The Jeep Grand Cherokee received some bad press via Swedish outlet Teknikens Varld after the outlet discovered the Grand Cherokee didn’t quite perform well in the country’s bespoke moose test.
Ok, they don’t actually see if they can fit a moose inside the car, rather than see if the car can conduct an evasive maneuver safely to avoid one unexpectedly crossing the road…because, you know, hitting a moose in a car is like hitting another since they almost weigh the same. This involves giving the car a bit of a Scandinavian flick to replicate a driver’s reaction to avoiding a massive moose in the road.
This of course means handling is of utmost importance since the Scandinavian flick can cause quite a few cars to become unsettled, which can potentially lead to a fatal crash. And sadly, the latest car to fail Sweden’s moose test is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Hybrid.
Specifically, Teknikens Varld used a Mercedes-Benz C350e Hybrid to conduct the test at 45 MPH and found the car to lose traction way too easily. They even dropped the speed slightly to 41 MPH to account for a driver’s reaction to hit the brakes before conducting the maneuver, significantly reducing collision speeds. The C-Class Hybrid finally conducted the maneuver in a considerable manner at just 40 MPH, while in comparison, a Citroen DS5 passed the test with flying colors at 46 MPH.
This is probably due to the low-friction tires used to boost fuel economy, which is a bit of result of low-friction tires since that translates to reduced grip. And grip, as we all know only exists and is perpetuated by more friction between the tires and the road surface.
When asked for a statement, Mercedes-Benz claimed it passed Germany’s equivalent moose test at speeds of up to 46 MPH and the reason for Teknikans Varld’s failure was due to low tire pressure.
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– By: Chris Chin
Source: Teknikens Varld