtop convertible, but it's a paragon of performance virtue, and its thick fabric top and ever-improving interior give it more of the comfort the SLK enjoys-with even more cargo space.

A new favorite of TheCarConnection.com's editors is the Infiniti G37 Convertible, a handsome spin-off of the G37 Coupe that folds its hardtop into a sleek body and fits its cabin with rosewood and leather trim, while maintaining the Coupe's handling and acceleration, for the most part.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has the poise and performance of a sports car and the soul of a sunny roadster.
7.8
The 2011 BMW Z4 is an exhilarating sports car, and one of the better choices for touring, but next to other roadsters it's pricey.
8.8
9.0
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
MSRP From   
$46,900$47,450$44,350$47,600
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class   
Two SeaterTwo-SeaterSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Roadster SLK3002-Door Roadster sDrive30i2-Door Base2-Door Roadster
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2242
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Roadster2 Dr Conv2 Door Convertible2 Door Roadster
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODManual