2019 Gute Fahrt Summer 18 Inch Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingPirelli P Zero PZ4: 34.1 M
Apollo Aspire XP: 35.9 M
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 43.5 M
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 46.1 M
Straight AquaDunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 77.7 Km/H
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 71.8 Km/H
PriceFalken Azenis FK510: 312
Continental Premium Contact 6: 404
For 2019, the German publication Gute Fahrt has tested ten 225/40 R18 summer tyre patterns using a VW Golf, but unlike in 2018 where they included all season tyres in the test, this year they've included a 17 and 19 inch comparison tyre.

Unfortunately, like the 2018 test, this tyre test is a little peculiar.

Firstly, while the magazine seems to have tested the tyres in dry and wet handling tests, it hasn't given us any lap times. Instead, it opted to subjectively rate the tyres, but only out of five points, which is nearly meaningless so we've left it out.

Secondly, while the inclusion of a 17 and 19 inch wheel and tyre combination is a good benchmark (we wonder where they got that idea from), it would have made more sense to use one of the patterns in the 18 inch test. Instead, they used the old P Zero, which in 17 inch fitment has beaten the new and improved P Zero PZ4 in 18 inches.

Thirdly, their rolling resistance results are quoted in BHP gained or lost, which is a first, and finally, every tyre in the test was recommended, with the ninth place overall tyre having no negative comments!

In short, don't put too much weight on these results, as a lot of the data is strange, but it's nice to see two of the tyre we expect to be at the top, at the top.

Dry

Wet

Price

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/40 R18
The best balance of performance on test, excellent handling and short stopping distances on dry and wet surfaces, high aquaplaning resistance.
Relatively high rolling resistance.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 225/40 R18
Best wet braking on test, high aquaplaning resistance, good dry handling, low fuel use, good levels of comfort.
Slight oversteer during wet handling.
Highly Recommended.

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4th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 225/40 R18
Shortest dry braking, highest aquaplaning resistance, good comfort.
None mentioned
Highly Recommended.

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5th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
  • 225/40 R18
A well balanced tyre, good wet handling, high aquaplaning resistance.
None mentioned.
Highly Recommended.

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5th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 225/40 R18
Good handling and short braking distance on wet surfaces, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance, low noise
Average comfort.
Highly Recommended.

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7th: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 225/40 R18
Excellent dry handling, short dry and wet braking.
Unstable at the limit of wet handling, poor lateral aquaplaning.
Good.

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7th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 225/40 R18
Good handling and short stopping distance on dry and wet surfaces, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance, good level of comfort.
None mentioned.
Good.

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9th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
  • 225/40 R18
Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, high braking performance, high lateral stability on wet surfaces, low rolling resistance, good level of comfort.
None mentioned.
Good.

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10th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 225/40 R18
Short wet braking.
Understeer in the wet, high rolling resistance, average comfort.
Good.

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10th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 225/40 R18
Good handling in the dry and wet.
High rolling resistance, low comfort, long wet braking.
Good.

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