2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (SLK250)
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Luxury roadsters can be more than just one-trick ponies–offering versatility with enough space for a weekend trip, enough comfort for daily commutes, features befitting luxury coupes, and enough thrills to satisfy all but the track-rat crowd.

The BMW Z4 hits these notes at all the same angles as the SLK, oftentimes with better balanced performance.

The Porsche Boxster–and the fixed-roof Cayman–are brilliant performers with steering and handling suited for cars twice the price, and they're among our top choices in the segment.

There's also the G37 Convertible–now called the Q60–which may seem like a left-field choice, but it's less expensive, equally comfortable, and offers a pinch-use rear seat.

Looking upward in price, there's also the Jaguar XK convertible, with exceptional performance in its base form, and monstrous output in its XKR and XKR-S guise.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the most conservative choice amongst its competitors, but the mini-SL makes for a charming, compelling choice.
7.8
The 2014 BMW Z4 offers a pleasant balance of luxury, comfort, and sport, but it is at the pricier end of the roadster spectrum.
9.2
The 2014 Jaguar XK is both sublime and sporty, as well as gorgeous, making it one of the most desirable cars in its segment.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche Boxster defines the luxury sports roadster segment with its power, grace, and style.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche Cayman adds power, lightness, and comfort improving on the strengths of the last generation while fixing the weaknesses.
MSRP From     
$43,525$48,950N/A$79,000$50,400$52,600
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/APremium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersN/AMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
2-Door Roadster SLK 2502-Door Roadster sDrive28iN/A2-Door Coupe Touring2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
22N/A422
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
RoadsterRoadsterN/ACoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD