100% agree with you. After 2 Golf R DSG’s and my previous FL 45 I wouldn’t go back to a manual gearbox, especially when driving in stop/start traffic.Personally I don't see what the fuss is about with the Yaris,looks **** on the outside,looks even worse on the inside,and it's claim to fame,oh yeah it has a manual gearbox,how groundbreaking.
I'm sure that there are a load of YouTubers who are being offered them at silly prices as it is very convenient that so many seem to own one of the very first run,and they all seem to think it's great.
I think most of it is just hype,let's be honest the format is nothing really new,we'll apart from maybe using a 3 cylinder lump,yet the way people are talking is like nothing like it has ever been seen before.
It was the same with the new Supra,everyone was raving about it at first and every YouTuber had one on early order too.
Just touching on the manual gearbox thing.
I have been driving performance cars with manual gearboxes since the mid 1990's,such as Cosworths ,Evo's and such like,but I can honestly say I don't feel I am missing out smacking my left leg up and down like I'm trying to stomp out a lit *** that's been dropped on the carpet.
All I ever seem to hear is that you are not a PROPER driver/not a DRIVERS car unless you drive a manual? Really!
Now all of a sudden 25+ years of performance car driving has gone out the window apparently and I can no longer drive properly because I pull a padle instead of pushing a pedal,WTF.
I'd actually argue that driving a DCT is more fun on the twisties as you can keep you foot down in the bends and carry far more speed as you aren't having to let off to change gear,which can unsettle the car.
What's other people's thoughts on the subject?
You are absolutely correct,it is a pointless debate,everyone knows brunettes are better than redheads 😄Theres no perfect car, just depends what compromises you are willing to live with - price, out-right speed, handling, transmission etc.
I have driven the Yaris, brilliant little car. Being a 3 door completely impractical for me though.
The whole transmission debate is a bit pointless, kind of like arguing redhead or brunette. Proclomations of only manual is a drivers car or conversely 30 yrs of driving manual and now DCT is far better are worthless. It will be an individual preference and often will come down to the car. Hey, if the A45s came in a manual I would have jumped all over it.
The point of the Yaris GR is that it whips all its price point competitors and makes the value of more expensive cars questionable. The engineering in it at its pricepoint is remarkable - much like the A45s at its pricepoint.