Originally Posted by Rich4
Agreed, most useful for reducing/maintaining lower speed downhill. I also find manual useful on long motorway drives where I can keep in 8th gear but be in sport mode for the better steering feel and control which it gives, whilst maintaining economy. Engaging Sport mode at 80 mph increases revs by 25% from 2000 to 2500 on the 2.0D, so in manual I have the best of both worlds.
Also - on country roads with SHMBO next to me (ie not alowed fun!!). At 45-60 MPH in manual and 8th gear the car is cruising, quiet and relaxed but still has adequate acceleration. In auto the car would be using 6th and 7th gears.