limbsy, I wasnt fussed about steptronic until I had been and seen the car and I really liked it. Ive always preferred a manual but Im not after this car for out and out performance, just for a nice newer car that is nice to drive. Ive got an old merc the now which is an auto and its so relaxing, I think the steptronic is the best of both worlds.
Also, I would really like the 330 but they seem a good bit more expensive.
soundds like you've done your research then, enjoy!!!