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Unfortunately it's quite a chore to design a "stick" shifting pattern into a simple lever that moves in just 2 directions - ALTHOUGH, now with electronic-only levers, I believe this CAN be rather easily programmed into that lever - but ours (in a Q3) aren't that way yet (next year). So, sorry for your shifting-learning experience. The DSG was not brought to the US for cost reasons bolstered by the nominal market response that the DSG shifted 'too harshly" for them - pooh $hit - I say.
As for the engine, ditto on comparing to the similarly equipped Q5 that needed a differential in performance (the 220 hp Q3 would be a better performer) to help justify the price difference. As for the 252 version, yeah - that's be a nice SQ3 which may still come - who knows?
Paddles help, but they too require a learning process to use effectively and still the gearbox in this car is not the quickest one in the bunch. Two things you can do for less than $200 that make a big difference. First, check out the Sprint Booster links on this site, and then look for the EU Tiguan code that you can switch your gearbox to, that makes a big difference in how the trans responds to everything AND shows what gear you're in in the DIS if you have it ... a nice feature.
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