The Volkswagen Passat Estate struggles a lot in the moose test
We may have the answer
The redesigned Volkswagen Passat Estate scored surprisingly low in the famous moose test, conducted by KM77. This test, whose effectiveness is no longer to be proven, is supposed to evaluate the cars' handling in emergency situations. The test vehicle makes two abrupt lane changes, simulating the avoidance of an obstacle.
Over time, it becomes clear which vehicles are likely to perform better than others. It is now known that SUVs, due to their higher centre of gravity, are generally less successful than traditional sedans, achieving lower exit speeds. The restyled Passat Estate is an exception, unfortunately for Volkswagen.
During an initial test at a speed of 76 km/h (47 mph), the station wagon started to react unexpectedly, by oversteering quite spectacularly. The rear suddenly skidded, as if the car was driving on ice! Impossible to control, the Passat couldn't avoid the cones. Two more tests were run at 75 (46.6) and then 74 km/h (45.9 mph), without success.
At only 73 km/h (45.3 mph), the Passat Estate passed the test without touching the cones. To make a comparison, the Peugeot 508 SW manages to pass at 77 km/h (47.8 mph), which is a huge difference! The car's ESP would be at fault and would react a little too late. A simple software update would correct this.