2015 European Tyre Test 205/55 R16

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Primacy 3
Continental Premium Contact 5
Best tyre for wet roadsGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Kumho Solus HS51 Harmony Sports
The best tyre overallMichelin Primacy 3
The lowest fuel useHankook K425 Kinergy Eco
Bridgestone Ecopia EP001S
The lowest wearMichelin Primacy 3
Michelin Energy Saver Plus
The quietest tyreContinental Eco Contact 5
Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco

The 2015 European tyre test by the German organisations ADAC and Stiftung Warentest is here, and this time it's a little more interesting than usual.

This year testing 205/55 R16, ADAC made their annual tyre test a little more in-depth by including a number of "low rolling resistance" ECO tyres. These tyres are designed to use less fuel than normal tyres, with a little trade in dry and wet grip.

Unfortunately for those of us looking to save a few pound on the annual fuel bill, not one of the ECO tyres offered a balance of performance ADAC were happy with, and they finished in the final five places. While all the tyres offered slightly improved rolling resistance scores, the trade off in wet grip wasn't worth the small saving.

While the ECO Michelin Energy Saver+ could only manage 15th place due to a poor wet performance, it's sister tyre, the Michelin Primacy 3, won the test by a large margin thanks to an excellent performance in the dry, wet, the best wear score and low rolling resistance.

The usual suspects filled places two to five, with Bridgestone making a suprise return to the top six with the Turenza T001 - apparently Bridgestone have finally got on top of the wet performance issues their tyres have faced in the past.

 

The Results

Michelin Primacy 31st: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 49.2 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 11 / Overall: 8.2
Positive: Very balanced summer tyres, top marks in the dry and lowest wear

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance2nd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 45.8 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 7.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 7.4 / Overall: 7.8
Positive: Very balanced tyre, top marks in the wet, good in the dry

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Continental Premium Contact 53rd: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 45.2 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 7.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7.4 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Very balanced tyre, top marks in the dry, good in the wet

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse4th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 45.2 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 7.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Very balanced summer tyres, good in the dry and wet

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue5th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Total: 44.2 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 7.8 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 4.8 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Very balanced tyre, top in the wet, good in the dry, low wear
Negative: A little noisy

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Bridgestone Turanza T0016th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
Total: 44.2 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 7.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.4
Positive: Very balanced summer tyres, especially good in the dry and wet

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Fulda EcoControl HP7th: Fulda EcoControl HP
Total: 43.2 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 8.4 / Overall: 6.6
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Not as good as the best in the wet

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Hankook Ventus Prime28th: Hankook Ventus Prime2
Total: 42.2 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 7.4 / Overall: 6.6
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: A little weak in the wet, slightly high fuel consumption

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Semperit Speed Life9th: Semperit Speed Life
Total: 41 / Dry: 6.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 6.6
Positive: Low fuel consumption
Negative: Slightly weak in the dry and wet

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Vredestein Sportrac 510th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 43.6 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 7.4 / Overall: 6.6
Positive: Good in the dry, low fuel consumption
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Falken ZE91411th: Falken ZE914
Total: 42.4 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 6.8 / Rolling Resistance: 7.2 / Noise: 6.8 / Wear: 6.4 / Overall: 6.4
Positive: Very good in the dry
Negative: High wear

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Nokian Line12th: Nokian Line
Total: 42 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 6.4 / Overall: 6.4
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: High wear

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP001S13th: Bridgestone Ecopia EP001S
Total: 42.4 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.8 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6.4 / Overall: 6
Positive: Top marks in fuel consumption, good in the dry
Negative: Somewhat weak in the wet, slightly high wear

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Continental Eco Contact 514th: Continental Eco Contact 5
Total: 43.4 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 7.2 / Wear: 8.4 / Overall: 5.6
Positive: Good on dry roads, relatively low fuel consumption and wear, top marks in noise
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Michelin Energy Saver Plus15th: Michelin Energy Saver Plus
Total: 45.4 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 11 / Overall: 5.6
Positive: Top marks in wear, relatively low fuel consumption, good on dry roads
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco16th: Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco
Total: 40 / Dry: 6.8 / Wet: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.8 / Noise: 7.2 / Wear: 6.4 / Overall: 5.4
Positive: Top marks in fuel consumption and noise
Negative: Weak in the wet, high wear

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Kumho Solus HS51 Harmony Sports17th: Kumho Solus HS51 Harmony Sports
Total: 39.8 / Dry: 7.4 / Wet: 7.8 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 5.4 / Overall: 5.4
Positive: Good in the wet
Negative: High wear

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Kleber Dynaxer HP 318th: Kleber Dynaxer HP 3
Total: 39.4 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 5.4 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 5
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Nankang Green Sport Eco 219th: Nankang Green Sport Eco 2
Total: 29.8 / Dry: 5.6 / Wet: 1 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 1
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Very weak in the wet. Weak on dry roads

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