2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

2008 Mercedes Benz SLK Class 5.5L AMG
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Though the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has racy good looks, it's one of the most mature and isolated of the small roadsters on the inside--with more of the spirit of a big grand-touring convertible than a perky roadster.

If you plan to drive the SLK daily on the commute, you might think that's a good idea, but if you're looking for a weekend plaything, one of the more spirited sportscars might be more likely to give you goose bumps.

The Audi TT is smooth and refined, with a light, nimble feel that makes it the more city-friendly choice; its interior stands out as being well styled.

The BMW Z4's curvaceous styling may look feminine, but it has assertive, satisfying performance; however, its cabin is cramped.

For driving enthusiasts who might even go to the track on the weekend, it's hard to beat the Boxster, which doesn't have as good a ride as the SLK or TT, but elicits precise, communicative steering, impressive handling, and a great sound from its flat-six engine.

Lastly, at about half the price of the other choices, the Mazda Miata still makes a compelling case for those who want to keep it simple and go top-down on sunny fair-weather days.

2008 Mercedes Benz SLK Class 5.5L AMG2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
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2008 Audi TT 2-door Roadster Auto 2.0T FrontTrak Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi TT
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2008 BMW Z4-Series M2008 BMW Z4
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata SV2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2008 Porsche Boxster Limited Edition2008 Porsche Boxster
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK doesn’t have the edgy driving experience of other roadsters, but it keeps you comfortable, looks fast, and is fast.
The TT is a little more engaging to drive than before, but it doesn’t stand out in the crowd quite like the original one did when it was new.
The 2008 BMW Z4 coupe and roadster are fun cars, but the M versions are truly memorable.
The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop.
The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
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Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbo Gas I4Gas I6Gas I4Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class    
2 SeaterMini-CompactTwo-SeaterTwo SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster 3.0L2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Roadster 3.0i2-Door Convertible Manual SV2-Door Roadster
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door Roadster2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Convertible2 Door Roadster
ManualAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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