The folks over at Spanish publication km77 have put the new Volkswagen Golf 8 through the dreaded Moose Test, with the midsize hatchback displaying plenty of understeer.
In the video below, the front-driven Golf 8 – here wearing 17-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Turanza T005 rubber in 225/45 size – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.
As we’ve pointed out before, whereas the Swedes usually perform the evaluation at about 60 km/h, this test from the Spaniards is conducted at higher speeds.
The Golf 1,5 TSIe 110 kW Style First Edition DSG was put through the test first at the standard 77 km/h, failing to complete the manouevre. The publication complained of understeer and added this would turn out to be a theme of the test.
Eventually, km77’s best successful effort with the Golf 8 was at an entrance speed of 69 km/h, which it described as a “particularly low result”. Interestingly, though, the publication said some of the blame could be laid with its driver and some with the Bridgestone tyres (the latter, says km77, “did not provide much grip”).
Watch the video below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the Golf 8 performed. Take note that the commentary is in Spanish, but has the option of English subtitles...