2017 Auto Bild UHP Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Best tyre for wet roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
The lowest fuel useGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
The most comfortableMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The quietest tyreVredestein Ultrac Vorti
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
The German publication Auto Bild have published their third tyre test of 2017, this time testing nine UHP tyres in 245/40 R18 using an Audi TT. Without a budget tyre included in the test, this is one of the closest tyre tests we've seen in years, and highlight just how close the latest generation of tyres have become in terms of raw performance.

Wet

In the wet, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 came out best overall. It won the aquaplaning tests and was joint fastest during the wet handling lap. The Firestone tyre lost both categories.

Under wet braking, the Michelin only managed sixth position, but when you consider the gap between the test winning Dunlop and sixth placed Michelin was just 0.4 meters, you realise the order of the top tyres could fall within the variance of the testing. The now-dated Continental Sport Contact 5 struggled, but not as much as the Firestone tyre, a full ten meters behind the winning Dunlop.

Dry

As in the wet, the Michelin was the fastest tyre in the dry, with Vredestein a close second.

The dry braking test verified Vredesteins dry ability, with Vredestein convincingly winning the test. Firestone once again finished last, rounding out last place in every test of grip performed.

The rolling resistance test was won by Goodyear, with the first five places close enough not to make a huge impact in overall fuel use. The excellent dry grip of the Vredestein does have a trade off, the Ultrac Vorti had the worst efficiency of all tyres on test.

The quietest tyres on test were Hankook and Vredestein. Firestone once again ranks last, but is the cheapest tyre on test.

Results

Below are the overall results. Auto Bild place a higher score weighting on the wet results, which is why the total scores aren't in sequence with the order of results.

Michelin Pilot Sport 41st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Total: 35 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6
Positive: Very good handling on dry and wet surfaces, precise steering response, good feedback and short braking distances in all conditions. High level of comfort
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary / Test Winner

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 32nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Total: 35 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6
Positive: Good handling and a short stopping distance on wet and dry surfaces, high lateral stability on wet roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti2nd: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Total: 30 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 7
Positive: Good handling and a short stopping distance on wet and dry roads, low noise
Negative: Slightly high rolling resistance
Overall: Exemplary

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 24th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Total: 33 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6
Positive: Good handling on dry roads, short stopping distance on wet and dry surfaces, good levels of comfort
Negative: A tendency to oversteer on wet roads
Overall: Good

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo24th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 31 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7
Positive: High lateral stability and good handling on dry roads, short stopping distance on wet and dry surfaces, high resistance to aquaplaning, low noise
Negative: Strong tendency to understeer in the wet
Overall: Good

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Falken Azenis FK5106th: Falken Azenis FK510
Total: 29 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6
Positive: High lateral stability and good handling on dry roads, short stopping distance on wet and dry surfaces, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: A tendency to oversteer on wet roads
Overall: Good

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Nokian zLine6th: Nokian zLine
Total: 29 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 5
Positive: Short stopping distance on wet and dry surfaces, high lateral stability on wet roads
Negative: Delayed response to steering and the tendency to oversteer, average comfort level
Overall: Good

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Continental Sport Contact 58th: Continental Sport Contact 5
Total: 30 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, low rolling resistance, good levels of comfort
Negative: Average braking, slow steering, low stability on wet roads
Overall: Average

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Firestone Firehawk SZ909th: Firestone Firehawk SZ90
Total: 18 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 1 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 3
Positive: Acceptable resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Unbalanced handling and long braking distances on wet and dry roads. High noise levels
Overall: Not recommended

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