2017 ADAC 195/65 R15 Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsDunlop Sport BluResponse
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 5
The best tyre overallPirelli Cinturato P1 Verde
The lowest fuel useGT Radial Champiro FE1
The lowest wearMichelin Energy Saver Plus
The quietest tyreGT Radial Champiro FE1
After testing the unusually large size of 225/45 R17 in 2016, normal service has been resumed for the 2017 ADAC Summer tyre test, this time testing sixteen tyre patterns in 195/65 R15.

ADAC tests are no toriously data driven and they write very little commentry of their own, so here's our take on the test.

The Top Three

The first full test for 2017 shows a small dent in Continentals usual German test domination. The Continental Premium Contact 6, launched in late 2016 might have faired better, but as the new pattern is only manufactured in 16" and above, Continental were instead represented by the now-aging Premium Contact 5. The older tyre could only manage (a still respectable) third place, which left the top two spots open for another manufacturer to step up and win some glory.

Surprisingly, it's Pirelli and Bridgestone who took the first and second places. Pirelli have been making some fantastic tyres in the larger sizes recently, so it's good to see the P1 matching the Pirelli quality we know. The real surprise is Bridgestone, they've struggled in testing recently, particuarly in the wet, so it's nice to see Bridgestone making progress with a mid-life update of the T001.

The Rest

There wasn't a huge amount of surprise for the other thirteen places.

Goodyear and Dunlop scored well with balanced performances and took fourth and sixth overall, split by a new ESA Tecar tyre pattern taking fifth. Sadly we know nothing about this brand as they're not availabile in the UK market, but they consistently test well.

Nokian and Vredestein finished a few points apart overall with Nokian taking seventh place, and Vredestein eighth, and Michelin were the worst of the premium brands down eleventh place. As usual, the Energy Saver+ offered incredible wear and low fuel use, but suffers in the wet as a result.

Unusally Hankook struggled with the Prime 3. This tyre won a number of tests in 2016, so it will be interesting to see if this is a quirk of the smaller size, or a mid life update has caused a problem.

The full results are below. As usual, ADAC weight their overall test results towards wet grip.

The Results

Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde1st: Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde
Total: 46.2 / Dry: 7.8 / Wet: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 7.8
Positive: Very balanced summer tyre, especially good in the wet, relatively low wear and low noise
Negative: None mentioned

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Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo2nd: Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo
Total: 44.4 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 7.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 5.2 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Very balanced, particularly good on dry and wet roads, relatively low fuel consumption
Negative: None mentioned

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Continental Premium Contact 53rd: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 44.2 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 8.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.2 / Noise: 5.8 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Very balanced tyre, top marks in the wet. Good in the dry
Negative: None mentioned

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance4th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 44.4 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 7.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Very balanced, particularly good in the dry, good in the wet, low fuel consumption
Negative: None mentioned

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ESA Tecar Spirit 5 HP5th: ESA Tecar Spirit 5 HP
Total: 42 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7
Positive: Balanced summer tyre, relatively good in the wet, relatively low fuel consumption
Negative: None mentioned

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse6th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 43.4 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 6.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Top marks on dry roads, low fuel consumption
Negative: Compared to the best, a little weak in the wet

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Nokian Line7th: Nokian Line
Total: 41.6 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6.8 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: Compared to the best, a little weak in the wet and noise tests

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Vredestein Sportrac 58th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 43.2 / Dry: 6.8 / Wet: 6.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 10 / Overall: 6.4
Positive: Low wear, relatively low fuel consumption
Negative: Slightly weak on both wet and dry roads

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Aeolus PrecisionACE29th: Aeolus PrecisionACE2
Total: 39.4 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 5.8 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 6
Positive: Slightly weak on both wet and dry roads
Negative: Relatively high wear and fuel consumption

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Kumho Ecowing ES01 KH2710th: Kumho Ecowing ES01 KH27
Total: 40 / Dry: 7.4 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 6
Positive: Low fuel consumption
Negative: Slightly weak in the wet, high wear

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Michelin Energy Saver Plus11th: Michelin Energy Saver Plus
Total: 45.2 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 11 / Overall: 6
Positive: Top marks in wear, low fuel consumption, good in the dry
Negative: Weak on wet roads

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Sava intensa hp12th: Sava intensa hp
Total: 42 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 6
Positive: Relatively low wear
Negative: Weak on wet roads

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Semperit Comfort Life 213th: Semperit Comfort Life 2
Total: 39.8 / Dry: 6.2 / Wet: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Noise: 5.2 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 6
Positive: Low fuel consumption
Negative: Weak in the wet, noisy

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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K12514th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 39.8 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 5.4
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: Relatively weak in the wet

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Maxxis Premitra HP515th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
Total: 38.6 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 7.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 5 / Overall: 5
Positive: Good in the dry and wet
Negative: High wear

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GT Radial Champiro FE116th: GT Radial Champiro FE1
Total: 38.4 / Dry: 6.2 / Wet: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.8 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 4
Positive: Top marks on fuel consumption, low wear, very quiet
Negative: Weak in the wet and on dry roads

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