Personally , I would choose an automatic car. Some drivers have difficulty in the coordination of clutch and accelerator and so are not suited to a manual gearbox. Using a manual gearbox gives more flexibilty whilst driving.In order to accelerate past slower vehicles with the manual you just select a lower gear.With an automatic you have to use a kick down which has a natural delay. Having an automatic has an advantage when doing a hill start, in that the torque converter will prevent the car from rolling backwards down the hill. Repairs to automatic gearboxes generally more expensive than manual gearboxes due to their complexity. Manual gearboxes requires clutch changes as and when required. Generally ,an automatic uses more fuel than the manual variant.