FWIW, I test drove both manual and DSG versions before buying my 2017 Sport. While i didn't dislike the DSG entirely when i drove a manual afterwards it was apparent manual was the right one for me. I have 44,000 on my car with various amounts of mods thoughout the time but no full tune. Had a neuspeed power module for about 30k, and recently switched to jb4 about 10k ago. Haven't had any clutch slip with my car despite driving it pretty hard and even tracking it. I haven't tuned my car for fear of clutch issues but its also something that may be due to driver habits. Best car i've ever bought, with zero major issues aside from an occasional belt squeak that appears very infrequently.