Well, I used to drive, still own, a Mercedes. It's no where near as grand as the newer Mercedes or as powerful as the AMG variants. Before I got my Bimmer, I was en route to purchase a C43. 302hp was the kicker there, that's what I wanted. Then reality set in, too much money involved between the $1800 insurance and the posibility of an AMG engine breaking down sometime after it's current 75,000 miles. You know that bitch has 16 spark plugs?! Anyway, like others have said before, and comming from experience, Mercedes is more inclined to those who fancy a comfort sports car, BMW is for the enthusist. Also, don't forget, in the US, you can't get the manual on any Mercedes except the C class, and even then it's not the C32, it's only the steptronic thingy... then again, maybe they've changed thier US line up......?