To set the scene. I've had auto for the last 10 years, and 'er indoors for 30, in descending order -
BMW 520 d
Nissan Note 1.6 p
Saab 9-3 1.9 d
Lexus 2.0 p
London Taxi 2.5 d
Peugeot 307 p
Peugeot 306 p
Peugeot 206 p
Mazda 626 p
BMW 325 p
Nissan Sunny 1.6 p
The Mokka is at least equal to all and better than most, 6 'gears' ensures smooth changes, no lag (don't ask about the Saab), kicks down well, although I haven't done too much of that yet, manual selection available.
I did drive a manual 1.7 Mokka as a demo, and I don't know if it was me stalling it or the stop/start kicking in.
I haven't driven a DSG, something about two clutches, so instant automatic changes?.
Used by VW/Audi group isn't it.
From the Vauxhall press release -
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<!-->"Mokka uses a second generation six-speed automatic transmission
centred on increased efficiency (fuel consumption is down six per cent compared
with its predecessor), a reduction of shift times and noise and vibration
reduction. Thanks to a small torque converter, Vauxhall's engineers were able
to reduce inertia. Optimised bearings,
joint rings and friction elements also ensure a higher degree of effectiveness.
A further key feature is the coil spring inside the torque converter. The
spring rate was halved which improved the damping of vibrations.
Gear changes are possible on the six-speed automatic thanks to the ActiveSelect
function, activiated by the touch of a button on the gear stick. The adaptive
electronic transmission control comprises a range of intelligent functions: the
automatic idling helps to save fuel. This function maintains the oil pressure
at an optimum level during the first forward drive clutch movement. This is
made possible by sensors and regulating devices that are variable depending on
the engine speed and other data. Lower loads for the axle shafts and engine
supports help to reduce the noise level. The hill program varies the electronic
gear shifting parameters depending on the gradient of ascent or descent."
Sorry yes I was implying, attempting to be humorous, that anybody who opts for an automatic who can drive a manual is lazy. Sorry if it offended but yes I guess by definition some disabled people will be lazy just like some people who don't have a disability.