Recently, NHTSA awarded Tesla Model X highest safety rating for a SUV with 5 star in every aspect. It especially performed well in the rollover test thanks to its large battery pack bolted at the bottom of the chassis – giving it a low center of gravity. That should also help the vehicle in the “moose test”, which wasn’t performed by NHTSA, but we still get to see it thanks to a Spanish car magazine.
The “moose test” is an evasive maneuver test that consists of determining how well a certain vehicle can evade a suddenly appearing obstacle that could take an entire lane, like a moose.
In the past, several trucks and SUVs had trouble with the test at over 40 mph (65 km/h) and it resulted in some spectacular near rollovers, like with the Toyota Hilux 2016.
While the Model X performed way better, it still had difficulties returning in its lane within the parameters of the test at speeds over 43 mph (70 km/h).
For comparison below are videos for Model S and Audi Q5
Audo Q5 2017