2012 European Summer Tyre Test - 165/70 R14

Below are the 165/70 R14 results from the European ADAC tyre test.

As usual with ADAC tests, the results are based on pure data with no subjective scoring included. The tests are weighted in favour of wet performance, which is awarded 40% of the overall score. 20% of the overall result is given to the dry weather tests, 10% of the weighting is based on how noisy / comfortable the tyres are, a further 10% is based on the rolling resistance of the tyre and 20% of the overall result is based on the wear. Please note this can affect our totalling, so it's best to study the individual category scores to help you chose a tyre based on performance qualities you find important.

It's worth noting that the worth tyre in this test, the Infinity INF030, actually had the best wear scores, but was commented as being dangerous in the wet, further proving tyres are a balance of different performance criteria and budget tyres struggle to provide a good balance.

The Results

1st: Continental Eco Contact 5

Continental Eco Contact 5
  1. Total: 31.8
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  6. Wear: 7.4
Positive: Very balanced, very low fuel consumption.

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2nd: Michelin Energy Saver

Michelin Energy Saver
  1. Total: 29.8
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Comfort: 4.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.6
  6. Wear: 6
Positive: Very balanced, top marks in the wet, low fuel consumption.

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3rd: Pirelli CINTURATO P1

Pirelli CINTURATO P1
  1. Total: 28.2
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Comfort: 4.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Wear: 5.4
Positive: Very balanced, strong in the wet.

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4th: Apollo Amazer 3G Maxx

Apollo Amazer 3G Maxx
  1. Total: 25.8
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Comfort: 2.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.8
  6. Wear: 5
Positive: Very balanced, top marks in the wet.
Negative: A little noisy.

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5th: Barum Brillantis 2

Barum Brillantis 2
  1. Total: 25.8
  2. Dry: 6.2
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 3.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.8
  6. Wear: 5
Positive: Very balanced, scored well in all safety related tests.

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6th: Goodyear DuraGrip

Goodyear DuraGrip
  1. Total: 29.8
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 4.4
  4. Comfort: 4.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.6
  6. Wear: 7
Positive: Low fuel consumption and wear.
Negative: A little weak in the wet.

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7th: Fulda EcoControl

Fulda EcoControl
  1. Total: 28.4
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 4
  4. Comfort: 3.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Very low wear.
Negative: Relatively low wet grip.

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8th: Yokohama BluEarth AE01

Yokohama BluEarth AE01
  1. Total: 26.8
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 5.2
  4. Comfort: 4.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.6
  6. Wear: 4.4
Positive: Top marks on dry roads, good in the wet.
Negative: High wear.

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9th: Dunlop SP StreetResponse

Dunlop SP StreetResponse
  1. Total: 27.2
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 4.6
  4. Comfort: 4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.4
  6. Wear: 5.4
Positive: Low fuel consumption.
Negative: Weak in the wet.

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10th: Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco

Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco
  1. Total: 26.2
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 4.8
  4. Comfort: 4.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.4
  6. Wear: 5
Negative: Compared to the best, weak in the wet.

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11th: Kumho Solus KH17

Kumho Solus KH17
  1. Total: 25
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Comfort: 3.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5
  6. Wear: 4
Positive: Good in the wet.
Negative: High fuel consumption, high wear.

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12th: Firestone Multihawk

Firestone Multihawk
  1. Total: 25.2
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 4.6
  4. Comfort: 3.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.2
  6. Wear: 5
Negative: Weak in the wet.

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13th: Semperit Comfort Life 2

Semperit Comfort Life 2
  1. Total: 24.2
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 3.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.4
  6. Wear: 3.4
Negative: High wear.

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14th: GT Radial Champiro ECO

GT Radial Champiro ECO
  1. Total: 25.6
  2. Dry: 5.2
  3. Wet: 3.6
  4. Comfort: 4.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.2
  6. Wear: 6
Positive: Low fuel consumption.
Negative: Poor wet grip.

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15th: Infinity INF 030

Infinity INF 030
  1. Total: 22.8
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Comfort: 2.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 5.4
  5. Wear: 9
Positive: Top marks for wear.
Negative: Loud, very bad in the wet.

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