Both the 2020 Skoda Superb iV Estate and VW Passat GTE Estate are the latest vehicles to fail the ‘moose test’.
The tests, conducted by Swedish publication Teknikens Värld, started out with the Skoda Superb iV which was initially tasked with completing the section at 40.4 mph (65 km/h). While it was able to pass at this speed, it had quite a difficult time doing so, as the rear-end quickly swung out, forcing the car into one of the cones.
When the speed was increased to 42.3 mph (68 km/h), the Superb became even more unsettled with the driver forced to quickly correct the dramatic oversteer. At 43.5 mph (70 km/h), things are exacerbated further with the Skoda taking out two cones as it again experiences an unsafe amount of oversteer. At 44.7 mph (72 km/h), the car failed once again.
While the Skoda is no sports car, it should complete the test without issues. To put its results into perspective, Teknikens Värld showed a Peugeot 508 completing the moose test at 48.5 mph (78 km/h) and the Mercedes C-Class Wagon at 46 mph (74 km/h). In both instances, the cars’ safety systems kept the rear-end under control, pushing the vehicles into understeer but ensuring they were still controllable.
The Passat GTE performed just as poorly as the Skoda Superb iV. As the speeds increase, it pushes into oversteer and proves impossible to keep within the cones.
In the past, some automakers have been prompted to make adjustments to their vehicles and their stability control systems after poor results in the moose test. It remains to be seen if the VW Group will investigate the results, but it would be wise to do so and make changes.