2020 Auto Zeitung Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 35.1 M
Vredestein Ultrac Satin: 38.3 M
Dry HandlingMaxxis Premitra HP5: 73.8 s
Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 76.1 s
Subj. Dry HandlingMaxxis Premitra HP5: 30 Points
Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 08 Points
Wet BrakingBridgestone Turanza T005: 57.3 M
Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 69.4 M
Wet HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 088.8 s
Achilles ATR Sport 2: 102.3 s
Subj. Wet HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 45 Points
Achilles ATR Sport 2: 04 Points
Straight AquaVredestein Ultrac Satin: 102.4 Km/H
Firestone RoadHawk: 087.2 Km/H
Subj. ComfortDunlop Sport BluResponse: 8 Points
Linglong Green Max: 6 Points
NoiseApollo Aspire XP: 70 dB
Goodride SA37: 72 dB
PriceGoodride SA37: 230
Michelin Primacy 4: 540
Rolling ResistancePirelli Cinturato P7 Blue: 6.33 kg / t
Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 9.08 kg / t
The 2020 Auto Zeitung summer tyre test has been published, and as usual they've tested a really interesting mix of twenty tyres in the popular 225/50 R17 size.

As 225/50 R17 tyres generally bias towards comfort rather than outright sporty performance, AZ tested with the new brand BMW 3 Series, and performed the usual array of  thirteen dry, wet, comfort and economy tests.

Proving that you get what you pay for, the top three tyres in the test were also the most expensive! Continental took the top spot, with excellent wet handling, short braking distances and good levels of comfort, while Michelin and Bridgestone tied for second place, with the Michelin performing better in the wet, and the Bridgestone having a very good dry performance.

A number of tyres performed very poorly in the wet, with the testers actually voicing safety concerns about one of the patterns tested! Read on for the full details below.

Dry

While Hankook could only manage fifth place overall, the Ventus Prime 3 had an unusually large advantage in dry braking. The top three tyres overall placed second to fourth, with Falken, Maxxis and Linglong close behind.

The Maxxis HP5 was narrowly fastest during the dry handling testing, and combined the fastest lap time with the best subjective handling score. The similarly priced Giti should be proud of their new tyres performance in the dry, also out performing the more expensive premium rivals.

Wet

Bridgestone and Michelin drew during wet braking, stopping the car a full meter shorter than the third placed Continental. This time Linglong was the stand out performer from the cheaper tyres on test.

Continental improved on its braking result, finishing fastest by a good margin during wet handling testing. The top three tyres from the wet handling lap were also the highest rated subjectively.

Vredestein had a significant advantage during the aquaplaning testing.

Environment

Pirelli won its first test by having the lowest rolling resistance on test.

All twenty tyres were split by 3dB in the external noise test.

Pirelli, Vredestein and Dunlop proved to be the most comfortable tyres.

While the Goodride, Achilles and Star Performer tyres were the cheapest on test, when you look at the overall results below you'll understand why choosing a tyre based on price might not be the safest idea.

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking2nd+0.7 M
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s
Subj. Dry Handling4th-4 Points
Wet Braking3rd+1 M
Wet Handling1st
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua8th-11.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price19th+240
Rolling Resistance8th+1.6 kg / t
Positive: Very short braking distance and balanced wet handling, good handling and high grip in the dry.
Negative: None mentioned.

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2nd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
Dry Braking3rd+0.8 M
Dry Handling3rd+0.4 s
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-3 Points
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling4th+3.5 s
Subj. Wet Handling4th-12 Points
Straight Aqua13th-13.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price18th+220
Rolling Resistance5th+1.12 kg / t
Positive: Good handling in the wet, short dry braking distances, good dry stability.
Negative: None mentioned.

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2nd: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
Dry Braking4th+1 M
Dry Handling12th+1.2 s
Subj. Dry Handling12th-11 Points
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling2nd+2 s
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-3 Points
Straight Aqua17th-14.2 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price20th+310
Rolling Resistance4th+0.96 kg / t
Positive: Excellent handling, traction and wet braking performance, short braking distance on dry surfaces, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average steering feel in the dry.

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4th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
Dry Braking6th+1.3 M
Dry Handling1st
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking9th+5.7 M
Wet Handling3rd+2.3 s
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-5 Points
Straight Aqua13th-13.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price8th+110
Rolling Resistance16th+2.24 kg / t
Positive: Predictable handling on dry surfaces, including during sharp maneuvers, good wet handling, well priced.
Negative: Long wet braking.

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5th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s
Subj. Dry Handling4th-4 Points
Wet Braking6th+3 M
Wet Handling5th+3.9 s
Subj. Wet Handling5th-15 Points
Straight Aqua6th-11.3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price12th+160
Rolling Resistance6th+1.49 kg / t
Positive: Good wet traction, short dry braking, good dry handling.
Negative: Understeer in the wet.

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6th: Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Vredestein Ultrac Satin
Dry Braking20th+3.2 M
Dry Handling14th+1.4 s
Subj. Dry Handling14th-13 Points
Wet Braking8th+4.1 M
Wet Handling7th+4.7 s
Subj. Wet Handling7th-19 Points
Straight Aqua1st
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise1st
Price11th+140
Rolling Resistance9th+1.67 kg / t
Positive: Very high aquaplaning resistance, good comfort, low noise.
Negative: Long wet braking, poor dry stability and long dry braking distances.

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7th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Dry Braking9th+1.6 M
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s
Subj. Dry Handling9th-7 Points
Wet Braking17th+9 M
Wet Handling8th+5.4 s
Subj. Wet Handling8th-23 Points
Straight Aqua9th-12.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise11th+2 dB
Price15th+180
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.56 kg / t
Positive: Low fuel use, short dry braking.
Negative: Poor wet grip.

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7th: Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun
Dry Braking5th+1.2 M
Dry Handling18th+2 s
Subj. Dry Handling18th-16 Points
Wet Braking5th+2.2 M
Wet Handling6th+4.2 s
Subj. Wet Handling6th-17 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-8.2 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price13th+170
Rolling Resistance15th+2.19 kg / t
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, good wet handling, short dry braking.
Negative: Weak lateral stability and understeer in the dry.

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9th: Giti GitiPremium H1

Giti GitiPremium H1
Dry Braking10th+2 M
Dry Handling2nd+0.2 s
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-2 Points
Wet Braking11th+7.1 M
Wet Handling10th+6.6 s
Subj. Wet Handling10th-26 Points
Straight Aqua12th-13.4 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price10th+130
Rolling Resistance11th+1.76 kg / t
Positive: Good dry grip.
Negative: Long wet braking distances and average wet handling.

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10th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M
Dry Handling14th+1.4 s
Subj. Dry Handling14th-13 Points
Wet Braking7th+3.2 M
Wet Handling9th+5.5 s
Subj. Wet Handling8th-23 Points
Straight Aqua7th-11.5 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise1st
Price9th+120
Rolling Resistance12th+1.77 kg / t
Positive: Good dry traction, low noise.
Negative: Slow steering response in the dry, poor wet grip.

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11th: Yokohama BluEarth AE50

Yokohama BluEarth AE50
Dry Braking18th+3 M
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s
Subj. Dry Handling8th-6 Points
Wet Braking12th+7.6 M
Wet Handling14th+8.3 s
Subj. Wet Handling13th-32 Points
Straight Aqua16th-14.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price16th+190
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.94 kg / t
Positive: Precise steering in the wet, good slalom performance and good dry handling.
Negative: Long wet braking distances.

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12th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
Dry Braking8th+1.4 M
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s
Subj. Dry Handling6th-5 Points
Wet Braking10th+6.7 M
Wet Handling16th+8.9 s
Subj. Wet Handling15th-33 Points
Straight Aqua20th-15.2 Km/H
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price13th+170
Rolling Resistance10th+1.75 kg / t
Positive: Good dry handling.
Negative: Understeer in the wet, average aquaplaning resistance.

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13th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue

Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
Dry Braking15th+2.7 M
Dry Handling14th+1.4 s
Subj. Dry Handling14th-13 Points
Wet Braking16th+8.2 M
Wet Handling13th+8.1 s
Subj. Wet Handling13th-32 Points
Straight Aqua17th-14.2 Km/H
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price17th+210
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Very low rolling resistance, good ride comfort.
Negative: Long wet braking distances, poor lateral stability in the wet, low aquaplaning resistance, slow steering.

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14th: Linglong Green Max

Linglong Green Max
Dry Braking6th+1.3 M
Dry Handling19th+2.1 s
Subj. Dry Handling19th-21 Points
Wet Braking4th+1.6 M
Wet Handling11th+7.1 s
Subj. Wet Handling11th-28 Points
Straight Aqua15th-13.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price5th+20
Rolling Resistance7th+1.51 kg / t
Positive: Short wet braking.
Negative: Weak traction and lateral stability in the wet, poor balance in the dry.

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15th: Westlake Sport SA37

Westlake Sport SA37
Dry Braking15th+2.7 M
Dry Handling11th+1 s
Subj. Dry Handling11th-9 Points
Wet Braking15th+8.1 M
Wet Handling11th+7.1 s
Subj. Wet Handling12th-29 Points
Straight Aqua11th-13.3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price2nd+10
Rolling Resistance17th+2.28 kg / t
Positive: Acceptable dry handling.
Negative: Nervous handling in the wet, high noise level.

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16th: Rotalla RU01 S Pace

Rotalla RU01 S Pace
Dry Braking13th+2.5 M
Dry Handling10th+0.8 s
Subj. Dry Handling10th-8 Points
Wet Braking13th+7.7 M
Wet Handling18th+9.1 s
Subj. Wet Handling17th-34 Points
Straight Aqua4th-9.3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price6th+50
Rolling Resistance18th+2.32 kg / t
Positive: Acceptable dry handling.
Negative: Long wet braking and generally poor wet grip.

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17th: Star Performer UHP 3

Star Performer UHP 3
Dry Braking15th+2.7 M
Dry Handling3rd+0.4 s
Subj. Dry Handling6th-5 Points
Wet Braking19th+11.5 M
Wet Handling19th+9.6 s
Subj. Wet Handling19th-36 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-8.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price2nd+10
Rolling Resistance13th+2.01 kg / t
Positive: Good dry handling.
Negative: Long wet braking and generally poor wet grip.

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18th: Goodride SA37

Goodride SA37
Dry Braking14th+2.6 M
Dry Handling13th+1.3 s
Subj. Dry Handling13th-12 Points
Wet Braking13th+7.7 M
Wet Handling17th+9 s
Subj. Wet Handling17th-34 Points
Straight Aqua10th-12.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price1st
Rolling Resistance19th+2.64 kg / t
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Long wet braking, slow steering, low wet safety. Understeer in the dry.

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19th: Nankang Noble Sport NS20

Nankang Noble Sport NS20
Dry Braking12th+2.3 M
Dry Handling20th+2.3 s
Subj. Dry Handling20th-22 Points
Wet Braking20th+12.1 M
Wet Handling15th+8.8 s
Subj. Wet Handling15th-33 Points
Straight Aqua5th-10.9 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise11th+2 dB
Price6th+50
Rolling Resistance20th+2.75 kg / t
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Very long braking, poor traction, and slow steering in the wet. Very high rolling resistance. Oversteer in the dry.

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20th: Achilles ATR Sport 2

Achilles ATR Sport 2
Dry Braking18th+3 M
Dry Handling17th+1.7 s
Subj. Dry Handling17th-15 Points
Wet Braking18th+10.8 M
Wet Handling20th+13.5 s
Subj. Wet Handling20th-41 Points
Straight Aqua19th-14.4 Km/H
Subj. Comfort13th-2 Points
Noise3rd+1 dB
Price2nd+10
Rolling Resistance14th+2.04 kg / t
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Long braking distances and poor lateral stability in the wet (safety issue), long dry braking, unstable rear during dry handling.

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