2011 BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
SLK350

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

9.9

starting from

$63,375
"The interior environment is typical BMW, a bit stark but crafted from quality soft-touch materials."
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's build-quality
"Handles like a dream"
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW Z4 sDrive35is

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fast 0-60 time
5.0 seconds
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Average power
335 HP @ 5,900 RPM
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Power seats
Optional
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

9.6

starting from

$54,175

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz SLK350

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Good range in the city
352 miles
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Good range on the highway
463 miles
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Winner: Z4 sDrive35is
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Winner: Z4 sDrive35is
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  • Almost the same, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • Almost the same
  • More than 10% more powerful, 335 HP @ 5,900 RPM vs 301 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Winner: SLK350
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  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 463 miles vs 348 miles
  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 9.8 ft3 vs 8.0 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Fantastic basic warranty
  • Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good brakes for high-performance use
  • Both have electronic stability control
  • Both have good airbag coverage
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
  • CD player comes standard
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
Overall 9.6 vs 9.9

Luxury Features

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SLK350
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Optional Power seats are available as an option on the Z4 sDrive35is; not at all on the SLK350
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

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SLK350
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Horsepower 301 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 335 HP @ 5,900 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 7 vs 7 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The Z4 sDrive35is comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the SLK350
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The Z4 sDrive35is's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.1 lb/hp vs 10.6 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.5 ft vs 35.1 ft The SLK350 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Z4 sDrive35is is quite bad

Practicality

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Passengers 2 vs 2 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 463 miles vs 348 miles The SLK350 has great highway range, but the Z4 sDrive35is is very limited
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Cargo space 9.8 ft3 vs 8.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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SLK350
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MSRP $54,175 vs $63,375 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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SLK350
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 4 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have good brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

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SLK350
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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SLK350
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 5.0 seconds The Z4 sDrive35is has a good 0-60 time, but the SLK350 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 118 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.6 s @ 97 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs 155 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Entertainment System

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SLK350
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 BMW M3 Z4 sDrive35is vs M3
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 Nissan 370Z Touring Z4 sDrive35is vs 370Z Touring
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z4 sDrive35is vs Corvette Z06
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Z4 sDrive35is vs 911 Carrera 4S
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2012 Ford Mustang GT Z4 sDrive35is vs Mustang GT
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) SLK350 vs Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2011 Porsche Boxster SLK350 vs Boxster
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 SLK350 vs Corvette Z06
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2012 Ford Mustang GT SLK350 vs Mustang GT
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2011 Nissan 370Z Touring SLK350 vs 370Z Touring

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