2019 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingHankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 28.7 M
Maxxis Premitra HP5: 33.2 M
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 34.2 M
Kumho Ecsta PS71: 37.1 M
Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 76.5 Km/H
Kleber Dynaxer UHP: 71.6 Km/H
Dry HandlingPirelli P Zero: 118 Km/H
Firestone RoadHawk: 115.3 Km/H
WearGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 54210 Km
Kumho Ecsta PS71: 26520 Km
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 07.49 kg / t
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 11.49 kg / t
NoiseNokian WetProof: 71.3 dB
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 75 dB
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 99.7 Km/H
Firestone RoadHawk: 90.7 Km/H
ValueSava Intensa UHP 2: 06.47 Price/1000
Pirelli P Zero: 12.26 Price/1000
PriceSava Intensa UHP 2: 290
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 520
Subj. ComfortMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 9 Points
Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 2 Points
This is going to be a long test! The German publication Auto Bild often perform the most thorough tyre tests of any of the traditional publications, and 2019 is no exception. After taking fifty three 225/45 R17 tyre patterns through wet and dry braking testing to establish the top twenty available in the market, Auto Bild have run the best of the 17" tyres through an extremely thorough full test, and even included the often omitted wear test!

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 continued on from a very strong run of results in 2018 to win the test overall, with the brand new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 a very close second. The new Goodyear only had one weakness, the rolling resistance testing, and was also reported to have a very high purchase price, which no longer applies in the UK market.

Third place was joint awarded to another new tyre, the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3. This continues on the excellent results Hankook has achieved with the new Ventus Prime 3 in 2018, and confirms what the market has suspected for a while - Hankook is now a premium player. The more established Falken FK510 matched the Hankook, with its only weakness being wear.

It's also worth noting that this is the first test the seventh place Nokian WetProof has been featured in. WetProof by name, the new Nokian proved to be extremely strong in the wet handling tests, but struggled during the aquaplaning testing.

Dry

If you average the dry braking and dry handling results, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is the best dry weather tyre overall, with a huge gap during the dry braking testing. The Auto Bild testers also commented that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was the best handling tyre on test, giving excellent steering feel and precision.

Wet

The top four tyres during wet braking were all extremely close, with the new Hankook just beating the new Goodyear for the best wet braking tyre on test.

The test-winning Michelin proved to be extremely strong during wet handling, leading the pack by a small margin.

And somehow the Michelin tyre also dominated the straight aquaplaning testing, which is normally an opposing quality to tests like dry grip and handling.

Environment

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 proved to have the lowest fuel use on test.

All tyres, apart from the Bridgestone T005 were separated by less than 3dB during the external noise testing, with the new Nokian WetProof the quietest tyre on test.

Each tyre was given a subjective comfort score, with the Michelin again being in a class of one.

Cost

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 beat Michelin at it's own game, having the lowest wear on test! Michelin and Continental were a close second and third place, which is great to see as wear has been a weak point for Continental in the past. 

The new Goodyear was the most expensive tyre tested, which would be to do with the new nature of the tyre. If you see our pricing below, the new Goodyear is already significantly cheaper than the Michelin in the UK.

Most importantly, the "value" test, where the magazine divides the purchase price by the potential wear had the Continental and Falken as the best value tyres of the top six places! With the corrected Goodyear pricing, the new Asymmetric 5 also looks to be extremely good value.

Results

Below are the overall results and testers commentary. Be sure to check out the full test on autobild.de, and feel free to leave any comments or questions below.

Michelin Pilot Sport 41st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+0.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 2nd (+-3120Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 15th (+2.31kg / t)
  7. Noise: 4th (+0.3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  9. Value: 10th (+2.93Price/1000)
  10. Price: 19th (+190)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Best driving dynamics on test, and in the top 3 in almost all tests. Excellent wet and dry handling, low wear.
Negative: High purchase price, average rolling resistance.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 52nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-1.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-1.2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 1st (+0Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 14th (+2.12kg / t)
  7. Noise: 12th (+1.3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-4.7Km/H)
  9. Value: 12th (+3.12Price/1000)
  10. Price: 20th (+230)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 11th (+-3Points)
Positive: Excellent wet handling with high steering precision, short braking distances, extremely low wear leading to an excellent price / performance ratio.
Negative: High purchase price, average comfort.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Falken Azenis FK5103rd: Falken Azenis FK510
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+0.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 16th (+1.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-2.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-0.6Km/H)
  5. Wear: 9th (+-14820Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+1.99kg / t)
  7. Noise: 5th (+0.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-4.1Km/H)
  9. Value: 5th (+2.29Price/1000)
  10. Price: 7th (+55)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Good wet and dry grip, sporty dry handling, excellent wet braking, well priced.
Negative: Average mileage.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo 33rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-3.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.5Km/H)
  5. Wear: 7th (+-12870Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+1.99kg / t)
  7. Noise: 6th (+0.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-4.6Km/H)
  9. Value: 8th (+2.72Price/1000)
  10. Price: 12th (+90)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 11th (+-3Points)
Positive: Extremely well balanced performance, precise steering and good feedback in the dry, best wet braking, well priced.
Negative: Average comfort.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Continental Premium Contact 65th: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+1.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 14th (+1.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+-3.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+-1.6Km/H)
  5. Wear: 3rd (+-3510Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.74kg / t)
  7. Noise: 12th (+1.3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 16th (+-7.9Km/H)
  9. Value: 2nd (+1.62Price/1000)
  10. Price: 16th (+120)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: A well balanced performance with good wet handling, short wet and dry braking distances, low rolling resistance, low wear.
Negative: Average aquaplaning results.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Fulda SportControl 26th: Fulda SportControl 2
  1. Wet Braking: 15th (+3.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 13th (+-3.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-1.1Km/H)
  5. Wear: 12th (+-15990Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.6kg / t)
  7. Noise: 8th (+0.6dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 13th (+-5.9Km/H)
  9. Value: 6th (+2.3Price/1000)
  10. Price: 5th (+45)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 11th (+-3Points)
Positive: Sporty summer tyre with excellent handling, good dry braking, very good curved aquaplaning, low noise, low rolling resistance, low price.
Negative: Average mileage.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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Nokian WetProof7th: Nokian WetProof
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 13th (+-16770Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 13th (+2kg / t)
  7. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 19th (+-8.9Km/H)
  9. Value: 15th (+3.81Price/1000)
  10. Price: 14th (+95)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 15th (+-4Points)
Positive: Wet specialist with the best wet cornering, precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances, low noise.
Negative: Poor aquaplaning result.
Overall: Recommended.

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Pirelli P Zero8th: Pirelli P Zero
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+0.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-0.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Wear: 14th (+-18330Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 16th (+2.78kg / t)
  7. Noise: 18th (+2.2dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 14th (+-7.4Km/H)
  9. Value: 20th (+5.79Price/1000)
  10. Price: 18th (+150)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 11th (+-3Points)
Positive: Excellent wet and dry handling, precise steering with good feedback, short wet and dry braking.
Negative: Average mileage, high fuel use.
Overall: Recommended.

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Sava Intensa UHP 29th: Sava Intensa UHP 2
  1. Wet Braking: 18th (+4.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 13th (+1.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 15th (+-3.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-1.2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 4th (+-9360Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.73kg / t)
  7. Noise: 12th (+1.3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-4.8Km/H)
  9. Value: 1st (+0Price/1000)
  10. Price: 1st (+0)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Good dry handling, good aquaplaning results, low wear, best price / performance ratio.
Negative: Slightly reduced wet grip.
Overall: Recommended.

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Apollo Aspire XP10th: Apollo Aspire XP
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 17th (+2.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-2.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 17th (+-2.3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 8th (+-13650Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+1.48kg / t)
  7. Noise: 3rd (+0.2dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-5.1Km/H)
  9. Value: 3rd (+1.91Price/1000)
  10. Price: 6th (+50)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Stable wet handling, good aquaplaning resistance, good comfort, low fuel use, good price / performance ratio.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling.
Overall: Recommended.

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti10th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+2.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+1.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 14th (+-3.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-0.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 11th (+-15600Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 20th (+4kg / t)
  7. Noise: 11th (+1dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 12th (+-5.7Km/H)
  9. Value: 9th (+2.85Price/1000)
  10. Price: 9th (+70)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 15th (+-4Points)
Positive: Short dry and wet braking, good steering precision and grip in the dry handling test, low noise.
Negative: High rolling resistance.
Overall: Recommended.

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Bridgestone Turanza T00510th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+2.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 12th (+1.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-1.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 18th (+-2.4Km/H)
  5. Wear: 6th (+-12840Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  7. Noise: 20th (+3.7dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 17th (+-8Km/H)
  9. Value: 12th (+3.12Price/1000)
  10. Price: 15th (+110)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Sporty dynamic wet handling, short braking distances, lowest rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling, average comfort, average noise.
Overall: Recommended.

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 213th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  1. Wet Braking: 12th (+2.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+1.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 18th (+-4.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-1Km/H)
  5. Wear: 5th (+-12480Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+1.94kg / t)
  7. Noise: 9th (+0.9dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-3.6Km/H)
  9. Value: 7th (+2.64Price/1000)
  10. Price: 12th (+90)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 20th (+-7Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, good handling and short braking distances in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the wet.
Overall: Recommended.

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Yokohama Advan Fleva V70114th: Yokohama Advan Fleva V701
  1. Wet Braking: 19th (+4.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 16th (+-4.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 14th (+-1.8Km/H)
  5. Wear: 14th (+-18330Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.59kg / t)
  7. Noise: 2nd (+0.1dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 15th (+-7.5Km/H)
  9. Value: 17th (+4.96Price/1000)
  10. Price: 16th (+120)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 15th (+-4Points)
Positive: Short dry braking, low noise, low fuel use.
Negative: Average grip and handling in the wet, high wear.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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Toyo Proxes Sport15th: Toyo Proxes Sport
  1. Wet Braking: 14th (+3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 19th (+2.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-2.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 18th (+-23790Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 18th (+3.18kg / t)
  7. Noise: 15th (+1.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-2.9Km/H)
  9. Value: 18th (+5.36Price/1000)
  10. Price: 9th (+70)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Very good aquaplaning results, good wet handling, good comfort.
Negative: Average dry grip, high wear, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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Kleber Dynaxer UHP16th: Kleber Dynaxer UHP
  1. Wet Braking: 17th (+3.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 15th (+1.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 20th (+-4.9Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 18th (+-2.4Km/H)
  5. Wear: 10th (+-15160Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+1.5kg / t)
  7. Noise: 6th (+0.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 18th (+-8.6Km/H)
  9. Value: 11th (+3.01Price/1000)
  10. Price: 11th (+80)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Low noise, low fuel use.
Negative: Average wet performance with poor steering, understeer in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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Maxxis Premitra HP517th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Wet Braking: 20th (+4.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 17th (+2.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 17th (+-4.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 15th (+-2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 16th (+-18720Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.98kg / t)
  7. Noise: 16th (+1.7dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 11th (+-5.2Km/H)
  9. Value: 4th (+1.98Price/1000)
  10. Price: 2nd (+10)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Well priced, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slight understeer in the dry and wet, slow steering response, average mileage.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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Firestone RoadHawk18th: Firestone RoadHawk
  1. Wet Braking: 15th (+3.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 19th (+-4.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 20th (+-2.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 16th (+-18720Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.2kg / t)
  7. Noise: 16th (+1.7dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 20th (+-9Km/H)
  9. Value: 14th (+3.25Price/1000)
  10. Price: 7th (+55)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 15th (+-4Points)
Positive: Short dry braking.
Negative: Understeer balance handling and limited steering precision in the dry and wet, poor aquaplaning reserves.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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Kenda Emera A119th: Kenda Emera A1
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+1.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 16th (+-2.2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 19th (+-26130Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 17th (+2.8kg / t)
  7. Noise: 9th (+0.9dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-4Km/H)
  9. Value: 16th (+4.57Price/1000)
  10. Price: 3rd (+20)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 15th (+-4Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling, very poor wear.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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Kumho Ecsta PS7120th: Kumho Ecsta PS71
  1. Wet Braking: 13th (+2.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 19th (+2.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-3.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 20th (+-27690Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 19th (+3.57kg / t)
  7. Noise: 19th (+2.8dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-4.2Km/H)
  9. Value: 19th (+5.6Price/1000)
  10. Price: 4th (+30)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning properties, good dry handling.
Negative: Very poor wear, very high rolling resistance.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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