2018 Auto Bild 15 inch Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Best tyre for wet roadsBridgestone Turanza T005
The lowest fuel useGiti GitiSynergy E1
The most comfortableAvon ZV7
Vredestein Sportrac 5
Fulda EcoControl HP
Bridgestone Turanza T005
The lowest wearFulda EcoControl HP
Michelin Energy Saver
The quietest tyreInfinity Ecosis
Vredestein Sportrac 5
There's a lot of tyres in the 2018 Auto Bild 195/65 R15 test, so we'll keep the intro as short as possible and let the data do the talking.

It's worth keeping in mind, the twenty tyres chosen for this test have been through a 51 tyre wet and dry braking pretest. This means the tyres included in this test are some of the best tyres available on the market, had Auto Bild included some of the worst tyres in the pretest, the gap between the best and the worst tyres overall would have been much larger.

Dry

In the dry the Hankook dominated, winning both dry braking and dry handling tests. Firestone, which is a midrange brand developed by Bridgestone, beat its parent company to finish second in both dry tests, and the Maxxis Premitra HP5 was third best overall. 

Wet

While Bridgestone couldn't match its subrange Firestone in the dry, it dominates in the wet. The first showing of the new Turanza T005 proves Bridgestone have finally got on top of their wet weather issues, and win both wet braking and wet handling tests.

Uniroyal, a brand well known for their wet weather performance manages second during wet braking but struggles during the wet handling test, probably due to it's extremely soft sidewalls affecting the handling, while Hankook proves you can make a tyre which works in both the wet and dry with the Prime 3 finishing third place in both wet braking and wet handling.

What the Uniroyal lacked in wet handling, it makes up for during aquaplaning testing, finishing a long way ahead of the second and third placed Avon and Goodyear.

Environment

The new brand, Giti prove to have the lowest fuel use on test by a significant margin, where Bridgestone blends low fuel use and wet performance better than any other tyre.

Cost

While the Infinity and Maxxis are some of the cheapest tyres on test (see third chart below), the Maxxis in particular proves to be very poor value due to having the highest wear.

The Fulda has the second lowest purchase price and the best projected wear, meaning the cost per 1000km is by far the best.

Results

The magazine scoring and testers notes below. As always, you can check out the Auto Bild website for the full details (in German)

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1251st: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 40 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 5
Positive: Test winner with excellent all round driving qualities. Strong in the wet and wet with precise steering and short wet and dry braking. Good comfort, good value for money.
Negative: Average aquaplaning result.

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Continental Premium Contact 52nd: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 37 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 5
Positive: Excellent premium tyre without fault. Good steering and balance in the wet, short wet and dry braking. Quiet.
Negative: Expensive.

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Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun3rd: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
Total: 39 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 8
Positive: Excellent aquaplaning safety, good steering precision and stable handling in the dry. Short wet and dry braking. Low wear.
Negative: Relatively high rolling resistance.

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Firestone RoadHawk4th: Firestone RoadHawk
Total: 36 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 4 / Wear: 5
Positive: A well priced summer tyre with excellent handling, good steering precision and short braking in both the dry and wet. Good comfort.
Negative: Noisy.

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Michelin Energy Saver5th: Michelin Energy Saver
Total: 42 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 10
Positive: Lowest wear and excellent rolling resistance. Short braking distances and precise handling in the dry.
Negative: Poor curved aquaplaning, high purchase price.

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Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde6th: Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde
Total: 36 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7
Positive: A well balanced premium tyre with safe handling in all conditions. Short wet and dry braking distances, good mileage.
Negative: Poor curved aquaplaning.

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Bridgestone Turanza T0057th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
Total: 43 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 7
Positive: Top wet result, short wet and dry braking distance, stable dry handling, low wear and ow fuel use.
Negative: Average aquaplaning result, high price.

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Fulda EcoControl HP8th: Fulda EcoControl HP
Total: 42 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 10
Positive: Very good aquaplaning, good handling and excellent steering in the dry, lowest wear on test and lowest price.
Negative: Average wet braking.

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Vredestein Sportrac 59th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 42 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 7
Positive: Balance performance in the dry and wet, short dry braking distances, low noise, low wear.
Negative: Average aquaplaning result.

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance10th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 38 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 4
Positive: Best curved aquaplaning result, stable handling in the wet and dry.
Negative: Average fuel use, average mileage.

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Dunlop Sport BluResponse11th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 36 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 4
Positive: Good aquaplaning result, stable handling in the wet and dry.
Negative: Average fuel use, average mileage.

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Uniroyal RainExpert 312th: Uniroyal RainExpert 3
Total: 34 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6
Positive: Best straight aquaplaning result, short wet braking distances.
Negative: High levels of understeer in the wet and dry.

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Infinity Ecosis13th: Infinity Ecosis
Total: 33 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 4
Positive: Stable dry handling, low noise, low price.
Negative: Average aquaplaning result, average mileage.

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Avon ZV714th: Avon ZV7
Total: 31 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 3 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 4
Positive: Good aquaplaning result, good comfort.
Negative: Understeer in the dry, average price.

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BFGoodrich gGrip15th: BFGoodrich gGrip
Total: 36 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 9
Positive: VEry low wear, low rolling resistance, low fuel use.
Negative: Poor wet grip.

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Cooper Zeon CS816th: Cooper Zeon CS8
Total: 29 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 2 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 4
Positive: Balance performance in the wet, good comfort.
Negative: Understeer in the dry, average wear, high rolling resistance.

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Giti GitiSynergy E117th: Giti GitiSynergy E1
Total: 38 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6
Positive: Good comfort, good wear, lowest fuel use in test.
Negative: High understeer in the dry.

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Kleber Dynaxer HP 318th: Kleber Dynaxer HP 3
Total: 34 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7
Positive: Low wear, good comfort, good value for money.
Negative: Limited wet grip, long dry braking.

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Nokian Line19th: Nokian Line
Total: 30 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 2
Positive: Short braking in the dry, low rolling resistance, good comfort levels.
Negative: Poor curved aquaplaning result, high wear.

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Maxxis Premitra HP520th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
Total: 32 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 1
Positive: Short dry braking, balance wet performance.
Negative: Very high wear making the tyre the worst value on test. Average comfort.

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