Automotive

Automatic or sequential gearbox?

In this article we will explain the 6 basic differences between these two types of gearboxes. How to see which gearbox is better for you? How to see the difference between these two types if, you see them for the first time. Automated sequential boxes percentage have been increased in modern automobiles, in recent years. Though this trend is emerging as a new transmission option, there are still those who can not see the difference between these two versions of the automatic gearboxes.

You may want to read a slightly different article explaining the difference between manual and automatic boxes. This is original article named "Automatski ili sekvencijalni menjač".

For majority drivers in Europe, the manual or classic gearbox is the only choice. However, there are those who see the automatic transmission easier to use and ideal driving option in intensive traffic or traffic jams. Thanks to the advancement of technology, we have seen a number of variations of automatic transmission systems that, to be honest, can be complex for understanding. For now, let's focus on that variant whose trend has increased in the car market: an sequential-automated gearbox.

Is there a difference between automatic transmission and sequential-automated transmission? Yes, of course. We will explain the concepts here.

Automatic gearbox

When talking about automatic transmission, this type is the easiest to understand. Driving is very simple:

By placing the lever in the 'D' (drive) position, you will drive the vehicle. Although this gearbox has other positions, marked by other letters, adapted to other driving situations, this is the most common position of the switch. This type of gearbox handler has the ability to work at any set speed. The speed selection is automatic and depends on two factors: The speed the vehicle moves (km/h or mp/h) and the engine speed (rev’s per minute - rpm).

Automatic transmission
Sequential gearbox

It could be said that the sequential gearbox is a hybrid between the manual switch and the automatic switch. Although it is the variation of conventional automatic switch. This type has a clutch connected to the gearbox assembly, which can be built either in one box or it can be connected as a separate part between engine and box with gears. Two speed-change levers allow the driver to raise or lower the gear. However, this is not the same schema as on manual gearbox, since there is no specific position for each transmission ratio (gear).

To make this clear: The limit of this type of gearbox is that the gears can be switched up or down, step by step (sequentially). Moving the lever forward, a driver choose an upper gear, and moving the lever backwards, he will select a lower gear. If there are two levers, then one lever is used to change gears up, and other is to change gears down. Typically, the two-lever system is located behind the steering wheel, while the single-lever system is in the standard place beside the driver.

Are you confused with these two options? Have you ever drive a car with an automatic transmission? We have a suggestion. Find a rental car agency and select a vehicle. Look at this as an investment in your future. Choose the type of gearbox that suits you best. It's better to drive a rented car, with the wrong type of gear couple of days, than to buy a car with wrong gearbox. Call rental car agency and start testing cars today.

Automatic shifting

Which transmission is better?

We can not say that one or the other transmission is better, since every concept has advantages and disadvantages. There are also various options and variants of this gearbox on the market. For now, if you are not acquainted with these two types of gearboxes, here are six questions that you should consider in order to eliminate the doubts and choose the right option for you:

Both gearboxes offer a pleasant ride; although the sequential gearbox is more used for sport driving.

For some drivers, the automatic gearbox can be a very boring experience on a highway, so the sequential gearbox adds a certain "power" to the driver in the sense that he may sometimes change speed at will.

The sequential-automated gearbox is ideal for those looking for more sporty driving because they allow continuous and often faster speed changes. Sometimes this is very important to allow driver to change gears. This can reduce fuel consumption, also.

If we are talking about transmission power, it is clear that sequential gearboxes transmit more power than classic automatic gearboxes, since automated speed changing requires more power, and some engine power is lost due to the gearbox itself.

As for security, it is important to note that both gearbox types are good and reliable. There are people point out that manual gearboxes do not allow the driver to be fully focused on driving a vehicle, and conclude that it is the same with sequential gearboxes. However, this type of transmission is much more practical and intuitive.

According to some experts, if a failure occurs, the classic automatic gearbox repair may be more expensive. Although it is more complicated to repair a sequential gearbox in practice. Often the repair price of both types of switches is almost the same.