The Tesla Model Y performs brilliantly in the moose test
The SUV passes the exam with flying colours
With their higher ground clearance resulting in a higher global height, it is logical that SUVs are less at ease in cornering than sedans. Their higher centre of gravity and greater mass amplify their inertia when cornering, as the laws of physics dictate.
However, electrification has changed the game since the batteries are placed in the chassis, lowering the centre of gravity considerably, to the point where SUVs can compete with the best sports cars in the field. The Tesla Model Y demonstrates this in action in the dreaded moose test.
The little brother of the Model X passed the test with an entry speed of 83 kph (51.6 mph), which puts it in the top tier of all categories. As we can see in the video, the grip level of the Michelin Pilot EV tyres is very satisfactory even if the rear of the car tends to slip when leaving the first corridor of cones.
The understeer is naturally present but remains very well controlled and the same is true for the body roll, which is authoritatively controlled by the perfectly calibrated damping. Note that the model tested is a Long Range version with 20 inch wheels and an all-wheel drive.