One of the more interesting automotive tests is the Moose Test. It’s a funny name but it was developed in Scandinavian countries, where it’s not uncommon for a driver to suddenly see a moose in the middle of the road. If that happens, a quick swerve is necessary and it could happen at speed. So the Moose Test is designed to see how well a car can handle such a situation. Apparently, the Audi A3 Sportback struggles.
For the test, a car is driven through a set of cones at 75 km/h (46 mph) and then must suddenly swerve into an adjacent set of cones and then swerve back. If the car can make it through without hitting any cones, it passes the test. At 75 km/h, the Audi A3 Sportback clipped cones on the first swerve but then was able to contain itself and capably nail the second swerve. While it didn’t fail miserably, it still failed.
However, when the testers dropped the speed down to 72 km/h, the A3 was able to pass the test, rather admirably. So while we’re not trying to blindly defend the Audi, the fact that it passed after a slight speed change indicates that better tires might help if fare better.
What’s interesting is that when the speeds were brought up to 77 km/h, the Audi A3 Sportback failed again but on the second swerve, not the first. So it’s interesting to see its handling characteristics change at different speeds. But it also shows that drivers might take some tie to get used to the way a car handles at the limit.
Still, our main recommendation, especially in cold weather or in the snow, is to use high-quality, proper tires. We’re assuming this test was conducted with whichever tires come standard on the car in this market. But tires will make the biggest difference in how your car handles in situations such as these. So regardless of what your car comes with, make sure you’re running the right tires for the right situations.