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Automatic versus Manual

It’s an age old question, which is better – automatic or manual? Both options have their strengths and weaknesses that make them suitable for different types of drivers. Here is a breakdown of each option to help you decide which is right for you.


The best thing about automatic cars is their simplicity. It makes driving that much easier, not having to worry about the clutch or gear changes. Just having to worry about the road, an automatic gearbox removes a lot of the stress from taking to the road. This is especially useful for new drivers who may not feel as comfortable on the road, for example when driving up steep hills.

Automatics also have a smoother ride as you aren’t shifting between different gears yourself, allowing the technology to do the work for you. There is less over revving as you try and build up speed to change gear yourself.

The other benefit of automatics is how they make being stuck in traffic less stressful. You don’t have to worry about stalling or changing gears, just put your foot down when you need to move forward.


Manual gearboxes are generally more economical than automatics. The technology needed to change gear without human input uses up more fuel. If you are a careful driver naturally, you can save money on fuel by choosing manual.

The other key point of manual gearboxes is the control they give you. Sometimes you can feel like you are waiting for the automatic gearbox to kick in and change gear. If you are used to shifting gear yourself, having a machine make decisions for you can be infuriating.

While automatics are better in traffic, manuals are perfect for the open road. If you want to put your foot down and really feel the power of your vehicle, than manual is the choice for you.


For the careful, considered driver or someone who lacks experience, the automatic gearbox is the way to go. But if you truly want to take control of your car, then the manual is the choice for you.

published: 29/08/2017 09:07:05

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