Is it easier to reach the controls behind the steering wheel without paddles? Sure but I drove one as a demo for a month with paddles and had zero issues with it.
100% agree, there are no issues, the paddles are stationary and in perfect position. You essentially just hit them with one finger, like a trigger, which is pretty much what they are BANG!
And to the contrary, when I was given a courtesy loaner Ghibli Q4 S (LOVE!), I found it really irritating that I was constantly accidentally hitting the volume as I up and down shifted with the terrible stick. I really missed the paddles.
About the only downside is that, when I drive my VW Touareg (V10 TDI!) I'm constantly hitting the brights now, when I really want to downshift...