2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercedes Benz SLK Class 3.0L
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class remains closely comparable to rival small roadsters from BMW and Porsche, the Z4 and Boxster, which all offer strong acceleration and premium features, though forgoing some of the simplicity and lightness in the process.

If a simpler, more traditional roadster for weekend top-down driving is what you seek, you may be happier with the back-to-basics Miata.

However, if you plan to drive the roadster every day, the SLK is perhaps the top choice due to its excellent retractable hardtop, which seals out the weather and even road and wind noise.

The soft tops available for the Z4 and Boxster are no match, though they don't compromise trunk space as the SLK's setup does.

The Z4 offers a distinctly different style, with swoopier sheetmetal, while the Boxster remains the top choice for those craving a purer sportscar experience, though its interior isn't quite up to the standards of the others.

The TT is nimbler and more maneuverable for city driving, but its interior isn't as spacious and comfortable as the SLK's.

The SLK remains among the most refined and smoothest-riding of the roadsters, and this year's changes promise to make it even more enjoyable to drive.

2009 Mercedes Benz SLK Class 3.0L2009 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 Porsche Boxster Limited Edition2008 Porsche Boxster
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class combines the romance of a small roadster with grand-touring comfort, as well as the poise and performance of a larger sportscar.
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 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbo Gas I4Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class  
2 SeaterMini-CompactTwo-Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Roadster 3.0L2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Roadster
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Roadster2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. 2008 Audi TT2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. 2008 Porsche Boxster