The Great Debate: We get revved up over manual versus automatic cars

The Great Debate: We get revved up over manual versus automatic cars

Every week we debate the topics that drive you nuts, this week we discuss which car is superior – the manual or automatic.

Manual

Jon Bassett, Deputy Editor Central

Manual gearboxes are the last bastion in retaining control over accelerating technology that is replacing the individual.

The driver has to think and engage with the road and traffic, resulting in having control over their vehicle.

They can save fuel and, dropping a gear or two, properly drive with a nimble entry and exit from a corner.

It is safer because having a gear stick mostly prevents using mobile phones.

Knowing how to drive a manual also saves the young embarrassment when faced with a proper five- or six-speed and a clutch.

Automatic

Ken Burrowes, Editorial Director 

A manual gearbox had its place in the days when a clunky automatic transmission struggled to cope with inclines and sudden acceleration or decelerations, especially when towing or hauling a heavy load.

But such is the technological advancement in our cars, a manual gearbox is now nothing more than the tool of a chest-beating Tarzan.

The smooth precision of a modern automatic gearbox means we are now free to concentrate on the main task at hand – observing our surroundings and driving safely.