The VAG group holds the credit to first implement a dual-clutch automatic transmission to their production models. It has been observed that the offer has reached virtually all models of the group, and in all segments in short span. Until the launch of Ford’s Powershift, the DSG was the only option between dual-clutch changes in compact models. The Ford’s Powershift came into market almost two years back when they offered dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Focus and the C-Max. The company has also introduced it in the S-Max, Galaxy, Mondeo and Kuga.
The Ford’s PowerShift is soft and has slightly faster gear changes than VAG DSG. The Ford PowerShift, developed together with specialists Getrag exceeds VAG DSG in some facets.
The DSG was known to have tremendous reputation for its focus sports and being able to reduce the consumption of the versions offered as an alternative to manual.
If we look at the situation technicality then the DSG VAG and Ford’s Powershift has two independent clutches, the first responsible for the odd gears (1st, 3rd, and 5th) and the second for the even gears (2nd and 4th). The array of sensors gathers this information and electronic management allows the preset change. This allows the relationship that engages the driver, so that the changes are made very quickly with virtually no interruption of engine power to the wheels. In both cases, you can manage change in sequence, or choose the automatic mode, in normal position or “sport”. Also, both boxes have dry clutches that do not need replacement during the vehicle’s lifetime.
The secret behind powershift dual clutch is that one handles the even gears while the other the odd.
In a direct comparison, you will find that the powershift changes becomes even faster gear changes the DSG. The advantage of the latter is smooth insertion of the marches. An important advantage with Powershift is that it’s change is calibrated so that the clutch is not fully disengaged unless the driver chooses the “N” (neutral) position. This can be manoeuvred at low speed (for example, when parking) to monitor progress of the vehicle with only the brake, eliminating the annoying “jerks” that occur in other automatic changes when you move a few centimeters from “accelerator”. The other advantageous feature of Ford’s Powershift is its ability to save, in memory of the unit, maximum three proceedings in the selector lever when operated in manual mode. In the DSG, this feature saves two changes. With regard to DSG, models equipped with Ford’s Powershift gearbox lower the consumption of the versions with manual transmission. This results in 9 percent reduction in consumption which depends upon the model and engine.
One of the main differences is that Powershift DSG is available in two variants, with six and seven speeds. Another difference is that the DSG offers the possibility of mounting the steering wheel paddles for manual handling. Along with speed and comfort, powershift gearbox also results in reduced fuel consumption compare to manual one.
An important advantage of Ford’s Powershift over DSG is its price. Ford currently offers no extra powershift change in the S-Max, Galaxy, and Mondeo. For example, the Focus C-Max and its price is always lower than that what VW offers DSG in the Golf.