I fell if this car had "proper" paddle shifters, down being on the left, up on the right, there would be no debate here on the automatic! Of course nothing is better than rowing through gears, but it would be a very close second unlike the ps3 controller thumb toggle!! Although one thing I do love in the selectshift is the fact that if I get sick of shifting it myself I can toss it in to D! The only thing I dont like about the selectshift mode is the sound when your accelerating hard, you don't get that awesome pause inbetween gears like a manual!
2013 Grey Hatch w/blk pkg -Gets me to places
1989 325i -Also gets me to places