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The 10 best automatic cars on sale

Modern automatic gearboxes are worlds away from their uneconomical and sluggish forebears. Many can nearly match the efficiency of their manual counterparts and some can even best them for acceleration – plus keen drivers needn’t be put off because they can electronically take over gearchanges just like Lewis Hamilton.

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Here are the 10 best automatic cars on the market:

1. Mercedes E-Class

The Mercedes E-Class is one of the classiest and most comfortable executive cars ever made. It features a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard and the box itself is smooth, refined and choses gears accurately and decisively. The most efficient diesel E-Class can return 72.4mpg, too. Alongside that, it’s practical, highly technical and has an exceptionally luxurious Mercedes cabin, even at the E-Class’ starting price of £35,205 before carwow discount.

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2. Hyundai i10

The Hyundai i10 feels grown-up despite its small dimensions. This smart-looking city car has a smooth four-speed automatic gearbox – unlike many competitors who go for CVT or jerky automated manual ‘boxes. The i10’s auto is paired with a peppy 1.2-litre engine for useable, if not lightening quick, performance. Hyundai’s cabin is spacious for the class and everything feels impressively well built.

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3. Skoda Fabia

It’s already a practical small hatchback, but the Skoda Fabia’s talents extend further thanks to its DSG automatic gearbox. This seven-speed unit has two clutches, allowing for ultra-quick and smooth shifts. It’s available on top of the range petrol and diesel models, and even offers fractionally better fuel economy figures than equivalent manual ones. It’s sophisticated on the road with well damped, predictable handling and enough comfort to make it easy to live with.

Have a browse of our Skoda Fabia review and Skoda Fabia deals.

4. Porsche Panamera

The new Porsche Panamera offers vastly improved looks over the old model, a premium interior and refined handling. All models come with the option of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that’s both quick to change gears and smooth when it does so. It improves the Panamera’s performance and fuel economy compared to the old auto gearbox and feels well suited to the punchy range of petrol and diesel engines.

Check out our Porsche Panamera review.

5. BMW X1

If you’re looking for a small but sporty SUV, the BMW X1 is a good choice. The X1 is great fun to drive – helped by a powerful range of engines and a smooth, responsive eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s actually based on the smaller platform that underpins the Mini hatchback and it all the better for it – it strikes a great balance between ride quality and handling prowess while not demanding too much from the driver.

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6. Skoda Superb

Thankfully, the handsome Skoda Superb comes with the brilliant DSG automatic gearbox, offering smooth, quick shifts, good refinement and strong fuel economy. There’s an awful lot to like about the Superb – it comes with luxury-car-rivalling space, a gigantic boot – which is, naturally, much larger on the Estate version – and lots of standard kit. What’s more, the Superb’s driving experience is solid and grippy making it feel relaxed on the move.

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7. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage comes with two automatic gearbox options, but the stand-out unit is the seven-speed double clutch mated to either a 1.6-litre turbo petrol or a 1.7-litre diesel. The gear changes are slick and fast, while also feeling smooth and decisive in full-auto mode. A more conventional six-speed auto is available with the more popular engine, which is agreeable but not as sophisticated as the seven-speed unit.

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8. Mazda CX-5

The latest Mazda CX-5 brings a more sophisticated exterior and more upmarket interior design to the mid-sized SUV sector. There’s a spacious, good-quality Mazda interior and the CX-5 offers fun driving experience that errs on the side of sportiness, echoing the iconic Mazda MX-5. The slick six-speed automatic is available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive forms with the top of the range diesel able to return a respectable 53.3mpg.

Have a browse of our Mazda CX-5 review and Mazda CX-5 deals.

9. Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class is a smart and practical small executive saloon. Inside, there’s plenty of room for four, a good-sized boot and plenty of plush touches. Plus, the C-Class interior quality is among the very best in class, while its design feels suitably modern. It comes with an optional seven-speed automatic ‘box that offers swift gear changes and excellent tuning that responds smartly to throttle inputs.

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10. BMW i3

Electric cars don’t generally need gearboxes so the BMW i3 functions as an automatic with a simple choice of ‘D’, ‘N’ and ‘R’ on the gear selector. Power is instantaneous from the electric motor so around town the i3’s acceleration is astonishing. The car’s silence makes it an impressively refined and comfortable place to be and, while its looks won’t suit everyone, its concept-car-like style will certainly catch eyes on the high street.

Check out our BMW i3 review and BMW i3 deals.

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Mercedes E-Class

Executive saloon takes comfort to new heights
£36,070 - £62,055
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Hyundai i10

A practical, comfortable city car
£9,795 - £14,325
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Skoda Fabia

Very capable, safe and well-made supermini
£10,525 - £18,745
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