When buying your first car, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want manual transmission, or automatic. In the UK, automatics make up the minority if cars on the road, with just 25 percent of vehicles having an automatic transmission. In the United States, however, manual vehicles are a rarity, with 94.5 percent of vehicles being automatic. Both countries certainly seem to have their preferences when it comes to gears, but what’s best for a new driver? Ultimately, the choice should be based upon two factors: how enjoyable the car is to drive, and how affordable it is. So which type of car ticks all the boxes?