Well, if it doesn't have a manual, then what's the point? The Tiguan, Q5, etc. are all serious competition. The manual is the key thing that would get me to spring the extra money for the BMW.
You've heard the marketing line, "All-wheel drive. It's what makes a Subaru a Subaru"? Well, I keep thinking "6-spd manual. It's what makes a BMW a BMW"