Choosing an auto means your day-to-day commute becomes easier than in a manual, your car will be worth more when you come to sell it and, on certain models, you’ll save fuel too. With steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and faster shift times, autos can also be just as much fun as a stick-shifter.
But not all automatic cars are created equal, so we’ve collected the best ones on sale today. Here they are:
Skoda Yeti – from £17,000
The Skoda Yeti is one of those vehicles that tries to do everything you could ask of a car – it’s well made, practical, comfortable, economical and reasonably priced. It’s one of the best all-rounders in the automotive world.
The seven-speed DSG auto fitted to the Yeti is a very smooth unit, both when pulling away from a standstill and when driving along the open road (you don’t realise a gear is being selected unless you stare at the rev-counter – something we don’t advise). The DSG gearbox doesn’t affect economy figures too badly, but it makes the Yeti even more civilised to live with.
Pop the Skoda Yeti in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save.
Range Rover Evoque – from £29,205
Jaguar-Land Rover has now replaced the old six-speed automatic in the Evoque with a brand-new nine-speed unit. This not only improves the Evoque’s efficiency but it makes for a more pleasant driving experience. Thanks to the extra gears it’s much quieter at motorway speeds than the old unit, and faster and slightly smoother too.
Spec up your ideal Range Rover Evoque in our car configurator to see the discounts available.
Mercedes S-Class – from £66,910
It’s hard to knock the Mercedes S-Class. Yes, it may be too expensive for most folks, but it always shows off the kind of technology that’ll filter down to normal cars over the next few years. Not many cars can claim to be such a trend-setter.
Ignore all the technology and the S-Class is still a great car with a very comfortable ride, excellent refinement and lots of interior space. It has an exquisitely built cabin and there’s an array of powerful and relatively economical engines to choose from. All come fitted with Mercedes‘ excellent seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Pick your perfect Mercedes S-Class in our car configurator to see the deals on offer.
BMW X3 – from £33,295
The BMW X3 is the jack of all trades. It’s an excellent driver’s car but one which provides great comfort to all onboard, good levels of practicality, and has a diverse range of powerful and economical engines. Like other BMWs, the X3 has the option of an eight-speed automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual.
This gearbox is used by several mainstream manufacturers because it’s so good – it shifts quickly and is extremely smooth. You’d be hard-pressed to spot the differences in economy and performance figures between the manual and the automatic but, considering the how good this gearbox is, it’s well worth spending the extra £1,500 to get it.
Hyundai i10 – from £8,705
Next to the other cars on this list, the Hyundai i10 might look like the proverbial knife at the gun fight. Don’t discount it, however, because the little i10 is one of the few city cars to come fitted with a true automatic gearbox.
Rivals such as the VW Up and Citroen C1 are worthy competitors in manual form but get jerky automated-manual gearboxes as an option instead of a true auto unit. That the i10 is also comfortable, refined and relatively spacious is just icing on the cake.
Pop the Hyundai i10 in our car configurator to see what deals carwow can help you get.
The automatic choice?
If you’re taken with any of the cars on this list, head over to our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. For more options, check out our deals page to see our latest discounts.