Uuumh.. yeah, brakes are being used automatically by an ESP- equipped vehicle when doing manouvers like that. Many modern vehicles (at least the ones sold in Europe) also illuminate brake lights when ESP system is activated. Some even turn on hazard signals. At the point on the video (2:25) the vehicle obviously had already lost control, which you can notice from it's behaviour -> the test drivers possibly applied brake, or it was the vehicle doing it. If you watch earlier on the video, you can see ie. the Volvo XC90 on the same test, it clearly slows down - that's because of the ESP system activating and slowing down the vehicle a lot. ESP systems are tuned by the vehicle manufacturers, and some vehicles are programmed more on the "safe" side, meaning killing most of the speed on manbeuvers like on this test.
All ESP systems - and I mean every single one - that are used to keep the vehicle upright and going in the direction you want work by applying BRAKES to the wheel(s) needed to keep the vehicle under control. There are no systems in the world by any manufacturer that would do it any other way. Actually, that's the only way possible to do it. Some of the more modern systems also control the steering a little bit. Heck, the newer anti- crash system apply brakes automatically if they detect an inevitable crash situation.
Agree 100% that they know what they're doing: controversial reporting resulting in a media attention. They even state how many people have watched the video. Guaranteed they are loving the attention.
Of what I know, Chrysler corporation is one of only a few manufacturers that have complained about the test results on this test because of bad results - and these tests have been done on dozens and dozens of vehicles from IIRC late 70s or early 80s. Some vehicle manufacturers have made significant changes to their suspension systems (ie. Merc, when their then-new A- class flipped on this very same test), changing the tire sizes for the vehicles (Toyota) because of the results found on this test.
I do agree the reporting is somewhat exaggarating - I myself would not go on to say WK2s are dangerous or lethal on evasive manouvers. As I mentioned earlier, this test basically shows one can flip a new SUV if the circumstances are "right". Btw., as I mentioned earlier, when Chrysler loaded the vehicle by their engineers because they weren't happy with the test results and claimed overload- situation, the Jeep handled the same. I don't know where Chrysler got it's "info" to its press release in the USA, but that same test was done after Chrysler staff loaded the Jeep and the results were similar. It's all mentioned on the original text in Swedish, and so it is shown in the English version.
....Heck, the Euro NCAP tes has an identical test and found it fine.
My guess is they tested it in a "worst case scenario" to get the results that get people talking about their magazine. Lines like "Jeep should stop selling this car" don't do them any help in sounding credible either.
My guess is they have the tires super cold, under inflated, with the suspension in offroad 1, ESP off, and of course they stated they pushed it to the maximum loading possible with sandbags. Cold road, cold tires, extra weight, and suspension all the way up, no ESP, driving like a tard you can tip damn near anything.
If you watch the test and would bother reading the text, you'd notice a few things:
1. Yes, this is the worst case scenario test - it is somewhat harsher than the standard Euro NCAP and similar evasive manouver tests done in the United States. But they do this exact same test, exactly in similar fashion to all vehicles they test. So far there have been no more than a few vehicles that have rolled or have been close to roll over. They have tested hundreds, if not thousand of different vehicles.
2. Tires were at running temp, infalted to manufacturers specs. for fully laiden vehicle
3. ESP and anti- roll systems were turnerd on (as with all other vehicles they test that has these systems)
4. The Jeep used in the test had air suspension, set to "Auto" mode.
This test is very well known within Europe, and the results gotten in this test are usually taken very seriously by manufacturers selling vehicles in Europe.