Are you Hearing from Friends and relatives that Automatic Car have High Maintenance Cost or Poor Reliability, Low Mileage in India. Myth Vs Fact Burster
With Traffic Situation levels getting worsened in India - Automatic Cars are on radar of Buyers for sake of Convenience to drive
However - while we interacted with couple of prospective buyers, 3 things came out from research which Buyers are apprehensive of in Automatic Cars
1. Poor running cost of Automatic Cars was a concern
2. Buyers are unsure on long term Reliability of Automatic Cars
3. Also Buyers are apprehensive of After sales Maintenance cost of Automatic
Here, we address in all 3 issues as mentioned about Automatic and whether the said issue are infact a Myth or Fact
While the Car Engine Optimization at Manufacturer End, Speed, Traffic conditions, Tyre Pressure, In Cabin Sitting load - all plays a critical role in Mileage
But - Gear Shifts too plays an important role in Mileage
Yes - Automatic Cars were considered relative poor in Mileage in past, but technology has changed a lot in last 15 Years. Modern Automatic Cars comes in :- CVT Automatic or from 5 Speed to 9 Speed Automatic and also has torque converter lockup, as against conventional 4 Speed Automatic Cars without toque converter lockup
This has not only improved drive-ability of Automatic car but even the mileage in CVT Automatic is now better than Manual Transmission. Even in 5 Speed or 6 Speed Automatic - the difference in mileage in between there corresponding Manual Version is no more than 5 to 7% in real life usage
So - its a complete Myth to consider that Automatic Cars have Poor Mileage
A Car is an outcome of Finest Engineering Precision. It has more than 99.99% Precision rate for accuracy and testing. The Quality Control, Robotics, Testing Standards and Technological Advancement is on its peaks
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Today, the Auto Makers are Global Manufacturers and Transmission system, Engine components are tested and developed after thorough Finest R&D - not for one country but for sale and manufacturing on Global Platform
Almost more than 95% of cars sold in America are Automatic and more than 80% cars sold in Europe are Automatic Cars. The Technology of Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Suzuki, Ford is at Global level and sold not only in India but across Globe
Its an absolute myth to have pre conceived notion that Automatic cars are not reliable. Its just that Automatic Cars are rather more advanced in Transmission and with Innovations - now we have - CVT Automatic, DSG, 8 Speed and 9 Speed Automatic Cars with innovations happening on regular basis
Absolute wrong Perception, the only difference in Scheduled Maintenance cost of Manual and Automatic Car is the Replacement of Transmission Fluid and its Interval
As long as you servicing car based on Time or Kms from Company Authorized workshop and replacing Transmission Fluid on time - then there is absolute no difference in scheduled maintenance cost of Automatic Car and Manual Transmission Car
However - the Transmission Fluid is what the utmost consideration. If it goes low or not changed on time - then it can potentially lead to failure of Transmission system. so best to maintain timely service schedule. Also - yes - Wear and Tear Items are priced higher. For Instance - CV Axle (joints, boot) connects to transmission system and cost almost 2 to 3 that of Manual Transmission Car.
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I have a Skoda Rapid Petrol bought in 2015
thank you Gagan for the list of automatic cars in india .was very useful
I have recently purchased Tiago XZA top end AMT car and have driven 1500 km so far.
On a tolled road, for 125kms, it gave me a mileage of 25.15kmpl with 4 passengers with luggage and AC on.
I was driving on Auto mode.