yes it can mines been off for a long timeI absoultely hate the brake assist feature, it tends to make you ride the clutch if you already know how to take off on hills. It's a good learning feature I suppose but cmon, do we really need that? I usually let it release first and the second it does I'm off like normal. Can VCDS take brake assist off? Never looked into it.
OP...honestly if you havent got it by now its likely manual isnt for you