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Nissan X-Trail e-4orce: exaggerated understeer in a moose test

Nissan X-Trail e4orce obstacle avoidance test reveals ‘smooth’ car that makes ESC work hard in moose test

14 February 2023 – 11:00

There Nissan X-Trail e-4orce 2023 In the moose trial confirms its character dedicated to comfort but is far from being agile if one tries to avoid a sudden obstacle beyond certain speeds. In the end, the driving assistance systems (ESC in the lead) manage the inertia and the weight (nearly 2 t) of the Nissan X-Trail. THE test videos produced by the Spanish magazine Km77, which specializes in test drives and test drives, shows How fast the Nissan X-Trail e-4orce breaks down faced with a sudden obstacle to avoid.


THE moose trial (Or moose test) is based on the ISO 3888-2 standard. In simpler terms, the test driver driving the test car drives up to a constant test speed. When it comes to a point marked by cones swerves suddenly to avoid an obstacle, which could be another car or a wild animal. Before turning, the driver lifts his foot off the accelerator and the evasive maneuver is carried out using the steering wheel only and without any other commands but with the ESP safety system active. The piloting takes place in two phases:

  • obstacle avoidance, carried out at an increasingly high speed in the different tests. This is to check how well the steering wheel, suspension, chassis and tires provide manageable control even in the face of an unexpected obstacle;
  • return to the initial trajectory(a 3 meter wide cone lane) without requiring excessive wheel corrections and without knocking over any cones. They can occur in the event of oversteer (tendency to spin) or understeer (the front wheels slip sideways and the car widens its trajectory), two behaviors of a car having reached its limits of stability;

In addition to the moose test, the Nissan X-Trail e-4orce was also tested in the slalom between the cones at constant speed (about 60 km/h). In this test, the tendency to roll (the car leans to the side) is exaggerated to bring the grip of the tires to the limit. Here’s how it went the Nissan X-Trail e-4orce test in the video below.


In the moose trial there nissan X-Trail e-4orce 1.5 e-Power with 213 horsepower feels the weight of his 1900kg operated by Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV all-season tires in size 255/45 R20. At 74 km/h the understeer is enormous. To avoid this, the ESC intervenes decisively by slowing the car down a lot (up to 19 km/h, editor’s note)”. This is the flip side of the coin, as higher residual speed requires quick driver intervention if braking is needed when the wheels return straight. It’s the speed limit Nissan X-Trail e-4orce. According to the Spanish magazine, it is likely that with summer tires, the understeer of the Nissan X-Trail could be less marked. However, it should be remembered that the Kia Sportage does much better in the same test, despite its 1700 kg.


THE slalom event between the cones of Nissan X-Trail e-4orce it traveled at a speed of 10 km/h – 60 km/h – lower than that of cars capable of better managing load transfers. “After the first corners, the car started to break down and the intervention of the CES fixed things. Normal behavior for his size and weight.

Source : Sicur Auto


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