Company km77.com experienced German estate car Volkswagen Passat Variant 2019 model year in the so-called “elk” test. And I must say that the car proved to be not as good as I would like.
Test for elk. It’s insanely cool title for a very important look at how vehicles react to emergency maneuvers on the road. There are several ways by which automakers and independent companies engaged in automotive safety, evaluate the behavior of machines in the event of such situations, but “elk” test is the most important of them. This test was so named in Scandinavia, because in those places the meeting with a moose on the road are not uncommon.
So this test simulates the emergency turn, which should make a car to evade a suddenly appearing road obstacles (moose), and then another emergency turn, which is necessary to avoid oncoming traffic.
And I must say that wagon Volkswagen Passat Variant 2019 model year coped with this test is not as good as I would like.
This video was published on the official YouTube channel of the company km77.com who is a famous investigator in the field of road safety. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter engine, designed for 188 horsepower. The driver starts the test with a speed of 77 km/h and, according to the video, he had no idea how to react to the car in a sharp turn of the wheel. The back of the wagon pretty much swinging from side to side on the second turn, and this happens so much that the driver is trying to level the machine and is actually confronted with a cone on the opposite side of the road.
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Reducing the speed to 73 km/h, car and driver was able to successfully complete a difficult change lanes without hitting cones. However, travel barriers was not perfect, as the rear part of the “Passat” is still vigorously wagging, and the driver was clearly ready otdalenno turn the steering wheel. And Yes, with German cars has been activated, the stability control system.