Andrew Robinson, via email

I was initially surprised, after reading Mazda compression-driven idle-stop system, that it was switched off in the long-term CX-3 (Our Garage, May).

The same edition also highlights the heartfelt demise of the manual gearbox. Whatís the connection?

Total control over your idlestop system, thatís what. Stop, slide the car into neutral, release the clutch and the engine is deactivated when you command it. Having just driven a DSG Volkswagen Golf, and manual, I can now see why you gave up on Mazdaís idle-stop, which turned off the engine when momentarily halting. Not an issue with a manual. rprised, has the smartest