2009 AMS Summer and Winter Tyre Test
We might now be into 2010 but we've found not one, but two excellent tyre test from 2009. It seems while we've been keeping an eye on the German magazines ADAC
and Auto Zeitung
, Auto motor und Sport has somehow slipped under the radar. What's more, like all the German car mags they've done a rather excellent job of testing both summer and winter tyres in 2009!
As always the testing was typically German [thorough] and they tried each of the tyres in just about every situation possible. One nice touch is AMS have rated the summer tyre scores separately for dry and wet performance, giving you the ability to select a tyre depending on the type of weather you're used to, or your own personal priorities. Better yet, during the winter tyre test they've tested the rubber on snowy, wet and dry roads, and also thrown a couple of all season tyres into the mix giving a really nice picture of how winter tyres could perform year round.
We'll summarise our thoughts under each set of results. If you'd like to skip straight to the winter results click here
Summer Tyre Test
|Bridgestone Turanza ER 300
||The overall winner is the Bridgestone Turanza ER 300. It excells during the braking tests and has ggreat handling characteristics in all conditions
|Goodyear Opti Grip
||The Goodyear Opti Grip follows the test winner Bridgestone Turanza ER 300 just seven points behind. Extremely stong during the aquaplaning tests.
|Michelin Primacy HP
||The Michelin Primacy HP stands out for its excellent handling characteristics with high steering precision, good comfort and low rolling resistance. It's wet handling lets it down
|Continental Premium Contact 2
||The Continental Premium Contact 2 is a great all round tyre. It misses out on the podium due to limited comfort and high rolling resistance
|Hankook Ventus V12 Evo
||The first of the midrange brands, the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo proves an extremely strong all rounder on par with the 4 top brands.
||The Pirelli P7 lands only in the second half of the field. Although it offers a very good, sporty handling in wet, his loud road noise and the high rolling resistance are anything but beneficial.
|Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response
||The Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response shows a very precise handling on wet and dry, as a good wet traction. It's weaknesses are braking and aquaplaning.
||The Nokian V is characterized by its good wet and dry handling. It has very little road noise but suffers from long stopping distances and moderate aquaplaning results
|Vredestein Sportrac 3
||The Vredestein Sportrac 3 strengths include the good aquaplaning behavior and precise handling characteristics on dry roads. Long stopping distances and severe understeer in the wet prevent better placement
|Firestone TZ 300 a
||Average handling and comparatively high road noise
|Fulda Carat Progresso
||Fulda Carat Progresso is sensitive to aquaplaning and has poor braking performance
|Kumho Ecsta HM
||Good handling characteristics on dry roads, in wet weather driving but is spongy and the braking distances are too long
Summer test conclusion
A strong result for the 4 "big brands" (Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin and Continental). Hankook has excelled in yet another magazine tyre test by placing only a few points behind the big names, it really is a testament to the quality of the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo and in particular, it's dry weather handling. Slightly disappointing results for Nokian and Vredestein, but with such a small spread of points covering the top 10 they've still punched extremely well for their price point.
On to the winter tyre test results >>