While at the dealership waiting for Lil' Red to be fixed, I sat in a white TDI with a DSG that they had in the showroom, and was approached by one of the staff I met when I bought the car. I inquired if they had a manual one in stock, and he smiled, turned to another guy, and said "go grab the keys."

I drove a TDI sport wagen manual today!

(photo for reference, although the one I drove looked EXACTLY like this.)

The TDI wagon is amazing. And with the 6-speed? it's a dream to drive! Now, I'm not saying I regret my GLI, I'm just saying that I now have a mission to get my mom in to that car.