I too, was in the world of unknown-nesss ( word?) about the Bilstein shocks. Today, I just installed some Bilstein Sports on my 190E. Many say they sit lower. I didn't notice a difference off the bat, but perhaps within a few short months, it many settle in. The ride quality, however, is not rough, compared to what others may say. I, myself am sensitive to road conditions, and I feel as if the Sports are not harsh at all. They give my car the feeling of more firmness in the turns.
I hope this clears up the cloudyness for all.