2017 Auto Express Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 5
Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 5
The best tyre overallContinental Premium Contact 5
The excellent 2017 Auto Express summer tyre test has just been published! This year Auto Express tested eleven 205/55 R16 tyre sizes, ranging from the premium end of the market to the budget end.

This year's winner is the Continental Premium Contact 5. This tyre has always tested well, but with the newer Premium Contact 6 having already been on the market for 6 months at time of test, it would have been interesting to see just how well the latest version of the Premium Contact range would have scored.

Positions two and three were taken by the Dunlop Sport BluResponse and Bridgestone Turanza T001 EVO. The Dunlop aced the dry testing and finished just 0.5% behind the Continental overall, whereas Bridgestone have upped their wet weather performance for the T001 EVO, finishing only 0.1% further back.

The entire test was separated by just 6.2% overall, which highlights how the gap between the budget tyres and premium tyres is still closing. As a cavveat, it's worth keeping in mind the last placed budget Syron tyre needed over 10 meters further to stop in the wet, and over 5 meters in the dry when compared to the best on test, that's the difference between stopping safely, and a very big crash.

As always with the Auto Express tests, we recommend heading over to the excellent Auto Express website for the full results of the test, as we've only summarised the basic information below.

The Results

Continental Premium Contact 51st: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 300 / Dry: 100 / Wet: 100 / Overall: 100
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Dunlop Sport BluResponse2nd: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 296.3 / Dry: 99.9 / Wet: 96.9 / Overall: 99.5
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Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo
Total: 296.4 / Dry: 98.6 / Wet: 98.4 / Overall: 99.4
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Kumho Ecsta HS514th: Kumho Ecsta HS51
Total: 291.3 / Dry: 97.2 / Wet: 95.6 / Overall: 98.5
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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1255th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 291.7 / Dry: 100 / Wet: 94.4 / Overall: 97.3
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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance6th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 291.2 / Dry: 98.4 / Wet: 95.6 / Overall: 97.2
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Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun7th: Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun
Total: 285.3 / Dry: 97.2 / Wet: 91.4 / Overall: 96.7
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Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue8th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Total: 290.2 / Dry: 99.7 / Wet: 93.9 / Overall: 96.6
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Toyo Proxes CF29th: Toyo Proxes CF2
Total: 289.8 / Dry: 99.8 / Wet: 93.5 / Overall: 96.5
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Nankang Sportnex AS2 Plus10th: Nankang Sportnex AS2 Plus
Total: 290 / Dry: 98.4 / Wet: 96.1 / Overall: 95.5
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Syron BlueTech11th: Syron BlueTech
Total: 285.9 / Dry: 98.4 / Wet: 92.7 / Overall: 94.8
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