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Originally Posted by russell saunders
Hi There,
Is the auto gearbox (with steptronix) close enough in performance to the manual or if I moved to auto, would I be disapointed ?

Thinking of the 2.2 DCI engine here

I have the auto with steptronix and in 34k miles have used it less than 6 times. and then when going down hills to maintain speed.

IMHO having an auto is far superior to having a manual, my gearchanges on a manual are slick, but I can never beat an auto for gearchange smoothness (I drive 750 miles per week to get too and from work) and just dont need the hassle of gearchanges.

The auto box in the Espace with a 2.2 is not a racing car, and with gentle acceleration I average 31MPG, which means I get there safely and in one piece !

I dont want to start off a manual vs auto discussion, this is my opionion, and suits me (not others) if this goes somewhay to answer your question, then get one, they are great and easy to drive !
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