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 Post subject: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:57 pm 
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Hi All
Please suggest a good Automatic car which goes well in up & downhills/ in curves/super steering for a lady driver with short legs _Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:02 pm 
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I have an Auris Hybrid and it is brilliant!

You really need to drive them to see, I had an automatic Astra as a hire car and I hated the gearbox, very unresponsive compared to the Toyota's which I have driven before, even though the car handled well and was comfprtable to drive otherwise.


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:04 pm 
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My mum had auto Astra too a few years ago and hated the gearbox.
I think she now has an auto Mokka, and says that is much better so maybe Vauxhall have sorted out their issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:19 pm 
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Most 'automatic' gearboxes have changed beyond recognition in the last few years. Automatics used to be very thirsty compared with the equivalent manual version and often pretty sluggish. Things have changed a lot with the new 'semi-automatic' boxes. Car companies call them different things. VW, for example, (though perhaps not the ideal example given the news at the moment!) calls it a DSG gearbox and if you tried driving an old automatic alongside a DSG you'd probably find the latter much better.


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:20 am 
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Thanks for all replies.
can you please suggest which automatic car do you think best : :oops:
Hyundai 10
AudiA1
ford Fiesta
citroegen C1
Toyota auris

I am driving a manual car now but because of some foot problems switching to automatic but worried whether automatic cars move back in uphills when I stop/slow down? :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:56 pm 
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I found Ford Fiesta fairly easy to drive. I have also driven Nissan Almera and neither of them moved back when stopping or slowing down up the hill. HTH


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:17 pm 
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They don't move back, makes you look a whizz at hill starts!

I had to change to automatic because of back and neck problems and thought
I wouldn't like them.

I am a fan of Toyotas, the earlier Auris had quite a jerky gearbox but the hybrids are better. Quite expensive though (although zero road tax!)

My advice would be to test drive a few to get a feel for what feels right for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:53 pm 
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An auto won't go backwards. If anything, the thing I had to get used to was the creeping forwards! At traffic lights, for example, an automatic will creep forwards if you don't use the brake unless you are on a really steep hill.

All those you have mentioned should be good cars. The Toyota is traditionally said to be the most reliable but personally I'd also suggest the most uninteresting... However, if you only want a car to get reliably from A to B it might be the answer...

As suggested, the best thing is to try them yourself. I had a real problem, for example, driving a friend's Audi as the pedals were offset so far that one 200mile trip gave me back ache for ages!


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:59 pm 
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My mum, a tentative driver who is a little lady, has an automatic VW Up. I'm very jealous and want it, it's great.


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 Post subject: Re: Good automatic car
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:39 pm 
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doodles wrote:
My mum, a tentative driver who is a little lady, has an automatic VW Up. I'm very jealous and want it, it's great.

It's great if you disregard the emissions :lol:


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