2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The group of roadsters that take more of a luxury tack has gradually become a little edgier and more brash, and that leaves the SLK-Class as one of the more conservative, comfort-oriented in its competitive set.

Most of these models are more than one-trick ponies, with enough versatility and space for a weekend trip, comfort for daily commutes, features befitting luxury cars, and thrills to satisfy most driving enthusiasts.

The Jaguar 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.

The Q60 Convertible, which was formerly known as G37, may seem like a left-field choice, but it's less expensive, equally comfortable, and offers a pinch-use rear seat; keep in mind that this is a 2015 model, and while a new generation is on the way, it's likely there will be no Q60 Convertible for the 2016 model year.

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

The Porsche Boxster and its fixed-roof Cayman sibling are brilliant performers, with some of the best steering and handling at any price.

And if you're looking at roadsters, you might as well include the excellent new Mazda MX-5 Miata, a sports car that provides unrivaled driving thrills, albeit with a more bare-bones attitude about interior appointments and cabin quiet.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is more of a weekend-getaway machine than a canyon-carver; but with mini-SL style and some unrivaled tech features, if offers up roadster thrills with fewer sacrifices in comfort.
While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type fleshes out its sportscar credentials this year with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata shouldn’t disappoint driving purists, yet it’s been reformulated for a new generation to enjoy.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster is a thrill to drive; but beyond that it's a great car in nearly every way, and one of the best-value sports cars you can get.
The 2016 Porsche Cayman offers most of the driving satisfaction and practicality of the fabled 911—and perhaps with even more thrills.
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19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6
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Two SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo Seaters
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2-Door Roadster SLK 3002-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Coupe Manual RWD2-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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