Manual transmission and automatic transmission both have their own pros and cons and in the end you have to choose the one based on your preference and need.
I have tried both versions and based on my experience I scan give some differences that can help you make your mind if it suits your preference. I am sure you know what automatic and manual transmission is, so I won't explain that.
I personally use manual transmission and would prefer the same in future too. The main differences are:
1. Cost : Automatic transmission being an advanced technology hence the cost of such cars is usually higher by Rs 1 lakh.
2. Mileage: Automatic transmission cars give lower mileage as compared to manual transmission cars, again due the automatic engine that consumes a little more fuel to manage the gear function automatically.
3. Ease of drive: In city traffic automatic transmission cars are more comfortable to drive than manual transmission cars as there is no gear change function hence saving the pain if using clutch and changing gear again and again. Although on highways both of them are equally comfortable.
4. Maintenance cost: Cost of maintenance for automatic cars is a little higher than the manual transmission cars.
Now, coming to my own personal expirence and feel of driving manual and automatic cars.
I have a manual transmission car so I am used to driving the same in city aa well as on highways and have hardly felt any discomfort. But, as I tried to drive an automatic transmission car, I felt a little uneasy as I was used to pushing gear and changing clutch so I kept using my left leg to find the clutch everytime I slowed down. I had to immediately remind myself that I was using automatic car and not a manual one.
Chances of accident due to wrong choice of function increased. Although, in a matter of few minutes I got used to it but still it was like driving a Honda Activa scooteret after driving a bike with 5 gears. The feel will be almost similar.
Driving an automatic transmission car in city is super easy and fun and that is the best part of this function.
The worst part is that if you only drive an automatic transmission car then you will have to learn again how to drive a manual car as you would not know the about gear change mechanism in cars.
You will only be able to drive automatic cars, either your own or if any of your friends have automatic car if needed anytime in future. For manual transmission cars you will be like a driver who doesn't knows driving. It will be like a driver who doesn't know how to drive.
Automatic car is super comfortable in heavy traffic especially in Delhi and Banglore peak traffic.
Manual transmission car have a bit different feel as you can hear the vroom and torque of manual car on acceleration. This will be badly missed in automatic car. You can speed up manual car and make changes in speed as per your preference but in automatic car everything is dependent upon the engine.
So, even for rough riding sometimes which we usually do on empty roads only manual car will give the thrill and feel and not an automatic one. Although, rough ride is not advised.
So, decide what is best for you based on your driving preference and the amount you are willing to spend.
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