For me it would be a semi-automatic.Arianne said:The manual gearbox thing is interesting. I remember the days when auto boxes were unreliable, slow to change, lazy affairs which cost a premium and came with the added anxiety of unreliability. In those days it was quicker to change gears manually.
But auto boxes are unbelievably effective and slick now. They have more gears than their manual counterparts, change up and down faster than most humans can, are fabulous around town and are reliable. They still cost more!
Other than initial cost, why would anyone prefer manual to auto? If it's for the pure joy of driving (debatable point but one often suggested by my son with his Audi TT) then why not use the manual, flappy paddles since they now deliver instant shifts according to the driver's command.
Just a thought and perhaps may spark a good natured debate?
Ive had auto boxes for a few years now and they are great, this new 8 speed with the paddles is ace, in normal auto mode tho when you drive round a corner and you slow down it can hesitate and not drop a gear quick enough, but if you pre empt and activate the paddles you can drop the gears 1st and accelerate out of the bend quite satisfyingly, does take a bit of practice with the gearing to get used to what gears work best for what speed range, but it is fun learning.AlSnr said:I have never had an automatic, always thought it was for people who couldn't drive. However my f pace test drive converted me, and that's what I've ordered, I thought it was absolutely great. I'm still not sure what to do with those paddle thingys but it will be fun learning.