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anyone know if there is a huge difference in things such as power (I know standard is typically faster but anyone seen the difference between both of them)

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with the narrow power band, you end up doing a LOT of shifting... that was my reason for opting for auto, even though i generally prefer to row my own....
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well i noticed that the gear ratio seems a bit long towards 5th and 6th gear

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anyone seen the difference between both of them)
1.5 second 0-60 difference as tested by a compact car shootout in one of the mags. that is HUGE.
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looks like im missing out on a lot =/

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is that floored? or normal driving? because getting 0-60mph on anything but a red light on a highway you wont need it.
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I test drove the atx, but bought the stick. A lot more fun, really.
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Top 3 gears of manual are quite close in ratio, so prepare to do a lot of shifting. Corresponding ratios of auto are more widely spaced as well as being (mostly) taller overall. Overall ratios of lowest 3 gears are about the same, so expect lower acceleration times to 100km/h for the auto, as is usual.

Cerato (Forte) transmissions and ratios are similar, and the manual is a little quicker to 100km/h as reported in various tests. However, you would need to punish the clutch to achieve this.

I'm very happy with the performance of KIA 6-speed autos. The car spends a lot of its time in 5th and 6th and returns good fuel economy because of the tall gearing. I think I would find rowing the manual along a bit of a chore, particlarly if you needed to change gears frequently just to maintain speed in everyday driving.

More powerful cars with 6-speed transmissions are less demanding. Adequate torque means that you can drive most places in 5th gear and only change gears when you want to really stir it along.

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My wife's 3 door auto is quite nice to drive around town in traffic, however I find it a bit sluggish through the first 3 gears. When I drive I tend to use the sport shift facility and it stirs along quite nicely - returns better fuel economy changing manually as well!
Just can't convince her to do the same. "I bought an auto so I didn't have to change gears!" Can't argue with that logic really.

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