I test drove a manual 3 door 8V and bought an s-tronic 3 door. For my money the s-tronic is better suited to the car, I didn't like the manual gearbox that much, but I probably would have liked it more with ownership as I didn't have time to get used to the clutch properly. S-tronic feels faster though.
Happy with driving position, seems no worse than 8P. Super sport seats are great, worth speccing.