Re: Automatic/Semi automatic
Posted by spriddler on February 5, 2018, 11:54 am, in reply to "Re: Automatic/Semi automatic"
Edited by spriddler on February 5, 2018, 1:46 pm
I can't test drive a car or a motorbike until it has been adapted for my 'one-armed' disability. Until two months ago I had a new Citroen A4 Cactus for just 9 weeks and couldn't stand it any longer. It had an automated manual gearbox which was absolutely awful. There was just a 'D' button and an 'R' button so I couldn't hold a gear but had to let it just change when it felt like it. It took between two and a half and three seconds between coming out of one gear and the drive taking up in the next. Hence, accelerating around a bend it would decide to change gear at the apex and the car would run wide as drive was 'lost'. Plus, it always started away in 1st gear so when nipping away quickly, say into a gap on a busy roundabout, it would get to exactly 12mph (just as I entered the speedy traffic flow) then die for around 3 seconds whilst it changed into 2nd causing no end of rude signs from the driver closing up rapidly behind me. I realise that it may take 2 secs to change gear with a manual but you can choose when to change or hang on to 1st longer than just to 12mph, or pull away in second. Whenever it jerkily changed gear I took on a 'nodding dog' look.
I changed it and bought a Skoda Fabia (VW, Audi group) with the 7 speed DSG transmission (two clutches) which preselects the next gear up or down depending upon whether you are accelerating or decelerating and it's absolutely sublime with no loss of drive at all and very smooth, without any sensation of changing gear. It also has 'Sport' mode and the option to drive it in manual mode.
The Citroen was by far the most gutless, unpleasant and irritating car I've ever driven from ergonomic and operational aspects (too many to list here) and like most of us I have driven a few cars, including cheap bangers with 'little design idiosyncrasies' (as the Citroen salesman put it).
Thank you for your support...