Dacia Duster

Which is best? Automatic gearbox, DSG, CVT, or automated manual

automatic gearbox

There are various automatic gearboxes on the market, but which is the best? (Picture © Kia)

Once upon a time, drivers simply had the choice between manual or automatic gearboxes. Now for anyone who wants to let the car’s electronic brain take the strain, there are a variety of different self-shifting gearboxes available.

Thanks to advances in technology, automatic gearboxes have become far more efficient. And as they can accommodate more ratios – some have 10 speeds – they help drivers to save fuel too.

Here we explain the difference between the four main types of automatic gearbox and look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Automatic gearbox

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Used car buying guide: Small SUV for £12,000

We’re all looking for the perfect compromise in a car and the small SUV appears to be it for many buyers. Usually based on accepted supermini models, they promise chunky off-road looks with everyday usability and cheap running costs. It’s a niche that’s becoming ever more popular with downsizing drivers, not to mention an increasing number of car makers keen to cash in on a popular trend. We look at three models that could be yours for £12,000.

Small SUV Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke: Funky looks and plentiful supply make it a fantastic used buy (Picture © Nissan)

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