Thanks Etchings!Etchings wrote: ↑Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:36 pmFor me, cost (£1,300 extra for something I'm wasn't fussed about) and potential headache and cost for repairs if it ever went wrong. Basically, I wasn't fussed so spent that money on other things.
In retrospect would I consider a DSG? Maybe - you get a few extras on the driver assist packs which are pretty nifty. Also the few times I've been stuck in endless traffic (you know, shuffle half a car length at a time style, not the slow moving/stationary), my clutch foot would have thanked me a little more.
On the negative side, my garage is TINY. Manoevering in is a pain and I have to fold mirrors in to get through the entrance (1.5cm too wide!). It's wide enough to accommodate the car once inside and be able to get out though, but I have only got a 10cm window for positioning right if I do want to get out. My point? It needs a fine bit of control to correctly position and not hit walls etc. and I'm unsure whether I would get the precision that I feel I need with a DSG. Note I said unsure and feel - in my area I don't have a nice long drive or dedicated parking space to take the gamble. Others may completely disagree and that is their prerogative as it is my highly subjective opinion. So that is definitely a consideration for me in the future - if when I come to change my lovely Ateca in several years I will probably consider a DSG should budgets allow but I would certainly test drive it with that consideration in mind. It probably will just boil down to technique and as Fred mentions consistently about liking the creep of an auto, probably just a matter of getting used to the DSG and knowing when / how to release the auto-hold. As always at present I just wasn't fussed about it this time round.
Yes others may disagree but for me what you said all makes sense, particularly the fine control when trying to manoeuvre tight spaces. So for similar reasons to yourself that's why I would go for a manual.
At one point I was considering DSG, only because of stop start traffic and the amount of times the clutch is up and down but other than that I'm happy to stay driving a manual.