2018 Test World Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Continental Premium Contact 6
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Best tyre for wet roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The best tyre overallMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The lowest fuel useBridgestone Turanza T005
The best dry handlingContinental Premium Contact 6
The quietest tyreGislaved Ultra Speed
Cooper Zeon CS8
Falken Azenis FK510
The best wet handlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Nokian Hakka Black 2
Bridgestone Turanza T005
It's rare you find tyre tests specifically scoring subjective handling qualities as it's a very difficult thing for tyre testers to quantify, but this latest tyre test from the Finish publication Test World scores the tyres subjective behaviour out of a possible ten points in both the dry and wet. This is particularly interesting if you're not worried about that final 0.1 seconds of dry lap time, but do rate the subjective qualities of a tyre such as steering feel, feedback and car balance.

This test covers sixteen 225/45 R17 UHP tyre patterns using an Audi A3 - perhaps not the last word in dynamic handling but it is still an insight to the tyres we don't usually get.

Dry

Strangely Test World didn't publish dry handling lap times, instead looking at dry braking from 90 km/h and subjective points. Continental, Hankook and Michelin all scored well in the dry tests, offering short dry braking and good subjective handling.

Wet

In the wet, Test World added wet handling and an aquaplaning test. As we've previously seen in 2018, the new Falken dominated wet braking, and was 0.4 seconds off during the wet handling lap.

Environment

Test world published the rolling resistance scoring as a percentage difference from the best tyre on test. The Bridgestone had the lowest rolling resistance so was the 100% reference, Pirelli was mid pack using 2.6% more fuel than the Bridgestone, and the Yokohama tyre finished last but still only 5.7% more fuel use than the winning tyre.

Again, the in-cabin noise levels were very close, with the best and worst tyres on test less than 2 dB apart.

Results

Michelin Pilot Sport 41st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Total: 79.9 / Dry: 10 / Wet: 28 / Subjective: 9 / Wet Subjective: 10 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 8.9
Positive: Short braking distances in the dry and wet, excellent handling in all conditions, excellent balance during emergency maneuvers, excellent feedback in all conditions.
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance.

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Nokian Hakka Black 22nd: Nokian Hakka Black 2
Total: 76.5 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 24 / Subjective: 9 / Wet Subjective: 10 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.5
Positive: Good handling and short braking distances in the dry and wet, low rolling resistance, low noise.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Falken Azenis FK5103rd: Falken Azenis FK510
Total: 75.3 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 25 / Subjective: 8 / Wet Subjective: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 8.3
Positive: Shortest wet braking, low noise levels, quick and accurate steering, very well priced.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Continental Premium Contact 64th: Continental Premium Contact 6
Total: 72.1 / Dry: 10 / Wet: 21 / Subjective: 10 / Wet Subjective: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 8.1
Positive: Precise reactions to steering movements, predictable behavior and very high grip on a dry surface.
Negative: Average wet braking, weak aquaplaning resistance.

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Bridgestone Turanza T0055th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
Total: 72.9 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 22 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 10 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.9
Positive: God handling and stability in the wet, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Relatively long wet braking.

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti6th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Total: 69.8 / Dry: 10 / Wet: 24 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.8
Positive: Good handling in the wet, short dry braking, low noise.
Negative: Oversteer balance in the dry, high rolling resistance.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo27th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 68.7 / Dry: 10 / Wet: 22 / Subjective: 8 / Wet Subjective: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.7
Positive: A balanced tyre with good dry and wet grip.
Negative: Oversteer balance when making emergency maneuvers.

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Kumho Ecsta PS718th: Kumho Ecsta PS71
Total: 67.5 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 24 / Subjective: 7 / Wet Subjective: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.5
Positive: Good wet braking.
Negative: Poor balance during emergency maneuvers.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 38th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Total: 68.5 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 21 / Subjective: 7 / Wet Subjective: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.5
Positive: Good wet handling.
Negative: Understeer in the dry.

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 28th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Total: 66.5 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 22 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.5
Positive: Good handling in the wet, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Poor dry handling.

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Pirelli CINTURATO P711th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
Total: 62 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 20 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7
Positive: Low noise.
Negative: Understeer in the dry and wet.

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Cooper Zeon CS812th: Cooper Zeon CS8
Total: 58.1 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 19 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 6.1
Positive: Lowest noise, stable handling in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the dry and wet.

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Yokohama Advan Sport V10513th: Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Total: 53 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 17 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 2 / Noise: 6 / Overall: 6
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Long wet braking, oversteer during emergency maneuvers.

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Nankang Sportnex AS2 Plus14th: Nankang Sportnex AS2+
Total: 48.4 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 21 / Subjective: 4 / Wet Subjective: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 3 / Noise: 6 / Overall: 5.4
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Poor dry and wet braking, poor balance during emergency maneuvers.

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Triangle Sportex TSH1115th: Triangle Sportex TSH11
Total: 47.1 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 16 / Subjective: 6 / Wet Subjective: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 5.1
Positive: Acceptable dry handling.
Negative: Poor dry and wet braking, poor balance during emergency maneuvers.

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Gislaved Ultra Speed16th: Gislaved Ultra Speed
Total: 44.4 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 12 / Subjective: 3 / Wet Subjective: 3 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 4.4
Positive: Low noise, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Long dry and wet braking, understeer and oversteer at different points in the dry and wet.

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