There are several safety tests carried out to ensure that the giant machine we use will keep us alive in the event that something untoward happens. One of them, and perhaps the most feared of all, is called the deer test – named after the maneuver you must perform if an obstacle, or in this case, a moose, suddenly appears in the middle of the highway.
Several independent companies perform these tests – among them km77.com. The latest subject of this publication’s test is the new BMW X3, updated to Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) for the 2022 model year.
The sample used in this deer test is a diesel-powered X3 with all-wheel drive. The car comes with several options, including an M package that lowers the suspension. It also sports a larger set of wheels – 20 inches, to be exact, which is larger than the standard 18 inches. The tires are also wider, measuring 245mm at the front and 275mm at the rear.
At 47.8 miles per hour (77 kilometers per hour), the X3 was close to winning at first attempt were it not for the cone that was hit during a sharp left maneuver. You can see the X3 bounce and slide during this attempt.
The best effort for the X3 was at 50.3 mph (81 km/h) as it perfectly dodged all the cones without difficulty. However, it’s interesting to note that the testers were unable to replicate the flawless effort at 49.1 mph (79 km/h).
As for the slalom part of the test, the driver noted that it was not difficult to weave the X3 through the cone. The steering wheel responded quickly but he couldn’t go any faster because of the weight of the vehicle. Nevertheless, the BMW X3 completed the slalom course in 24.5 seconds, matching the Mercedes-Benz EQS the publication has tested before.