Absolutely 101% yes. The handling is just fantastic and a league away from a 159 which although very good, is really another big and heavy FWD saloon. I found the 159 to feel big and heavy after both a 3 Series and a 156 and it had a crashy ride where you could feel the dampers running out of travel.
With all due respect (you know whats coming don't you) you do talk tosh sometimes
. The 156 constantly runs out of travel on dips and rises - my 159 never has. The 159 rides better than any Msport beemer (and almost any Audi) and, according to european tests, is the best handling car in its class. The beemer may be slightly better on a race track, but try telling that to the drivers who spin the things off the road in the wet.
As for the 156 (which I love) being a better car than the 159 - yeah, right.