This seemed to be most relevant site to ask my question. I am planning to purchase a new car and my shortlisted car has 4 speed automatic and 1.6 litre engine.
The thing that worries me is that it has 4 speed instead of 5 speed which is very common in similar cars here, and for some reasons I cannot go for the manual, and the top spec 7 speed 1.8 litre model is outside my budget.
I like everything about the car except the point in question. So my questions are:
- Will it limit top speed on motorway? (limit here is mostly 120 or 140 km/h)
- Will it limit acceleration, hamper overtaking etc? My search revealed that the 1.3 litre 4 speed automatic version is underpowered even within the city, but I have driven the 5 speed manual one and it was OK. Is it because of the smaller engine or the 4 speed transmission?
- Any other limitations or issues I may have missed?
My use is almost entirely within the city.
For completing the question. The car I am considering is: Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6
And the alternate option is: Honda City Prosmatec (Honda's local website is not opening but the specs here are accurate).
Please let me know if this is the reason to go for the alternate, because except the doubt I have, I like everything about my primary choice.