2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz 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 is new this year, and it’s grown; it’ll take a while to grow on us, we think.

The Jaguar F-Type convertible and coupe offers good looks and plenty of power, but doesn't quite deliver on its sporty promise.

Be sure to look at the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata; it’s entirely lacking in the SLC's luxurious accoutrements, but has near-unlimited driving thrills all at a much lower price.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class splits its mission between top-down cruiser and top-up thrill seeker.
6.8
The 2019 BMW Z4 serves notice that in a crossover-coupe era, the top-down sports-car driving experience still is second to none.
7.0
The 2019 Jaguar F-Type blurs the line between sports and touring cars.
6.0
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 keeps the crown of “affordable and fun” with a more potent engine this year.
7.2
The 2019 Porsche 718 may never be the champion of the automaker’s lineup, but it’s a champ everywhere else.
MSRP From    
$48,950$49,700$60,750$25,730$56,900
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
SLC 300 RoadstersDrive30i RoadsterCoupe Automatic P300Sport AutomaticCoupe
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22222
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
RoadsterRoadsterCoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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