2017 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
The lowest fuel usePirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
The most comfortableYokohama Advan Fleva V701
The lowest wearContinental Premium Contact 6
The quietest tyreSava Intensa UHP 2
Michelin Primacy 3
The best value tyreLeao Nova Force
Following on from the 52 tyre shootout, Auto Bild have taken the twenty best tyres through a full array of wet, dry, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and wear tests.

As a change from the usual FWD hatchback used for testing, Auto Bild tested the 225/50 R17 size using a RWD BMW 3 Series.

As there are a lot of tyres on test, we will keep the commentary to a minimum and just provide the key data and final results. It is worth keeping in mind, only the Kumho in twentieth place was classified as "not recommended" due to a weak wet performance, and the Yokohama in nineteenth place "conditionally recommended", again for a poor wet performance. All the other tyres at least achieved a "recommended" rating.

One of the unique tests Auto Bild perform is a wear test. Continental, who have struggled in the past with average wear seem to have fixed their only problem, and now have a tyre that has wet grip, dry grip and excellent wear properties. 

The Results

The full results are below, with the data underneath the results.

Continental Premium Contact 61st: Continental Premium Contact 6
Total: 56 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 9 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 10 / Cost: 7
Positive: Excellent results on dry and wet surfaces for braking and handling, precise steering response, good wear
Negative: Relatively low resistance to aquaplaning
Overall: Exemplary / Test Winner

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 22nd: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Total: 49 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 9 / Cost: 7
Positive: Very good premium tire with no obvious weaknesses, good handling on wet and dry surfaces, precise steering response and good feedback, very high resistance to aquaplaning, good wear
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance
Overall: Exemplary

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Falken Azenis FK5102nd: Falken Azenis FK510
Total: 44 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Good controllability, high lateral stability and short braking distances on dry surfaces, well priced
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance
Overall: Exemplary

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue2nd: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Total: 49 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 4
Positive: Good handling on wet roads, fast and accurate steering response, lowest rolling resistance
Negative: Lowest resistance to aquaplaning
Overall: Exemplary

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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1255th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 48 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Good handling and short braking distances on dry and wet roads, attractive price, low noise
Negative: Low resistance to aquaplaning
Overall: Exemplary

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Fulda SportControl 26th: Fulda SportControl 2
Total: 46 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Balanced performance and good handling in all conditions, short braking distances on dry and wet surfaces, good comfort, low rolling resistance, well priced
Negative: Average wear
Overall: Exemplary

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Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo7th: Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo
Total: 42 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 3
Positive: Good handling on dry and wet roads, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Poor value due to high purchase price and average wear
Overall: Good

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 38th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Total: 43 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 4
Positive: Good handling on dry and wet roads, high resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distance on dry roads
Negative: Average value due to high purchase price and average wear
Overall: Good

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Michelin Primacy 39th: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 53 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 9 / Wear: 8 / Cost: 6
Positive: Excellent wear, short braking distances on dry roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average wet grip, limited resistance to aquaplaning, highest price
Overall: Recommended

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Uniroyal Rainsport 310th: Uniroyal Rainsport 3
Total: 41 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: The highest resistance to aquaplaning, good handling and short braking distances on wet roads
Negative: Inaccurate response to steering and a tendency to understeer on dry surfaces, average travel comfort, increased rolling resistance
Overall: Recommended

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Vredestein Ultrac Satin11th: Vredestein Ultrac Satin
Total: 45 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good handling on wet surfaces, high braking performance, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average levels of grip and a tendency to understeer on dry surfaces
Overall: Recommended

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Sava Intensa UHP 212th: Sava Intensa UHP 2
Total: 47 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 9 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Short braking distances on dry and wet roads, good value for money
Negative: Poor steering response and a tendency to understeer on wet surfaces
Overall: Recommended

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Toyo Proxes Sport12th: Toyo Proxes Sport
Total: 39 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 3
Positive: Good controllability on dry and wet surfaces, low noise level
Negative: Poor value
Overall: Recommended

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Maxxis Premitra HP514th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
Total: 44 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7 / Cost: 8
Positive: Good handling in the dry, excellent wear
Negative: Average resistance to aquaplaning, limited wet grip
Overall: Recommended

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Avon ZV715th: Avon ZV7
Total: 41 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Short braking distances on dry roads
Negative: Slow steering response in the dry and wet, long wet braking distances
Overall: Recommended

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Nokian zLine15th: Nokian zLine
Total: 33 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 3 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 3
Positive: Good handling on dry roads
Negative: Tendency to understeer and a relatively long braking distance on wet surfaces, poor wear, high rolling resistance
Overall: Recommended

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Cooper Zeon CS817th: Cooper Zeon CS8
Total: 36 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 3 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good value
Negative: Unbalanced behavior in the dry, average comfort, high rolling resistance
Overall: Recommended

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Leao Nova Force17th: Leao Nova Force
Total: 41 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 10
Positive: Low noise level, cheap to buy
Negative: Slow response to steering and reduced grip on dry and wet surfaces, poor wear
Overall: Recommended

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Yokohama Advan Fleva V70119th: Yokohama Advan Fleva V701
Total: 46 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 4
Positive: Short braking distances in the dry
Negative: Very poor aquaplaning resistance, slow steering response and low grip in the wet and dry
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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Kumho Ecsta HS5120th: Kumho Ecsta HS51
Total: 35 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Slow response to steering and reduced grip on dry and wet roads, worst wear on test

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