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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

No more handbrake turns as only one in five showroom cars has manual lever

Electronic parking brakes take up less interior space and are deemed safer and easier to use, disengaging automatically when drivers pull away and often including a hill-hold assist function.

They cannot be activated on the move, spelling the end of handbrake turns.

For fans of the traditional handbrake, Ford and Hyundai have the most models in their ranges with the device, at nine each.

In the last 12 months alone, popular models that dropped the device include the BMW 4 series, Vauxhall Corsa and Seat Leon.

None of the 60 Porsche models on sale in the UK have a physical handbrake, nor do any of the 34-strong Mercedes-Benz range. Other household names without the feature in their UK range include Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Honda and Alfa Romeo.

Just one of 75 cars in Audi’s range has a lever – the Audi A1 Sportback – and only three out of 54 BMWs.

Chris Knapman, editor at CarGurus UK, said: “The rapid shift towards electric vehicles will only speed up the demise of the manual handbrake, leaving many traditionalists who are looking for the tactile feel and mechanical simplicity of a manual handbrake scratching their heads.

“Nonetheless, for drivers looking to enjoy this feature, there are still certain models of new cars available with manual handbrakes across a range of classes.”

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