2015 AMS Performance Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsHankook Ventus V12 evo2
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Sport Contact 5
The lowest fuel useDunlop Sport BluResponse
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
The most comfortableContinental Sport Contact 5
Hankook Ventus V12 evo2
The quietest tyreHankook Ventus V12 evo2
With over two hundred different tyres available for the chosen 225/50 R17 tyre size, Auto Motor Und Sport decided to pick the top nine best European label scoring tyres to test on their Mercedes C Class, presuming they would be getting the top nine tyres on the market.

Every tyre on test was an A label under wet braking, which is the highest label score currently possible. With the difference in label scores A and B being 3 meters stopping distance, you'd have expected the wet braking test to have been fairly close. This wasn't the case.

The winning Continental stopped in 29.1 meters, with the second placed Uniroyal needing two meters more. Nothing surprising here, other than the lead Continental have under wet braking over their sister brand, Uniroyal. What was surprising was the Bridgestone and Kumho wet braking scores, 34.1 and 35.3 meters respectively which puts the Kumho 6.2 meters behind the winning Continental, yet still displaying the same A label score for wet braking.

There was a similar story for noise. The Hankook was the quietest tyre on test at 66 dB, and the worst tyres on test scored 70 dB. It might not sound a lot, until you realise the decibel is a logarithmic scale, and a 4 dB increase means twice the noise produced!

The Results

With a near flawless performance, the Continental Sport Contact 5 took top place with only a slightly high rolling resistance and the highest price as a negative points. The Dunlop Sport BlueResponse, Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance and Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2 placed second to fourth respectively, all with a very similar balance of qualities, and despite the best aquaplaning score and second best wet braking result , the Uniroyal Rainsport 3 ended in fifth thanks to an average dry performance.

The overall weighting of the results is 35% dry, 45% wet, 15% comfort / noise and 5% based on price.

Continental Sport Contact 51st: Continental Sport Contact 5
  1. Total: 42.8
  2. Dry: 9.2
  3. Wet: 9.6
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 8
Positive: High grip and short braking distances in all conditions, balanced behavior on wet roads, good handling on dry roads
Negative: Slightly high rolling resistance, expensive

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse2nd: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  1. Total: 43.8
  2. Dry: 8.9
  3. Wet: 8.9
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Noise: 8
Positive: Good handling on wet surfaces, good handling and very short braking distances in the dry, very low rolling resistance
Negative: Relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning, relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance3rd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  1. Total: 43
  2. Dry: 8.7
  3. Wet: 8.3
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Noise: 8
Positive: Good handling on wet surfaces, balanced behavior and short braking distances in the dry, very low rolling resistance
Negative: relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning, somewhat slow steering response on dry roads

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo24th: Hankook Ventus V12 evo2
  1. Total: 42.7
  2. Dry: 9.4
  3. Wet: 8.3
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 10
Positive: Good performance on wet roads, short braking distance in the dry
Negative: Relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning, high rolling resistance

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Uniroyal Rainsport 35th: Uniroyal Rainsport 3
  1. Total: 39.1
  2. Dry: 7.5
  3. Wet: 8.6
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Noise: 7
Positive: Excellent resistance to aquaplaning, good handling and predictable behavior at the limit of grip on dry surfaces
Negative: Long braking distance on dry surface, relatively high noise level

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Nokian zLine6th: Nokian zLine
  1. Total: 36.3
  2. Dry: 8.1
  3. Wet: 8.2
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 7
Positive: Good steering and handling on both dry and wet roads
Negative: Poor resistance to aquaplaning, average comfort, noisy, relatively high rolling resistance

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue7th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
  1. Total: 37.2
  2. Dry: 8.4
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Comfort: 7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 7
Positive: Good handling on dry roads
Negative: Long braking distances on wet roads, poor resistance to aquaplaning

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Bridgestone Turanza T0018th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
  1. Total: 36.4
  2. Dry: 7.6
  3. Wet: 8.8
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Noise: 7
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, good handling and feel
Negative: Long braking distances and slow steering response in the wet, high rolling resistance, high noise level

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Kumho Ecsta LE Sport9th: Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
  1. Total: 33.1
  2. Dry: 6.4
  3. Wet: 6.7
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 8
Positive: Short braking distance on dry roads
Negative: Poor resistance to aquaplaning, poor dry handling, high rolling resistance

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