I struggle to contend with why anyone would by a car with a manual gearbox when surely an automatic is easier.
You'll find that pretty much the only people who bang the drum for automatics (in the UK) are:
a) Idiots who can't drive properly
b) The disabled
Now there's a good reason for (c), and I don't mean it in an insulting way. They tend to have better weather and straighter, flatter roads. They generally don't need the level of control that a manual gives you.
But over here in blighty, where we have things like roundabouts, fucking steep
hills, windy narrow roads and a 99% percent chance of torrential rain every 5 minutes, manual transmission comes into its own. Sometimes you want to keep it in a lower gear in the above situations. In fact, quite often.
There are advantages to both, but frankly automatics are a waste of time in the UK. They're expensive to buy and repair, they're generally more expensive to run and if you don't have the mental capacity to operate two pedals at once then you really shouldn't be on the road in the first place (not that it fucking stops some bastards).