What is a dual-clutch transmission and is it better than an automatic?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Monday, April 12th, 2021 at 9:02 pm
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Volkswagen DSG: What is a dual-clutch automatic transmission?

Here at Hall Volkswagen near Milwaukee, we often get questions about dual-clutch transmissions since some Volkswagen vehicles comes with them, such as the Golf GTI and the Jetta GLI. One of the most asked questions is:

Is the Volkswagen DSG (or any other dual-clutch transmission) better than a normal automatic? Why? Let’s take a look.



What is a Dual-clutch Automatic Transmission?

A dual-clutch automatic transmission, like the seven-speed Volkswagen DSG, uses alternating gears to shift directly into the next gear from the current one. Each part of the “dual-clutch” aspect handles alternating gears. So, one clutch handles 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc., gears while the other handles 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc., gears. From a driver input standpoint, a dual-clutch transmission and a standard automatic work exactly the same. You put the car “Drive” and it does the rest.

Why Dual-clutch Transmissions are Better

The advantage of a dual-clutch transmission is that it shifts directly from one gear into another. You may think that your regular automatic does this; it does not. When a regular automatic transmission shifts from one gear to the next, it first has to shift out of the gear it’s currently in, find the next gear, and then shift into it. While a car can do this pretty quickly, it still takes time and wears down the transmission. For a dual-clutch transmission, shifting out of a gear and into another is the same action, making for a quicker and smoother shift.


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