In sport mode yes but i don't think it is much worse than the c and e class in sport mode. Had it in sport mode on the motorway for a bit and it can be a bit hard but then u probably wouldn t use sport for a long motorway tripThe handling is very good. The engine noise is great! It really doesn't feel like a small car. I have been driving a c250 sport with 18 '' wheels and its much better than that and I love that car!!!!