Yes, we might all think that with UK temperatures dipping (just a little bit) below zero our cars are rightly justified in hesitating a little in the mornings. But should this really be a worry for us?
Car manufacturers usually want to be able to sell their cars across the world, and not everywhere is as temperate as it is here…. Testing of new models from -40C to +50C isn’t unusual.
Starting a Smart CDI at -29C in Novosibirsk in Russia… This driver does mention the problems with frozen ABS, ESP and stiff steering, but it does get going.
I think the best advice is, (a) take things easy, and (b) keep your batteries charged!