2017 Summer SUV Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
Best tyre for wet roadsNokian Hakka Black
The lowest fuel useContinental Premium Contact 6
The most comfortableNokian Hakka Black
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV
Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx
Nexen N Fera RU1
The quietest tyreContinental Premium Contact 6
Nokian Hakka Black
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV
Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx
Nexen N Fera RU1
With the SUV sector booming, tyre manufacturers are starting to merge their car and SUV lines into one product. The latest, and according to this test by the Swedish magazine Vi Bilägare, greatest example of this, is the new Continental Premium Contact 6.

While only five patterns of tyres were tested, it was a good mix of 235/40 R18 tyres which are usually fitted to vehicles like the VW Tiguan and Volvo XC70.

The premium manufacturers were represented by Continental and Dunlop, the mid range by Hankook and Nokian, and the quickly improving Nexen represented the cheapest end of the market.

The results were surprisingly close overall. Nokian took the overall wet victory, and while the Continental was close in the wet handling test, the Nokian was in a league of its own during the wet braking tests. Hankook dominated the aquaplaning tests, with Nokian, Dunlop and Nexen close, and Continental performing the worse in the deep water testing.

During the dry tests, the new Continental showed how sacrificing a little aquaplaning performance can drastically change the dry results, where it dominated in both the dry braking and dry handling tests.

The difference in fuel consumption between the tyres was only 0.15 litres per 100/km. While Nexen won this category, it wasn't enough of a difference to have the magazine recommend the Nexen above any other tyre on test.

Lastly, all five tyres had similar results in the noise tests, but the Continental struggled a little in the subjective comfort testing.

The Results

Continental Premium Contact 61st: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Total: 83
  2. Dry: 20
  3. Wet: 43
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Noise: 4
Positive: Very good handling and safest behaviour at the limit of grip on dry surfaces, good handling on wet surfaces
Negative: Weakest resistance to aquaplaning, average comfort

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Nokian Hakka Black2nd: Nokian Hakka Black
  1. Total: 82
  2. Dry: 16
  3. Wet: 46
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Noise: 4
Positive: Short braking distances, excellent handling and overall the best results in the wet, good handling on dry surfaces, quick steering response and predictable behaviour at the limit of grip in all conditions
Negative: Worst fuel economy, most expensive tyre on test

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV3rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV
  1. Total: 78
  2. Dry: 16
  3. Wet: 42
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Noise: 4
Positive: A very well balanced all round tyre, highest resistance to aquaplaning, excellent grip and behaviour in the dry and wet, low fuel consumption, most comfortable tyre on test. Only lost out to two more expensive tyres
Negative: None mentioned

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Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx4th: Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx
  1. Total: 64
  2. Dry: 16
  3. Wet: 32
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4
  6. Noise: 4
Positive: Good dry handling time
Negative: Tendency to sudden loss of grip on dry and wet surfaces (the tyres react very quickly to the steering inputs but this causes unpredictably), lowest lateral stability on wet surfaces

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Nexen N Fera RU15th: Nexen N Fera RU1
  1. Total: 56
  2. Dry: 12
  3. Wet: 26
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 4
Positive: Low noise level, low fuel consumption
Negative: Long braking distance and poor handling on wet surfaces

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