Manual or automatic transmission, which is better?

Which is better between a manual or an automatic gearbox is a debate almost as old as choosing the engine of a car (petrol, diesel or electric).

Before choosing which transmission the next car should have, it is essential to know what the advantages and disadvantages are.

What is the difference between a manual and an automatic gearbox?

A car with a manual transmission has a system that is operated by the driver by depressing the clutch pedal and the gear selector lever. Most vehicles in Romania have manual gearboxes.

An automatic car shifts gears automatically depending on the speed at which you travel and has no clutch pedal. Using a component called a torque converter, the automatic transmission does all the work for the driver. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.

Advantages and disadvantages of an automatic transmission

It is easier to drive. Many people like automatic cars for their comfort. They are easy to use because there is no clutch pedal.

The passages between the steps are made more finely. The automatic gearbox offers a perfect transition between gears, providing a comfortable ride without jerks.

Advantage in bar-to-bar traffic. If you stop and start in traffic often, it can become a chore to constantly depress the clutch pedal. Automatic transmissions require less effort.

The main disadvantage of vending machines is that, in general, they cost more, both new and used, so they are not ideal if you have a limited budget.

An automatic is more boring to drive. Some drivers find that automatics are not as fun as manual ones.

Advantages and disadvantages of a manual transmission

A manual gearbox gives you more control over the car.

Some vending machines can be slow and cumbersome. A manual gearbox is more efficient at transferring power from the engine to the wheels, so you can accelerate at a faster pace.

It is cheaper to maintain. A manual transmission generally requires less maintenance because they do not have such complex mechanisms as vending machines. Repairs tend to be significantly cheaper.

I’m not as sure. When driving a car with a manual transmission, you must take a hand off the steering wheel to change gears. Automatic cars are safer because you can keep both hands on the wheel and focus more on the road.

Discomfort in the left foot. Constant pressure of the clutch can become uncomfortable, as the left foot does not rest, especially if you drive in crowded areas.

In these circumstances, returning to the title question, there is no correct answer. But, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of transmissions, it remains for each driver to decide which one suits him best.

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