Well, as I said I would I test drove a Z4 at our local BMW franchise and unsurprisingly immediately fell in love with it. There are a few reasons that it just has the edge on the Porsche Boxster, from my point of view at least. I think it is a tad less pretentious than the Boxster which when all said and done is the poor man’s 911. It is not as ostentatious and is all together more modest. Of course when pushed to the extreme the Z4 does not handle as well as the Boxster, but I am getting a little too old to drive cars on the ragged edge any more.
OK, so my mind was just about made up when I spotted a rather nice looking Mercedes SLK. I had always considered these to be out of my price range, but for curiosity looked a little further and I was surprised to find that if I was willing to compromise just a little on the age of the car it was perfectly possible to buy one and keep within (or just out of to be truthful) my budget.
What a great little car the SLK is and the standard of equipment is amazing. The performance is all that I could wish and I just love the metal folding roof and the fact that the sophisticated heated airflow system means that you can drive comfortably with the roof down even in cold weather.
I imagine that servicing charges are somewhat higher than those on the Z4 and the petrol consumption is considerably higher, but then I don’t cover huge annual mileages any more. So, what is it to be, Z4 or SLK?