2012 Auto Bild 20 inch Tyre Test

With every new generation of cars being fitted with larger wheels, tyres are having to follow suit. While 20 inch wheels and tyre were unheard of a few years ago, they are now becoming commonplace enough for the excellent German publication Auto Bild Sports Cars to investigate the options.

On test are eight patterns of tyres, with four premium brands, one mid range brands and three budget brands. As 20" tyres are still relatively low volume, the patterns used can be previous generation, with only Continental represented by their latest tyre from the premium brands.

The test vehicle was a VW Scirocco fitted with 245/30 R20 tyres. With the price difference between a full set of premium tyres and budget tyres nearly 400 euros (800 vs 1200 euros), fitting the budget tyres can be tempting, until you realise the worst budget tyre will take over 3 car lengths longer in the wet to stop from a moderate speed, and is extremely unpredictable on the limit, switching between under and oversteer.

Unfortunately we've not yet been able to get a breakdown score of this test, so take your time to read the comments on each tyre.

The Results

Continental ContiSportContact 5 P1st: Continental ContiSportContact 5 P
Positive: Top class sports tyres, stable running and high steering precision in the wet. Strong aquaplaning resistance and short braking.
Negative: Moderate ride comfort.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
Positive: Stable all rounder with reliable wet and dry handling. Good braking and good comfort.
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance.

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT3rd: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT
Positive: Good handling and excellent braking on dry roads, high precision steering with good feedback. Quiet pass by noise.
Negative: Weakness in curved aquaplaning.

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Pirelli PZero Nero4th: Pirelli PZero Nero
Positive: Wet weather specialist with dynamic handling qualities, excellent aquaplaning resistance. High steering precision, short wet and dry braking.
Negative: Increased rolling resistance.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo5th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo
Positive: Well balanced sports tyre, stable corning on wet and dry roads, high steering precision and good feedback.
Negative: Slightly increased rolling resistance.

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Nexen N80006th: Nexen N8000
Positive: Good curved aquaplaning, neutral handling.
Negative: Slightly increased rolling resistance.

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Nankang NS27th: Nankang NS2
Positive: Low rolling resistance.
Negative: Dangerously long braking distance in the wet, wet understeer, reduced steering precision, loud and uncomfortable.

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Goodride SV3088th: Goodride SV308
Positive: Also known as the Westlake SV308. Quiet pass by noise.
Negative: Dangerously long braking distance in the wet, unpredictable wet oversteer, uncomfortable.

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