2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (SLK250)
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Luxury roadsters can be more than just one-trick ponies–offering versatility with enough space for a weekend trip, comfort for daily commutes, features befitting luxury cars, and thrills to satisfy all but the track-rat crowd.

The BMW Z4 hits these notes at all the same angles as the SLK, oftentimes with better balanced performance.

The Porsche Boxster and its fixed-roof Cayman sibling are brilliant performers with steering and handling suited for cars twice the price, and they're among our top choices in the segment.

Jaguar's new F-Type convertible and coupe is a beautiful sight with plenty of power available, but like the SLK and Z4 it doesn't quite deliver on the sporty promise.

There's also the Q60 Convertible–formerly known as G37–which may seem like a left-field choice, but it's less expensive, equally comfortable, and offers a pinch-use rear seat.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (SLK250)2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
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2015 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design2015 BMW Z4
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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe2015 Jaguar F-Type
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2015 Porsche Boxster GTS2015 Porsche Boxster
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2015 Porsche Cayman GTS2015 Porsche Cayman
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Quick Specs
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class combines mini-SL style with a choice of efficient or potent powertrains, but it's better suited to cruising than corner-carving.
The 2015 BMW Z4 is on the pricier side of the roadster segment, but it offers a nice blend of comfort, sport, and technology.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type piles on even more sportscar credibility with a ravishing Coupe R edition.
The 2015 Porsche Boxster is a relative performance bargain, combining everyday usability with a balanced chassis and sweet engines.
The 2015 Porsche Cayman remains a focused 911 alternative, at an easier-to-swallow price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class    
Two SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo Seaters
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster SLK 2502-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Coupe V62-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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