Did you know there are four different types of automatic gearbox? Here’s a summary of each one and how they will affect your drive:
1. Traditional automatic
Smooth gear changes and reliable, but better suited to larger cars. Often found in more expensive models like Jaguars and Land Rovers.
2. Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Very reliable, but can cause high engine revs making the car noisy.
3. Clutchless manual gearbox
Operates much like a manual gearbox but uses electric motors to change gear. Cheaper than other types of automatic, but can give a jerky ride. More common in cheaper and smaller automatic cars.
4. Twin-clutch automatic gearbox
The smoothest, but most expensive option. Often found in high performance cars like Porsches and Mercedes.
Every automatic gearbox will fall into one of these four basic categories, but some manufacturers have their own names for the systems they use, so it’s worth asking the seller exactly what is under the bonnet.