2012 European Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16

Below are the 205/55 R16 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.

The Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 5

Continental Premium Contact 5
  1. Total: 27.8
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Comfort: 3
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.2
  6. Wear: 5.4
Positive: Very well balanced tire, particularly strong in the wet, low fuel consumption.

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2nd: Goodyear OptiGrip

Goodyear OptiGrip
  1. Total: 28.6
  2. Dry: 6.2
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 3.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.8
  6. Wear: 8.4
Positive: Very well balanced tyre, very low wear

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3rd: Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response

Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response
  1. Total: 28.8
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 3.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.2
  6. Wear: 7
Positive: Very well balanced tyre, low fuel consumption, low wear.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T001

Bridgestone Turanza T001
  1. Total: 27.6
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Comfort: 4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Wear: 5
Positive: Very well balanced tyre, strong in the wet.

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5th: Semperit Speed Life

Semperit Speed Life
  1. Total: 26.6
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.8
  6. Wear: 5
Positive: Very well balanced tyre, strong in all safety related disciplines.

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6th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7

Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  1. Total: 30.2
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 4.6
  4. Comfort: 4.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.6
  6. Wear: 8
Positive: Top marks for fuel consumption, low wear.
Negative: A little weak in the wet.

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7th: Yokohama C Drive2

Yokohama C Drive2
  1. Total: 27.2
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 6.6
  4. Comfort: 4.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5
  6. Wear: 4
Positive: Top marks in the wet.
Negative: Relatively high wear.

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9th: Uniroyal RainExpert

Uniroyal RainExpert
  1. Total: 25.2
  2. Dry: 6.4
  3. Wet: 6.2
  4. Comfort: 3
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.6
  6. Wear: 4
Positive: Strong in the wet.
Negative: Relatively high wear.

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10th: Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco

Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco
  1. Total: 26.8
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 4.6
  4. Comfort: 4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.6
  6. Wear: 5
Positive: Top marks for fuel efficiency.
Negative: A little weak in the wet.

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11th: Maloya Lugano

Maloya Lugano
  1. Total: 25.4
  2. Dry: 6.2
  3. Wet: 4.8
  4. Comfort: 3.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.8
  6. Wear: 5.4
Negative: Slightly weak in the wet.

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12th: Fulda EcoControl HP

Fulda EcoControl HP
  1. Total: 27
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 3.6
  4. Comfort: 4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6.2
  6. Wear: 6
Positive: Low fuel consumpion.
Negative: Weak in the wet.

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13th: Nokian V

Nokian V
  1. Total: 25
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 3.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.2
  6. Wear: 4
Negative: Relatively high wear.

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14th: Nexen N8000

Nexen N8000
  1. Total: 23.4
  2. Dry: 6.4
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Comfort: 4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4.4
  6. Wear: 3
Positive: Good in the wet.
Negative: High fuel consumption, highest wear.

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15th: Kumho Ecsta HM KH31

Kumho Ecsta HM KH31
  1. Total: 24.6
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 4.6
  4. Comfort: 3.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5.4
  6. Wear: 4
Negative: Somewhat weak in the wet, high wear.

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Note: The "Formula C" tyre finished in 8th place with the best marks for wear and a low fuel consumption, but a weakness in the wet. Unfortunately at time of writing we couldn't find enough information to include it in our database.

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