Here at Creditplus we firmly believe that you should be having fun in your car, even when driving to and from work it should be enjoyable. There are few types of car that can compete with the top down fun combined with the driving pleasure offered by roadsters. With that in mind we are going to pit five of the most popular roadsters against each other and you can decide for yourself at the end which emerges victorious.
The standard 20i sDrive model is a twin turbo, 181 bhp machine that will not hang around on getting you up to speed. It will hit 60mph in just 6.7 seconds and will take you all the way up to 146mph should you desire! The 2.0 litre four cylinder engine is a great piece of engineering and while it certainly is not the most powerful of the models, it will be quick enough for the majority of people. The z4 is pretty easy on the eyes too. It combines a muscular looking front end with a very sleek body that creates a style similar to that of an American muscle car which is quite uncommon in the European industry. Plus it comes with 17 inch alloys to boot! It is a vastly improved vehicle compared to it’s predecessor from a few years back, it can certainly now run with the offerings from big boys Mercedes and Porsche in the roadster category.
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The MX-5 is one of the staples of the roadster category and this would not be the case without good reason. The cheapest 1.8l engine option will give you more than enough oomph on those windy B-roads and will get you to 60mph in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 123mph. The combination of precise handling and excellent grip means the car great fun to drive and will allow you to sling it into those corners with no fear of ending up in a hedge somewhere. The Mx-5 roadster has not changed its looks too drastically over the years, only refining a very classic and much loved design. This is one of the one of the easiest roadsters to live with everyday, although boot space with the hard top model is limited. The comfortable ride, practical interior and good fuel economy mean you could very easily use sporty little number as your day to day car as well as you weekend treat. The MX-5 is also the cheapest by quite a long way so remember that when you choose your winner!
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The Porsche Boxster is most likely the first car that pops into peoples heads when we say roadster. It really defines the category and is typically the entry point for most people into the world of Porsche. It is a major contender in this battle and its power is one of these reasons. The most powerful of these four cars by a long way, the standard model comes with a 2.7 litre engine with 261bhp and a 0-60 in 5.7 seconds which is fast in anyone’s book but it is really the handling of this car that makes it stand out. Much like the MX-5 this car is famed for is handling abilities and Porsche as a company have a reputation for fantastic engineering. The weight of the Boxster is perfectly balanced and with an abundance of grip which means you can get the most out of it through the corners. The Porsche definitely wins this competition in outright speed with great handling too but you pay a premium for that kind of performance and while it is the fastest, it is also the most expensive of the bunch.
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The SLK is a very popular car in general, not just in the roadster category. Practically dripping with style inside and out and it is fantastic to look at. Due to the quality of the inside cabin the SLK is a roadster that you could use everyday and you would definitely turn a few heads on your way to the shops. The entry level model comes equipped with a 181bhp engine to get you going, so it certainly does not skimp on outright power and it will do 0-60 in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 149mph! The wonderfully engineered metal folding roof will give you extra security and also makes this little Mercedes an all weather roadster. This combined with the punchy engine and improved agility means it is capable of handling most situations whether it’s just driving through town or steep mountain roads. So while it may not be the fastest of the group it will certainly get you where you need to be and you will be looking good whilst doing it too.
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It really is a tough decision to choose who wins this one. The z4 is a great all rounder, the MX-5 is great value for money, the Boxster excels in all situations but is expensive as a result and the SLK looks amazing and has the power to match. We can’t decide so it is up to you to pick your own winner!