2011 Finnish ECO Touring Tyre Test

Finnish magazine Engineering World have tested 15 of the latest tyres in 205/55 r16.

The test includes all the latest ECO tyres and regular touring tyres from premium, mid range and budget manufacturers.

Continental Premium Contact 21st: Continental Premium Contact 2
  1. Total: 103.5
  2. Dry: 29
  3. Wet: 39
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 9.5
Positive: Grip and driveability in both the wet and dry
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: The Continental Premium Contact 2 is a convincing tyre, winning in almost every test. Best dry and wet grip and great handling

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Nokian V2nd: Nokian V
  1. Total: 95.8
  2. Dry: 26
  3. Wet: 37
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 8.8
Positive: Grip and driveability in the wet, good dry handling
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Precise setting and excellent stability in both the wet and dry gives the Nokian V a strong second. Extremely quiet to boot

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Vredestein Sportrac 33rd: Vredestein Sportrac 3
  1. Total: 92.5
  2. Dry: 22
  3. Wet: 36
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 8.5
Positive: Great in the wet
Negative: Not as good in the dry as the top 2
Overall: Sporty drivability and excellent wet performance give the Vredestien a strong 3rd place.

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Goodyear EfficientGrip4th: Goodyear EfficientGrip
  1. Total: 92.2
  2. Dry: 24
  3. Wet: 32
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 8.2
Positive: Excellent aquaplaning resistance, best rolling resistance
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: The Goodyear EfficientGrip wins the rolling resistance test and finishes a strong 4th. Its quiet comfortable nature means it's not the sharpest handling tyre in the group but a good all rounder

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Pirelli CINTURATO P75th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  1. Total: 92.5
  2. Dry: 27
  3. Wet: 31
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 8.5
Positive: Extremely good in the dry
Negative: Slightly let down by it's wet grip
Overall: The Pirelli P7 Cinturato is most at home on the dry tarmac with excellent grip and a sharp steering response. Only slightly let down by its wet braking leaves the Pirelli in 5th

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Nokian Hakka Green6th: Nokian Hakka Green
  1. Total: 90
  2. Dry: 22
  3. Wet: 33
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 8
Positive: Good wet performance and low rolling resistance
Negative: Not as good in the dry as others
Overall: The Nokian Hakka Green excelled in the wet tests but was slightly let down by its dry performance. Another comfortable quiet tyre.

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Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response7th: Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response
  1. Total: 81.8
  2. Dry: 22
  3. Wet: 32
  4. Comfort: 7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Overall: 7.8
Positive: Best aquaplaning result in test
Negative: Not the most comfortable tyre, not great rolling resistance
Overall: The Dunlop Sport Fast Responce resists aquaplaning brilliantly but unfortunately has a high rolling resistance and isn't the most comfortable tyre in the test

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Bridgestone Turanza ER300 Ecopia8th: Bridgestone Turanza ER300 Ecopia
  1. Total: 82.5
  2. Dry: 22
  3. Wet: 29
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 7.5
Positive: Very low noise
Negative: Slightly let down by dry braking
Overall: The Bridgestone ER300 Ectopica proves itself as a very balanced tyre by excelling in no one test but scoring well in every category.

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Hankook Ventus Prime29th: Hankook Ventus Prime2
  1. Total: 81.4
  2. Dry: 23
  3. Wet: 29
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Overall: 7.4
Positive: Excellent aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Wet braking
Overall: The Hankook Ventus Prime 2 is let down by its wet braking and high rolling resistance. Its aquaplaning resistance is excellent and dry driveability good.

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Barum Bravuris 210th: Barum Bravuris 2
  1. Total: 84.4
  2. Dry: 22
  3. Wet: 28
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 7.4
Positive: Great rolling resistance
Negative: Average wet performance
Overall: The Barum Bravuris 2 performed honorably with good scores in every test proving no major weakness.

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Linglong Green Max11th: Linglong Green Max
  1. Total: 84.4
  2. Dry: 24
  3. Wet: 30
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Overall: 7.4
Positive: Easy to drive
Negative: Average wet braking
Overall: The Linglong Green Max is the first time a Linglong tyre has scored reasonably in a group test. Its wet braking is rather modest but lateral grip good in the wet and dry. Slightly let down by its rolling resistance.

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BFGoodrich gGrip12th: BFGoodrich gGrip
  1. Total: 79.2
  2. Dry: 20
  3. Wet: 27
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Overall: 7.2
Positive: Good rolling resistance
Negative: Quite high noise
Overall: The BF Goodrich g-Grip offers reasonable aquaplaning resistance but not enough to make up for its average wet and dry grip.

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Michelin Energy Saver13th: Michelin Energy Saver
  1. Total: 85.2
  2. Dry: 24
  3. Wet: 26
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Noise: 10
  7. Overall: 7.2
Positive: Excellent rolling resistance
Negative: Poor wet performance
Overall: Its the usual story for the Michelin Energy Saver - excellent rolling reistance but at the expense of wet performance. This tyre is due an update.

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Sava intensa hp14th: Sava intensa hp
  1. Total: 70.6
  2. Dry: 16
  3. Wet: 27
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Overall: 6.6
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Poor drivability, high rolling resistance
Overall: The Sava intensa HP offers good aquaplaning restance but that's where the praise ends. Thanks to a seeming random ability to slide the Sava is not a nice tyre to drive on.= and has the highest rolling resistance in the test

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Sunny SN363015th: Sunny SN3630
  1. Total: 55.6
  2. Dry: 13
  3. Wet: 16
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Overall: 4.6
Positive: Moderately comfortable
Negative: All other characteristics!
Overall: The magazine would not use the Sunny SN3630 if they were given away thanks to poor grip levels and random handling characteristics

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