As time progresses and everything becomes more electronic... it's a give and take. Electronics are easier to make changes to in the sense of you plug in a laptop and get it done but they definitely don't feel the same as the older mechanical systems. Do they work better... yes in the sense of efficiency and reliability. But they do take away a lot of feel from it.
For now they will take away from the connected feel we want but some car makers are showing the bright side. Q50 has electric steering but apparently it still gives feedback that makes you feel like you have that connection