Everyone seems to hate them, especially if they've never used one. Take the Smart. Until the next model arrives you get an AMT or you buy something else. Everyone is agreed that it ruins the car. But guess what? I rented one, expecting to be shaken, stirred and appalled ..aaand.. it was fine. Smooth changes, an intelligent gearchange philosophy, easy manoeuvring - what more could you want? So I had more. Citroen C3? Fine. Peugeot 107? Fine. Volvo bus (OK, I wasn't actually driving that)? Fine.

So why all the hate?