2013 Auto Bild SUV / 4X4 Tyre Test

235/65 R17 is a popular SUV tyre size. Fitted to the likes of the Audi Q5, Land Rover Freelander, Mercedes M-Class , BMW X5 and Volvo XC 90, Auto Bild have taken 9 of the most popular patterns and put them through a number of tests, including tests on grass, gravel, sand and mud to ensure your SUV will be as useful off road as it is on road.

The Results

Continental Cross Contact UHP1st: Continental Cross Contact UHP
  1. Total: 22
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Offroad: 8
Positive: Short stopping distances on wet and dry roads, strong off road
Negative: Increased running noise, average ride comfort and average curved aquaplaning

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde2nd: Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 7
Positive: Short stopping distances, excellent wet grip, best in the mud, very low rolling noise
Negative: Poor traction on wet grass, average ride comfort

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Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport3rd: Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 7
Positive: Very good grip in the wet, high aquaplaning reserves, short dry braking distance
Negative: Poor wet braking, average rolling resistance

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Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx4th: Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 5
Positive: Very strong in all wet tests
Negative: Average traction on gravel, grass and sand. Average comfort

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Michelin Latitude Sport5th: Michelin Latitude Sport
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Offroad: 6
Positive: Extremely low rolling resistance, good aquaplaning results
Negative: Poor traction on wet grass, long wet braking

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Cooper Zeon XSTa6th: Cooper Zeon XSTa
  1. Total: 17
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 4
  4. Offroad: 8
Positive: Decent performance on loose soil, good dry braking
Negative: Moderate wet grip, extended wet braking distance, average cornering

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Vredestein Ultrac SUV Sessanta7th: Vredestein Ultrac SUV Sessanta
  1. Total: 17
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 6
Positive: Very strong aquaplaning scores
Negative: Long stopping distances, high rolling resistance, increased running noise

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Nokian Z Sport Utility8th: Nokian Z Sport Utility
  1. Total: 12
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 3
  4. Offroad: 4
Positive: Low rolling noise, low rolling resistance
Negative: Bad traction in mud, long braking distances, poor wet grip

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Roadstone Roadian HP9th: Roadstone Roadian HP
  1. Total: 10.1
  2. Dry: 3
  3. Wet: 0.1
  4. Offroad: 7
Positive: Best on grass and sand, low rolling resistance, low noise
Negative: Bad grip in the wet, long stopping distances, poor feedback, slow dull steering

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