2016 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Best tyre for wet roadsPirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Uniroyal Rainsport 3
Semperit SpeedLife 2
The lowest fuel useGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Dunlop Sport BluResponse
The most comfortableContinental Premium Contact 5
Nexen N Blue HD Plus
Semperit SpeedLife 2
The lowest wearYokohama BluEarth AE50
The quietest tyreYokohama BluEarth AE50
The best value tyreYokohama BluEarth AE50
This year the German AutoBild magazine have taken the 15 best tyres from their 205/55 R16 50 tyre braking shootout through to the full test, and the result is another impressive win for Hankook!

The Tests

Auto Bild tested all 15 tyres across twelve tests using a MK7 VW Golf. The tests covered wet performance, dry performance, comfort, noise, wear, rolling resistance and the value of the tyre, based on the cost per set and the number of miles achieved. 

The Wet

In the wet, the second placed overall Pirelli P7 Cinturato proved to be the best wet performer, with the test winning Hankook marked down for an average aquaplaning performance, third placed Continental good in all areas, but couldn't quite match the Pirelli, and fourth placed Goodyear all extremely close top the Pirelli. Two other Continental owned brands scored extremely well in the wet, with Semperit and Uniroyal matching the Pirellis overall wet result.

The Dry

As these were the best 15 tyres from a test of 50, all the tyres were extremely close in the dry with the average lap speed separated by just 1.4 mph! Once again the Pirelli was the best across the dry lap, with the Hankook, Dunlop and Continental  close behind. The Semperit and Uniroyal tyre, which proved to be strong in the wet, highlighted a good wet / dry balance is still reserved for the premium tyres, as they finished last in the dry handling test.

Fuel economy

The overall result of the rolling resistance testing was extremely close, with the test winning Dunlop offering just 4% better economy than the Nokian, which was the worst tyre on test.

Wear

Wear tests are extremely hard to replicate in the lab, so Auto Bild hired the independent test body DEKRA to carry out real-world wear tests. DEKRA drove each tyre for 10,000 km on the road, then laser measured the wear to extrapolate total mileage at 1.6mm.

Surprisingly, the usual wear king Michelin only took second place at 40,981 km, with Yokohama a surprise victor with a projected distance of 42,660 km. Hankook showed an excellent balance of wet grip and wear, finishing third with 36,884 km, whereas Hankooks wet and dry rival Pirelli only promised 28,208 km.

The test once again highlighted the trade between wet grip and wear some of the manufacturers have to make to hit a price point, with Semperit and Uniroyal finishing bottom of the test with almost half the tread life the Yokohama offered, at 24,139 km and 22,998 km respectively.

Value

With an accurate wear test, Auto Bild were able to compare price vs mileage to give the tyres a value score. Unsurprisingly Yokohama win, with Hankook , Nexen and Michelin close behind. Pirelli finished eleventh due to the high price / average wear, and unsurprisingly Uniroyal finished last.

The Full Results

2016 seems to be the year of Hankook, with the new Ventus Prime3 offering premium levels of performance at a slightly lower price than the established premium rivals. The wet grip / wear balance is one of the best on tests, and the only real weakness is an average aquaplaning performance.

Pirelli must have recently updated the Cinturato P7 Blue, as it seems to be testing very well this year, and Continental stay strong with their now aging Premium Contact 5, rounding out the top three.

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1251st: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 53 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 8 / Cost: 9
Positive: Very good on dry and wet roads, good value for money, accurate and quick steering response, very short braking distances on dry and wet roads, low wear
Negative: Average resistance to aquaplaning
Overall: Exemplary

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue2nd: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Total: 45 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 4
Positive: Excellent results in the wet, fast steering response and good feedback, highest braking performance
Negative: Expensive
Overall: Exemplary

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Continental Premium Contact 53rd: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 48 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Very good tyres with no apparent disadvantages, high braking performance, accurate and rapid steering response on dry roads, good handling on wet surfaces, low rolling resistance
Negative: Expensive
Overall: Exemplary

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance4th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 45 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 4
Positive: A good balance of performance and optimum level of safety on wet and dry roads, high lateral stability and precise steering response, high braking performance, low rolling resistance
Negative: Expensive
Overall: Exemplary

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse5th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 42 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 4
Positive: Good handling on wet and dry roads, precise steering response and good handling, high resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distances on dry roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: High wear
Overall: Exemplary

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Fulda EcoControl HP6th: Fulda EcoControl HP
Total: 44 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: A well balanced tyre, short braking distances on wet surfaces, good handling on dry surfaces, good value, low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor directional stability and slow reaction to steering on wet surfaces
Overall: Recommended

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Michelin Primacy 37th: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 48 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 9 / Cost: 8
Positive: Good handling on dry roads, high comfort, low wear, low rolling resistance
Negative: Tendency to understeer in the wet, expensive
Overall: Recommended

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Vredestein Sportrac 58th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 42 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: High wear resistance, good value for money, good handling and shorter braking distances on wet roads, low noise
Negative: Poor handling and stability in the dry
Overall: Recommended

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Bridgestone Turanza T0019th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
Total: 39 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 4
Positive: Excellent resistance to aquaplaning, good controllability, precise steering response and short braking distances on wet roads
Negative: Poor wear, high price
Overall: Satisfactory

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Semperit SpeedLife 210th: Semperit SpeedLife 2
Total: 40 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 4
Positive: Good handling on wet roads, high resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distances on dry and wet roads, high level of comfort
Negative: Poor directional stability on dry roads, poor wear
Overall: Satisfactory

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Uniroyal Rainsport 311th: Uniroyal Rainsport 3
Total: 41 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 3
Positive: The highest resistance to curved aquaplaning, good handling in the wet, short braking distances on dry and wet roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: Inaccurate response to steering and a tendency to understeer in the dry, highest wear
Overall: Satisfactory

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Yokohama BluEarth AE5012th: Yokohama BluEarth AE50
Total: 51 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 10 / Cost: 10
Positive: Low wear, good handling on dry roads, high level of comfort, best value for money
Negative: Low resistance to aquaplaning, poor grip and tendency to understeer in the wet
Overall: Satisfactory

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Nexen N Blue HD Plus13th: Nexen N Blue HD Plus
Total: 43 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 8
Positive: Good value for money, short braking distances on dry surfaces, high level of comfort, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Average braking performance in the wet, tendency to understeer on dry surfaces
Overall: Satisfactory

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Falken ZE91414th: Falken ZE914
Total: 39 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 4
Positive: High resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distances on wet roads, high comfort, low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor wet handling, high wear, average value
Overall: Satisfactory

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Nokian Line15th: Nokian Line
Total: 33 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 3
Positive: High resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distances on wet surfaces
Negative: Slow response to steering on wet surfaces, relatively long stopping distance on dry surfaces, average wear, high rolling resistance
Overall: Satisfactory

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