I BBQ a few times a week, just wouldn’t be a runner to be doing that with charcoal. I think if you’re a BBQ enthusiast then sure go charcoal, but for the average person and especially for first time barbecuers gas is the way to go. Definitely want to try and get one that allows the dripping fat to burn and add flavour though, so the likes of lava rock over the burner etc.
Update. In the end, opted for charcoal kettle BBQ as price/performance seemed best. More delays in getting food cooked than gas but we were finally happy to have a BBQ again. I can see benefits of gas over charcoal but no real biggie in end, just extra (smallish) costs.