2019 SUV 4x4 Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 34 M
CST Medallion MD A1: 37.8 M
Dry HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 104.7 Km/H
Cooper Zeon CS8: 102.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 46.9 M
CST Medallion MD A1: 60.2 M
Wet HandlingNokian PowerProof: 89.8 Km/H
CST Medallion MD A1: 84.7 Km/H
Straight AquaMaxxis Premitra HP5: 82 Km/H
Nexen N Fera RU1: 77.8 Km/H
Gravel HandlingNokian PowerProof: 67.4 Km/H
Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 65 Km/H
Gravel TractionHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 9902 N
Continental Premium Contact 6: 8440 N
Grass TractionGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 9548 N
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 7987 N
Mud TractionCST Medallion MD A1: 2725 N
Continental Premium Contact 6: 2230 N
NoiseCST Medallion MD A1: 64.2 dB
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 67.4 dB
PriceCST Medallion MD A1: 270
Continental Premium Contact 6: 550
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 07.56 kg / t
Nexen N Fera RU1: 10.24 kg / t
The 2019 Auto Bild AllRad SUV tyre test tested ten 225/55 R17 tyre patterns using BMW X3, covering dry, wet, gravel, mud and grass performance! 

As with other tests in 2019, the gap between the best and worst tyres on test is getting ever smaller, and while the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 took another win, three tyres were awarded the second place slot!

The Continental PremiumContact 6, Hankook Ventus Prime 3 and Nokian PowerProof all were deemed "exemplary" buy Auto Bild, with each tyre having a slightly different balance of performance overall, but all equally as recommended.

This is a data heavy test so full information can be found below, but it's worth noting nearly any of the top six placed tyres would be excellent purchases in 2019. Check the results from each test carefully, and decide which tyre best suits your own personal requirements.



The Continental PremiumContact 6 proved to be the best in the dry, placing top in the dry braking and dry handling tests. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 placed a close second, with the Hankook third overall.


In the wet the Goodyear proved to be the best tyre, but the Nokian Powerproof was excellent during the wet handling test.

All ten tyres were extremely close during the aquaplaning testing.


Off-road testing is extremely difficult to conduct, and the results of these tests seemed to show no real trends.

The Nokian Powerproof was fastest during gravel handling, but only eighth overall for gravel traction, while the winning Hankook in the gravel traction test was slowest round the gravel handling lap!

There doesn't seem to be any correlation between gravel, grass and mud traction results.


As proven before, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 has extremely low rolling resistance.

The budget CST proved to be the quietest tyre on test, with the Hankook also scoring well.

The Continental PremiumContact 6 was the most expensive tyre to buy.


1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M
Dry Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua7th-1.8 Km/H
Gravel Handling5th-1.5 Km/H
Gravel Traction3rd-376 N
Grass Traction1st
Mud Traction4th-211 N
Noise3rd+0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance4th+1.13 kg / t
Positive: Excellent handling, precise steering response and very short stopping distances on dry and wet roads.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Test winner.

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2nd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+0.6 M
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-3.8 Km/H
Gravel Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H
Gravel Traction10th-1462 N
Grass Traction6th-782 N
Mud Traction10th-495 N
Noise8th+2.9 dB
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.83 kg / t
Positive: Excellent dry handling, very short wet and dry braking.
Negative: Poor grip in gravel and dirt.
Overall: Exemplary.

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2nd: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking3rd+1.6 M
Wet Handling6th-2 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-3.8 Km/H
Gravel Handling10th-2.4 Km/H
Gravel Traction1st
Grass Traction2nd-86 N
Mud Traction6th-305 N
Noise2nd+0.6 dB
Rolling Resistance7th+1.62 kg / t
Positive: Good dry handling, good wet and dry braking, good off road, best price / performance ratio.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary.

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2nd: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
Dry Braking4th+1.5 M
Dry Handling6th-1.3 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+4.3 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua5th-0.9 Km/H
Gravel Handling1st
Gravel Traction8th-1118 N
Grass Traction3rd-246 N
Mud Traction5th-300 N
Noise9th+3.2 dB
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.02 kg / t
Positive: Good performance on all types of surfaces, very good handling on gravel and wet asphalt.
Negative: Increased noise.
Overall: Exemplary.

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5th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
Dry Braking5th+1.6 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+4 M
Wet Handling4th-1 Km/H
Straight Aqua1st
Gravel Handling4th-1.1 Km/H
Gravel Traction4th-416 N
Grass Traction9th-1480 N
Mud Traction2nd-154 N
Noise6th+1.9 dB
Rolling Resistance9th+1.82 kg / t
Positive: Great aquaplaning resistance, good handling on dry and wet roads.
Negative: Weak grip on grass and sand.
Overall: Exemplary.

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6th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
Dry Braking6th+1.7 M
Dry Handling8th-1.9 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+3 M
Wet Handling5th-1.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-1 Km/H
Gravel Handling6th-1.8 Km/H
Gravel Traction7th-841 N
Grass Traction10th-1561 N
Mud Traction9th-330 N
Noise9th+3.2 dB
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Good handling in almost any environment, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Weak grip on grass.
Overall: Exemplary.

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7th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
Dry Braking8th+3.1 M
Dry Handling5th-0.9 Km/H
Wet Braking8th+5.7 M
Wet Handling7th-2.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua4th-0.6 Km/H
Gravel Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H
Gravel Traction5th-660 N
Grass Traction8th-1024 N
Mud Traction8th-318 N
Noise5th+1.3 dB
Rolling Resistance7th+1.62 kg / t
Positive: Good handling on gravel and in the dry, high aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Poor wet handling.
Overall: Good.

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8th: Nexen N Fera RU1

Nexen N Fera RU1
Dry Braking7th+2.5 M
Dry Handling7th-1.8 Km/H
Wet Braking7th+5.4 M
Wet Handling8th-2.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua10th-4.2 Km/H
Gravel Handling8th-2.1 Km/H
Gravel Traction2nd-310 N
Grass Traction7th-829 N
Mud Traction7th-315 N
Noise6th+1.9 dB
Rolling Resistance10th+2.68 kg / t
Positive: Acceptable handling on dry and wet roads, high grip on sand and gravel.
Negative: Long wet braking, highest rolling resistance.
Overall: Good.

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9th: Cooper Zeon CS8

Cooper Zeon CS8
Dry Braking9th+3.5 M
Dry Handling10th-2.4 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+7.8 M
Wet Handling9th-3 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H
Gravel Handling7th-2 Km/H
Gravel Traction6th-760 N
Grass Traction4th-669 N
Mud Traction3rd-183 N
Noise4th+1 dB
Rolling Resistance6th+1.23 kg / t
Positive: Good dry grip.
Negative: Poor wet handling, grip and long wet braking distances.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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10th: CST Medallion MD A1

CST Medallion MD A1
Dry Braking10th+3.8 M
Dry Handling9th-2.2 Km/H
Wet Braking10th+13.3 M
Wet Handling10th-5.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H
Gravel Handling9th-2.3 Km/H
Gravel Traction9th-1323 N
Grass Traction5th-712 N
Mud Traction1st
Rolling Resistance5th+1.18 kg / t
Positive: Low noise, excellent in the mud.
Negative: Dangerously long wet braking distances, poor wet handling, high levels of understeer in the dry.
Overall: Not Recommended.

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