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2023 Sportage Hybrid -shift/transmission lag

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Hey everyone!

Received my 2023 Sportage Hybrid SX-Prestige on June 19. Had to put an order in about a month earlier so didn’t take too long to arrive. Also got it at MSRP which was nice. Swapped my 2019 Honda Insight for it.
Anyway, just seeing if anyone else has had the issue of an almost lag, or pause of the shifting/transmission when pulling away from a stop?
It happens randomly and usually only like once a drive, usually in the beginning.
I leave my house in electric, the engine kicks on at some point…I have a stop sign not far from where I park so I’ll come to it, slow down…and if I don’t come to a complete stop and try to press the gas then after breaking…it feel like it doesn’t know what to do….the electric motor nor the gas engine engages for like a second or two before it is like…OH YEAH I’m supposed to be going! And it almost lurches a bit to make up the delay since…by this point…I’m pressing harder on the gas to actually move!

again, it only happens at those moments of almost stopping but not really but I’m concerned it will do it while trying to merge on a highway or something. Seems very dangerous.

I have an appointment this week to have the emissions done and to fix a squeak with a handle so I’m going to inquire and have them drive it. Could be a software update or something.
Just coming from my Honda and it’s CVT, the electric motor would always engage to get the car going and it never did anything like that. But maybe I’m just not used to driving a car with gears anymore…hah.
Anyway, thanks for any insight anyone!

Besides that, car is awesome. Looks cool. So much tech. Comfortable. Etc etc.

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Is this something you could turn off. I read somewhere you can turn off the regen breaking by holding down one of the steering wheel paddles?
I can't imagine it can be durned off. Regen is the ONLY way for a hybrid to recharge the battery pack.
I thought I read that this Kia can recharge from the running engine. I've also read that this lag sounds disruptive or unsafe; how bad is it?
The lag can be pretty stunning when it happens, especially if you really need to get moving to avoid an accident. Stomp the pedal, but it has to think about what to do for a couple seconds before it responds.
I have a PHEV coming in this month so I don't have any experience with this yet and I understand that turning off regen on the PHEV isn't as big of deal as pure HEV. I'm thinking when the PHEV is running HEV how big of deal this would be. I'm worried about yields, roundabouts, etc.

I read that you can adjust the regen braking by the steering wheel paddles. Does changing it affect the lag?

This is from the EV6 manual... is it true for the Sportage?
"Pull the left side ( ) of the paddle shifter to increase regenerative braking and deceleration. Pull the right side ( ) of the paddle shifter to decrease regenerative braking and deceleration."
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