What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes SLK sports?
The original Audi TT Roadster was a lot like the original Mercedes SLK, in that it looked the business but was dreary to drive. However, the second-generation SLK, introduced in 2007, was a revelation, with sharp handling and a punchy yet frugal turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. In fact, it was so strong that it made the V6 alternative redundant.
Another two-seater convertible that’s worth considering is the BMW Z4. On sale since 2002, it had a very firm ride and a traditional soft-top hood until 2009, when a new version with a folding metal roof was introduced. The suspension on this new Z4 struck a fine balance between comfort and control, and the one major downside was that you could only have the car with thirsty six-cylinder engines until late 2011.
If fuel economy isn’t a major concern, then the Porsche Boxster should also be on your list. It will cost you more than a SLK, TT or Z4 of similar age, but it is one of the best handling sports cars you can buy, at any price.