Ultimate transmission comparison: Manual Vs Auto Vs Dual Clutch Vs CVT | Auto Expert John Cadogan


10 years ago it was simple: Manual or automatic. Today, however, there are three common flavours of auto transmission (see below).
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Conventional auto: best for towing, smoothest overall, decent sporty driving engagement - but worst for fuel economy.
CVT: (Continuously variable transmission: Good for fuel economy, lousy for sporty driving engagement, mediocre at best for towing.
DCT (or DSG) - the notorious dual-clutch transmission, the reputation of which was trashed by global dodgy designs from Ford and Volkswagen. Great for sporty driving engagement, good for fuel economy, but lousy for towing anything heavy, easy to unwittingly abuse in traffic at low speed, and not very good at low-speed refinement.