2019 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 34.2 M
Kumho Ecsta PS71: 37.1 M
Dry HandlingPirelli P Zero: 118 Km/H
Firestone RoadHawk: 115.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingHankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 28.7 M
Maxxis Premitra HP5: 33.2 M
Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 76.5 Km/H
Kleber Dynaxer UHP: 71.6 Km/H
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 99.7 Km/H
Firestone RoadHawk: 90.7 Km/H
Subj. ComfortMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 9 Points
Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 2 Points
NoiseNokian WetProof: 71.3 dB
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 75 dB
WearGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 54210 Km
Kumho Ecsta PS71: 26520 Km
ValueSava Intensa UHP 2: 06.47 Price/1000
Pirelli P Zero: 12.26 Price/1000
PriceSava Intensa UHP 2: 290
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 520
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 07.49 kg / t
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 11.49 kg / t
This is going to be a long test! The German publication Auto Bild often perform the most thorough tyre tests of any of the traditional publications, and 2019 is no exception. After taking fifty three 225/45 R17 tyre patterns through wet and dry braking testing to establish the top twenty available in the market, Auto Bild have run the best of the 17" tyres through an extremely thorough full test, and even included the often omitted wear test!

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 continued on from a very strong run of results in 2018 to win the test overall, with the brand new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 a very close second. The new Goodyear only had one weakness, the rolling resistance testing, and was also reported to have a very high purchase price, which no longer applies in the UK market.

Third place was joint awarded to another new tyre, the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3. This continues on the excellent results Hankook has achieved with the new Ventus Prime 3 in 2018, and confirms what the market has suspected for a while - Hankook is now a premium player. The more established Falken FK510 matched the Hankook, with its only weakness being wear.

It's also worth noting that this is the first test the seventh place Nokian WetProof has been featured in. WetProof by name, the new Nokian proved to be extremely strong in the wet handling tests, but struggled during the aquaplaning testing.

Dry

If you average the dry braking and dry handling results, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is the best dry weather tyre overall, with a huge gap during the dry braking testing. The Auto Bild testers also commented that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was the best handling tyre on test, giving excellent steering feel and precision.

Wet

The top four tyres during wet braking were all extremely close, with the new Hankook just beating the new Goodyear for the best wet braking tyre on test.

The test-winning Michelin proved to be extremely strong during wet handling, leading the pack by a small margin.

And somehow the Michelin tyre also dominated the straight aquaplaning testing, which is normally an opposing quality to tests like dry grip and handling.

Environment

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 proved to have the lowest fuel use on test.

All tyres, apart from the Bridgestone T005 were separated by less than 3dB during the external noise testing, with the new Nokian WetProof the quietest tyre on test.

Each tyre was given a subjective comfort score, with the Michelin again being in a class of one.

Cost

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 beat Michelin at it's own game, having the lowest wear on test! Michelin and Continental were a close second and third place, which is great to see as wear has been a weak point for Continental in the past. 

The new Goodyear was the most expensive tyre tested, which would be to do with the new nature of the tyre. If you see our pricing below, the new Goodyear is already significantly cheaper than the Michelin in the UK.

Most importantly, the "value" test, where the magazine divides the purchase price by the potential wear had the Continental and Falken as the best value tyres of the top six places! With the corrected Goodyear pricing, the new Asymmetric 5 also looks to be extremely good value.

Results

Below are the overall results and testers commentary. Be sure to check out the full test on autobild.de, and feel free to leave any comments or questions below.

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+0.9 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua1st
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise4th+0.3 dB
Wear2nd-3120 Km
Value10th+2.93 Price/1000
Price19th+190
Rolling Resistance15th+2.31 kg / t
Positive: Best driving dynamics on test, and in the top 3 in almost all tests. Excellent wet and dry handling, low wear.
Negative: High purchase price, average rolling resistance.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Dry Braking2nd+0.5 M
Dry Handling8th-1.2 Km/H
Wet Braking2nd+0.1 M
Wet Handling5th-1.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-4.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort11th-3 Points
Noise12th+1.3 dB
Wear1st
Value12th+3.12 Price/1000
Price20th+230
Rolling Resistance14th+2.12 kg / t
Positive: Excellent wet handling with high steering precision, short braking distances, extremely low wear leading to an excellent price / performance ratio.
Negative: High purchase price, average comfort.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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3rd: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
Dry Braking16th+1.8 M
Dry Handling4th-0.6 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+0.3 M
Wet Handling7th-2.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-4.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise5th+0.4 dB
Wear9th-14820 Km
Value5th+2.29 Price/1000
Price7th+55
Rolling Resistance11th+1.99 kg / t
Positive: Good wet and dry grip, sporty dry handling, excellent wet braking, well priced.
Negative: Average mileage.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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3rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
Dry Braking6th+1 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling11th-3.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua7th-4.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort11th-3 Points
Noise6th+0.5 dB
Wear7th-12870 Km
Value8th+2.72 Price/1000
Price12th+90
Rolling Resistance11th+1.99 kg / t
Positive: Extremely well balanced performance, precise steering and good feedback in the dry, best wet braking, well priced.
Negative: Average comfort.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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5th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking14th+1.6 M
Dry Handling10th-1.6 Km/H
Wet Braking7th+1.2 M
Wet Handling10th-3.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua16th-7.9 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise12th+1.3 dB
Wear3rd-3510 Km
Value2nd+1.62 Price/1000
Price16th+120
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.74 kg / t
Positive: A well balanced performance with good wet handling, short wet and dry braking distances, low rolling resistance, low wear.
Negative: Average aquaplaning results.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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6th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
Dry Braking4th+0.9 M
Dry Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking15th+3.3 M
Wet Handling13th-3.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua13th-5.9 Km/H
Subj. Comfort11th-3 Points
Noise8th+0.6 dB
Wear12th-15990 Km
Value6th+2.3 Price/1000
Price5th+45
Rolling Resistance8th+1.6 kg / t
Positive: Sporty summer tyre with excellent handling, good dry braking, very good curved aquaplaning, low noise, low rolling resistance, low price.
Negative: Average mileage.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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7th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
Dry Braking6th+1 M
Dry Handling11th-1.7 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+1 M
Wet Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua19th-8.9 Km/H
Subj. Comfort15th-4 Points
Noise1st
Wear13th-16770 Km
Value15th+3.81 Price/1000
Price14th+95
Rolling Resistance13th+2 kg / t
Positive: Wet specialist with the best wet cornering, precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances, low noise.
Negative: Poor aquaplaning result.
Overall: Recommended.

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8th: Pirelli P Zero

Pirelli P Zero
Dry Braking4th+0.9 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+0.2 M
Wet Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua14th-7.4 Km/H
Subj. Comfort11th-3 Points
Noise18th+2.2 dB
Wear14th-18330 Km
Value20th+5.79 Price/1000
Price18th+150
Rolling Resistance16th+2.78 kg / t
Positive: Excellent wet and dry handling, precise steering with good feedback, short wet and dry braking.
Negative: Average mileage, high fuel use.
Overall: Recommended.

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9th: Sava Intensa UHP 2

Sava Intensa UHP 2
Dry Braking13th+1.5 M
Dry Handling8th-1.2 Km/H
Wet Braking18th+4.1 M
Wet Handling15th-3.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua9th-4.8 Km/H
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise12th+1.3 dB
Wear4th-9360 Km
Value1st
Price1st
Rolling Resistance9th+1.73 kg / t
Positive: Good dry handling, good aquaplaning results, low wear, best price / performance ratio.
Negative: Slightly reduced wet grip.
Overall: Recommended.

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10th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
Dry Braking17th+2.1 M
Dry Handling17th-2.3 Km/H
Wet Braking11th+2.3 M
Wet Handling9th-2.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua10th-5.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise3rd+0.2 dB
Wear8th-13650 Km
Value3rd+1.91 Price/1000
Price6th+50
Rolling Resistance5th+1.48 kg / t
Positive: Stable wet handling, good aquaplaning resistance, good comfort, low fuel use, good price / performance ratio.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling.
Overall: Recommended.

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10th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Dry Braking10th+1.1 M
Dry Handling5th-0.9 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+2.1 M
Wet Handling14th-3.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua12th-5.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort15th-4 Points
Noise11th+1 dB
Wear11th-15600 Km
Value9th+2.85 Price/1000
Price9th+70
Rolling Resistance20th+4 kg / t
Positive: Short dry and wet braking, good steering precision and grip in the dry handling test, low noise.
Negative: High rolling resistance.
Overall: Recommended.

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10th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
Dry Braking12th+1.4 M
Dry Handling18th-2.4 Km/H
Wet Braking10th+2.2 M
Wet Handling4th-1.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua17th-8 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise20th+3.7 dB
Wear6th-12840 Km
Value12th+3.12 Price/1000
Price15th+110
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Sporty dynamic wet handling, short braking distances, lowest rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling, average comfort, average noise.
Overall: Recommended.

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13th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Dry Braking11th+1.2 M
Dry Handling6th-1 Km/H
Wet Braking12th+2.7 M
Wet Handling18th-4.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua3rd-3.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort20th-7 Points
Noise9th+0.9 dB
Wear5th-12480 Km
Value7th+2.64 Price/1000
Price12th+90
Rolling Resistance10th+1.94 kg / t
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, good handling and short braking distances in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the wet.
Overall: Recommended.

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14th: Yokohama Advan Fleva V701

Yokohama Advan Fleva V701
Dry Braking6th+1 M
Dry Handling14th-1.8 Km/H
Wet Braking19th+4.2 M
Wet Handling16th-4.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua15th-7.5 Km/H
Subj. Comfort15th-4 Points
Noise2nd+0.1 dB
Wear14th-18330 Km
Value17th+4.96 Price/1000
Price16th+120
Rolling Resistance7th+1.59 kg / t
Positive: Short dry braking, low noise, low fuel use.
Negative: Average grip and handling in the wet, high wear.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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15th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
Dry Braking19th+2.9 M
Dry Handling11th-1.7 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+3 M
Wet Handling8th-2.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-2.9 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise15th+1.4 dB
Wear18th-23790 Km
Value18th+5.36 Price/1000
Price9th+70
Rolling Resistance18th+3.18 kg / t
Positive: Very good aquaplaning results, good wet handling, good comfort.
Negative: Average dry grip, high wear, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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16th: Kleber Dynaxer UHP

Kleber Dynaxer UHP
Dry Braking15th+1.7 M
Dry Handling18th-2.4 Km/H
Wet Braking17th+3.4 M
Wet Handling20th-4.9 Km/H
Straight Aqua18th-8.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise6th+0.5 dB
Wear10th-15160 Km
Value11th+3.01 Price/1000
Price11th+80
Rolling Resistance6th+1.5 kg / t
Positive: Low noise, low fuel use.
Negative: Average wet performance with poor steering, understeer in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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17th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
Dry Braking17th+2.1 M
Dry Handling15th-2 Km/H
Wet Braking20th+4.5 M
Wet Handling17th-4.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua11th-5.2 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise16th+1.7 dB
Wear16th-18720 Km
Value4th+1.98 Price/1000
Price2nd+10
Rolling Resistance4th+0.98 kg / t
Positive: Well priced, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slight understeer in the dry and wet, slow steering response, average mileage.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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18th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
Dry Braking6th+1 M
Dry Handling20th-2.7 Km/H
Wet Braking15th+3.3 M
Wet Handling19th-4.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua20th-9 Km/H
Subj. Comfort15th-4 Points
Noise16th+1.7 dB
Wear16th-18720 Km
Value14th+3.25 Price/1000
Price7th+55
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.2 kg / t
Positive: Short dry braking.
Negative: Understeer balance handling and limited steering precision in the dry and wet, poor aquaplaning reserves.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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19th: Kenda Emera A1

Kenda Emera A1
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M
Dry Handling16th-2.2 Km/H
Wet Braking8th+1.6 M
Wet Handling6th-2 Km/H
Straight Aqua4th-4 Km/H
Subj. Comfort15th-4 Points
Noise9th+0.9 dB
Wear19th-26130 Km
Value16th+4.57 Price/1000
Price3rd+20
Rolling Resistance17th+2.8 kg / t
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling, very poor wear.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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20th: Kumho Ecsta PS71

Kumho Ecsta PS71
Dry Braking19th+2.9 M
Dry Handling11th-1.7 Km/H
Wet Braking13th+2.9 M
Wet Handling11th-3.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-4.2 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise19th+2.8 dB
Wear20th-27690 Km
Value19th+5.6 Price/1000
Price4th+30
Rolling Resistance19th+3.57 kg / t
Positive: Good aquaplaning properties, good dry handling.
Negative: Very poor wear, very high rolling resistance.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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