It's always nice to have a tyre test from British Magazine, and this week the Auto Car have provided us with not one, but two excellent tests.
Testing both 205/55 r16 tyres on a FWD VW Golf and 225/45 r17 tyres on a RWD Mercedes C280, Auto Car visited Uvalde test track in Texas, USA to put the chosen tyres through seven different disciplines.
On test were tyres from Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Vredestein echoing Auto Cars message from 2008 - budget tyres aren't worth the risk, especially in a wet climate like the UK.
If you'd like the full reaction, pick up a copy of Auto Car dated 18th August 2010. The FWD results are below, and you can see the RWD results here!
|1st: Vredestein Ultrac Cento|
Total: 30.5 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 19.5 / Rolling Resistance: 4
|2nd: Bridgestone Turanza ER300|
Total: 29 / Dry: 11.5 / Wet: 14.5 / Rolling Resistance: 3
|2nd: Continental Premium Contact 2|
Total: 29 / Dry: 8.5 / Wet: 19.5 / Rolling Resistance: 1
|4th: Goodyear OptiGrip|
Total: 22 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 16 / Rolling Resistance: 2
|5th: Michelin Primacy HP|
Total: 18.5 / Dry: 5.5 / Wet: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 6
|6th: Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response|
Total: 18 / Dry: 5.5 / Wet: 7.5 / Rolling Resistance: 5