I have a 6MT with the cold weather package... is cold weather package not available in your area? Seems odd... NOTE - I ordered mine so I got to pick exactly what I wanted.
my manual sport s found on a lot with cold weather package, tow package, and hardtop...the only 3 must haves for meMy Sport has tinted windows from the factory.
for the ess (auto start stop) question, wish i could help, i turned that thing off from day 1, no thanks but that does sound similar to when i'm reminded the button got pushed or whatever, just pushing clutch will fire it back up
and a finale...the manual transmission was a no brainer, i likely would have gone this route without it but cannot express how happy i am it was available in the vehicle of my dreams...i sure hope manufacturers pay attention to this, driving is so fun, i'm over a year and 36,000 kms now and the smiles per miles are consistent and as high as they come only second to motorbikes but overall winner as i get them year round for all dad duty not just the few hours of playtime i would get a year with a motorbike (canada eh)