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Should I buy a standard auto or a DSG?

My wife has to change to an automatic but we dont know whether the basic automatic or the dual manual and auto is the best. Sometimes our daughter who drives manual would use my wife's car . I feel, rightly or wrongly , that the less complicated the transmission is the less can go wrong. We would love you expert opinion. Thank you.

Filed under gearbox - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Sat, 07 May 2011 12:08


Hi Frank

The dual manual you refer to is I am guessing a DSG or double-clutch gearbox and we are certainly fans of them here at CompleteCar.ie. They have been around for quite some time now and therefore most of the major problems appear to have been ironed out. They offer a smoother auto change than a standard automatic transmission, plus they will behave like a manual (without the clutch obviously) if you want them to.

Something like this would be a lovely car.

Answered by: Complete Car Adviser

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Many thanks for prompt reply. This is one problem solved.

The Golf you mentioned is lovely but my other half, who generally only drives local, wants an engine between 1.2- and 1.4-litres. Also we would like from 2009 on.

Thanks again

Posted by F D (Dublin) - Sun, 08 May 2011 10:12:28

Here are some options then: Volkswagen's excellent DSG can be had with the 1.4-litre petrol engine too: http://www.carzone.ie/search/Volkswagen/Golf/1.4TSI-D/201107201262776/advert?channel=CARS

You could also have the VW Polo with a DSG gearbox. A Polo 1.4-litre Highline (85hp) with this gearbox would cost you €20,445 and it is a cracker.

Posted by Paddy Comyn (Drogheda) - Sun, 08 May 2011 13:56:57