2018 Ace 235/45 R18 Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsPirelli P Zero
Best tyre for wet roadsKumho Ecsta PS71
The lowest fuel useSemperit SpeedLife 2
The best dry handlingPirelli P Zero
The quietest tyreFalken Azenis FK510
Kumho Ecsta PS71
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
The best value tyreMaxxis Premitra HP5
The best wet handlingFalken Azenis FK510
It's not often you see a tyre test where the highest placed premium manufacturer is placed in fifth place, and often test winning Goodyear and Michelin brands are eighth and ninth respectively, but that's exactly what the 2018 ACE / GTU 235/45 R18 tyre test shows.

Sadly, ACE / GTU haven't provided any data to show how they came to this result, instead choosing to score the various tests such as dry braking with a relative score, so we can't be sure exactly how they came to this order.

What we do know is that the test was done using a heavy, all wheel drive, 280 bhp VW Passat Estate, which might have had an impact on the overall results, but it would have still been useful to see things like braking distances and lap times to enable us to make our own judgement.

With this in mind, make sure you look at other tyre tests and user reviews to get a bigger picture of the market place, as the lessons from this test are somewhat limited.

Results

1st: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  1. Total: 150
  2. Dry: 35
  3. Wet: 57
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Wet Subjective: 9
  6. Rolling Resistance: 16
  7. Noise: 9
  8. Cost: 13
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2nd: Kumho Ecsta PS71

Kumho Ecsta PS71
  1. Total: 149
  2. Dry: 35
  3. Wet: 59
  4. Subjective: 9
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 14
  7. Noise: 9
  8. Cost: 15
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2nd: Nokian zLine

Nokian zLine
  1. Total: 149
  2. Dry: 37
  3. Wet: 55
  4. Subjective: 10
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 18
  7. Noise: 7
  8. Cost: 14
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4th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
  1. Total: 146
  2. Dry: 35
  3. Wet: 57
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 15
  7. Noise: 9
  8. Cost: 11
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5th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Total: 145
  2. Dry: 37
  3. Wet: 55
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 18
  7. Noise: 7
  8. Cost: 9
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6th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Total: 142
  2. Dry: 38
  3. Wet: 50
  4. Subjective: 7
  5. Wet Subjective: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 16
  7. Noise: 7
  8. Cost: 17
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7th: Pirelli P Zero

Pirelli P Zero
  1. Total: 142
  2. Dry: 39
  3. Wet: 50
  4. Subjective: 12
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 16
  7. Noise: 8
  8. Cost: 9
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8th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
  1. Total: 139
  2. Dry: 34
  3. Wet: 51
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 17
  7. Noise: 8
  8. Cost: 10
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9th: Michelin Primacy 3

Michelin Primacy 3
  1. Total: 137
  2. Dry: 35
  3. Wet: 49
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 17
  7. Noise: 8
  8. Cost: 9
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10th: Semperit SpeedLife 2

Semperit SpeedLife 2
  1. Total: 135
  2. Dry: 29
  3. Wet: 49
  4. Subjective: 10
  5. Wet Subjective: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 20
  7. Noise: 8
  8. Cost: 13
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11th: Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Vredestein Ultrac Satin
  1. Total: 134
  2. Dry: 32
  3. Wet: 49
  4. Subjective: 11
  5. Wet Subjective: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 15
  7. Noise: 8
  8. Cost: 11
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