I am a recent convert to AUDI. I previously owned Mercs, but after driving an AUDI I am now an AUDI fan. I got a new Merc in feb this year, after waiting 4 months for them to deliver the great "new" C class I was unimpressed. It was better than the previous C class, but still didn't feel great when driving. I bought an Audi A4 Convertible, 1.8T Sport, and it was a class apart from the Merc. The drive, handling, and ride comfort were far superior. So I sold the Merc! 2 months after buying it brand new. Thats how bad it was! I am really happy with the Audi, it feels really great to drive, and driving through the country lanes to work each day is a real pleasure, and something I look forward to. Love it!