The thing about it sensing how hard you pushed the pedal seems to be true in my car. There is this one road I go down every day, well in my 300E I would just be doing about 40mph in 4th gear, if I slam the pedal down to the kickdown switch it will kick down to second, but if I gently push it down to the kickdown switch it will only downshift to 3rd. I never got my car to start in 1st unless I manually shifted or floored it to the switch, you can definitely tell a difference.
2003 Volkswagen Golf GL 24,000 miles. 1.9L I-4 TDI 5spd.
1986 300E. 115,000+ miles. 3.0L I-6 1st daily ride, around town only. (Gone)