Face it, you're not a gear head.
A slick shift from 1st to 2nd doesn't fill you with joy - not least because you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a daily basis.
Some of us just want an easy life, and that's okay.
Automatic cars in the UK used to only be found in upmarket, more luxurious cars. If you sourced an affordable car that had an automatic transmission, it was almost guaranteed to be dreadful.
Thankfully, this isn't the case anymore - there's a lot of affordable car models that have automatic transmissions that are actually good.
Of course, there’s still plenty of automatic options if you fancy something a little more luxurious.
We're going to run you through the advantages of driving an automatic car, before letting you know our top 10 best automatic cars of 2019.
Why choose an automatic?
An automatic is obviously easier to drive - you don't need to worry about changing gears so you can give your left leg a break!
Here's a few other reasons why you might want to consider driving a car with an automatic gearbox:
Great in traffic: Handbrake on, handbrake off, into first, into second, back into first...sitting in traffic isn't fun in a manual. An automatic lets you sit back and relax without having to constantly shift gears.
Less likely to break: We're all guilty of shifting aggressively and holding onto the gearstick for dear life. An automatic is far less susceptible to driver abuse, and might save you from a hefty repair bill down the road.
Arguably safer: Having two hands on the wheel at all times is safer than having one hand occupied with the gearbox. With two hands, you can react more quickly to incoming threats and focus more on the road.
Automatics aren’t perfect though. Here’s a few drawbacks:
More expensive: Automatic cars are more expensive to buy than manual cars. This is due to the automatic gearbox being quite complex, as well as being more desirable. As they’re rarer, the repair price is more expensive than with a regular manual gearbox.
Lack of control: This is a big one for most people. Some people like to be completely in control to select gears, particularly if you’re often going up hills or steep roads. While automatics these days are pretty good at picking the optimum gear, it’s good to have total control sometimes.
Best Automatic Cars of 2019
With so many car models available with an automatic transmission, it can be hard to determine which ones are worth a look. All automatic transmissions aren’t created equal, and some are pretty poor when compared to their manual transmission counterparts.
To save you some time, we’ve identified the best cars with automatic transmissions - from affordable city cars to luxurious saloons.