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The reverse lockout has been used here and there over the years by different companies. I have not heard anything on the steering.
I will tell you that if you have been used to VW, Toyota, Nissan and Honda you may find that the Kia is not the same quality and you might not like it if you are used to something a little nicer. Not that there is anything wrong with them as the quality keeps getting better but they are not the same quality as those makes you are used to.