My parkbrake moves around an inch or so vertically before the first click. You can feel it take up the slack and it will tighten as brake is applied.Apologies AyJay. My facelift SW brake starts clicking early on in its travel. I presumed the whole range was the same. The only car I've ever driven that didn't click from the start was a hired renault, just after they introduced pushing the complete plipper into a slot and pressing a 'GO' button. Everything about that car worried me, especially when I worked out that you had to press the 'GO' button to make it switch off.
I found there was quite a bit of slack in the cable around the time of the second (20k) service. They ommitted to adjust it at the sevice and a few weeks later it was bothering me enough to go back and get them to do it.
They agreed it should have been done as it was coming up to around 45 degrees before being effective.
For normal flat level ground 1 click is fine although i can get it to 2 easily enough. For an incline it will need 2 or 3 clicks to secure the car. I dont see the point on yanking it up tight as all im doing is over stressing the cable making it stretch and needing more adjustment.
Finally, being a bit anal i guess, i dont normally just pull the handle up, i press in the button so i dont get the clicking as i think it can over a very long time wear the teeth possibly allowing the brake to accidentally disengage. Ive done this for so many years now its second nature.