Manual or Automatic
Never driven a automatic car so I always would go manual down to knowing what i'm doing.

I've also only ever driven RHD cars so autos are going to be alot harder to come across due to that.
automatic transmissions are great for off-road applications and going fast (computers can shift faster than you can)

at the end of the day it comes down to preference/use case
have automatic vw and dont want manual because too lazy
manual because im a tightass and the cars i can afford dont have transmission computers smart enough to shift efficiently so fuel is cheaper
stop to give up