2020 ACE Mid Range Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMaxxis Premitra HP5
Best tyre for wet roadsFulda SportControl 2
The best tyre overallMaxxis Premitra HP5
The lowest fuel useFirestone RoadHawk
The quietest tyreSava Intensa UHP 2
Fulda SportControl 2
Apollo Aspire XP
Kleber Dynaxer HP4
Avon ZV7
The best value tyreMaxxis Premitra HP5
Sava Intensa UHP 2
The talented guys at ACE Europe have just released their first summer tyre test for 2020, and interestingly they've tested nine 215/55 R17 summer tyres from the mid range sector of the market!

Sadly, like ADAC, ACE doesn't provide any of the raw data, but the test still provides a rather unique insight into how the highly contested midrange sector of the market looks. These tyres often save you money when compared to a premium tyre, but don't fall into the performance category of "ditch finders" like budget tyres can. It's a shame there's no premium tyre as a benchmark, but it's something we're looking to do in the future!

The Best of the Mid Range

If you've been following tyre tests from the past 12 months, it should be no surprise that the Maxxis Premitra HP5 wins the test, acing nearly all the categories and showing no real weakness.

Goodyear will be pleased with their second tier brands Sava and Fulda, as they essentially matched their overall performance, locking out second and third spots.

Apollo, the owners of Vredestein, take fourth place, with a slight weakness in the wet, and everyone's midrange favourite brand Toyo struggled a little more in the dry for fifth.

Kleber, owned by Michelin, could only manage sixth place overall, again struggling in the wet but proving to be very quiet, where the Bridgestone owned Firestone also struggled on the wet surfaces, but had very low fuel useage.

Rounding out the test are Hankook and Avon. Both brands will be disappointed, but in particular this is a very unusual result for Hankook who are now considered a premium brand, and often beat premium rivals.

Results

1st: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Total: 308
  2. Dry: 51
  3. Wet: 60
  4. Rolling Resistance: 18
  5. Noise: 7
  6. Cost: 18
  7. Overall: 154
Positive: Short braking and good handling in the dry and wet, high aquaplaning resistance, low fuel use, good value
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Highly Recommended

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2nd: Sava Intensa UHP 2

Sava Intensa UHP 2
  1. Total: 292
  2. Dry: 47
  3. Wet: 56
  4. Rolling Resistance: 17
  5. Noise: 8
  6. Cost: 18
  7. Overall: 146
Positive: Good wet handling, high resistance to aquaplaning, low noise, good value
Negative: Long wet braking
Overall: Recommended

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3rd: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
  1. Total: 290
  2. Dry: 47
  3. Wet: 61
  4. Rolling Resistance: 17
  5. Noise: 8
  6. Cost: 12
  7. Overall: 145
Positive: Short braking and good handling in the wet, good aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Relatively expensive
Overall: Recommended

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4th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
  1. Total: 272
  2. Dry: 45
  3. Wet: 51
  4. Rolling Resistance: 17
  5. Noise: 8
  6. Cost: 15
  7. Overall: 136
Positive: Low noise
Negative: Average wet and dry handling, low lateral aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Recommended

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5th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  1. Total: 270
  2. Dry: 44
  3. Wet: 56
  4. Rolling Resistance: 16
  5. Noise: 7
  6. Cost: 12
  7. Overall: 135
Positive: Short wet braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Long dry braking, high rolling resistance, expensive
Overall: Recommended

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6th: Kleber Dynaxer HP4

Kleber Dynaxer HP4
  1. Total: 258
  2. Dry: 47
  3. Wet: 45
  4. Rolling Resistance: 17
  5. Noise: 8
  6. Cost: 12
  7. Overall: 129
Positive: Low noise
Negative: Average wet handling, weak aquaplaning resistance, expensive
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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7th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  1. Total: 252
  2. Dry: 44
  3. Wet: 43
  4. Rolling Resistance: 20
  5. Noise: 5
  6. Cost: 14
  7. Overall: 126
Positive: Very low rolling resistance
Negative: Long wet braking, poor wet handling, long dry braking, high noise
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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8th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  1. Total: 244
  2. Dry: 47
  3. Wet: 36
  4. Rolling Resistance: 19
  5. Noise: 7
  6. Cost: 13
  7. Overall: 122
Positive: Good handling in the dry, low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor wet handling, very poor lateral aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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9th: Avon ZV7

Avon ZV7
  1. Total: 238
  2. Dry: 41
  3. Wet: 41
  4. Rolling Resistance: 16
  5. Noise: 8
  6. Cost: 13
  7. Overall: 119
Positive: Low noise
Negative: Long braking distances and poor handling in the dry, high rolling resistance
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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