I respectfully disagree.........I have a Golf R estate and the DSG can be a bit annoying. I think you made the right choice with the manual. The DSG rarely wants to use the torque and seems to change down too soon. And its very slow when it comes to 3 point turns. Going from drive to reverse and vise-versa seems to take forever.
Before I had the Golf R I had an M135i, the 8 speed in that car is a million times better. Smoother and seems to always be the right gear, sometimes I used to think it was psychic.
My estate is leased through Agnews and goes back in June, so if your still thinking an estate would a perfect all rounder then there will a nice red one on the used car lot soon enough!
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I generally prefer manuals and have had a 335D x-drive with the 8 speed zf box. The 2 things annoyed me about the car were the poor suspension and the gearbox. The box was great for normal driving but for spirited driving it didn't want to know. In manual mode it did what it wanted, you could ask it to hold a gear but it always ignored you and did what it wanted. I just gave up and accepted that it was best to leave it to its own devices.
When looking for a Golf I wanted a manual after having the 335D and a couple of new Focus's one of which was an St, Ford's have good gear changes.
So I went and drove a manual Golf R, not that impressed, just felt vague and rubbery. Went and drove a DSG, great sharp seamless changes and in manual mode it does what you ask of it. The DSG changes or farts can be just heard but are not loud from in the car and they sound good anyway.
I love the DSG Golf R a fast, practical, comfortable everyday car that doesn't shout like a Focus RS