Agreed wholeheartedly. For me, I don't think I could live without DSG now. I recently was on a long motorway journey in a fairly high-spec performance car with a manual box... but I found myself missing the DSG very badly. Manuals are fun to run around in every once in a while now, but nothing compared to the DSG ;-)I know I am stating the obvious but your best bet is to get a good long test drive or several test drives in both manual & DSG versions.
I went for DSG, the gear changes are so quick & silky smooth.
You also have the versatility of using the stick for manual changing if you want or you can use the paddle shifts. If you do a lot of town driving or ' traffic jam' journeys you will find it so easy to 'poodle' in traffic.
DSG does take getting use to and you are always learning new ways of how to get the best out of it the longer you have the car.
Some people prefer manuals as they feel more ' involved ' in the driving and I respect that but you need to make your own judgement with DSG. Its a lot more sophisticated and enjoyable in the GTI than the normal auto-box experience you may have had in other cars.
That's a very good point, as my journey involves a good deal of motorway, if I drove in traffic, I'd probeblly think differently.Having owned both now I can vouch that they are both excellent boxes.
I am now doing more driving in traffic I changed for a DSG and haven't looked back.
the more i read into it , it seems the people who dont like it seem to be those who didnt spec it or those that didnt want to / couldnt afford to pay the extra.DSG is not an automatic gearbox. It lacks a torque converter, for one thing - hence why it's called a "Direct Shift Gearbox" and not an "Automatic gearbox".
10 miles is not enough to get to grips with DSG. It is radically different from any other gearbox, manual, semi-automatic, or automatic that you will have tried before. Ferrari's F1 system and BMW's SMG system do not compare.
Initially I was a little sceptical, but having had the DSG for around 32000 miles now, I wouldn't switch to any car that doesn't have one. Put it into manual s elect mode, and it's perfect for hard driving, letting you rev up to 7200RPM and rev down equally hard with s near-instantaneous gearshifts. On the motorway, if you want to overtake, you just hit the down paddle a couple of times, drop straight from 6th into 4th and take off.
DSG also results in a significantly faster 0-62mph, if you're interested in that; check out this video where the GTI with DSG beats the Megane 225, the Astra sport hatch, and an Integra Type-R:
http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4040#post4040 (Registration required I think).
It takes a couple of weeks to start to get used to the DSG. Once you've mastered it though, you will never look back.
I think you said it - looking back, I can't recall a single DSG owner who is disappointed with their choice, only manual owners, who, at most, have done nothing more than quick spin with the DSG, claiming that the driving experience isn't as "pure" or some nonsense like that.the more i read into it , it seems the people who dont like it seem to be those who didnt spec it or those that didnt want to / couldnt afford to pay the extra.
and as for magazine reports they never seem to review out as if they had to live with it!
Ahhh, the "S" mode - whether it stands for Sport, Speed, Shweiss (German for fun), Silliness, Stupidity, or Suicide I shall never know - all I do know is that it makes you go crazy quick*!4.) Sport Mode - Dare you!!!
I'm yet to have a real opportunity to use the 'S' but looking forward to it. All I know is when I first tried it, it was for about 10 seconds accompanied by a barrage of un-mentionable expletives.*and I do actually mean crazy, lunatic, terrifyingly fast. Enough so that an F430 couldn't get me out of his rearview for the 20-75 sector... when I caught up with him again at the roundabout he gave me the dirtiest look, clearly wasn't pleased that a 25k car kept up with the 140k Ferrari!