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. Please note, the "cost" field relates to the purchase price VS predicted miles.

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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