Originally Posted by AKHLK
Depends on the animal. I once totaled a vehicle swerving to avoid a dog in the road (icy Alaskan streets). I swore that if that happened to me again I'd hit it instead. I know that sounds terrible but I'm lucky I wasn't injured. If it were a thousand pound moose though, I'd try like hell not to run into it.
I fully agree with you. Hitting a moose has nothing to do with hitting a dog.
The problem with moose is they are very tall and heavy. Just have a look on the following pictures and videos.
VOLVO crash test simulating a moose crash...
FORD F150 after a moose crash (could we say the frontal height and shape of the F150 is comparable to the WK2? I would agree with that)
Moose vs Man | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Hit the moose only if you drive a trailer...
Moose accident | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I would rather have the leg amputated than the head. And all those saying "I would brake, my brakes are excellent and I have tested them" please note that the "dangerous" moose are the ones which appear suddenly and very close to you and that is why the failed test does not apply brakes. It is the worst situation, the animal typically jumps on the road in front of you and this is what causes the accident pictures, they did not even have time to avoid it and this is what typically happens. Of course if it jumps at a distance in which you can brake, then do so, it is obviously better... but never crash into a moose if you can try to avoid it.
Please do not discuss about these facts, it would be better to discuss about the problem with the Air Suspension of the WK2 and how it is affecting stability. It is not stiff enough in extensions, that is the only problem.
WK2 with standard suspension are fine and that is why the failed test was not repeated with standard suspension (compare it with EURONCAP one which is made with standard suspension and see how the bouncing due to the softness of the air suspension in extensions
is the problem... That is causing the car to jump in the air and loose control. The magazine could have tested both types of suspension (they tested a total of 4 cars and the majority of WK2 are not quadralift, but that sells less magazines). This does not change the fact that the standard suspension is ok as seen in other tests.
By the way, the German test that was claimed to be passed some days later did not specify the type of suspension (at least I have not been able to find it)
All this would be fixable with ADS added to the WK2, same as Mercedes, Audi and WW do.