Nailing the moose test is no easy feat for a new car and while you may think smaller vehicles would have a better chance of passing, that’s not always the case.
Sure, quite a few big SUVs and pickups have performed horribly in the past, but there are some large vehicles, such as the Mitsubishi L200, which didn’t do that bad.
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Most recently, KM77 put the 2020 Audi A3 Sportback through its paces. In the first attempt, the driver entered the cones at 75 km/h (46 mph), slightly less than the 77 km/h (47.8 mph) needed to pass the test. Despite that, the A3 Sportback understeered massively and took out a number of cones. With the speed lowered to 72 km/h (44 mph), the driver was able to thread the A3 Sportback through the course without taking out any cones.
The current A3 Sportback range was recently updated with the launch of a new 40 TSFI e plug-in hybrid variant. This uses a 1.4-liter TFSI engine rated at 148 hp and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque that’s coupled to an electric motor delivering an additional 107 hp and 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) of torque.
Power is sent to the front wheels courtesy of a six-speed S tronic transmission that allows the car to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.6 seconds and continue through to a 141 mph (227 km/h) top speed.