Moose Test, or Evasive Maneuver Test, is quite an important one for Sport utility Vehicles, by which you make sure the high-riding car can cope with a sudden and harsh change of direction. This is not some fancy, useless test either. A situation like this happens a lot in the real world. Sadly the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is just getting its feet grounded in Europe, has failed this test conducted by a Swedish magazine.
What makes it specially bad for the Jeep is that it failed the test at only 39.5 mph (63.5 km/h). As you can see in the pictures the car goes onto two wheels, and if it wasn’t for the professional driver at the wheel, it would roll over, even though it has a system to prevent it.
All the car’s European rivals have passed this test, and at higher speed. The magazine cites some examples to show the depth of the Jeep’s failure: BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC90, they have all passed the Moose test at 43.5 mph (70 km/h). What’s ironic is that the same magazine tested the previous generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2005 and it passed the test no problem at all!
Looks like America’s only real SUV still has a lot to learn from its European rivals.You can see the video of the test at TeknikensVärld.