The ‘Moose Test’ we’re talking about here is nothing but a way to understand the stability, grip-level and other handling characteristics of a vehicle. This way of testing cars was invented in Sweden. It’s called the Moose Test as it simulates a situation similar to a large deer (moose) suddenly coming in front of the vehicle and the car driver trying to avoid it. Basically, this test helps the car buyers know about a car’s stability in emergency situations. Recently, the Moose Test was conducted on a Jeep Compass. Here are the results –
What is happening here?
The video here shows a Jeep Compass Limited 2.0 4×4 automatic variant that goes through a moose test. It may be noted here that the Compass we have on sale here comes with the same diesel engine. However, it’s yet to get an automatic transmission. In this test, the traffic cones are positioned in a manner that they re-create a situation of emergency swerving at a high speed. The moose test is conducted over a distance of 60 metres.
In the first round of this moose test, you can see the Jeep Compass being driven at a constant speed of 79 kmph, which is a pretty high speed, especially in the Indian context. You can see the Compass undertaking high-speed manoeuvres with quite an ease. As per the testers, the Compass ‘reacts very safely after each of the violent swerves’.
The testers also noted that the driver of the Compass feels in total control of the vehicle. The Compass isn’t the most nimble car out there but it’s pretty good for a car of its segment. At a slightly higher speed of 81 kmph, the driver continues to feel in control of the vehicle and the body roll is well contained. The ESC works quickly and efficiently. However, at this speed, it’s not possible to complete the test without hitting one of the cones. The testers say that the steering of this vehicle is very responsive, which plays a vital role in the successful completion of the Moose Test.
The slalom test shows that the Compass can be easily driven between the cones and there’s only a little amount of body roll. While the SUV doesn’t feel too nimble, it remains safe and controllable throughout the test.
Speed can be dangerous
Another thing that this video goes on to highlight is the danger of high-speed driving. As you can see in the video we have here, it gets impossible to avoid hitting one of the cones at 81 kmph. At 79 kmph, however, the Compass easily sails through the test without hitting a single cone even once. This goes on to show how a minute difference of just 2 kmph affects the way a car handles. Please remember, it is of great importance to drive within the specified speed limit.