2012 Autoreview Touring Tyre Test

While German tyre tests are great at putting raw figures together, they often miss out on some of the subjective feel of the tyre. This is where the Russian magazine Auto Review comes into its own, combining great data along with the subjective feel felt when driving on each tyre.

In 2012 Auto Review have tested 9 touring tyres on an Audi A3 in 205/55 R16 91V. Auto Review selected the newest breed of touring tyres, specifically designed to save fuel without sacrificing performance in any other areas, such as wet grip.

The Results

As always, the results at the top were extremely tight, sometimes with only the subjective feel distinguishing one tyre from the next.

Hankook Ventus Prime21st: Hankook Ventus Prime2
Total: 80.2 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 37 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Overall: 9.2
Positive: Best aquaplaning result, strong grip on dry and wet roads
Negative: A little unstable during the wet handling tests

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Nokian Hakka Blue2nd: Nokian Hakka Blue
Total: 81.2 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 38 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Overall: 9.2
Positive: Fastest laptimes in the dry and wet
Negative: Increased rolling resistance, average aquaplaning results

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Pirelli CINTURATO P73rd: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
Total: 79.2 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 36 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Overall: 9.2
Positive: One of the lowest rolling resistance, excellent braking, good dry handling
Negative: A little unstable during the wet handling tests

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Continental Premium Contact 54th: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 77.7 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 35 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Overall: 8.7
Positive: One of the lowest rolling resistances, accurate steering, good control in the wet
Negative: Low resistance to aquaplaning

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS35th: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
Total: 76.7 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 34 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Overall: 8.7
Positive: Well balanced in all tests, good grip in the dry and wet
Negative: Low resistance to aquaplaning, slightly slow steering response

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Goodyear EfficientGrip6th: Goodyear EfficientGrip
Total: 77.7 / Dry: 17 / Wet: 35 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Overall: 8.7
Positive: Good steering response, predictable at the limit, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Average overall grip in the wet and dry

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Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response7th: Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response
Total: 74.5 / Dry: 16 / Wet: 34 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Overall: 8.5
Positive: Quick steering response, very quiet, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Due to the quick steering, can be difficult to control in the wet

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Barum Bravuris 28th: Barum Bravuris 2
Total: 64.2 / Dry: 13 / Wet: 29 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Overall: 7.2
Positive: Low rolling resistance, price
Negative: Very sluggish handling in the wet and dry, noisy, low resistance to aquaplaning

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BFGoodrich gGrip9th: BFGoodrich gGrip
Total: 58.2 / Dry: 12 / Wet: 23 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Overall: 6.2
Positive: Low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor grip in the wet, poor handling in the wet and dry, low resistance to aquaplaning

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