Your decision regarding the ride is dependent on the roads you drive and your age group. If you live in an area with mostly smooth roads you won't notice. If you live in an area of frost heaves and potholes you will certainly notice it and it won't be to your liking. Age is another factor. Somone in their 20's won't mind the stiff ride on rough roads. Someone in their 50's might. Best advice is drive it and see what you think. Check out the Mercedes C63 AMG and also the 2009 Cadillac CTS V before you buy. Test drive 'em all on the same day and your decision will be clear.