I disagree, as do many others. I have a manual with the 2.0 CRD TDI in Jetta Sportwagen (Golf Variant) form, and I think it suits it exceedingly well. It's quite satisfying taking a long on-ramp in 4th and feeling the meat of the torque curve before upshifting. The general consensus on tdiclub.com is that the manual transmission Golf and JSW TDI's get up 10% better economy on average, with the same difference (slightly less, perhaps) in the 2012+ Passat TDI (North America/China only). Plus it's a hell of a lot more fun than an automatic, or even a DSG (which the Steptronic isn't). I commute with my TDI in some of the nastier traffic in North America. While I enjoy manuals, I'm not a "manual or die" purist like some others; I generally wouldn't drive a manual in LA rush hour traffic - the TDI is the only exception to that rule, precisely because the engine's torque curve is so well suited to a manual.