Ford’s Mustang Mach-E SUV gets tail-happy, Swedish moose test fails

We have made no secret of the fact that we like the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It’s beautiful, reasonably priced, offers good range, lots of convenience and is fun to drive. The latter quality, however, can be the source of some grief for Mach-E owners in the event that they have to swing quickly to avoid a large object such as a moose (or seagulls if you happen to be a member of Monty Python).

It is true that Mach-E had a hard time during his run through the elk test as performed by the Swedish publication Teknikens Värld and published on Tuesday. The SUV exhibited a surprising amount of tail wagon, given how low the center of gravity is and the fact that all four wheels are driven.

In the test, the folks from Teknikens Värld Mach-E sent through a tight cone chicane at 42.3 mph, and the rear end lost its grip and hit the cones. It looks like Mach-E’s stability control program is a bug, allowing too much slip before kicking in and pulling the car straight. As an enthusiastic driver, this is a recipe for laughter, but for someone in a dangerous situation in reality — like the one the moose test simulates — it is a recipe for a crash.

Teknikens Värld compared Mach-E with Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5, who both sailed through the test. Whether it’s because their electronics are not set for that much driving engagement, or whether it’s something mechanical in the chassis design that adds stability, it’s hard to say.

“We have been made aware of a recent evasive steering test in a Swedish publication where it is reported that the Ford Mustang Mach-E did not meet their expected standards,” a Ford spokesman said in a statement. “We will meet directly with the testing team in the publication this week to better understand the results. Mach-E is expected to be awarded a strong rating by Euro NCAP [Europe’s car safety authority] when it is announced in late October. Although we can not yet explain the results of this specific test, we remain confident that Mach-E delivers the very highest standards set globally by Ford, including our comprehensive stability and electronic stability control without any problems. “

To be fair to Mach-E, it seems that many new cars are struggling with this test. For an explanation of why this may be the case, check out this great explains from breeder Scott Mansell.


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