2020 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 32.1 M
Falken Azenis FK510: 36 M
Dry HandlingVredestein Ultrac Vorti: 117 Km/H
Zeetex HP2000 vfm: 112.5 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Potenza S001: 44.9 M
Maxxis Victra Sport 5: 52.2 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Potenza S001: 74.6 Km/H
Uniroyal Rainsport 3: 67.7 Km/H
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 99.1 Km/H
Zeetex HP2000 vfm: 90.7 Km/H
NoiseNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 71 dB
Bridgestone Potenza S001: 73.6 dB
WearContinental Premium Contact 6: 44900 Km
Kumho Ecsta PS71: 22450 Km
ValueFalken Azenis FK510: 11.90 Price/1000
Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 20.01 Price/1000
PriceZeetex HP2000 vfm: 300
Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 665
Rolling ResistanceFulda SportControl 2: 7.13 kg / t
Bridgestone Potenza S001: 9.82 kg / t
Following on from the fifty tyre braking shootout, Auto Bild have more thoroughly tested the best twenty 245/45 R18 summer tyres using a RWD BMW 5 Series.

The top three tyres should come as no surprise, with Continental, Goodyear and Michelin proving to be the most rounded tyres across all the testing. 

The Continental Premium Contact 6 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 tied for first place. As we found with our video comparison, both the Continental and Goodyear tyres offer sporty handling, good levels of grip in the dry and wet, and good comfort levels. Both tyres also topped the wear test, and when combined with their reasonable purchase price, offered some of the best value on test.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was a close third, and like the Continental and Goodyear provided to have an excellent rounded performance in all conditions. One thing worth noting, he Michelin had significantly worse wear than the Contiental and Goodyear, which when combined with the most expensive purchase price on test, meant the French tyre offered the worst value. An unusual situation for a Michelin tyre.

Other notable performances again come from Vredestein and its parent company Apollo in fourth and fifth place, while Nexen and Falken round out the list of "highly recommended" tyres in sixth and seventh. 

Dry

Michelin had its usual dry braking advantage, stopping nearly a meter shorter than any other tyre. 

Michelin's dry braking advantage could not be carried over to dry handling, with the Vredestien Ultrac Vorti proving to be best on test.

Wet

Bridgestone highlight their wet grip improvements to the S001, winning the wet braking testing.

Bridgestone continued the wet advantage through to the wet handling test.

Michelin took a second test win, proving best during the straight aquaplaning testing.

Wear

Continental has again shown to have the lowest wear on test, with Goodyear and Falken extremely close behind.

 Thanks to the excellent wear and reasonable purchase prices, the Falken, Goodyear and Continental prove to be the value of all twenty tyres.

Environment

The Fulda SportControl 2 had the lowest rolling resistance on test, with the Bridgestone having the highest by a margin.

The noise testing was relatively close, with the Nexen having the quietest pass-by noise levels.

The budget Zeetex tyre was the cheapest on test, but also the worst overall.

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M
Dry Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+2.3 M
Wet Handling6th-1.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua15th-5.5 Km/H
Noise19th+2.5 dB
Wear1st
Value3rd+0.91 Price/1000
Price19th+275
Rolling Resistance7th+0.5 kg / t
Positive: Balanced driving behavior at a high level. Dynamic handling with precise steering, short braking distances, best wear on test, low fuel use.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary.

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1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M
Dry Handling5th-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+3.2 M
Wet Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua14th-5.2 Km/H
Noise15th+1.8 dB
Wear2nd-5837 Km
Value2nd+0.39 Price/1000
Price12th+180
Rolling Resistance5th+0.42 kg / t
Positive: Sporty handling tyres in the wet and dry, precise steering, short braking distances, very good mileage, affordable price.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary.

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3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+1.6 M
Wet Handling9th-2.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua1st
Noise14th+1.5 dB
Wear5th-11674 Km
Value20th+8.11 Price/1000
Price20th+365
Rolling Resistance12th+0.96 kg / t
Positive: Sporty steering behaviour, excellent driving dynamics, good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances.
Negative: Expensive.
Overall: Exemplary.

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4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Dry Braking6th+1.3 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking12th+4 M
Wet Handling10th-3.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-3.6 Km/H
Noise15th+1.8 dB
Wear7th-12572 Km
Value7th+2.17 Price/1000
Price7th+155
Rolling Resistance19th+2.03 kg / t
Positive: Good grip and excellent handling in the dry and wet, precise steering, good aquaplaning resistance, well priced.
Negative: High rolling resistance.
Overall: Exemplary.

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5th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M
Dry Handling9th-1.6 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+2.4 M
Wet Handling11th-4 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-2.5 Km/H
Noise2nd+0.2 dB
Wear5th-11674 Km
Value5th+1.19 Price/1000
Price3rd+135
Rolling Resistance4th+0.3 kg / t
Positive: Good handling, short braking distances, low wear, good price / wear ratio.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary.

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6th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M
Dry Handling9th-1.6 Km/H
Wet Braking11th+3.4 M
Wet Handling13th-4.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua13th-4.1 Km/H
Noise1st
Wear9th-14817 Km
Value8th+3.22 Price/1000
Price7th+155
Rolling Resistance17th+1.85 kg / t
Positive: Safe driving behavior in the dry and wet,short braking distances, low noise, good comfort.
Negative: High rolling resistance.
Overall: Exemplary.

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7th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
Dry Braking19th+3.9 M
Dry Handling15th-2.2 Km/H
Wet Braking8th+3.1 M
Wet Handling16th-5.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-3.6 Km/H
Noise8th+1.1 dB
Wear2nd-5837 Km
Value1st
Price10th+165
Rolling Resistance15th+1.32 kg / t
Positive: Safe handling, short wet braking distances, low noise, low wear, very good price / performance ratio.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary.

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8th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
Dry Braking2nd+0.8 M
Dry Handling8th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking3rd+0.5 M
Wet Handling3rd-0.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua17th-6.4 Km/H
Noise17th+2.2 dB
Wear13th-17511 Km
Value14th+5.63 Price/1000
Price12th+180
Rolling Resistance9th+0.64 kg / t
Positive: Good handling and short braking in the wet and dry, precise steering.
Negative: Average wear.
Overall: Good.

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9th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M
Dry Handling9th-1.6 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+3.2 M
Wet Handling7th-2.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-2.5 Km/H
Noise17th+2.2 dB
Wear13th-17511 Km
Value11th+4.71 Price/1000
Price7th+155
Rolling Resistance10th+0.7 kg / t
Positive: Well priced tyres with balanced behavior in the wet and dry. good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Average wear.
Overall: Good.

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9th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
Dry Braking10th+2.1 M
Dry Handling13th-2 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+4.6 M
Wet Handling12th-4.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua19th-7.4 Km/H
Noise5th+0.5 dB
Wear13th-17511 Km
Value18th+8 Price/1000
Price17th+245
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Stable driving in the wet, short dry braking distances, good comfort, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average wear, high price.
Overall: Good.

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11th: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001
Dry Braking7th+1.4 M
Dry Handling12th-1.7 Km/H
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua7th-3.3 Km/H
Noise20th+2.6 dB
Wear11th-17062 Km
Value19th+8.04 Price/1000
Price18th+255
Rolling Resistance20th+2.69 kg / t
Positive: A wet specialist with a good balance and safe handling properties, good aquaplaning reserves, short braking distances.
Negative: Average wear, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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12th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M
Dry Handling5th-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+2.4 M
Wet Handling8th-2.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua10th-3.7 Km/H
Noise11th+1.2 dB
Wear16th-18858 Km
Value13th+5 Price/1000
Price4th+140
Rolling Resistance13th+1.02 kg / t
Positive: Convincing performance on wet and dry roads, short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance, good price.
Negative: Average wear.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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13th: Laufenn S Fit EQ+

Laufenn S Fit EQ Plus
Dry Braking8th+1.9 M
Dry Handling7th-0.9 Km/H
Wet Braking18th+6.1 M
Wet Handling17th-5.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua12th-3.9 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Wear11th-17062 Km
Value10th+4.09 Price/1000
Price6th+145
Rolling Resistance8th+0.52 kg / t
Positive: Sporty handling qualities, good dry grip, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the wet, average wear.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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14th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M
Dry Handling16th-2.4 Km/H
Wet Braking19th+6.7 M
Wet Handling18th-5.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua16th-5.9 Km/H
Noise8th+1.1 dB
Wear10th-15266 Km
Value12th+4.97 Price/1000
Price16th+200
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.27 kg / t
Positive: Good lateral grip, short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer handling and long wet braking.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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15th: Kleber Dynaxer UHP

Kleber Dynaxer UHP
Dry Braking9th+2 M
Dry Handling18th-2.8 Km/H
Wet Braking16th+5.6 M
Wet Handling19th-5.9 Km/H
Straight Aqua18th-6.6 Km/H
Noise11th+1.2 dB
Wear8th-13021 Km
Value9th+3.31 Price/1000
Price14th+184
Rolling Resistance11th+0.81 kg / t
Positive: Short dry braking, low wear, low rolling resistance, low price.
Negative: Average wet performance.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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16th: Uniroyal Rainsport 3

Uniroyal Rainsport 3
Dry Braking18th+3.6 M
Dry Handling19th-3.3 Km/H
Wet Braking17th+5.7 M
Wet Handling20th-6.9 Km/H
Straight Aqua11th-3.8 Km/H
Noise7th+0.8 dB
Wear4th-8980 Km
Value6th+1.88 Price/1000
Price15th+195
Rolling Resistance6th+0.43 kg / t
Positive: Low wear, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer handling, slow steering in the wet.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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17th: Kumho Ecsta PS71

Kumho Ecsta PS71
Dry Braking16th+2.8 M
Dry Handling17th-2.7 Km/H
Wet Braking2nd+0.4 M
Wet Handling5th-1.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H
Noise13th+1.4 dB
Wear20th-22450 Km
Value16th+7.25 Price/1000
Price2nd+130
Rolling Resistance18th+1.92 kg / t
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking.
Negative: Understeer in the dry, average wear, high fuel use.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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18th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
Dry Braking15th+2.7 M
Dry Handling4th-0.7 Km/H
Wet Braking20th+7.3 M
Wet Handling4th-1.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua3rd-1.9 Km/H
Noise8th+1.1 dB
Wear18th-21552 Km
Value15th+6.95 Price/1000
Price4th+140
Rolling Resistance16th+1.73 kg / t
Positive: Sport handling, good aquaplaning safety, short braking distances.
Negative: Long wet braking, high wear.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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19th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
Dry Braking17th+3.3 M
Dry Handling14th-2.1 Km/H
Wet Braking13th+4.3 M
Wet Handling14th-5 Km/H
Straight Aqua4th-2.4 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Wear17th-21103 Km
Value17th+7.85 Price/1000
Price11th+170
Rolling Resistance14th+1.17 kg / t
Positive: High aquaplaning resistance, short wet and dry braking distances.
Negative: Understeer in the wet, poor wear.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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20th: Zeetex HP2000 vfm

Zeetex HP2000 vfm
Dry Braking19th+3.9 M
Dry Handling20th-4.5 Km/H
Wet Braking15th+4.8 M
Wet Handling15th-5.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua20th-8.4 Km/H
Noise6th+0.7 dB
Wear18th-21552 Km
Value4th+0.95 Price/1000
Price1st
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.21 kg / t
Positive: Short wet and dry braking distances, low price, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance, high wear.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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