Our philosophy is not to speak of absolute truths. There is not a single reason that invites us to think that an automatic change in all kinds of conditions, it is better that a manual change. Or on the contrary. But when recommending the purchase of a car, to those who are in the process of decision of purchase, yes we like to make the client aware of all the alternatives that exist in the market. In Spain, the machines barely cover 10% of the market, which does not stop surprises if you look at the current offerings and see the variety of transmissions to suit all tastes and for all pockets. That is why we have tried to uncover these 5 false myths about the automatic changes, to become 5 reasons to purchase an automatic change is not such a bad idea.
We are aware that many buyers do not consider, even remotely, the possibility of acquiring a manual change. Often by the fact that they continue to perpetuándose myths which long ago became obsolete. Hence I advise you, strongly, that the client try to test the car and different alternatives – including the automatic transmission before you buy it.
Before continuing, we recommend reading an article that in his day it seemed to us very necessary to talk about the range of options that you can locate the customer looking for an automatic car: “
Automatic changes: is there life beyond the double clutch?“.
1. Myth: automatic cars are expensive.
it Is true that you can not have everything in this life. But get rid of the left pedal, the clutch, and let the car switch gears automatically, it does not necessarily have to be expensive. This is not the first time that we mention examples really helped, as the PSA, or Toyota. If you are looking for a Citroen C4 Cactus diesel of 100 HP, the automatic change only costs 300€ more than the manual. It is true that we are faced with an abrupt change (a change driven), slightly refined, but robust, reliable and durable. You will be with me in that 300€ is a quantity negligible in a car.
Another interesting example is the Toyota Aygo, an urbanite, that we can acquire with a change of CVT, comfortable, smooth and efficient, but without the ability to engage and involve the driver, by 450€ more than the manual change. A very interesting alternative if we take into account that the Aygo is a vehicle with a vocation in urban areas.
we must Also bear in mind that factors such as reliability, cost of repairs, and maintenance, you can make an automatic change is expensive in the long term. The changes piloted and drive continuous (CVT) is erected usually as alternative, robust, and reliable, more than other types of changes, such as the dual-clutch. Thus, it could well be said that they are short-term financial, in its acquisition, and long-term.
2. Myth: the automatic changes are abrupt and uncomfortable.
If your priority is comfort, and did not choose to an automatic change because you still have the image that these are sudden, and uncomfortable, you have to know that it is a thing of the past. It is true that if we seek a change comfortable you should go probably to a change of the double clutch, or torque converter. The CVT are very comfortable in the city, and depending on the engine you choose, on the highway, although by their nature (the speed fund are maintained at maximum revs until you take pressure off on the accelerator) are noisy.
The changes of double clutch are, generally, a marvel of comfort. The gears engage quickly and smoothly, but also tend to be more expensive. A Renault Capture Intens dCi 90 CV costs 1.400€ more with a change to dual-clutch the manual. A Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI 90 HP costs 1.540€ more with DSG than manual. The cost of an automatic change of double clutch is already far superior to the CVT and changes piloted, but if our highest priority is the comfort, certainly worth it.
I would Also recommend to give a chance to many changes of torque converter, which usually are marketed as automatic, to dry. My advice to the client, once more, is to request a test. There are automatic changes of the torque converter to a driver means, not necessarily experienced in driving automatic, it will be more than enough, and just appreciate the differences with respect to a change of double clutch.
3. Myth: consume too much fuel.
automatic changes in modern are not as heavy, nor wasteful, as in years gone by. Their intake largely depends on the technology used, but even in the cases that the automatic change continues to consume more than the manual, the difference is not as pronounced as in years gone by, especially if you choose a diesel. In fact, the usual changes of type CVT, dual-clutch, and even torque converter, is that the official consumer of the automatic change is less than the manual. In practice, all depends on the driver.
An automatic change will save fuel, a driver who is not very careful dispensing the energy of the engine with a manual gearbox. Also, it is common that automatic changes in modern enjoy the programs of operation with a logic focused on saving, in the pursuit of long marches. There are even automatic changes (such as certain versions of the DSG of the Volkswagen Group) which is a technology of “driving under sail” which automatically disconnects the transmission on the flat and slight slope to save fuel by reducing drag-out losses.
4. Myth: the automatic changes are boring.
Is another of the myths of the automatic changes. Currently good part of the automatic transmissions equipped with series, or in some cases optionally, the maximum torque on the steering wheel that allow the driver to engage the manual gears. For someone looking for a change sports, not we would recommend a CVT, or a change driven, but the changes of double clutch and torque converter do tend to be an interesting alternative. Any automatic car, with a focus on minimally sports also tends to have modes of meshed gears automatic with a tare more sporty, in which prevails to keep the engine revs high before searching for the next march.
The automatic change is also particularly interesting in the powerful car, or for drivers bit seasoned, because the fact of not having to worry about meshing gears and drop the hands from the steering wheel help.
Our advice remains the same, test, compare, and choose the option that more you like. We understand that for anyone looking for sensations usually the fact is without clutch and shifter will not be an option. Ourselves we defend, often vehemently, the existence of manual changes.
5. Myth: there are not enough alternatives in the market.
it Is true that until very recently, the variety of machines was very low. It is also true that it is still hard to find automatic changes in ranges of access, and that often the manufacturer restricts this option to the more powerful engine, or finishing top of range. In any case, yes, it is important to know how is distributed the range of finishes, engines and equipment in the vehicle that we’re looking for, because of a time to this part, the manufacturers have significantly increased the supply of automatic changes. For example, to find an SUV diesel with front-wheel drive and automatic change is not so difficult.
In the coming years, it is expected that the alternatives will automatic continue to rise. In any case the variety will still be the manual changes while the trend is not reversed, and the automatic change remains the story in front of the standard, which remains the manual change.
What we have to recognize is that, unless significant exceptions, and specific brands, the possibility of finding a car demo in the dealership with automatic transmission, to perform a test, it is very inferior to the find a car manual with the mechanical combination more typical of the diesel engine.