Originally Posted by cooldhaya
Hmmm thanks for sharing the info buddy. I recently had a TD of Kizashi and to be frank i never was comfortable driving an AT. I get confused with the pedals since i am used to seeing three pedals all the time. I also once accidentally slammed the brakes under the intention of using the clutch to slow down! Is it just a mater of getting used to?
Why i am asking is increasingly most of the premium sedans are only getting AT these days. Even if i plan to buy one i am convinced about driving an AT since my first experience was horrible!
It will take some amount of time to get used to an Automatic - what is particularly disconcerting for most people is the lack of a direct input into the Vehicles performance.
However - these new DSG boxes in the VW's and Skoda's are very very good - I had also Test Driven an Automatic Accord during my selection process and found the VW Auto's to be far more responsive and refined. I also took a TD of the BMW 3 series auto car and the VW auto's were as good.
Also another feature that is now standard on the 2011 VW Passat & Jetta automatic's is the auto-hold feature.
Now if you are in city stop - start traffic in the 'D' mode - you accelerate normally and brake when you need to come to a dead stop - once at a dead stop - you can take your foot off the brake and relax - only pressing the accelerator when you need to start moving again. The auto - hold function ensures that the car does not move forward or backward.
In other automatics - you need to keep the brake pressed or shift the box into 'P' mode to ensure it does not move.
I have not driven the 'Kizashi' automatic so I have no idea about it's feedback and performance....I would suggest you take a TD of any of the DSG Automatics in the market - the VW Passat, Jetta, Skoda Superb and Laura - these will give you a good idea of how well the DSG box performs relative to our good old MT's.