So I’ve always had manual cars until the Passat, it was my first auto and I didn’t like it much. It was annoying and I didn’t have much control. In the Golf Wagon I got the DSG dual clutch and that is a close second to manual, it is an absolutely fantastic transmission. I feel it staying in gears and changing gears and I would want. Using the paddles is instant. Gear shifts are sharp. It all just feels natural as to the auto box felt super artificial. I actually look forward to driving it !