What are some good "auto-braking" cars?

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Okay so I recently started browsing for a first car and I had 2 main options in mind (mazda 6.bmw 5) however I have realised these cars may be a bit big for a first car.

I would like a car with auto braking purely as a "just in case" and I feel it would be useful for a new driver.

I have a max budget of around £13k for insurance and the car ofcourse but I would like to spend around £10k if possible so I can invest the rest
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(Original post by DaHamz)
Okay so I recently started browsing for a first car and I had 2 main options in mind (mazda 6.bmw 5) however I have realised these cars may be a bit big for a first car.

I would like a car with auto braking purely as a "just in case" and I feel it would be useful for a new driver.

I have a max budget of around £13k for insurance and the car ofcourse but I would like to spend around £10k if possible so I can invest the rest
Presumably you mean some sort of collision avoidance system, in which case, a Golf post late 2013 would fit the bill.
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(Original post by DaHamz)
Okay so I recently started browsing for a first car and I had 2 main options in mind (mazda 6.bmw 5) however I have realised these cars may be a bit big for a first car.

I would like a car with auto braking purely as a "just in case" and I feel it would be useful for a new driver.

I have a max budget of around £13k for insurance and the car ofcourse but I would like to spend around £10k if possible so I can invest the rest
Have you ever drove a car with autobraking? (I mean for a decent time like hours/days, not a quick shot)

I haven't, but it just sounds like a gimmick, I'd rather control the car myself and such a feature certainly wouldn't be on my radar in general, Glib, but I'd say what's useful for a new driver is being alert and actually learning to drive rather than relying on labour saving gimmicks.
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Have you ever drove a car with autobraking? (I mean for a decent time like hours/days, not a quick shot)

I haven't, but it just sounds like a gimmick, I'd rather control the car myself and such a feature certainly wouldn't be on my radar in general, Glib, but I'd say what's useful for a new driver is being alert and actually learning to drive rather than relying on labour saving gimmicks.
It's not something you notice until a collision becomes probable.

There's been a few times where mine has reacted faster than I have. Quite impressive!

Reduces my insurance premiums too!
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It's not something you notice until a collision becomes probable.

There's been a few times where mine has reacted faster than I have. Quite impressive!

Reduces my insurance premiums too!
Fair, would you consider it a must have?
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Fair, would you consider it a must have?
I could live without it, but I'd certainly let it influence my future buying decisions.

I was looking at S3s recently and the biggest turn off I had was how rare the front radar was on them. At the time, I could only find two on AutoTrader that had one!
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Have you ever drove a car with autobraking? (I mean for a decent time like hours/days, not a quick shot)

I haven't, but it just sounds like a gimmick, I'd rather control the car myself and such a feature certainly wouldn't be on my radar in general, Glib, but I'd say what's useful for a new driver is being alert and actually learning to drive rather than relying on labour saving gimmicks.
I have never driven a car with it but I don't think I coud test it without risking something so I don't think it's fair to judge it unless it has failed you when you failed to brake manually,if that makes sense.
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The only vehicle I've driven on the road with it fitted is a 2020 DAF LF. It autobraked for me when I didn't want it to and was otherwise in control of the situation (car slowing in front of me to turn off, I knew that at my current speed it would have left the road by the time I got to it, the truck decided that it was an emergency event and slammed on) - not that impressed with it. The lane departure warning is a nightmare as well - very loud white noise blasted from the speakers along with a buzzer. LDW gets turned off instantly as it gets set off constantly when driving a lorry on country lanes and A-roads
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