2016 AMS SUV / 4x4 Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 5 SUV
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 5 SUV
The best tyre overallGoodyear EfficientGrip SUV
The tyre winning the misc testsMichelin Primacy 3
Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV
With SUV and 4x4 vehicles quickly becoming the most popular vehicle type in Europe, more and more magazines are providing dedicated tyre tests for SUV sizes.

This year, Auto Motor und Sport have tested nine SUV tyres in the crossover 215/60 R17 size using a VW Mokka.

The Top Three

Goodyear take the top spot with the EfficientGrip SUV. The Goodyear was particularly strong in the dry, with the shortest braking distances, and a solid all round performance with the only weakness highlighted in the aquaplaning tests. The Continental Premium Contact 5 finishes second, with a strong wet performance, but a slightly higher rolling resistance and noise level than the Goodyear, and Michelin finish third with the Primacy 3, with a strong dry braking and a balanced wet performance.

The Rest

While the magazine believe top three tyres are the best SUV tyres on the market, the fourth, fifth and sixth placed tyres were still recommended. The fourth placed Pirelli Scorpion Verde had an extremely sporty feel, with excellent handling, but as a result it was quite a noisy tyre with a high rolling resistance, and the fifth placed Falken ZE914 and sixth placed Nokian Line SUV impressed with a general all round balance.


The Toyo Proxes CF2 and Bridgestone Turanza T001 could only manage a "satisfactory" rating, both struggling a little in the wet, and while the budget Linglong GreenMax 4x4 HP scored well in the dry and comfort, it had a high rolling resistance, poor wet grip and an oversteer balance on the limit in the wet, leaving it firmly in last place.

Full Results

Please note, the "misc" column in our scoring is a combined score for noise, comfort, price and rolling resistance.

Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV
  1. Total: 35.7
  2. Dry: 9.7
  3. Wet: 9
  4. Overall: 9
  5. Misc: 8
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Michelin Primacy 32nd: Michelin Primacy 3
  1. Total: 36.9
  2. Dry: 9.6
  3. Wet: 8.4
  4. Overall: 8.9
  5. Misc: 10
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Continental Premium Contact 5 SUV3rd: Continental Premium Contact 5 SUV
  1. Total: 117.1
  2. Dry: 92
  3. Wet: 9.6
  4. Overall: 8.8
  5. Misc: 6.7
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Pirelli Scorpion Verde4th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  1. Total: 33.1
  2. Dry: 9.4
  3. Wet: 9.4
  4. Overall: 8.7
  5. Misc: 5.6
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Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun5th: Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun
  1. Total: 32.5
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 8.7
  4. Overall: 8.3
  5. Misc: 7.3
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Nokian Line SUV6th: Nokian Line SUV
  1. Total: 32.5
  2. Dry: 7.9
  3. Wet: 9
  4. Overall: 8.3
  5. Misc: 7.3
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Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV7th: Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV
  1. Total: 32.7
  2. Dry: 7.9
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Overall: 7.8
  5. Misc: 10
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Bridgestone Turanza T0018th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
  1. Total: 31.9
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 7.1
  4. Overall: 7.7
  5. Misc: 9.3
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Linglong Greenmax 4x4 HP9th: Linglong Greenmax 4x4 HP
  1. Total: 25
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 5.5
  4. Overall: 6.3
  5. Misc: 6.6
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