A few questions on how the paddles work.
1. If you are in "automatic mode" and in, say, 6th gear and want to kick it down to 5th and enter "paddle mode", do you click the "minus" just once and you are in 5th and in "paddle mode" or do you need to enter "paddle mode" by a first click and then click again to go down a gear?
Just click it once. To be honest, I use the paddles mostly for up shifting when I'm all done accelerating and the automatic is still anticipating more.
2. I'm assuming you leave the console shifter in the Automatic mode when you start using the plus and minus to enter paddle mode. How do you get back into "auto mode" while still driving?
As stated above, you can hold the + (the one on the right) or it will time out after a little while, maybe 30 sec and switch back to auto.
3. Does it auto downshift just like when using the tiptronic mode with the console shifter?
Yes, it acts just like if you were in tiptronic. The only difference is having it time out and go back to auto.
4. When at a complete stop, can you use the paddles to bump it into 2nd gear to start? I do that quit a bit with the tiptronic to avoid the short 1st gear.
Yes. Again, though, some have had different experiences, but if you can do it in tiptronic, then you can with the paddles. This would still be controlled by the time out, though, so you would need to upshift shortly before take off.
5. Does the tiptronic stop working when you change the VAG Code to activate the paddles?
No. You can use the paddles or the shifter when in tiptronic. If you use tiptronic a lot, then the paddles would be a nice addition.
I use the tiptronic a lot and don't mind using it, but thinking about the expense to change to the paddle made me think of some of these questions. Thanks.
I have a 2014 Touareg gas powered sport model in the US.