The advancement in automobile technology has led to the emergence of various features and technologies in a car. This leads to the customer having a wider variety of options to choose from. One of the important aspects that need to be known is the transmission types of the car. 

What is a transmission?

Transmission is one of the most important components of a vehicle, It moves the power from the engine to the wheels.There are different types of transmissions and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Manual Transmission: 

In a manual transmission, the car transmission works with the driver changing gears manually by using the gear level and clutch pedal. It is very popular in India and is used across the country.

Automated Manual Transmission(AMT):

Automated Manual Transmission is one of the most popular modes of automatic transmission and is easy to use. The gearbox uses mechanical parts to automatically change the gears without using the lever or clutch.

Continuously Variable Transmission(CVT):

The CVT gearbox comes fitted with just one gear and uses a pulley or belts to shift speeds

Dual Clutch Transmission(DCT):

In this mode of transmission two clutches are used which can either be wet or dry.

In the dual-clutch system, one operates the even gears and the other gear operates on the odd gears and the reverse gear. Dual-clutch was popular in older cars and now race cars are usually fitted with DCT.


Manuals are cheaper when compared to the other options and after Manual, AMT is slightly less pricey while both the CVT and DCT are considered pricy.

Driving comfort:

Manual cars require quite a bit of effort to drive while the other modes are considerably easy to use and do not need much effort as most of the work is done inside the vehicle.


Manual cars give higher mileage than automatic cars on average and the mileage is dependent on the way the car is driven by the rider. AMT, CVT, and DCT give slightly lower mileage than the Manual.

Maintenance costs:

Manual cars cost a moderate amount of money to maintain while AMT, DCT, CVT all require a lot of money to maintain.


Manual cars offer higher performance than the rest and give a good driving experience. The AMT, CVT, DCT are all more comfortable to use in traffic and hence are more preferred in Urban settings.

A number of gears:

A manual car usually has around 5-6 gears excluding the reverse gear while an AMT has around 6-8 gears. The CVT has only one gear with multiple gear ratios. The DCT on the other hand usually has 6 gears and uses 2 clutches to switch through them.

Each type of transmission has its own set of pros and cons, for example, Manual is preferred by many performance-focused drivers while Automatic is preferred by people who travel inside the cities due to traffic jams as Automatic has superior-stop and go experience while also being easier to learn and drive.

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