My break assist seems to last a few seconds at most and then let's go. Are all of them that way?
I have heard elsewhere you can change the amount of time the brake holds via vagcom. I don't know any details, maybe someone else that does know will chime in.
Note too that if you rev the engine, it will release right away (say above 1200 RPM or something). So off the brake, on the gas, then let the clutch out. Definitely a different driving technique than if you are used to a "normal" car, where you let the clutch out a tad to keep you from rolling back. If you do that (as I had for quite a while) you'll find yourself fighting the stupid thing as it bogs you down...
I still dislike it, and will probably disable it when I get access to a vag-com setup (or buy my own), unless I learn to drive around it such that it stops being a nuisance.
ive been in situations where ive needed to roll back a bit to get out. brake assist pretty much fixed that. call me old fashioned, but ill take my hand-break.
" If you buy a Honda, you end up, with a Honda.. Where as if you buy a Volkswagen, you don't. " - Clarkson
The only thing i dislike, dare I say HATE it. Is the break assist. The only times I've ever stalled my car are when the brake assist is on and i bog down so hard I stall. Balls. stalling balls.
Edit: I can't believe how incredibly bad my spelling and grammar are. I'm leaving it just as a reminder.
I actually really like the assist feature. I still use the handbrake in some instances, say if a hill is super steep, just in case I don't time it perfectly. I wish I could turn it on for an extended period of time. Ideally I would have it stay on until I either move the clutch, hit the brake or push the gas. I wouldn't mind being able to sit at a light for the entire length of the light and have the car stay put.
I liked the hill assist. . . until I was trying to parallel park on a hill. It becomes like a game when you need to roll back a few inches in neutral when trying to park on a hill. A really annoying game. What would take me a few seconds to park. . . extends to: brake, wait for the release. . . brake. . . wait for the release. . . @%@$@. . . gas. . . brake. . . wait. . . brake. . . wait. . .@@#@ my wheel/curb. . . gas.
Otherwise, when sitting at a traffic light, and getting ready to go. . . it works. Trying to park, when I'm trying to inch my way into a tight spot, it's crap.