Oliverp here, I forgot my password because i keep it at work so I had to register again.
Anyway, I have to say I disagree with the comments made about manual transmission being readily available in the UK. The only manual transmission we are offered is on base model 'C' and 'E' class models. Literally every other model comes with auto transmission, and there are no options to get manual, or at least the options are not published in the main dealer books.
But hey, i'm lazy and love the auto box!