Manual gearboxes and high powered diesels don't make sense to me. DSG is well suited to a diesel engine, especially the more powerful engines.
Besides, I think there is probably a technical reason why the 240 won't be available in manual form due to a lack of sufficient clutch/flywheel and gearbox to cope with and have long term reliability with high torque. The regular 4cy TDIs are already bad enough/on the edge with clutches/flywheels.
On a sports car or high revving petrol engine a manual gearbox can be nice (but so can todays dual clutch gearboxes), but on a TDI auto is better and sensible option IMO.
Had manual first time around have gone for DSG this time around (if I ever get it)
Having always driven a manual and had a loan car a nissan joke I enjoyed it, having a loan car this time around I would not go back to a manual.
Had a run of conventional auto BMW saloons, loved them! Especially driving in heavy traffic in the SE UK.
Changed jobs, now mostly very long motorway runs N - S UK. Thought I wouldn't need an auto, and would enjoy a performance manual for a change, good old days (TR 6) etc....
Then i got stuck in traffic M5 - M6, every trip, at Birmingham....
Then had a leg injury...
Now also had a back injury....
Precision control, absolutely. Brakes released you get the same sort of creep you get from a torque converter automatic. With no acceleration you have inch perfect manoeuvring.
Forget how to drive a manual, yer avin a larf.... Like the fabled riding a bike, you never forget (though you occasionally forget to dip the clutch as you come to a stop.) Though it does help to have a foot on each camp as it were. I've driven autos for nearly 15 years, but always had a manual to fall back on as t'other half motor.
Never regretted going for the DSG, and t'other half used mine the other day while hers was in for a service, and her comment was how little there was to do whilst driving it!
I test drove a Renault Kadjar before I ordered the Tiguan. It just happened to be an automatic and I thought it was great. Then seen the Tiguan and test drove the manual as no dealers had any DSGs for test. I reckoned if Renault can manage a good automatic surely Volkswagens must be good too. 😂