Choosing a car is not an easy job! And thanks to the carmakers, it is becoming more of a hassle now. How? A plethora of engine options mated to a host of transmission options! And now, to add to our misery, Hyundai and Kia have come up with revolutionary tech, the iMT. So should you go for the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) or should you choose the latest iteration of the manual transmission, the iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission)? By now, most of you might be familiar with the working of an AMT. And if iMT is still a new thing for you, take a look at the video:
Now, it’s time we dwell into the comparison.
iMT vs AMT | Which one is easier to use?
Well, if you are new to driving and want complete ease, AMT is what you might go for. But the jerks and no power when you require it the most will make you curse the AMT for sure.
On the other hand, iMT is all about the clutch-less experience. You get to enjoy gear shifting at your will while being relieved of the regular pressing of the clutch. Want to overtake a vehicle ahead of you? Downshift the gear and zoom past the vehicle, which is not possible in the AMT.
Now, if you are a new learner, one thing that you will surely experience is stalling of the car. In an AMT, the transmission will downshift by itself, making it possible for you to keep driving. In an iMT, you will be welcomed by loud beeps once the car starts stalling. Moreover, it will kill the acceleration thus protecting the engine from the unnecessary wear.
If gear shifting is not a problem for you, iMT is surely a better option. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
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And now, it comes to the price, which will cost more, overall?
There is no car in the market that offers both the options. So, we’ll have to compare two different cars here. Tata Nexon XMA variant comes at a price of ₹8,44,500. Kia Sonet, which comes with an iMT will cost you around ₹9,49,000. Both the prices are ex-showroom. Now there is a variety of difference in the features part. But overall, an AMT car will cost you almost ₹1,00,000 less than the closest iMT option.
iMT has less automatic parts as there is no need for the system to change the gears, you are going to do that. On the other hand, AMT is more complex and will surely attract a higher maintenance cost in the future. So, iMT does seem to bridge the gap of price in a long run.
What do you think about the two? Is it better to go for the best of both worlds or should you go for the tried and tested AMT? Do let us know in the comments section below about the iMT vs AMT battle. And stay tuned for another battle, iMT vs DCT.