Citroen will be launching the C5 Aircross in India sometime in the first quarter of 2021 but for now, watch how the C5 Aircross fares in the moose test for an early impression.
One of the most classic ways to test the handling dynamics of a car are the moose test and the slalom test. The moose test originated in Sweden back in the 1970s. It is essentially a way to determine a car’s ability to quickly change directions in case an obstacle suddenly pops up on the road ahead and you have to maneuver around it while still maintaining control of the car. Its literally called the moose test because what if a wild moose becomes your obstacle on the road and you have to make your way around it.
Almost all new cars are subjected to moose test when under development and it can be very interesting to see the results of some of these tests. While some cars come out with flying colors, maintaining stability and control through the course, some others have quite nasty outcomes and often topple over, losing stability of the car with sudden change in direction. Here we have a video where the upcoming India-bound Citroen C5 Aircross is being subjected to the moose and it actually fares quite well. Let’s look at it in a little more detail.
The test is conducted in several rounds with the speed gradually increasing each time. For the first attempt, the driver is unfamiliar with the C5 Aircross’s handling abilities and so the speed has been kept at a modest 73kph. At this speed, the C5 Aircross perfectly maintains its composure and line through the course. Although there’s decent amount of body roll, the C5 Aircross does not lose grip and precisely reacts to the steering inputs from the driver. Now that the driver is familiar with the car’s reaction to emergency steering inputs, the limits of the car’s stability can now be tested.
For the second attempt, the entry-speed has been set at 79 kph and this time, we can see there’s a slight understeer. This is when the traction control kicks in and helps stabilize the vehicle and it manages to clear the course without knocking any of the cones. The hazard lights also light up, signalling other drivers of a potential emergency situation and that’s a really clever thought. The third attempt is conducted at 81 kph and the results are quite similar to the second attempt. There’s still some understeer and although the car has knocked off one of the cones, the traction control helps the C5 Aircross maintain stability and its line.
The forth and the final attempt is the conducted at 84 kph and this is when the C5 Aircross finally starts to show its limits. Although still fairly stable, it cannot get a clean line out of the course and knocks off quite a few cones. Even it was tested at further speeds, it still would have fared decently, although it would have been out of its comfort zone. After the moose test, the C5 Aircross was also subjected to the slalom test at 60 kph. We can see that the C5 absolutely nails the slalom test with no fuss at all. The car has a soft suspension setup but it reacts to steering inputs well, which is why it was able to fair quite well in both the moose and the slalom test.
The C5 Aircross will be an important car for Citroen in India as it will establish the brand here, just as Hector did for MG and Seltos did for Kia. The Citroen C5 Aircross was supposed to be launched in India around September 2020 and it was coming to the country via the CKD route. However, it now stands delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus scare. Citroen will officially launch the C5 Aircross in India sometime in between January-March 2021.