Watch: 2023 BMW X1 Fails Moose Test Due To Overzealous Stability Control

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It joins a long list of BMWs that have failed to pass the test.

The BMW X1 is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV, and it is the smallest SUV that BMW offers to the public, but a video posted by shows that it handles more like a tractor than a refined German luxury car.

The 2023 BMW X1 was recently put through its paces by the team behind the infamous moose test in Spain and returned less than favorable results.

This is one of a few modern BMWs to disappoint in this reasonably straightforward handling test. It comes as a big disappointment when its larger sibling, the BMW X3, performed excellently without breaking a sweat.

For the uninformed, the moose test is a basic handling test that forces the car into a series of quick direction changes to simulate a moose or other large animal walking into the road. These rapid directional changes test whether the vehicle can maintain stability when undertaking such drastic maneuvers.

As we can see in the video, a base model 18d version with a front-wheel-drive layout and a 150-horsepower diesel engine takes on the cones. This car is fitted with Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 tires in 245/45 R19 sizing.

The car completes a basic slalom test in 25,5 seconds, beating the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (26.1 seconds), but is destroyed by the Polestar 2, which managed a stunning 22.8 seconds thanks to its low center of gravity.

The moose test is undertaken at 50 mph, and in the video, we can see the car hitting cones on every single turn, which is the worst a vehicle can do on this test, apart from nearly tipping over. The final correction into the last set of cones is the worst and sees the BMW take out numerous orange goblins. As the driver explains, electronic nannies are responsible for the poor performance, which is the same reason for every poor BMW effort we've seen.

The X1 completes its best attempt at an entry speed of 46 mph, a center section speed of 40 mph, and an exit speed of 27 mph. This result is below what similar cars in its class achieve and is equally as embarrassing as the time took the BMW M4 out for a moose test.

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