What cars are still available with a manual in Australia?
Chasing Cars lists every new car on sale for buyers who still love driving with a manual transmission
There are no two ways about it: the manual transmission is a dying option for new car buyers. Each year, there are fewer and fewer options if you’re the sort of person who enjoys shifting themselves rather than relying on an automatic transmission.
To make more sense of the current situation, we went straight to the data to find out just how many cars are still offered in Australia with a manual transmission.
Here is what we found about manual-transmission cars sold in Australia. In this article we’ve broken down the lists by segment, though the full list of cars sold with a manual is available at the bottom of the article.
This guide was last updated in August 2022.
The manufacturer with the most available manual transmission variants was Mazda, followed by Porsche, Nissan and Mini.
A large majority of manual cars for sale in Australia are either commercial vehicles such as utes or vans or performance and sports vehicles.
We found that when looking at performance vehicles, Porsche was one of the only manufacturers to offer a manual version for each of its core sports car models. The automatic-only Panamera and Cayenne and Macan SUVs are the exceptions here.
Mercedes-Benz does not offer a single passenger vehicle with a manual transmission, with the only manual vehicle available for the company being the Vito commercial van.
Utes and vans were the most popular segment to offer a manual transmission. Wagons and sedans were the least popular with manuals.
In terms of lifestyle, work utes still play a big part, with several single- and dual-cab models still offering a manual option.
Small cars were the next most popular in terms of manual options – likely due to their lower cost and appeal for younger buyers.
Performance and prestige cars still held ground with manuals, with brands such as BMW, Porsche and Hyundai still offering H-pattern shifters for their sporty models.
In Hyundai’s N division, for example, every model bar the Kona N is available with a six-speed manual transmission. And although the i30 N is now available with an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, manuals are still a popular choice.
Looking for a manual wagon? There’s just one, and it’s very hard to get. The Mini Clubman wagon can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission, but the British brand has suspended production of manual-equipped Minis until further notice. They’ll still officially take your money, though.
Other than the Clubman, the stick-shifted station wagon is sadly extinct in Australia.