If you're looking to buy your next car, you may be wondering whether to opt for one with a manual or automatic gearbox. Put simply, the driver has to change gear in a manual car, and they need to press the clutch pedal to do it. However, an automatic car changes gear for you, so there are usually only two pedals to contend with. Take a look at our list of pros and cons to help you decide which type of car would be suitable for you.
Manual cars are often less expensive to buy and maintain, and since a manual gearbox is usually more effective at transferring engine power to the wheels, you can accelerate quicker than in an automatic. By learning to drive in a manual car, you are immediately qualified to drive an automatic. Many drivers also argue that manual cars are more enjoyable to drive.
You need to think more when driving a manual vehicle, as effort is required to change gears and you will need to multi-task. For example, driving during heavy traffic periods when you have to change gears a lot is more difficult in a manual car.
As you don't need to control the clutch and gear stick, driving a car with an automatic gearbox should be easier. Gear changes are seamless with a twin-clutch gearbox, and those with limited mobility could benefit from driving this type of car.
Cars with traditional automatic gearboxes are not as fuel efficient as manual cars, and they tend to cost more to buy and maintain. If you passed your driving test in an automatic, you have to upgrade your licence before you can drive a manual. Some people say that automatics are less enjoyable to drive.