2015 Auto Bild 215/55 R16 Technical Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Primacy 3
Best tyre for wet roadsGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
The lowest fuel useGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
The most comfortableGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Continental Premium Contact 5
The best dry handlingGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
The quietest tyreYokohama C Drive2
We like technical data, and Auto Bild Belarus have gone the extra mile with their 2015 215/55 R16 tyre test.

An interesting mix of ten tyres were on test, all bought on the open market. It seems instead of multiple sets of tyres (Auto Express use 10 tyres per manufacturer during testing), Auto Bild Belarus decided to use the same four tyres for all the wet and dry tests, which gives us an interesting wear indication at the end of the test. No so interesting for Continental, who's tyre started falling falling apart after just three laps of the final dry handling tests.

In addition to the usual dry, wet and the mentioned wear tests, Auto Bild included some subjective scoring, and the tyres also had their rubber hardness tested (shore test.) All results are in the table below.

Results

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  1. Total: 981.4
  2. Dry: 297.2
  3. Wet: 593.5
  4. Subjective: 18
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 33
  7. Noise: 31.7
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 8mm
Tread depth at the end: 7.25mm (-10%)
Positive: The best level of grip on wet roads, high level of grip on dry roads, minimum rolling resistance, safe handling, good comfort, low noise
Negative: None mentioned
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 73

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse2nd: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  1. Total: 971.9
  2. Dry: 303.9
  3. Wet: 581.5
  4. Subjective: 17
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 28.9
  7. Noise: 32.6
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 7.8mm
Tread depth at the end: 7mm (-8%)
Positive: Good level of grip on wet asphalt, good level of grip on dry roads, safe handling, good comfort, low noise
Negative: None mentioned
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 67

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Michelin Primacy 33rd: Michelin Primacy 3
  1. Total: 965.4
  2. Dry: 310
  3. Wet: 568.9
  4. Subjective: 17
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 30.8
  7. Noise: 31.7
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 6.9mm
Tread depth at the end: 6.5mm (-6%)
Positive: The best level of grip on dry roads, good level of grip on wet asphalt, safe handling
Negative: Low comfort
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 72

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Continental Premium Contact 54th: Continental Premium Contact 5
  1. Total: 963.4
  2. Dry: 298.6
  3. Wet: 579.7
  4. Subjective: 15
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 30
  7. Noise: 32.1
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 8mm
Tread depth at the end: 7.4mm (-8%)
Positive: Good level of grip on dry pavement, good level of grip on wet asphalt, safe handling, good comfort
Negative: Very poor wear during dry track laps
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 64

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Fulda SportControl5th: Fulda SportControl
  1. Total: 947.2
  2. Dry: 291.9
  3. Wet: 579.9
  4. Subjective: 13
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 24
  7. Noise: 32.4
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 8.6mm
Tread depth at the end: 7.6mm (-12%)
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distance on dry roads
Negative: Noise / comfort
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 71

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Maxxis MA Z4S Victra6th: Maxxis MA Z4S Victra
  1. Total: 895.7
  2. Dry: 289
  3. Wet: 530.1
  4. Subjective: 17
  5. Comfort: 5
  6. Rolling Resistance: 22.3
  7. Noise: 32.3
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 7.6mm
Tread depth at the end: 7.4mm (-3%)
Positive: Good balance and handling, good dry braking
Negative: Long braking distance in the wet, noisy, low comfort, high rolling resistance
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 65

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Yokohama C Drive27th: Yokohama C Drive2
  1. Total: 885.6
  2. Dry: 283.8
  3. Wet: 525.4
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Comfort: 5
  6. Rolling Resistance: 27.4
  7. Noise: 33
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 8mm
Tread depth at the end: 7.5mm (-7%)
Positive: Very quiet, good dry braking
Negative: Long braking in the wet, low resistance to aquaplaning, poor handling, low comfort
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 62

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Nokian Hakka Green8th: Nokian Hakka Green
  1. Total: 855.8
  2. Dry: 277.8
  3. Wet: 529.2
  4. Subjective: 10
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 28.8
  7. Noise: 4
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 7.5mm
Tread depth at the end: 7.2mm (-4%)
Positive: Good curved aquaplaning
Negative: Long braking in the dry and wet, poor handling in the wet, noisy, low comfort
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 64

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Premiorri Solazo9th: Premiorri Solazo
  1. Total: 868.9
  2. Dry: 279
  3. Wet: 522.5
  4. Subjective: 10
  5. Comfort: 4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 21.8
  7. Noise: 31.6
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 7.4mm
Tread depth at the end: 7mm (-5%)
Positive: None mentioned
Negative: Very bad handling in the dry and wet, low resistance to aquaplaning, long braking in the dry and wet, low comfort, high noise, high rolling resistance
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 71

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Belshina Bel 20310th: Belshina Bel 203
  1. Total: 834.7
  2. Dry: 281.6
  3. Wet: 488.4
  4. Subjective: 7
  5. Comfort: 4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 21.8
  7. Noise: 31.9
Wear: Tread depth at the start: 7mm
Tread depth at the end: 6.7mm (-4%)
Positive: Cheapest tyre on test
Negative: Very long wet braking, poor handling in the dry and wet, low resistance to aquaplaning, low comfort, noisy, high rolling resistance
Misc: Shore (rubber hardness): 71

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