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2014 Test World Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 5
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 5
Nokian Hakka Blue
The best tyre overallContinental Premium Contact 5
The lowest fuel useMichelin X Ice Xi3
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Nokian Hakka Blue
The most comfortableMichelin X Ice Xi3
The quietest tyreMichelin X Ice Xi3
205/55 R16, a Ford Focus and the usual wide array of wet and dry tests summarises the 2014 Test World summer tyre test.

Interestingly, in 2014 Test world have included both a European winter tyre, and a full nordic studless extreme winter tyre to give the reader an idea of what performance you can expect if you choose to run winters year round.

While the European winter tyre (the best of the category, the Continental Winter Contact TS850) was usable in the warm wet and dry conditions, it still unsurprisingly lagged behind the best of the summer tyres, beating only the worst summer tyre in wet braking and none of the summer tyres in dry braking. The nordic winter tyre worse again, proving that extreme winter tyres are dangerous to run year round.

Results

Continental Premium Contact 51st: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 93.5 / Dry: 20 / Wet: 38 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 9.5
Positive: Excellent handling on dry and wet roads, good stability
Negative: High fuel consumption
Overall: The Continental Premium Contact 5 provides excellent grip and optimal handling in bad weather. They are very accurate tyres with good steering response and good stability at the limit. They are also very quiet and comfortable. The Continental is almost the ideal tyre for all conditions, with only a high rolling resistance letting them down

Apollo Alnac 4g2nd: Apollo Alnac 4g
Total: 91.2 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 37 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 9.2
Positive: Short braking distances on wet roads, a high level of comfort
Negative: None listed
Overall: Apollo present a real surprise and become one of the best on test in wet braking. These tyres have no problem coping with emergency maneuvers, with no unexpected loss of grip. With no obvious weaknesses, Apollo have never never demonstrated such consistencies in all areas

Nokian Hakka Blue3rd: Nokian Hakka Blue
Total: 92.2 / Dry: 17 / Wet: 38 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 9.2
Positive: Good handling on wet roads, low noise, low rolling resistance
Negative: Relatively long braking distances in the dry
Overall: The Nokian is well suited for driving on wet roads, which showcases the successful combination of high grip, precise steering response and, if required, predictable behavior during abrupt maneuvers. In the dry the tyre isn't as strong, with longer dry braking distances. Low noise and low rolling resistance give the Nokian a solid third

Pirelli CINTURATO P74th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
Total: 90.2 / Dry: 19 / Wet: 37 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 9.2
Positive: Good handling on dry roads, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: High rolling resistance
Overall: The Pirelli has good results on dry and wet roads, and a high resistance to aquaplaning. The tyre reacts quickly and accurately, but their behavior in an emergency situation may be too nervous. One of the disadvantages - high rolling resistance

Michelin Primacy 35th: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 88 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 36 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 9
Positive: Excellent balance of all characteristics, good handling and predictable behavior in all conditions
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance
Overall: The Michelin provides good handling in all conditions and is difficult to get to lose grip in a sharp turn. Braking efficiency is also high, but not quite with the leaders. The only drawback - a relatively high rolling resistance

Dunlop Sport BluResponse6th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 88.9 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 35 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.9
Positive: Short braking distances on dry and wet roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: Nervous dynamic behaviour at the limit of grip
Overall: The Dunlop has excellent grip in all conditions, and in accordance with the name, a quick and precise steering response. Be that as it may, their behavior may be too nervous, and during sharp maneuvers the car has a tendency to oversteer. Acceptable noise levels and a very low rolling resistance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance7th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 89.9 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 35 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.9
Positive: Low rolling resistance, good handling on dry and wet roads
Negative: Relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning
Overall: The Goodyear has the lowest rolling resistance of tires tested. Combine fuel efficiency with high traction on wet surfaces - a very difficult task, and Goodyear perfectly coped with it. Grip on the wet track was optimal and manageable. The Goodyears only weakness was aquaplaning, which caused it to lose a number of positions in the overall results

Hankook Ventus Prime28th: Hankook Ventus Prime2
Total: 85.8 / Dry: 17 / Wet: 36 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.8
Positive: High resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: High rolling resistance, nervous dynamic behaviour at the limit of grip
Overall: The Hankook resist aquaplaning and have excellent grip on wet surfaces - albeit somewhat worse than the leaders of the test. At the limit the tyre does not behave as predictably as we would like, and the rear wheels can go into a skid. The same pattern is repeated on dry roads. The noise level is low, but the rolling resistance is too high

Vredestein Sportrac 59th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 85.8 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 35 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.8
Positive: Short braking distances on wet roads, a high level of comfort
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance
Overall: The Vredestein has a very high braking performance on wet roads. Lateral grip is also good, but weaker than the longitudinal. The tyre can show a good lap time, but the rear grip sometimes falls away at the limit. On dry roads the tyres behave predictably and logically, as well as quiet. In general, it is well balanced tyre without serious drawbacks

Barum Bravuris 3HM10th: Barum Bravuris 3HM
Total: 85.8 / Dry: 17 / Wet: 34 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.8
Positive: Good handling on wet roads, predictable in all conditions
Negative: Low level of comfort
Overall: A balanced tyre. The wet grip is slightly lower than the best tyres, but the Barum has good accountability in all situations without any major handling surprises. On dry roads the tyres react too slowly, and while they're stable the grip isn't great. Disadvantage - it's a hard tyre that becomes immediately apparent on uneven surfaces

Landsail LS28811th: Landsail LS288
Total: 85.6 / Dry: 16 / Wet: 34 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.6
Positive: Short braking distances on wet roads, low noise, low rolling resistance
Negative: Nervous dynamic behaviour
Overall: The Landsail tyres become the main surprise of this test. On a wet surface, the tyre has a very short braking distances and good lateral grip. During emergency maneuvers the grip is high, but it can disappear abruptly, especially on wet surfaces. The tyres are also good in tests for noise and efficiency. Overall, Landsail become the Chinese tyre tested by Test World

Toyo Proxes CF212th: Toyo Proxes CF2
Total: 84.4 / Dry: 18 / Wet: 32 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.4
Positive: Low noise, good comfort
Negative: Poor wet handling
Overall: The Toyo has acceptable braking on wet roads, but wet handling is clearly a big problem with the tyre posting a very slow laptime. Fortunately, the tyres behave predictably enough, without unpleasant surprises. The situation is somewhat better on dry roads, than in the wet.

BFGoodrich gGrip13th: BFGoodrich gGrip
Total: 82.2 / Dry: 16 / Wet: 33 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 8.2
Positive: Balanced Characteristics
Negative: Weak grip on wet and dry roads, high rolling resistance
Overall: The BFGoodrich has very balanced characteristics, but, unfortunately, they are still quite low in this test. The tyres easily start to slip on the wet surface and slow to respond during emergency maneuvers. Fortunately, the behavior is quite predictable. High noise and rolling resistance

Hercules Raptis VR114th: Hercules Raptis VR1
Total: 69.7 / Dry: 15 / Wet: 24 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 6.7
Positive: None listed
Negative: Poor grip and bad handling in all conditions, noisy
Overall: The Hercules could not deal with any test. Wet grip is very weak, and these tyres make driving especially difficult. In the dry the tyres make the back of the car snap sharply during high-speed maneuvers. The Hercules is also very noisy and hard, and they high rolling resistance. Hercules - is a Chinese-made tires at its worst

Continental WinterContact TS 85015th: Continental WinterContact TS 850
Total: 79.7 / Dry: 14 / Wet: 31 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.7
Overall: The Continental TS850 P is a european winter tyre included for comparison purposes. While it wasn't last in wet braking (the Hercules was the worst summer tyre) it did stop 5.6 meters later than the best summer tyre (Apollo) from 50mph. While not the best tyre on test, it shows a high quality mid european winter tyre can be used year round, and you'll still have more grip than using a cheap chinese summer tyre

Michelin X Ice Xi316th: Michelin X Ice Xi3
Total: 65.7 / Dry: 12 / Wet: 18 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Comfort: 10 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 5.7
Overall: The Michelin X Ice Xi3 is a full nordic winter tyre. While this tyre scores extremely well in extreme winter tests, it is no match for the summer tyres in the warmer conditions, stopping nearly 15 meters later than the best summer tyre, and 6.7 meters after the worst summer tyre. This shows northern Europe winter tyres should not be used year round, despite their noise and comfort advantages!





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