2019 Gute Fahrt Summer 18 Inch Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 43.5 M
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 46.1 M
Dry BrakingPirelli P Zero PZ4: 34.1 M
Apollo Aspire XP: 35.9 M
Straight AquaDunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 77.7 Km/H
Reference Summer 19 inch: 70 Km/H
PriceFalken Azenis FK510: 312
Reference Summer 19 inch: 572
For 2019, the German publication Gute Fahrt has tested ten 225/40 R18 summer tyre patterns using a VW Golf, but unlike in 2018 where they included all season tyres in the test, this year they've included a 17 and 19 inch comparison tyre.

Unfortunately, like the 2018 test, this tyre test is a little peculiar.

Firstly, while the magazine seems to have tested the tyres in dry and wet handling tests, it hasn't given us any lap times. Instead, it opted to subjectively rate the tyres, but only out of five points, which is nearly meaningless so we've left it out.

Secondly, while the inclusion of a 17 and 19 inch wheel and tyre combination is a good benchmark (we wonder where they got that idea from), it would have made more sense to use one of the patterns in the 18 inch test. Instead, they used the old P Zero, which in 17 inch fitment has beaten the new and improved P Zero PZ4 in 18 inches.

Thirdly, their rolling resistance results are quoted in BHP gained or lost, which is a first, and finally, every tyre in the test was recommended, with the ninth place overall tyre having no negative comments!

In short, don't put too much weight on these results, as a lot of the data is strange, but it's nice to see two of the tyre we expect to be at the top, at the top.

Dry

Wet

Price

Results

Continental Premium Contact 61st: Continental Premium Contact 6
Positive: The best balance of performance on test, excellent handling and short stopping distances on dry and wet surfaces, high aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 52nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Positive: Best wet braking on test, high aquaplaning resistance, good dry handling, low fuel use, good levels of comfort.
Negative: Slight oversteer during wet handling.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Reference Summer 17 inch3rd: Reference Summer 17 inch
Positive: 17" P Zero (original) - Good handling in the dry and wet, excellent braking, good aquaplaning, highest level of comfort.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 24th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Positive: Shortest dry braking, highest aquaplaning resistance, good comfort.
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo25th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Positive: A well balanced tyre, good wet handling, high aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Nokian PowerProof5th: Nokian PowerProof
Positive: Good handling and short braking distance on wet surfaces, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance, low noise
Negative: Average comfort.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Pirelli P Zero PZ47th: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
Positive: Excellent dry handling, short dry and wet braking.
Negative: Unstable at the limit of wet handling, poor lateral aquaplaning.
Overall: Good.

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Bridgestone Turanza T0057th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
Positive: Good handling and short stopping distance on dry and wet surfaces, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance, good level of comfort.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Good.

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Apollo Aspire XP9th: Apollo Aspire XP
Positive: Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, high braking performance, high lateral stability on wet surfaces, low rolling resistance, good level of comfort.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Good.

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Falken Azenis FK51010th: Falken Azenis FK510
Positive: Short wet braking.
Negative: Understeer in the wet, high rolling resistance, average comfort.
Overall: Good.

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti10th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Positive: Good handling in the dry and wet.
Negative: High rolling resistance, low comfort, long wet braking.
Overall: Good.

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Reference Summer 19 inch12th: Reference Summer 19 inch
Positive: 19" P Zero (original) - Quickest steering and best handling in the dry.
Negative: Lowest comfort, lowest resistance to longitudinal aquaplaning.
Overall: Good.

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