2016 ADAC Tyre Test - 185/65 R15

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsNexen N Blue HD Plus
Continental Premium Contact 5
Bridgestone Turanza T001
Best tyre for wet roadsVredestein Sportrac 5
The lowest fuel useMichelin Energy Saver Plus
The lowest wearMichelin Energy Saver Plus
The quietest tyreInfinity Ecosis
Much like the 225/45 R17 test ADAC published at the same time, the ADAC 185/65 R15 tyre test looks at sixteen premium and mid range tyres, but this time has selected tyres intended to be fitted to smaller town and city cars.

The biggest surprise of the test was this time delivered by Vredestein, with the Sportrac 5 dominating the test, and beating the wet weather master Continental Premium Contact 5 in the wet tests. The Vredestein must have gone through a life cycle update, as in 2015 the best result it could manage was fifth overall, and over placed near the bottom of the tests it took part in.

The Dunlop and Goodyear combination of closely matched premium touring tyres once again traded blows in the tests to finish nearly identically overall in third and fourth places, while Hankook rounded out the top five with another balanced performance.

Nokian once again had a good result in sixth place, and Kumho finally had a decent test result, finishing seventh with no real negative qualities of the Eco Wing ES01.

Infinity will be proud they managed to beat Michelin, with the premium French brand pushing the balance between wet grip and wear too far towards wear for the ADAC testers, and Bridgestone struggled to balance wet and dry grip, scoring too highly in the dry, like Michelin losing points in the heavily weighted wet testing.

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Results

Vredestein Sportrac 51st: Vredestein Sportrac 5
  1. Total: 37.6
  2. Dry: 8.4
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  5. Noise: 5.4
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Very balanced summer tyre with top marks on wet roads, very good in the dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Continental Premium Contact 52nd: Continental Premium Contact 5
  1. Total: 37.4
  2. Dry: 8.8
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8
  5. Noise: 5.2
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Very balanced tyre with top marks in the dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse3rd: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  1. Total: 37.2
  2. Dry: 8.6
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  5. Noise: 4.8
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Very balanced tyre, particularly good on dry roads, also strong in the wet and low fuel consumption
Negative: None mentioned

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance4th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  1. Total: 35.8
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  5. Noise: 4.2
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Very balanced tyre, strong in the wet and dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco5th: Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco
  1. Total: 37
  2. Dry: 8.6
  3. Wet: 7.6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8
  5. Noise: 5.8
  6. Wear: 7
Positive: Very balanced, particularly good in the dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Nokian Line6th: Nokian Line
  1. Total: 36.2
  2. Dry: 8.6
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  5. Noise: 4.8
  6. Wear: 7
Positive: Very balanced, particularly good in the dry, low fuel consumption
Negative: None mentioned

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Kumho Ecowing ES01 KH277th: Kumho Ecowing ES01 KH27
  1. Total: 35.8
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 7.2
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  5. Noise: 5.6
  6. Wear: 7
Positive: Very balanced summer tyre, strong in the dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Sava intensa hp8th: Sava intensa hp
  1. Total: 34
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 7.6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  5. Noise: 4.2
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Strong in the wet
Negative: A slight weakness in the dry

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Infinity Ecosis9th: Infinity Ecosis
  1. Total: 34.6
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  5. Noise: 7
  6. Wear: 7
Positive: low noise
Negative: A slight weakness in the wet and dry

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Michelin Energy Saver Plus10th: Michelin Energy Saver+
  1. Total: 38
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8.8
  5. Noise: 5
  6. Wear: 10
Positive: Top marks for fuel consumption and wear, good in the dry
Negative: A slight weakness in the wet

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Barum Brillantis 211th: Barum Brillantis 2
  1. Total: 35.2
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  5. Noise: 5.6
  6. Wear: 9
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Bridgestone Turanza T00112th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
  1. Total: 38
  2. Dry: 8.8
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  5. Noise: 5.6
  6. Wear: 9
Positive: Top marks in the dry, low fuel consumption
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Nexen N Blue HD Plus13th: Nexen N Blue HD+
  1. Total: 35.2
  2. Dry: 8.8
  3. Wet: 5.8
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  5. Noise: 4.4
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Top marks in the dry
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Semperit Comfort Life 214th: Semperit Comfort Life 2
  1. Total: 34.4
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  5. Noise: 4.2
  6. Wear: 9
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Weak in the wet

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Nankang Green Sport Eco 215th: Nankang Green Sport Eco 2
  1. Total: 32.2
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 4.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.2
  5. Noise: 5.4
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: None mentioned
Negative: Weak in the wet, high fuel consumption

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GT Radial Champiro VP116th: GT Radial Champiro VP1
  1. Total: 28.6
  2. Dry: 5.6
  3. Wet: 1
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  5. Noise: 5.4
  6. Wear: 9
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Very weak in the wet and dry

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