Definitely makes sense, thanks. I guess the handbrake being electric now is probably the main reason it’s set into the car’s software without an ability to modify. My 2016 Mustang had the hill start assist but you could simply go into the settings and turn it off but it did have a traditional handbrake. I don’t really enjoy the sensation of rolling back and never have too far so don’t worry in case I’m in front of you on a hill haha but I’m just used to being quick with the pedals and now my feet feel as though they’ve lost purpose in those moments 😂
I sort of agree, and would definitely prefer a manual handbrake and no hill stop feature to having the electronic handbrake and hill stop.
For example, another time I would use the handbrake to control rolling was not just on an uphill but a downhill - and, this "hill stop" only triggers if the incline is steep enough.
Which means parallel (street) parking in a tight spot on any kind of slight incline, especially downhill, doesn't kick in the hill stop and you just roll freely. Not good when you're trying to park with less than three inches of clearance on each side!
Fortunately, the "brake hold" feature works to cover this base. If you turn that on with the button next to the parking brake pull, and bring the car to a full stop, in gear, the car automatically holds the brakes (you can even see the brake lights light up on the little car on the digital dash, if you've left cruise control on/off enabled) until you step on the gas. It won't release the brake if you step on the clutch.
And of course, I never got around to practicing it, but a handbrake U-turn had always been on my Someday I Will Master This list. Which is apparently even easier in a FWD car than a RWD or AWD car. Oh well!