End of an era: Less than 25% of all new cars come with a manual handbrake

The manual handbrake is dying out...how is one meant to impress a date now?

37w ago

The manual handbrake is just one of those things. All teenagers use it as a form of 'wooing' a potential mate by pulling it, usually at the most inappropriate time, sliding uncontrollably and stuffing their mums car into a hedge. Others may think it's daft but it's the thought that counts.

This may be one of the reasons that the manual handbrake is coming to the end of its 135(ish) year life. A recent report released by CarGurus revealed that less than 25% of all new cars come with a manual handbrake which means a staggering 75% of all new cars come with a stupid switch which you never know whether to push or pull.

Over the last year, cars such as the BMW 1 series and 3 Series, Peugeot 208 and Nissan Juke have all dropped classic manual handbrakes.

This leaves Dacia as being the only mainstream car manufacturer that still offers a manual handbrake on every model in the range with the majority of car makers only offering the part on sportier cars or cheaper superminis. That's a big win for Dacia.

The CarGurus study also revealed that Alfa Romeo, DS, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Porsche and Volvo no longer have any models on sale fitted with a traditional manual handbrake.

Yes, the automatic handbrake is better for everyday use as it automatically holds you on hills and disengages when you pull off, but it just isn't the same, is it?

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Comments (23)

  • Not necessary for day to day road driving, I’m happy with the electronic park brake. If it’s an ultra cheap car I would be okay with the manual handbrake just to cut down on cost and complexity.

      8 months ago
  • I detest e-brakes! Both cars in our household have proper handbrakes.

      8 months ago
  • like this...

      8 months ago
  • I have a pedal one so I can’t really do a hand brake turn

      8 months ago
    • Vice grips to hold the release so you can use the pedal as a pedal. That way it release upon lift and you can do WICKED things this way.

      - You didn't hear this from me. This conversation never happened.

        8 months ago
    • It’s also a big suv so it would probably flip

        8 months ago
  • The handbrakes and pop up headlights were a gift from God..

      8 months ago