Manual handbrake’s fall out of favour as manufacturers favour electronic systems and we have put together some facts explaining the difference.

  • Fewer than four in 10 new cars are fitted with a manual parking brake, according to new research.
  • Only two manufacturers – Dacia and Suzuki – feature a ‘standard’ handbrake on every model in their ranges.
  • Research found that Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche no longer offer any models fitted with a traditional manual handbrake.
  • Requiring less effort while offering a more secure hold over a car, an electronic handbrake also doesn’t need adjusting when a vehicle is serviced.
  • The removal of a traditional manual handbrake mechanism has also allowed manufacturers to free up more room inside the vehicles they manufacture.
  • An added feature of a typical electronic system is the inclusion of a ‘hill hold assist’ function, activating the handbrake when stationary on a gradient.
  • This makes for more straightforward and easier-to-execute hill starts.
  • Whereas a traditional handbrake uses a cable to draw in the brake shoes at the rear wheels, electronic ones use a switch to activate a pair of motors which then engage the rear brakes.
  • The findings, conducted by car-buying website CarGurus, analysed 32 mass-market car manufacturers, and their vehicles currently on sale.
  • Just 37 per cent of new cars have manual handbrakes, researchers found.



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