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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class
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2019 BMW Z4 Roadster2019 BMW Z4
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2019 Jaguar F-Type2019 Jaguar F-Type
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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T2019 Porsche 718
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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class splits its mission between top-down cruiser and top-up thrill seeker.
The 2019 BMW Z4 serves notice that in a crossover-coupe era, the top-down sports-car driving experience still is second to none.
The 2019 Jaguar F-Type blurs the line between sports and touring cars.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 keeps the crown of “affordable and fun” with a more potent engine this year.
The 2019 Porsche 718 may never be the champion of the automaker’s lineup, but it’s a champ everywhere else.
MSRP From    
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
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
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2019 BMW Z42019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Type2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. 2019 Porsche 718