Which automatic - the Ford Mondeo or Volkswagen Passat?

I am thinking of buying either a Ford Mondeo or a Volkswagen Passat, preferably an automatic. Am I right in thinking that they both use a double clutch arrangement which is essentially electronically controlled? Which is the better, the Ford or the Volkswagen?

Asked on 11 October 2012 by RM, Burntwood

Answered by Honest John
Yes, they both now have dual clutch ‘pre-selector’ transmissions. The Ford/Getrag Powershift is a later system and more driver friendly. No need to brake to shift from N to D, for instance, no hesitation when pulling out of side roads, and no jerkiness when trying to reverse. However, like many modern autoboxes, it does require fresh fluid every three years at a cost of up to £250.
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