Is there a better equalizer for cars of all shapes and sizes than the moose test? In just a second, a vehicle’s inherent balance and handling characteristics are revealed. Oversteer, understeer and weight transfer are not measured for maximum performance on a track, but for control in emergency situations. As such, machines that you’d expect to perform well don’t always shine – hence why it’s an equalizer.
We have featured many videos of km77.com showing cars tackling the moose test, and the latest is arguably the hottest hot hatch of them all. The Mercedes-AMG A45 S packs a supercharged 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 415 horsepower (309 kilowatts), transmitted to all four wheels by a dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s quick, and on a track it can dance with crisp handling or great tire-smoking slides. In the real world, the moose test suggests it’s not too bad actually.
The top speed achieved for a clean run was 75 km / h (47 mph), which the video said was a bit lower than expected given the car’s grippy tires. However, the A45 S has been said to be smooth and easy to control during the emergency diversion, which is what you want in such a situation. Slight to moderate understeer is observed on the second steering input, but it is quickly cleaned up by the rear axle entering a touch of oversteer. Coming out of the maneuver, the A45 S looks relatively neutral, with maybe just a bit more oversteer before the car straightens up.
The clip ends with the A45 S performing a more traditional slalom. The video praises the hot hatch for its smoothness and smoothness during transitions, as does its performance during the moose test. The pilot enters the course at the same speed of 75 km / h, but pushes it slightly higher towards the end. Understeer comes with speed, but overall the mini-Merc performed well.