2019 Mid Range Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingSemperit SpeedLife 2: 27.8 M
Dayton Touring 2: 30.7 M
Dry BrakingSemperit SpeedLife 2: 24.85 M
Dayton Touring 2: 25.98 M
Wet HandlingMaxxis Premitra HP5: 57.7 s
Dayton Touring 2: 60.2 s
Rolling ResistanceMaxxis Premitra HP5: 7.87 kg / t
Cooper Zeon CS8: 9.36 kg / t
NoiseCooper Zeon CS8: 66.4 dB
Nokian Nordman SX2: 67.3 dB
Straight AquaSemperit SpeedLife 2: 86.5 Km/H
Cooper Zeon CS8: 79.2 Km/H
Subj. Dry HandlingKleber Dynaxer HP 3: 9 Points
Cooper Zeon CS8: 7 Points
Subj. Wet HandlingDebica Presto HP: 8.9 Points
Sumitomo BC100: 7.9 Points
Finnish magazine Moottori have recently compared eight 205/55 R16 tyre patterns which sit in the midrange price category!

While midrange tyres are cheaper than their premium rivals, they're not the cheapest tyres available on market, so in theory should still provide a reasonable level of performance, just offering better value.

The full test data is below, and it's a shame Moottori didn't include a premium tyre as a reference to see exactly what performances change as the price gets cheaper.

It's also worth noting, Semperit is owned by Continental, Kleber by Michelin and Goodyear owns Debica.

Dry

During dry testing, the Semperit SpeedLife 2 offered the most grip during the dry braking testing, and the Nokian and Kleber proved to have the best subjective handling. Interestingly Moottori didn't offer the dry handling laptimes.

Wet

Semperit continued its strong performance in the wet, offering the highest grip in wet braking and handling, which isn't a huge surprise given Semperit is own by wet weather kings, Continental. As in the dry testing, Maxxis was again extremely close to Semperit.

Environment

Maxxis proved to have an excellent blend of wet performance and low rolling resistance.

While Cooper had the lowest noise.

Results

Semperit SpeedLife 21st: Semperit SpeedLife 2
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.42kg / t)
  5. Noise: 2nd (+0.1dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.2Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-0.4Points)
Positive: High aquaplaning resistance, short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces.
Negative: Tendency for liftoff oversteer.

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Maxxis Premitra HP52nd: Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.01M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  5. Noise: 6th (+0.7dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-6.5Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 4th (+-0.6Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-0.4Points)
Positive: Good handling on dry surfaces, short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Unstable during high speed cornering, increased noise.

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Nokian Nordman SX22nd: Nokian Nordman SX2
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+0.52M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+0.3s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.64kg / t)
  5. Noise: 8th (+0.9dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-6Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-0.4Points)
Positive: Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, including during emergency maneuvers, high aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Increased noise.

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Debica Presto HP4th: Debica Presto HP
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+1.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.12M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+0.4s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.09kg / t)
  5. Noise: 4th (+0.2dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-6.3Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 7th (+-1Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, short braking distance on a dry surface.
Negative: High rolling resistance, low resistance to aquaplaning, long braking distance on wet surfaces.

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Kleber Dynaxer HP 35th: Kleber Dynaxer HP 3
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.41M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+2.5s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.06kg / t)
  5. Noise: 2nd (+0.1dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-6.5Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.3Points)
Positive: Good handling on dry surfaces, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average wet handling and long wet braking.

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Cooper Zeon CS86th: Cooper Zeon CS8
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+1.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+0.59M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+0.7s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.49kg / t)
  5. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-7.3Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 8th (+-2Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-0.5Points)
Positive: Low noise, acceptable in the dry.
Negative: Low wet grip, high rolling resistance.

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Sumitomo BC1007th: Sumitomo BC100
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+1.07M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+2.2s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.78kg / t)
  5. Noise: 6th (+0.7dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-6.4Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 5th (+-0.8Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 7th (+-1Points)
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Long braking in the dry and wet, low wet grip and oversteer balance.

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Dayton Touring 28th: Dayton Touring 2
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+2.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+1.13M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+2.5s)
  4. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.53kg / t)
  5. Noise: 5th (+0.5dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-6.4Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-0.9Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 7th (+-1Points)
Positive: Acceptable aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Long braking distances and poor wet handling.

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