2020 New 17 Inch Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 35.6 M
Vredestein Ultrac Satin: 43.6 M
Wet BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 26.5 M
Vredestein Ultrac Satin: 33.2 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Turanza T005: 101.2 s
Vredestein Ultrac Satin: 104.2 s
Straight AquaContinental Premium Contact 6: 75.9 Km/H
Roadhog RGHP01: 73.1 Km/H
NoiseNokian WetProof: 70.3 dB
Michelin Primacy 4: 71.9 dB
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 6.9 kg / t
Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 9.4 kg / t
Tyre testing is incredibly complicated to conduct, and one of the most difficult parts of testing is good repeatability.

Take for example wet braking. To get the wet braking distance of a tyre, you don't just do the braking run once, you do it 6-8 times, delete the outliers then average out the results. Even on the most expensive test facilities in the world, with the most perfect sprinkler systems and perfect tarmac, you rarely get the same distance twice as there are so many variables, which means when you use a less than state of the art facility, results can be surprising.

This brings us on to this test by the Italian publication "al volante". 

On the surface, this should be a very interesting test, as it includes the new Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 and the new Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2, but after initial inspection, the test seemed of limited use.

Firstly, we've never seen such a big advantage in wet braking by a single tyre as this test, and having spoken to Continental they're unsure of why it was so large. Secondly, while the Ultrac Satin has never been the best dry braking tyre, 8 meters difference from just 100 KM/H is almost unheard of. Thirdly, the testers indicate in their writing that dry handling was conducted, but no times were given, and lastly with a 25% difference in wet braking, I would have expected much more than a 2% difference in wet handling, especially over a 100 second lap!

Having spoken to a number of tyre manufacturers in this test, it seems the test wasn't conducted at a permanent facility, but a temporary one, which could explain the interesting results below.

In short, this is another piece of information to help you select the best tyres for your vehicle, but perhaps it's best not to read into this test too much. Make sure to browse all the other tests available on Tyre Reviews.

Dry

Wet

Environment

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking1st
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling5th+0.5 s
Straight Aqua1st
Noise4th+0.3 dB
Rolling Resistance5th+1.8 kg / t
Positive: Quick and responsive in the dry with very short dry braking distances. In the wet the car feels easy to control, with extremely short wet braking.
Negative: Slight understeer in the wet.

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2nd: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M
Wet Braking3rd+2.5 M
Wet Handling6th+0.7 s
Straight Aqua8th-1.2 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.2 dB
Rolling Resistance5th+1.8 kg / t
Positive: Well balanced with safe reactions in the dry. Excellent resistance to aquaplaning and sporty handling in the wet.
Negative: None mentioned.

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3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
Dry Braking6th+1.3 M
Wet Braking6th+3.1 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua3rd-0.7 Km/H
Noise5th+0.4 dB
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Good grip in the dry and the wet.
Negative: Slight imbalance in the dry, overheats in the wet and performance drops off.

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4th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
Dry Braking3rd+0.8 M
Wet Braking4th+2.6 M
Wet Handling4th+0.4 s
Straight Aqua9th-1.3 Km/H
Noise10th+1.6 dB
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.5 kg / t
Positive: Good dry braking, safe dry and wet handling.
Negative: High Noise.

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5th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
Dry Braking3rd+0.8 M
Wet Braking2nd+1.8 M
Wet Handling6th+0.7 s
Straight Aqua6th-0.9 Km/H
Noise1st
Rolling Resistance9th+2.4 kg / t
Positive: Good dry braking, low noise.
Negative: Average wet performance with front axle overheating.

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6th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
Dry Braking7th+1.4 M
Wet Braking5th+3 M
Wet Handling3rd+0.2 s
Straight Aqua6th-0.9 Km/H
Noise5th+0.4 dB
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.7 kg / t
Positive: Low rolling resistance, excellent wet performance.
Negative: Average noise, slightly slow steering in the dry.

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7th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Dry Braking5th+1.1 M
Wet Braking8th+5.4 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua3rd-0.7 Km/H
Noise7th+0.6 dB
Rolling Resistance5th+1.8 kg / t
Positive: Good handling balance in the dry and wet.
Negative: Average braking.

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8th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
Dry Braking8th+3.4 M
Wet Braking7th+4.1 M
Wet Handling8th+0.9 s
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H
Noise1st
Rolling Resistance10th+2.5 kg / t
Positive: Low noise and high levels of comfort.
Negative: Average grip.

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9th: Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Vredestein Ultrac Satin
Dry Braking10th+8 M
Wet Braking10th+6.7 M
Wet Handling10th+3 s
Straight Aqua5th-0.8 Km/H
Noise7th+0.6 dB
Rolling Resistance8th+2.3 kg / t
Positive: Good dry handling.
Negative: Very long braking in the dry and wet, average wet handling.

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10th: Roadhog RGHP01

Roadhog RGHP01
Dry Braking9th+5.8 M
Wet Braking9th+5.6 M
Wet Handling9th+2.9 s
Straight Aqua10th-2.8 Km/H
Noise7th+0.6 dB
Rolling Resistance4th+0.9 kg / t
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Very low grip in the dry and wet. Poor handling leading to no confidence in the wet.

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