Honda Civic Hatchback, moose test. We managed to complete the Moose test successfuly at a maximum entrance speed of 79 km/h, which is a good result. On this occasion, the suspension was set on its stiffest setting. The Civic reacts instantly to the driver’s inputs on the steering wheel. The car moves accuratety, with very little spin, making it easy for the driver, who feels very safe and in total control of the situation, partly because of the very fast steering. The ESC works subtly, so the speed is still high at the end of the manoeuvre. On this attempt at 81 km/h the suspension was also on its stiff setting, but we did not succeed because of the larger spin of the wheels. However, the sense of big control over the car remains. We decided to try the Moose test at an even higher speed to see how the car reacted. At 84 km/h, with the shock absorbers on their ‘normal’ setting, understeer is big after the second swerve, but even at that speed we only knocked down one cone. Once again, the car reacted precisely and
without making abrupt movements. After various attemtps with the suspension on both its ‘normal’ and ‘sport’ modes, we think that these settings do not alter the car’s response on a manoeuvre of this kind. Slalom On the slalom footage it can be seen how the Civic drives smoothly between the cones with fast changes of direction and little body roll.