If you live in a metro city like Delhi or Mumbai, you know how bad the traffic situation is and how difficult it is to drive from home to office or vice-versa. Your left foot is constantly on the clutch, trying to make your way out in a bumper-to-bumper traffic. To make your drive hassle-free automatic transmission system is installed in cars. Earlier restrained to the high-end cars, the automatic gearbox or the two-paddle technology can now be seen in cars like the Tata Nano.
With the use of sophisticated technology, the clutch pedal is eliminated from a car, and all you need to do is press the accelerator. The article focuses on understanding a dual clutch transmission better, which is a type of automatic transmission among a few others as listed below -
· AMT or automated manual transmission is an advanced form of a manual transmission with no clutch.
· Automatic Transmission with Torque Converter uses advance hydraulics as a replacement of clutch.
· CVT or continuously variable transmission uses a belt or pulley to alter the gear ratio.
· DSG/DCT or dual clutch transmission is a semi-automatic gearbox with two different clutches for odd and even gears.
A DCT transmission has a two clutch arrangement - one engages the odd gears like 1,3,5 and the other engages the even gear like 2,4,6. A DCT has a better fuel efficiency, better gearshift ratio and less transmission losses.
Here's a list of the top 5 vehicles that offer a DCT/DSG in India-
The most budget-friendly and the most recent launch in the list is the all-new Ford Figo. The hatchback from the house of American auto giant gets a 6-speed Powershift Automatic gearbox, which is actually a DCT system and is mated to the 1.5 Ti-VCT petrol motor. The Ford Figo 1.5 Ti-VCT AT is priced at Rs 7.27 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The elder sibling of the Ford Figo, and the first of the new generation models to be launched in India by the company, also houses a DCT gearbox. It's the same 6-speed Powershift Automatic gearbox that is mated to the same 1.5 Ti-VCT petrol engine. Launched only for the top-of-the-line Titanium variant, the Ford Figo Aspire costs around Rs 8.20 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), almost a lakh bucks more than Figo.
The Volkswagen Polo GT is one of the fastest, meanest and most expensive hatchback in the country today. Priced at Rs 9.05 lakh, the Polo GT is available with a DSG gearbox in the TSI variant, which is the petrol powered motor. Patented technology of the Volkswagen Group, the dual shift gearbox, makes the Polo GT a hot hatch.
One of the few cars in the country that offers an automatic gearbox with diesel engine, the Skoda Rapid DSG is available in 3 variants and is priced north of Rs 11 lakhs. The trademark DSG gearbox is a 7-speed automatic unit mated to a 1.5-litre diesel motor called the 1.5L TDI CR and offers the best fuel economy among all the 13 variants (21.66 kmpl, ARAI certified).
The mid-size sedan offering from the German auto giant is the only car to offer the DSG gearbox with both diesel and petrol motors. Both the 1.2-litre TSI petrol and the 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine gets the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox in a price range north of Rs 10.50 lakhs. If you are looking for a reliable and luxurious sedan with a DSG, VW Vento is the car for you.