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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|19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded H-6||Premium Unleaded H-6|
|2-Door Roadster SLK 300||2-Door Roadster sDrive28i||2-Door Coupe Manual RWD||2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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