The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster and Mercedes Benz AMG SLC 43 are both sexy convertibles which will appeal to drivers who desire freedom, style, luxury and performance. In fact, these two cars are so impressive that anyone who is trying to decide which one to purchase will find it challenging unless you read the in-depth analysis below.
Design & Style
Both of these vehicles look good, inside and out. The Porsche has an exterior which is sleek and similar to past models but manages to retain its own distinction, while the Mercedes SLC 43, with its fantastic leather seats and interior styling, will look great in anyone’s garage. However, compared to the Porsche, and even past models from Mercedes, the exterior is a bit bland.
Technology & Safety
The Mercedes and Porsche only seats two people, so neither is ideal for families. The Mercedes does have more cargo space, at 10.1 cubic feet versus only 9.7 for the Porsche. However, this isn’t a big difference, and won’t matter to most. Both vehicles are highly regarded when it comes to safety features and passing various tests, so they are tied in this area. However, the Porsche 718 Boxster has slightly better fuel economy than the Mercedes, at 21 mpg versus only 20 mpg.
This is where things get interesting. While Porsche is known for its exceptionally high performance, appearing in numerous races, in this comparison The Mercedes outperforms it, at 362 horsepower with 5500 rpm versus only 300 hp at 6500 rpm for the Porsche 718. The success of the Mercedes in this area is largely due to its robust V-6 3 liter engine, which is considerably better than the 2.0 liter H-4 engine offered by the Porsche. While the Porsche 718 uses a transmission which is six speeds automatic, the Mercedes Benz counters with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Bottom Line
The Mercedes Benz AMG SLC 43 and Porsche 718 Boxster are extremely close in multiple areas. The Mercedes is more expensive but only because it has slightly better performance than the Porsche. Because the difference in performance isn’t substantial, many prospective buyers will be reluctant to shell out extra funds for the Mercedes AMG SLC 43 when it only does a bit more than the Porsche. So when you consider the fact that the two vehicles are similar in many ways, it logically makes more sense to buy the car which is most affordable, which in this case is the Porsche.
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If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in Princeton New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche 718 Boxster test drive appointment.
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