[VIDEO] BMW iX faces the famous Moose Test

The latest electric car from BMW isn’t quite the ultimate driving machine. The BMW iX has many excellent features: it is comfortable, rides well, has a nice cabin and has strong performance. However, it is not meant to drive a scalpel. For BMW, comfort and luxury are more important than agility and dynamics. So how does the BMW iX perform in the iconic moose test?

In essence, the Moose test is a swerving test that evaluates a vehicle’s ability to get out of and back into its lane at high speeds to theoretically avoid a moose. The vehicle must quickly swerve out of its line of cones, into another line of cones, then return to its original line without colliding with any cones, at various speeds. It is not the most scientific or even the most important test, but it assesses a vehicle’s ability to perform fast manoeuvres at high speeds.

According to the test, the BMW’s performance is not outstanding. At lower speeds, it runs excellently and allows the driver to move well enough not to hit any cones. However, the number of dead cones increased as the speed increased. 

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone driving the iX has noticed how quiet the ride is. Despite its heavy weight and large wheels, the BMW iX is considered a sensationally smooth luxury car. Despite the lack of a combustion engine to drown out wind and road noise, the interior is whisper quiet. BMW wanted the iX to be a pleasant, luxurious and quiet SUV, based on its interior design, ride comfort and interior quietness. This is no Porsche Cayenne fighter.

Consequently, the BMW iX does not pass the moose test with flying colours.

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