Thanks for the comments and welcome, I'm really enjoying the car and in many ways it is an upgrade to the A3.
The stock ST performance is every bit as good at the old car with full exhaust, tune, and a fuel pump. Also, the technology on the ST blows the A3 out of the water. The sporty interior is a much welcomed upgrade as well.
I have to admit, the Top Gear review of the MKII is a big part of what sold me on the car.