2019 SUV 4x4 Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 46.9 M
CST Medallion MD A1: 60.2 M
Dry BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 34 M
CST Medallion MD A1: 37.8 M
Wet HandlingNokian PowerProof: 89.8 Km/H
CST Medallion MD A1: 84.7 Km/H
Dry HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 104.7 Km/H
Cooper Zeon CS8: 102.3 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 07.56 kg / t
Nexen N Fera RU1: 10.24 kg / t
NoiseCST Medallion MD A1: 64.2 dB
Nokian PowerProof: 67.4 dB
Straight AquaMaxxis Premitra HP5: 82 Km/H
Nexen N Fera RU1: 77.8 Km/H
PriceCST Medallion MD A1: 270
Continental Premium Contact 6: 550
Gravel HandlingNokian PowerProof: 67.4 Km/H
Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 65 Km/H
Grass TractionGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 9548 N
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 7987 N
Mud TractionCST Medallion MD A1: 2725 N
Continental Premium Contact 6: 2230 N
Gravel TractionHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 9902 N
Continental Premium Contact 6: 8440 N
The 2019 Auto Bild AllRad SUV tyre test tested ten 225/55 R17 tyre patterns using BMW X3, covering dry, wet, gravel, mud and grass performance! 

As with other tests in 2019, the gap between the best and worst tyres on test is getting ever smaller, and while the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 took another win, three tyres were awarded the second place slot!

The Continental PremiumContact 6, Hankook Ventus Prime 3 and Nokian PowerProof all were deemed "exemplary" buy Auto Bild, with each tyre having a slightly different balance of performance overall, but all equally as recommended.

This is a data heavy test so full information can be found below, but it's worth noting nearly any of the top six placed tyres would be excellent purchases in 2019. Check the results from each test carefully, and decide which tyre best suits your own personal requirements.

 

Dry

The Continental PremiumContact 6 proved to be the best in the dry, placing top in the dry braking and dry handling tests. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 placed a close second, with the Hankook third overall.

Wet

In the wet the Goodyear proved to be the best tyre, but the Nokian Powerproof was excellent during the wet handling test.

All ten tyres were extremely close during the aquaplaning testing.

Off-road

Off-road testing is extremely difficult to conduct, and the results of these tests seemed to show no real trends.

The Nokian Powerproof was fastest during gravel handling, but only eighth overall for gravel traction, while the winning Hankook in the gravel traction test was slowest round the gravel handling lap!

There doesn't seem to be any correlation between gravel, grass and mud traction results.

Environment

As proven before, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 has extremely low rolling resistance.

The budget CST proved to be the quietest tyre on test, with the Hankook also scoring well.

The Continental PremiumContact 6 was the most expensive tyre to buy.

Results

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 51st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.7Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+1.13kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+0.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-1.8Km/H)
  8. Price: 8th (+220)
  9. Gravel Handling: 5th (+-1.5Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 1st (+0N)
  11. Mud Traction: 4th (+-211N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 3rd (+-376N)
Positive: Excellent handling, precise steering response and very short stopping distances on dry and wet roads.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Test winner.

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Continental Premium Contact 62nd: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.83kg / t)
  6. Noise: 8th (+2.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-3.8Km/H)
  8. Price: 10th (+280)
  9. Gravel Handling: 3rd (+-0.2Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 6th (+-782N)
  11. Mud Traction: 10th (+-495N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 10th (+-1462N)
Positive: Excellent dry handling, very short wet and dry braking.
Negative: Poor grip in gravel and dirt.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1252nd: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+1.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.62kg / t)
  6. Noise: 2nd (+0.6dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-3.8Km/H)
  8. Price: 6th (+165)
  9. Gravel Handling: 10th (+-2.4Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 2nd (+-86N)
  11. Mud Traction: 6th (+-305N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 1st (+0N)
Positive: Good dry handling, good wet and dry braking, good off road, best price / performance ratio.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Nokian PowerProof2nd: Nokian PowerProof
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+4.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+1.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-1.3Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+1.02kg / t)
  6. Noise: 9th (+3.2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-0.9Km/H)
  8. Price: 7th (+205)
  9. Gravel Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 3rd (+-246N)
  11. Mud Traction: 5th (+-300N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 8th (+-1118N)
Positive: Good performance on all types of surfaces, very good handling on gravel and wet asphalt.
Negative: Increased noise.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Maxxis Premitra HP55th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+1.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.82kg / t)
  6. Noise: 6th (+1.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Price: 2nd (+50)
  9. Gravel Handling: 4th (+-1.1Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 9th (+-1480N)
  11. Mud Traction: 2nd (+-154N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 4th (+-416N)
Positive: Great aquaplaning resistance, good handling on dry and wet roads.
Negative: Weak grip on grass and sand.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Bridgestone Turanza T0056th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-1.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-1.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 9th (+3.2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-1Km/H)
  8. Price: 8th (+220)
  9. Gravel Handling: 6th (+-1.8Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 10th (+-1561N)
  11. Mud Traction: 9th (+-330N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 7th (+-841N)
Positive: Good handling in almost any environment, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Weak grip on grass.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Toyo Proxes Sport7th: Toyo Proxes Sport
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+5.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+3.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-2.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-0.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.62kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+1.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-0.6Km/H)
  8. Price: 4th (+105)
  9. Gravel Handling: 2nd (+-0.1Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 8th (+-1024N)
  11. Mud Traction: 8th (+-318N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 5th (+-660N)
Positive: Good handling on gravel and in the dry, high aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Poor wet handling.
Overall: Good.

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Nexen N Fera RU18th: Nexen N Fera RU1
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+5.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+2.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-2.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-1.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+2.68kg / t)
  6. Noise: 6th (+1.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-4.2Km/H)
  8. Price: 3rd (+80)
  9. Gravel Handling: 8th (+-2.1Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 7th (+-829N)
  11. Mud Traction: 7th (+-315N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 2nd (+-310N)
Positive: Acceptable handling on dry and wet roads, high grip on sand and gravel.
Negative: Long wet braking, highest rolling resistance.
Overall: Good.

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Cooper Zeon CS89th: Cooper Zeon CS8
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+7.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 9th (+3.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+-2.4Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+1.23kg / t)
  6. Noise: 4th (+1dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.5Km/H)
  8. Price: 5th (+130)
  9. Gravel Handling: 7th (+-2Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 4th (+-669N)
  11. Mud Traction: 3rd (+-183N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 6th (+-760N)
Positive: Good dry grip.
Negative: Poor wet handling, grip and long wet braking distances.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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CST Medallion MD A110th: CST Medallion MD A1
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+13.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+3.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+-5.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 9th (+-2.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+1.18kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.5Km/H)
  8. Price: 1st (+0)
  9. Gravel Handling: 9th (+-2.3Km/H)
  10. Grass Traction: 5th (+-712N)
  11. Mud Traction: 1st (+0N)
  12. Gravel Traction: 9th (+-1323N)
Positive: Low noise, excellent in the mud.
Negative: Dangerously long wet braking distances, poor wet handling, high levels of understeer in the dry.
Overall: Not Recommended.

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