Mercedes C350e Fails Moose Test: Video
Teknikens Värld has become synonymous with the Moose Test, specifically when it comes to vehicles who fail the test when tested by the Swedish Magazine. Remember when it slammed the Jeep Grand Cherokee back in 2012 for its alleged failed test? Then the same thing happened with the Porsche Macan in 2014. Needless to say, both Chrysler and Porsche were not too pleased with the results of Teknikens Värld’s Moose Test. Now it looks like Mercedes and its C350e sedan has found itself in the crosshairs of yet another failed Moose Test.
According to a video posted by Teknikens Varld, the C350e failed the Moose Test terribly when testing was conducted at speeds of 45 and 41.5 mph, respectively. The result of the 45-mph test was especially alarming since the driver lost control of the wheels not once, but twice. It got a little bit better when the C350e was at 41.5 mph, but it still couldn’t get out of the way of the set of cones in the first section. It wasn’t until the C350e was doing 40 mph that it managed to steer clear of the obstacles.
If the results of Teknikens Värld’s test on the C350e are accurate, it could be very damaging to the German automaker. Remember, Mercedes has a history of failed Moose Tests, most notably with the first-generation A-Class. A closer look at the video seems to corroborate Teknikens Värld’s findings. Pay close attention to the wheels of the sedan and you’ll see how it quickly loses traction just as the wheel was turned to avoid the imaginary moose. The driver was still able to correct the loss of grip, but it wasn’t until after the car had already hit the obstacles in the first two sections of the test. The C350e did get better when it slowed down to 40 mph, but the cause for concern still appears to be there.
Why it matters
On the one hand, it’s always concerning to see something like this happen, especially when the car in question comes from one of the most esteemed automakers in the world. Mercedes has been through this before and you better believe that it’s taking this very seriously. According to Teknikens Värld, the German automaker has already given an explanation of the failed test, saying that low tire pressure could’ve been the reason behind it. Not surprisingly, the Swedish auto magazine has thrown out that explanation.
Once again, we’re all left wondering what really happened during the Moose Test and why the C350e behaved the way it did. It’s not unreasonable to think that Mercedes goes on the defensive and pulls a Chrysler and reach out to editors of the magazine to recreate the Moose Test in its presence. Either that happens or the company acquiesces to the failed test and fixes whatever ails the C350e. The latter scenario is less likely to happen considering how prideful automakers tend to be about their products.
I fully expect a more comprehensive response from Mercedes soon. What that’s going to look is anybody’s guess, but I do know is that it’s not going to take this review lightly. It has too much to lose if the C350e ends up being as unstable as this Moose Test makes it out to be.
By comparison, you can watch a Mazda 6 Wagon passing the same test at 45.5 mph:
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