LESS THAN A QUARTER OF NEW CARS HAVE MANUAL PARKING BRAKES
- CarGurus research reveals fewer than one in four new cars have traditional handbrakes
- Manual handbrakes dying out, as number of models fitted drops from 30% in 2019
- High volume models like BMW 1 series, 3 series, Peugeot 208 and Nissan Juke drop parking brakes
- Dacia the only mainstream manufacturer to offer standard handbrakes across range
Traditional handbrakes are continuing to die out as car manufacturers ditch them in favour of electronic parking brakes, according to research by CarGurus.
CarGurus, the fastest growing automotive shopping site in the UK(1) found that just 24% of new cars on sale in the UK today come with a manually operated handbrake, falling even further from 30% last year.
Some high-volume models, including the BMW 1 and 3 Series, Peugeot 208 and the Nissan Juke have all dropped classic manual parking brakes over the last year.
Only one mainstream manufacturer, Dacia, has a standard handbrake on every model in the range with the majority of car makers only offering the part on sportier cars or cheaper superminis.
A handful of manufacturers have phased out the part completely and replaced it with an electronic parking brake, while some use a foot-operated parking brake.
The CarGurus investigation found that Alfa Romeo, DS, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Porsche and Volvo no longer have any models on sale fitted with a traditional handbrake.
While traditionalists would argue that the electronic parking brake removes the tactile feel, mechanical simplicity and interactivity of the classic handbrake, they are still considered a luxury convenience and safety feature by many, requiring less physical effort to hold the car more securely without the need for any adjustments.
Most electronic handbrakes disengage automatically when you pull away, plus they often offer an automatic hill-hold assist function as an additional safety benefit. From a design perspective, the switch helps de-clutter cabins too, taking up less interior space than a chunky lever on the centre console.
Chris Knapman, editor at CarGurus UK commented on the research, saying: "To the dismay of die-hard traditionalists it looks like the manual handbrake only has a few years left, as it continues its steady decline in the new car market.
"We expect the number of cars on sale with traditional handbrakes to decline even further over the coming years, likely relegated to a feature across a select few sporty and small-volume models. Though the manual handbrake may soon be a thing of the past in brand-new cars, its death might see some buyers dip into the used car market for some nostalgic handbrake turns."
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