2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. Its Competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The SLC-Class competes in a segment that has gotten increasingly edgy, leaving it as one of the more conservative and comfort-oriented roadsters in the group.

The Porsche 718 Boxster and its fixed-roof sibling, the Porsche 718 Cayman, are brilliant performers with some of the best steering and handling at any price.

The BMW Z4 has been one of the SLC's closest competitors, but it’s due for a complete redesign next year.

The Jaguar F-Type convertible and coupe offers good looks and huge power in top versions, but the price has escalated into six-figure range.

The recently redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata is a sweet understudy to these pricey roadsters.

It doesn't have the SLC's luxurious accoutrements, but comes with unrivaled driving thrills at a much lower price.

2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class
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2018 Jaguar F-Type 2018 Jaguar F-Type
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2015 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design2016 BMW Z4
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class dukes it out on comfort with more sporting rivals.
8.0
The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a thrilling sports car with style to match.
6.4
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.
7.8
While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin.
MSRP From   
$48,400$59,900$25,295$49,700
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name   
SLC 300 RoadsterCoupe Automatic 296HPSport Manual2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2222
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
RoadsterCoupeConvertibleRoadster
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2018 Jaguar F-Type2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2016 BMW Z4