I think the Auto gearbox is superb. Very smooth and you can't really notice the gear change. Auto boxes have come on so much in the last few years. The only reason I can see for choosing the manual gearbox would be the cost, but I think it's worth it.
Hi Freeway, The manual is fabulous, but the auto is excellent. Try both (I have) but I've had seven excellent years with my 6 speed auto and this is the same manufacturer but with extra cogs. The change is seamless and cruising revs are lower than my 6 speed. If you get into traffic jams a lot, the auto is a godsend.
Manual for me; currently driving RR Evoque automatic and while very comfortable I also enjoy the gearshift of a good manual. Shifting up with automatic worked well, launch of car was fixed by RICA chip (much smoother) yet I do like to use the engine braking at roundabouts etc and found the automatic to hardly shift down (and can't be bothered with flippers)