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Audi TT Roadster vs Mercedes-Benz SLC

Are a new name and a thorough refresh enough for the Mercedes-Benz SLC to take the lead from Audi's drop-top TT?

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Our verdict

The new SLC isn’t the marked improvement over the old SLK we’d hoped for, but it has some appeal. It’s relatively practical, has the security of a folding metal roof and the obvious kudos of a Mercedes-Benz badge. It’s just a shame it’s so underwhelming to drive.

In comparison, the TT is a class act. It’s fabulous to drive, stunning inside and easy to live with – and it’s also cheaper if you’re buying on finance or paying upfront. It’s one of the best drop-tops on sale.

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1st – Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI 230 Sport S tronic

For Outright pace; better steering; body control; interior quality; engine note

Against Pricier company car buy; higher fuel economy and CO2 emissions

Verdict Still the benchmark two-seater convertible at this price

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full Audi TT Roadster review


2nd – Mercedes-Benz SLC 200 Sport 9G-Tronic

For Decent fuel economy and emissions; cheaper cash buy; wider boot

Against Not that quick; poor steering feel; stodgy handling; lumpier ride

Verdict Disappointing to drive; par for the course in most other respects

Rated 3 out of 5

Read the full Mercedes SLC review


Specifications: Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI 230 Sport S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol, turbo

List price Β£33,920

Target Price Β£30,064

Power 227bhp

Torque 273lb ft

0-62mph 6.3sec

Top speed 155mph

Official fuel economy 42.2mpg

CO2 emissions 155g/km


Specifications: Mercedes SLC 200 Sport 9G-Tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol, turbo

List price Β£31,980

Target Price Β£27,745

Power 181bhp

Torque 221lb ft

0-62mph 7.1sec

Top speed 147mph

Official fuel economy 47.9mpg

CO2 emissions 137g/km

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