Mercedes-Benz C350e Failed Swedish Moose Test

Peter Parcon October 28, 2015

Mercedes-Benz C350e Failed Swedish Moose Test

The Mercedes-Benz C350e was selected by Teknikens Värld to go through its moose test, and the result was less than satisfactory, as indicated on a report from The Swedish magazine revealed that the C350e failed the test, which shows its ability to dodge obstacles that suddenly jump in front of it.

Drivers normally hit the brakes and execute evasive maneuvers while keeping control of the vehicle and avoiding running off the road. Teknikens Värld initially tested the hybrid vehicle at 72 km/h or 45 mph. The C350e lost traction easily at this point of the test, which is also called the elk test.

Mercedes-Benz C350e Failed Swedish Moose Test

The same substandard result was noted by the magazine when the test was performed at 67 km/h or 41.5 mph as well as at 66 km/h or 41 mph. The C350e was only able to pass the test when it was performed with the luxury vehicle running at 64 km/h or 40 mph. It should be noted that the Citroen DS5 did not have any issues with the test when it was performed at 74 km/h or 46 mph under similar conditions.

Mercedes-Benz Sweden explained that the low tire pressure may have affected the performance of the C350e since it reportedly conducted a moose test of its own on the luxury hybrid and it was able to pass at speeds of 75 km/h or 46 mph. However, Teknikens Värld did not accept the explanation of the luxury vehicle manufacturer since premium saloons are expected to easily pass these tests.

Mercedes-Benz C350e Failed Swedish Moose Test

Some industry watchers may speculate that the weight of the battery pack may have played a factor on the results of the test. Even as the Mercedes-Benz C350e maintained its stability when luxury vehicle manufacturer conducted its own tests, Mercedes-Benz will likely work on correcting any issues with the stability of its luxury hybrid.

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