After struggling for about a year, life on the planet is getting back to normal. This eventually means the traffic of the roads is on the rise. What to do? The best possible option to tackle the traffic especially in metro cities in India is driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission. That said, in the market, there are various types of transmission, from DCT to torque converter and from AMT to iMT. With many options, it is normal to get confused. So, to help you out, we have a series of articles explaining the pros and cons of driving a specific automatic transmission. And for today, we’ll be looking at 6 hassles of driving a car with an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
What’s an AMT?
Before starting with the cons, let’s talk about AMT. As the name suggests this is an Automated Manual Transmission. Breaking it down, this is essentially a manual transmission that has an automatic shifting mechanism and clutch operation. Talking about the gearbox, this is similar to what a typical manual transmission would look like. But moving on the inside, the clutch is gone and so is the H-pattern gear selector. In comes a lever for gear selection. So, to know about the AMT or Automated Manual Transmission CLICK HERE.
Now, let’s dive into the important bit.
AMT hesitates on a slope
Unlike a car with an automatic gearbox, a car with an AMT struggles climbing uphill. And this struggle is exaggerated when the car is on a slope and you want to start moving uphill. This is where the clutch takes time to fully engage and as a result the car rolls back by quite a margin. Moving on, most of the modern cars with AMT now get a hill hold control to stop the car from rolling back.
AMT and jerky gear shifts
Another con an AMT possess are the slow gear shifts. Be it any transmission, they do take time to shift up or down, but an AMT takes a lot longer to shift. Because of the slow gearshifts, the driver has to be extra cautious when driving on the streets. Slow shifts mean the cars have a slower acceleration time and also jerky drive. This happens even if you are driving at a very sedate pace.
Also, read iMT vs AMT | Which is a better Transmission?
AMT has a sluggish response
Gear Shifts are just the starting, the automated manual transmission is also slow to respond to inputs. But what are these inputs we are talking about? To understand these we’d first like to tell you that be it an automatic transmission or AMT all use the inputs from the accelerator pedal and wheel speed to slot the right gear. Now, when the accelerator pedal is depressed it takes time for the transmission to shift up or down depending upon the situation.
CNG is difficult to install (Aftermarket)
Well, there are two situations in this situation. First, if the car with an AMT comes with factory fitted CNG. Next, if the owner of the vehicle, decides to install an aftermarket CNG into the vehicle. Talking about the first scenario, in daily city driving the vehicle will surely be let down the even further slower response from the vehicle. Also, the vehicle may also become a little more lethargic. Jumping onto the next one, as part of the ECU controls the gearshifts, if not tuned properly, the car might have problems running on CNG.
Difficult to adjust & acclimatize
Now, all these factors translate for an extra effort while driving. Talking about which, the driver has to have a good judgment of the vehicle’s power powerband. This will allow him/her to pre-plan the manoeuvres like overtaking. Having a car with an automated manual gearbox pushes the driving skills of the driver a little further. Moreover, if a person is shifting from a car with a manual transmission will have to put in some real extra effort.