Thanks Alan. Thats reassuring. We could only test drive a 1.4 208 with EGC and it seemed quite jerky and sluggish on changes - think we need to adjsut ur driving technique Presently have Kia Soul 1.6 auto and before that 3 CRV autosover nine years. I just hope we do get used to EGC. Took a test drive in a 2008 manual and that was lovely.
You just need to ease off the throttle a little as it's changing up, although I find mine so slick that I just drive it like any standard automatic.
The smoothest automatic I ever drove was the Lexus LS430 and I find this EGC system very close in smoothness to that. Far smoother than the similar system they have on the Honda Civic.
The ability to use the steering wheel paddles whilst leaving the gear selector in 'auto' is also extremely good.
The salesman who delivered mine to my home did say that mine was the first EGC 2008 he'd driven and he found it far smoother and faster changing than either the 208 or 3008 EGC models he'd been driving.