Sure—it's a less usable, quirkier, and less cool GTI... but the key word is GTI (and quirkiness to a lesser extent). I know what you're thinking: "Oh great. JayZAyEighty changed his opinion again. Now I have to change mine so I can allign myself with him. Or is that Him?" Whelp, I'm sorry. You can rarely fault anything with a manual transmission, anyways, and this is not an exception.