The fabled moose test consistently uncovers the weaknesses of many vehicles on the market and has done just that with the Jaguar I-Pace.
One could consider the Jaguar I-Pace as having an advantage over many other vehicles because it is an EV with much of its weight in the floor, resulting in a lower center-of-gravity than some ICE alternatives. While this allows the electric crossover to corner very flat, a recent moose test featuring the I-Pace revealed an issue with its ESC system.
In all tests conducted, the I-Pace would breeze through the first left-hand turn of the maneuver before coming undone when the driver suddenly rotates the wheel to the right, triggering the stability control system to lock up the driver-side front wheel and slide for a number of meters. This meant the I-Pace was unable to complete the moose test without hitting the cones.
That’s a bad result for any vehicle, particularly one as expensive and premium as the I-Pace.
It would seem as though the issue lies in how the electronic stability control system has been programmed. The system should intervene in such driving scenarios but it shouldn’t lock up a wheel resulting in an uncontrollable slide. Jaguar hasn’t commented on the results although the ability for the car to be updated over-the-air could mean the British company simply needs to develop and roll out an update to prevent the ESC from behaving this way in the future.