Ah that's true for those of you in the US. In Canada, manual is offered across all trim lines on the Golf TSI.For me, it's the lack of a manual transmission in the Golf if you get more options in the car. I'd be totally fine with a Golf MKVII, if I could get it loaded with a manual transmission.
I feel for you guys. I think we're headed down the same path though. The Passat had manual across all trims except the 6-cyl, but now that's also limited to the base model. However, I think the Passat is aimed mostly at the Camry and Accord demographic (which does offer manual across several, though not all, trims).