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When you're hiring a vehicle you need to make lots of decisions, and one of them is the choice of gearbox. Automatic car hire is becoming increasingly popular. But those who prefer to have more control and enjoy in engaging drive would still go for the manual transmission. So, which shall you choose?  
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Manual or automatic, that is the question

Automatic transmission provides you with easy life behind the wheel. It is indeed the best option for long journeys. If you're a chiller and like to take it easy, you're probably the first in line to hire an automatic vehicle. Good automatic transmission makes drive relaxing while the car does the work. The decision mostly depends on what type of driving you intend to do. The most appropriate option for long distances is usually automatic car hire. But there's a downside to automatic car hire as well. Automatic car hire in Europe is more likely to be the expensive option because there are fever automatic car hire offers. And there's also fuel economy to bear in mind. Vehicles with manual transmission are more likely to get better gas mileage than automatics. 

Here are the pros and cons of automatic car hire: 

  • Pros:A smoother ride
  • No constant gear changes and shifts in traffic
  • Two hands on the wheel at all times
  • Your left foot gets to rest


  • Fuel economy
  • Less control
  • Less engaging drive


However, in the end, the most appropriate transmission is the one with which you're most comfortable with.

Note: In some cases (booking sites of rental companies) it is hard to search for automatic vehicles. However, Vehicle Rent is a transparent site where you will find the cars listed and visibly marked which vehicles are automatics and which are manual. 

5 Best Automatic Cars To Hire in 2019

If your decision is made, you want an automatic, that's great. But there are some really awful automatics out there. That's why we've made a list of the best ones. 

Here are the best automatic cars in 2019: 

1. Toyota Corolla 

Toyota Corolla is a great choice for car hire. It's stylish, drives well, and great for families. 

2. Audi A3

Audi A3 offers a comfortable ride, it's easy to drive, and it's classy. 

3. Volkswagen Golf 

Excellent engines and superb refinement make Volkswagen Golf a great car hire choice. 

4. Volvo V40

Volvo is always a classy choice, but it's also economical. If you don't need lots of space this one is a winner. 

5. Ford Focus

Safety, interior, and cabin space make this one a keeper. 


How to drive an automatic – in 4 easy steps

Automatic gearboxes will usually let you select between N (neutral), D (drive), P (park), and R (reverse). Drive (D) will allow you to move forwards and change gears automatically. Neutral is the same as out of gear at manual gearbox. Reverse (R)is selected when you want to drive backwards. Park (P) is used only when you stop. 

Now, let's get this party started. Here are four simple steps to get your automatic to driving mode:

  1. Put right foot on the break and start the car by key or start button then move the shifter to drive (D).
  2. Once moving, automatic will do what it does – the gearbox will select the correct gear automatically.
  3. When in low- speed traffic, lift your foot off the break.
  4. When you want to stop or park, keep your foot on the brake and shift to P, turn the ignition off and voila, you know how to handle the automatic beast. Simple as that. 


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