You might think of luxury roadsters as one-trick ponies, but these are remarkably versatile vehicles, most with just enough cargo space for weekend trips, enough comfort for everyday commuting, the features of luxury coupes, and enough seat-of-the-pants thrills to satisfy all but the most die-hard track hounds.
The SLK's competition hits it from all these angles.
The BMW Z4 is right in its wheelhouse, and if anything, it's a little more evocative in its styling and its balanced performance.
The Porsche Boxster--and the hardtop Cayman version--are brilliant mid-engine performers with the steering and chassis dynamics of cars twice as expensive, and they're among our top choices in the segment.
For left-field alternatives, we'd look at the Infiniti G37 Convertible, a folding-hardtop affair with luxurious fittings and good, if not great, performance.
And reaching upward in price, there's always the suave Jaguar XK convertible, a pavement-rippling performer as a base coupe or convertible, or a throaty growler in supercharged XKR form.
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|20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V8||Gas Flat-6|
|2 Seater||Two Seaters||Mini-Compact||Two-Seater|
|2dr Roadster SLK250||2dr Roadster sDrive28i||2dr Coupe Touring||2dr Roadster|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Roadster||Convertible||Coupe||Convertible|