Driving an automatic is an aesthetic experience of a particular flavour, an expression of mechanical beauty and harmony, of an attempt at utopia where freeedom means less control (which of course implies its paradox). naturally, some dislike automatic and prefer manuals, but this would be similar to someone saying they prefer strawberry over vanilla ice-cream; vanilla does not become "inferior" ice cream due to their preference, all other things being equal.
an auto is practical for those who have arthritic left knees. A 190 with automatic would be the top luxury car for places like the Cayman Islands of Bermuda with narrow roads and no long stretches.
manuals use less gas, but thats quite an indictment coming from manual 300e owners driving a 4000 lb car.