I took the ST for a test drive today and I have to say, this is a really good car. It may not be quite as fast as a WRX but you really get a lot of car for the price (although not as much as it first appears since nobody should buy the base package).
My initial impresions:
The recaro seats are amazing.
The artificial engine noise sounds a little artificial.
Torque steer correction works well.
Gear throw felt a bit long but not bad.
I prefer an earlier clutch engagement point but again not terrible.
Suspension was firm but not punishing (right on IMHO).
VW and Mazda are now playing catch up.