2018 ADAC Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Best tyre for wet roadsBridgestone Turanza T001 Evo
The best tyre overallMichelin Primacy 3
The lowest fuel useVredestein Sportrac 5
Continental Premium Contact 5
The most comfortableNexen N Blue HD Plus
The lowest wearMichelin Primacy 3
In 2018, German test body ADAC have tested sixteen 205/55 R16 summer tyres, and fourteen tyres in the smaller 175/65 R14 size.

In this 205/55 R16 test, premium manufacturers take the top three places. Michelin lead the way, having the lowest wear on test and proving to be excellent in the dry, Bridgestone have a surprisingly strong performance in the wet to score second place overall, and Continental have a very balanced showing for the last of the podium spots.

The next group of tyres are all mid range brands, with Bridgestone owned Firestone taking fourth place with a very balanced performance, Hankook continuing the run of strong finishes for the Prime 3 in fifth place, and the Continental owned Semperit brand finishing in sixth largely thanks to a great wet performance.

Other note worthy results are Pirelli and Goodyear only managing to finish ninth and twelfth overall, with both premium manufacturers struggling in the wet, and the new Giti brand beating some very established brands on their first attempt.

More results below, or check out the ADAC website for the full details. 

Results

The overall results are weighted 20% dry, 40% wet, 10% noise and comfort, 10% fuel consumption and 20% wear

Michelin Primacy 31st: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 47.4 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Wear: 10 / Overall: 7.8
Positive: Very balanced with top marks when worn, especially good on dry roads, still very good in the wet
Negative: None mentioned

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Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo2nd: Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo
Total: 43.6 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 5.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.4
Positive: Very balanced with top marks in the wet, good on dry roads
Negative: None mentioned

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Continental Premium Contact 53rd: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 43.6 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 7.6 / Comfort: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.4
Positive: Very well balanced with top fuel consumption, especially good in the wet
Negative: None mentioned

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Firestone RoadHawk4th: Firestone RoadHawk
Total: 43.2 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 7.6 / Comfort: 4.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.4
Positive: A very balanced tyre, very good in the wet
Negative: None mentioned

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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1255th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 43 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.2
Positive: Very balanced with top marks on dry roads, still good in the wet
Negative: None mentioned

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Semperit SpeedLife 26th: Semperit SpeedLife 2
Total: 42 / Dry: 7.2 / Wet: 7.8 / Comfort: 5.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 7.2
Positive: Very balanced, especially good on wet roads, but still good in the dry
Negative: None mentioned

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ESA Tecar Spirit 5 HP7th: ESA Tecar Spirit 5 HP
Total: 41 / Dry: 7.8 / Wet: 6.8 / Comfort: 4.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: Slightly weak in the wet when compared to the best on test

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Kumho Ecsta HS518th: Kumho Ecsta HS51
Total: 40.8 / Dry: 6.8 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Good in the wet
Negative: Slightly weak in the dry when compared to the best on test

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue9th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Total: 43.8 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 6.8 / Comfort: 4.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Very good in the dry, low wear and low fuel consumption
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Fulda EcoControl HP10th: Fulda EcoControl HP
Total: 41 / Dry: 6.8 / Wet: 6.2 / Comfort: 5.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 6.2
Positive: Low wear
Negative: Relatively weak in the wet, slightly weak on dry roads

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Giti GitiPremium H111th: Giti GitiPremium H1
Total: 37.6 / Dry: 6.6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 5.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 6
Positive: None mentioned
Negative: Relatively weak in the dry and wet, slightly high wear

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance12th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 40.4 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6.4 / Comfort: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 6
Positive: Good in the dry, low fuel consumption
Negative: Slightly weak in the wet, high wear

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Nexen N Blue HD Plus13th: Nexen N Blue HD Plus
Total: 39.4 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.2 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 6
Positive: Very quiet
Negative: Highest fuel use, high wear

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Cooper Zeon CS814th: Cooper Zeon CS8
Total: 36.8 / Dry: 5.6 / Wet: 5.6 / Comfort: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 5.6
Positive: None mentioned
Negative: Weak in the dry and wet

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Infinity Ecosis15th: Infinity Ecosis
Total: 35 / Dry: 5.8 / Wet: 5.6 / Comfort: 5.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 4
Positive: None mentioned
Negative: Relatively weak on dry and wet roads, high wear, ADAC high speed test failed, standard test ECE R-30 passed

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Vredestein Sportrac 516th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 42.6 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 6.6 / Comfort: 5.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.6 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 4
Positive: Lowest fuel use, very good in the dry
Negative: A little weak in the wet, ADAC high speed test failed, standard test ECE R-30 passed

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