Merc quality, BMW dynamics, Ford price
I am shocked and amazed at how good this car is. Not only does it comprehensively out-perform and out-handle my previous Mercedes C280 Sport, but it seems just as well made.
Engine is a peach - power everywhere and a lovely growl. Love the Recaros and the classy (if German rip-off) dash layout. Steering and handling are flawless. Didn't realise front wheel drive could be so capable.
My friend drives a BMW 328i and was on the verge of ordering a new 330Ci when my ST was delivered. Now he's driven it, he's thinking twice, but being a badge snob I doubt he'll actually do it. Says a lot for the ST's ability though that he's even thinking about it.
As someone who couldn't care two hoots about the badge on a car, I don't believe a better all rounder exists at this price, or some way above it. You don't need to buy German to get a top notch sports saloon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2003