My 2017 Cruze has a manual. All the cars I've ever owned, back to the '70's (except one used one that I couldn't afford to pass up), have been manuals. I've always been cognizant of not putting too deep a throttle at low RPMs. Kills fuel economy I think, in addition to being hard on the engine. The turbo and computerized throttle (my first car with either of these things) adds another level of complexity -- can't feel the engine through the pedal, can't tell how much boost it's pushing, can't even be sure a given pedal setting results in the computer opening the throttle to a corresponding degree in different situations.
That said, the two occasions I've noticed brief pinging was when goosing the throttle with no load to engage the clutch in first, or to downshift. Not something that I could've predicted or that I can avoid.