Similar in concept to Porsche's Tiptronic gearbox, this 'manumatic' (Manual/automatic) gearbox from Volvo allows the driver to select gears, whilst allowing them to still have the benefits of an automatic gearbox - namely, just sticking the gearlever in "D". The gearbox will change up at the redline should a dozy driver forget to upshift before then. Available with Volvo's T6 and D5 engines only.
"What gearbox does this have?"
"This has a six-speed Geartronic gearbox."
The S40 is available with 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 2.5-litre (badged T5) five-cylinder petrol engines, 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 2.0- and 2.4-litre (badged D5) five cylinder diesel engines and a 1.8-litre four cylinder FlexiFuel Biofuel engine.
"What's that car over there?"
"It's a Volvo S40 D5."
A BMW3-Series competitor from Alfa Romeo. It was available with 1.75-litre turbocharged (TBi), 1.8- and 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre (JTS) six-cylinder petrol engines and 1.9- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines (JTDm). The 3.2 JTS and the 2.4 JTDm were available with four-wheel-drive (Q4).
The 159 was available with either a six-speed manual, or on the 2.2-litre JTS petrol engine, a six-speed "Selespeed" semi-automatic gearbox.
It is available with 2.0-litre TFSI four-cylinder and 3.2-litre FSI six-cylinder petrol, 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder and 3.0-litre TDI six-cylinder diesel engines, either mated to a six-speed manual or a 7-speed S-Tronicdual-clutch gearbox, with (2.0 TFSI 210, 3.2 FSI 250, 2.0 TDI 170, 3.0 TDI 240) or without (2.0 TDI 140) quattro.
"What's that SUV over there?"
"It's an Audi Q5 3.2 FSI."