2018 All Road 265/60 R18 4x4 Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental ContiSportContact 5 SUV
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental ContiSportContact 5 SUV
Hankook Ventus ST
Best tyre offroadHankook Ventus ST
The lowest fuel useContinental ContiSportContact 5 SUV
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV
The quietest tyrePirelli Scorpion Verde
Kumho Crugen HP91
Goodride SU318 HT
Thanks to the explosion in SUV type vehicles, tyre companies are feverishly updating their SUV and 4x4 product lines. To see which manufacturer is currently doing the best job, Auto Bild Allrad have tested eight of the latest patterns in the large 265/60 R18 size.

It's actually surprisingly difficult to test the off-road capabilities of tyres, but Auto Bild do a great job of testing the grass, sand, gravel and mud capabilities of each tyre on test - not that the average British SUV sees these sorts of conditions in the suburbs of East London.

As this is a very data heavy test we'll keep the words to a minimum and let the results do the talking. Details below, be sure to check out the Auto Bild website for the full test (in German)

Dry

In both the dry tests, the Continental proved to be the strongest, with both the low cost tyres being significantly behind in the dry braking test.

Wet

In the wet the gap widened even further, with the cheapest tyre on test stopping 20 meters behind the best. 20 meters is the difference between stopping safely and a high speed accident. 

Off Road

Tyres which worked well on the road coped with the gravel tests, but generally did worst on mud and grass.

Environment

Results

Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV1st: Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV
Total: 35 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7 / Offroad: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6
Positive: Excellent balanced performance, accurate steering, short braking in the dry and wet.
Negative: Average traction in mud.
Overall: Test winner.

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Hankook Ventus ST1st: Hankook Ventus ST
Total: 30 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Offroad: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 5
Positive: Good off-road, high resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distances in the wet, well priced.
Negative: High rolling resistance.
Overall: Test winner.

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Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV3rd: Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV
Total: 28 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Offroad: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 5
Positive: Good handling in the dry and wet, good lateral stability and steering response, good comfort levels.
Negative: Average traction in mud.
Overall: Recommended.

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde4th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde
Total: 35 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6 / Offroad: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 7
Positive: High grip and good handling in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average stability and understeer in the wet.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Kumho Crugen HP915th: Kumho Crugen HP91
Total: 30 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Offroad: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 7
Positive: High grip on sand and mud, balance in the wet, well priced.
Negative: Slow steering and understeer in the dry.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV6th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV
Total: 29 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 4 / Offroad: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 4
Positive: Good handling in the dry, good comfort levels, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer and long braking distances in the wet. High noise level.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Apollo Apterra HT27th: Apollo Apterra HT2
Total: 21 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 4 / Offroad: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 4
Positive: Highest resistance to aquaplaning, high level of comfort.
Negative: Average off-road performance, slow steering, understeer in the dry and wet, long braking distances in the wet.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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Goodride SU318 HT8th: Goodride SU318 HT
Total: 24 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 1 / Offroad: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7
Positive: Good off-road performance, low price.
Negative: Very poor grip, poor balance and very long braking distances in the wet.
Overall: Not Recommended.

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