+1. A nuisance at best. My bimmer also has it but in a much less intrusive manner -- does not engage on very slight slope at all, and when it does engage on steeper inclines, it releases fast enough so it is rarely felt as an impediment to a fast take-off.I dislike it and also wish there was a way to disable... why Fiat thought we would need so much "assistance" when driving is beyond me.
My other car, a 2012 Cruze Eco MT6, doesn't have this feature. I learned to drive a manual on that car 5 years ago, having owned only automatics prior. I totally agree that I prefer the less intrusive, less assisted driving dynamic in the few cars I've driven that had fewer assists.+1. A nuisance at best. My bimmer also has it but in a much less intrusive manner -- does not engage on very slight slope at all, and when it does engage on steeper inclines, it releases fast enough so it is rarely felt as an impediment to a fast take-off.
I learned to drive on a car that was derived from a Fiat 124 -- a Lada 2106 -- and I have fondly missed the basic simplicity of such machines ever since. Hydraulic brakes and clutch were about the only assisted functions I think; other than that it was all "manual labor" -- and I loved every minute of it.
To the subject at hand, utilizing a hand brake for uphill starts and in other situations is to me yet another essential -- and pleasant -- aspect of driving experience.
Oh, I won't debate at all the variety of useful potential with this feature -- especially in specific cases like towing things. I see how one can prefer to have it and how it can even be a useful safety add-on, I suppose.For the last 3 years, I towed a 14' boat with the Cruze. I learned clutch control and take-off using the handbrake very well, especially on very wet ramps. The 124 Abarth makes it a little too easy, but I appreciate it simply due to the reduced wear on the clutch having to stop a car that's rolling backward (however little it does if you're not using the handbrake).
I only used the towing example to point out that I've had my fair share of having to accelerate from an incline in tricky conditions, so I certainly don't need it in the 124 Abarth. I'd never tow with the 124 Abarth.Oh, I won't debate at all the variety of useful potential with this feature -- especially in specific cases like towing things. I see how one can prefer to have it and how it can even be a useful safety add-on, I suppose.
Towing 14' boats with a 124 Abarth -- no comment there, although I will admit to feeling almost intrigued
I always drive with the Stability Control Off. Once I figure out how to defeat the Hill Assist, I am going to look into retrofitting the electric power steering with a manual ball screw drive, then seeing about changing the ignition over to points and condensers. I am also going to run a 30 weight mineral oil because I like the authentic engine noises real oil provides. I miss the days of throwing buckets of hot water onto my Triumph downdraft carburetors in the winter in order to get the car to start. >You just have to rev the engine higher and earlier to make sure you have enough power. The brakes release and the clutch catches almost simultaneously, so you have to be ready. I've found that releasing the clutch enough to make the brakes release, then pushing it back in a millimeter or so before proceeding with full release seems to give the engine enough room to recover smoothly.
Rather than fight it and curse, a bit of technique and it's no big deal as far as I've seen.