Last week, Tesla’s Model X officially became the highest safety rated SUV (by a significant margin) with 5-star rating in every safety category from NHTSA.

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).

Here are the results of the tests via KM77:

For comparison, Consumer Reports did a different version of this test with the Tesla Model S a few years back and it performed well at up to 55 mph (88 km/h):

But back to the Model X in comparison to other SUVs. The Audi Q5 2017 has performed significantly better than the Model X up to 51 mph (82 km/h):

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