Well Geoff 64, we have a 2018 Titanium with an auto box. You do not say if you will buying new or S/H. When we went to try the Ecosport all they had was a ST with a manual box. Despite some years since driving a manual I had no problems. As to ride coming from a Jazz with cart springs for suspension we find the Titanium very comfortable. The test drive in the ST ( bigger engine) was on rough roads but I cannot honestly remember the ride being harsh. I think you will find the wheels are 17 inch, again after the 16inch on the Honda there is no comparison. There are reports of leaning in corners, well I find you have to really push it into a corner to get it to lean. Perhaps the seats being very grippey help I see you are in France, perhaps the Euro version is different but as the Ecosport is made in Romania I should think it would be the same spec. It does depend on what engine you have in the VW but the 1 ltre Ecoboost is no sluggard. The blind spot created by the thick A frame pillars I do not notice as the Honda had them and so I am just very careful. I cannot answer your query about the spare wheel but if it is under the floor it would not interfere. It is possible a spare cannot be mounted under the floor and if you go for the rear door mounting, it will obstruct the camera. Some I believe lose some boot space and carry the spare wheel there. As to downside, Colin has done a pretty comprehensive write up. My two moans are the parcel shelf, which even after nearly a year this old fool forgets to lower it after loading the boot and the top of the door is a good head cracker if you are loading the boot from the left hand side. Not much to put up with in an otherwise pretty good vehicle. I speak as a person that was not a liker of Fords and I have driven a few in my years, I have had to change my opinion. Personally I think the Titanium is the best bet as it gives you the little extras without paying for an ST. If you want the posh bits then go for the ST. but the Titanium is quite well fitted out. Good luck with your choice.