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Downhill Brake Control (DBC) (if equipped)

Downhill Brake Control (DBC) feature assists the driver to descend down a steep hill without having to depress the brake pedal.

Always turn DBC off on normal roads. It might activate inadvertently from the standby mode when driving through speed bumps or making sharp turns.

Operating DBC



Indicator light



Illuminated ()

Press the DBC button when the vehicle speed is under 60 km/h (40 mph).


Blinks ()

  • The vehicle is in a certain angle of inclination

  • The accelerator pedal is not depressed.

  • The vehicle speed is within 4~40 km/h (2.5~25 mph)

  • Within the activation speed range 4~40 km/h (2~25 mph), the driver can control the vehicle speed by depressing the brake pedal or accelerator pedal.

Temporarily deactivated

Illuminated ()

  • The vehicle is not in a certain angle of inclination

  • The accelerator pedal is depressed.

  • The vehicle speed is in the range of 40~60 km/h (25~40 mph)


Not illuminated ()

  • The DBC button is pressed again.

  • When the accelerator pedal is depressed and the vehicle speed is over 60 km/h (40 mph)

Non-operating condition(s)

  • The gear is in P (Park).

  • The ESC is activated.


Whilst the DBC is activated, the vehicle speed can be controlled by depressing an accelerator pedal or a brake pedal.


If the DBC yellow indicator light illuminates, the system may have overheated or have malfunctioned. When the warning light illuminates even though the DBC system has cooled off, have your vehicle checked by an authorised Kia dealer as soon as possible.

  • The DBC may not deactivate on steep inclines even though the brake or accelerator pedal is depressed.

  • The DBC defaults to the OFF position whenever the ignition switch is placed in the ON position.

  • Noise or vibration may occur from the brakes when the DBC is activated.

  • The rear stop light comes on when DBC is activated.