2019 Auto Zeitung Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 54.6 M
Nankang AS1: 77.3 M
Dry BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 36 M
Nankang AS1: 39.2 M
Wet HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 90 s
Nankang AS1: 99.9 s
Dry HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 59.3 s
Nankang AS1: 60.9 s
Rolling ResistanceMichelin Primacy 4: 7.2 kg / t
Nankang AS1: 8.92 kg / t
NoiseMaxxis Premitra HP5: 68 dB
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 72 dB
Straight AquaKumho Ecsta HS51: 75.1 Km/H
Nankang AS1: 68.2 Km/H
PriceNankang AS1: 265
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 645
For the 2019 summer season Auto Zeitung have tested nine 235/45 R18 summer tyres, and included the summer-bias all season Michelin CrossClimate.

The stand out performances go to the new Continental Premium Contact 6 and Michelin Primacy 4, both showing extremely well balanced test results, and also the new Maxxis Premitra HP5. The quality of Maxxis tyres has quietly improving quickly over the past 12 months, and it's great to see the Premitra HP5 prove it's excellent price / performance ratio.

It's also worth noting, which the Michelin CrossClimate only finished seventh place overall, this is the only tyre on test which has any sort of ability in the snow. The trade for snow performance is often dry grip, but the CrossClimate held its own in a full summer tyre test, which makes it unique amongst all season tyres.

Dry

The dry testing was led by the top three tyres overall, with the Continental, Michelin Primacy 4 and Maxxis trading places in the dry braking and dry handling testing. The Nankang AS1 was last in both tests.

Wet

The Michelin CrossClimate had a surprise advantage during wet braking, but couldn't match the performance during the wet handling lap. The Continental Premium Contact 6 was the best of the summer tyres, with the Maxxis, Yokohama and Bridgestone all having excellent results. The Nankang AS1 was again last.

The Kumho was the best tyre for straight aquaplaning resistance.

Environment

The Michelin Primacy 4 had an extremely low rolling resistance, while the Continental's only weakness was highlighted.

The Maxxis was the quietest tyre on test, with a 1dB margin over the next best.

The cheapest set of tyres on test, the Nankang AS1, were almost a third of the price of the most expensive.

Results

As always, you can see the full results on the Auto Zeitung website.

Continental Premium Contact 61st: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+3.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0s)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.14kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-1.1Km/H)
  8. Price: 8th (+290)
Positive: The best tyre in the wet by a margin, shortest dry braking and excellent dry handling, good level of comfort.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Michelin Primacy 42nd: Michelin Primacy 4
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+4.2s)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+0.4s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-2.8Km/H)
  8. Price: 9th (+325)
Positive: Good results in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Maxxis Premitra HP53rd: Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+4.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+1.2s)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+0.9s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.11kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-1.9Km/H)
  8. Price: 3rd (+80)
Positive: Up there with premium rivals at a lower price, good in the wet, short dry braking.
Negative: Average rolling resistance, average comfort, average dry handling.

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Pirelli CINTURATO P74th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+4.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+6.6s)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+0.9s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.99kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-0.9Km/H)
  8. Price: 5th (+200)
Positive: Good results in the dry and wet, short wet braking.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Bridgestone Turanza T0055th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+12M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+2.8s)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+1.4s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.26kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.8Km/H)
  8. Price: 7th (+275)
Positive: Short dry braking and good ride quality, low rolling resistance, very good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Long wet braking distances.

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Yokohama BluEarth AE506th: Yokohama BluEarth AE50
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+4.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+1.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+3.4s)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+1.1s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.48kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-4.3Km/H)
  8. Price: 6th (+205)
Positive: A well balanced tyre, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Reduced aquaplaning resistance.

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Michelin CrossClimate Plus7th: Michelin CrossClimate+
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+3.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+6s)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+1.1s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.58kg / t)
  6. Noise: 10th (+4dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-4.7Km/H)
  8. Price: 10th (+380)
Positive: The shortest wet braking distances. The only tyre with snow capability.
Negative: Relatively weak wet lateral stability, increased noise levels, long dry braking.

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Apollo Aspire XP8th: Apollo Aspire XP
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+11.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+1.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+4s)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+1s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.96kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-1Km/H)
  8. Price: 4th (+135)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Long wet braking, soft sidewalls so poor lateral stability.

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Kumho Ecsta HS519th: Kumho Ecsta HS51
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+18.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+3.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+8s)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+1.4s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.29kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Price: 2nd (+60)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Long braking distances in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance, low comfort.

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Nankang AS110th: Nankang AS1
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+22.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+3.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+9.9s)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+1.6s)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+1.72kg / t)
  6. Noise: 2nd (+1dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-6.9Km/H)
  8. Price: 1st (+0)
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Unstable at the limit during wet handling and long stopping distances during wet braking, highest rolling resistance.

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