Nope Guilty as charged.......
They are just so damned tactile..... almost sexual !
A feature of the Paddles is the downshifting. If you are approaching a tee junction quickly a long continuous pull on the left paddle will select the gears sequentially, not quite at peak Revs, but at about 5k. It will drop right down to first, but that’s a bit harsh so I tend to stop at second and select first as I stop.
I do use the paddles a few times in a typical week, but never use full manual. I find the way it moves itself back into Auto is just spot on, it seems to sense when you don’t really need to use them, but obviously lets you start again at any time you feel like it.
As well as stroking, they surely also deserve some polishing?
I have only ever used the multiple downshift provided by the left paddle in the country for tight bends when I want to come down 2 or more ratios. I've not found it useful around town.
When approaching a roundabout or junction, I've never found a need to override the box's choice by more than one ratio. Perhaps that because I'm normally in Dynamic which downshifts at higher revs than in N.
I've found that in auto the box upshifts can be a bit delayed after a manual downshift, as I've said before. Again this may be down to me being in Dynamic. So in the country when pressing on, I often use Manual. However that's in a Quadrifoglio. With another Giulia version, I'd guess I'd use manual much less, if at all.
One thing I've found with downshifting with the paddles in auto, that one can find yourself deciding to downshift manually at the same moment as the box makes the decision to downshift too. It doesn't happen very often, but it can result in a quite jerky and unnecessarily double down shift.