Sounds like a range of responses, as probably should be expected. Good to hear, at least, that the paddles are actually usable for a manual-lite driving experience, if desired!
I am fortunate that my usual daily commutes are short and don’t hit the highway, so I am not often driving in rush-hour traffic. So for me the manual pros (engagement) may still outweigh the cons (pain in traffic).
i just picked up a 6mt G70 last month and its been great. Definitely try both cars but imo paddles are no replacement for shifting gears yourself.