2020 SUV 4x4 Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 33.2 M
Lexani LX Thirty: 39.8 M
Dry HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV: 112.2 Km/H
Lexani LX Thirty: 108.4 Km/H
Wet BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 46.4 M
Lexani LX Thirty: 68.3 M
Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 86.2 Km/H
Lexani LX Thirty: 78.2 Km/H
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 89.7 Km/H
Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport: 82.7 Km/H
Gravel HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 64.5 Km/H
Nokian PowerProof SUV: 63.1 Km/H
Gravel TractionBarum Bravuris 5HM: 2440 N
Vredestein Ultrac Satin: 2228 N
Grass TractionMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 3492 N
Lexani LX Thirty: 2829 N
Mud TractionMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 2960 N
Lexani LX Thirty: 2470 N
NoiseGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV: 69.9 dB
Lexani LX Thirty: 72.7 dB
Tyre WeightBarum Bravuris 5HM: 52 Kg
Pirelli Scorpion Verde: 59.2 Kg
PriceLexani LX Thirty: 345
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 605
Rolling ResistanceBarum Bravuris 5HM: 6.68 kg / t
Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV: 8.38 kg / t
Sand TractionCooper Zeon 4XS Sport: 2472 N
Nokian PowerProof SUV: 2225 N
The 2020 Auto Bild AllRad SUV / 4x4 tyre test has looked at the popular 255/55 R18 tyre size. While the tyre patterns included in the test are aimed at "soft roaders", which spend 99% of their time on normal roads, Auto Bild still went to the effort of testing the handling and traction on gravel of all ten tyres, along with traction on grass, mud and even sand!

Off-road performance is often an opposing quality to on-road grip, with dedicated off-road tyres performing well in loose surfaces such as gravel and mud, but poorly on-road in the dry and wet.  It's worth noting, as we found out with our off-road tyre test, repeatable off-road testing is extremely difficult, especially in mud, so these figures should only be used as a broad guide.

 

Dry

Dry braking is often closely contested, but the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV proved to have a near meter advantage over the nearest rival. It's also been a long time since we've seen a budget tyre perform poorly in the dry, which is exactly what the Lexani LX-Thirty did, stopping the SUV 6.5 meters behind the Michelin!

The dry handling results were broadly the same, but this time Dunlop narrowly beat Michelin for the fastest lap time.

Wet

Michelin dominated the wet testing, winning all three tests.

Like dry braking, wet braking saw Michelin and Dunlop leading the way, with the budget Lexani tyre taking over 20 meters longer to stop the vehicle. 

This time during wet handling, Michelin held the advantage, beating the Dunlop by a significant margin.

Surprisingly Michelin also performed best in the aquaplaning test, which is often an opposing quality for dry grip.

Offroad

Off-road is where things get really interesting / confusing. Usually, a tyre that performs well off-road, doesn't perform on-road, but it seems Michelin have done their best to disprove that rule.

The Pilot Sport 4 SUV was the best in the wet and dry overall, and had the fastest lap time during gravel handling.

Travel traction was close amongst the top five tyres, with Barum taking its first win of the test.

Grass traction was also won by the French manufacturer.

Maxxis won mud testing, with Dunlop and Michelin having to settle for second and third overall.

To highlight how interesting off-road testing is, sand traction was won by Cooper, wich was essentially last in mud and grass traction!

Environment

The Continental owned Barum Bravuris 5HM showed to have a significant advantage during rolling resistance testing, with the otherwise excellent Dunlop joint last.

All ten tyres were in 3dB of each other.

And finally it will be no surprise that the Michelin was the most expensive set of tyres on test, and the budget the cheapest! No wear testing was performed this time, so we're unable to work out what value each tyre represents.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua1st
Gravel Handling1st
Gravel Traction2nd-13 N
Grass Traction1st
Mud Traction3rd-180 N
Noise8th+2.2 dB
Tyre Weight5th+6 Kg
Price10th+260
Rolling Resistance4th+1.07 kg / t
Sand Traction3rd-23 N
Positive: Driving dynamics in a class of their own. The test winner is ahead in almost all categories.
Negative: High purchase price.

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2nd: Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking2nd+1.7 M
Wet Handling2nd-1.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua7th-3.9 Km/H
Gravel Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H
Gravel Traction5th-32 N
Grass Traction4th-309 N
Mud Traction2nd-120 N
Noise6th+1.1 dB
Tyre Weight8th+6.4 Kg
Price8th+185
Rolling Resistance10th+1.7 kg / t
Sand Traction8th-230 N
Positive: Balanced performance in nearly all categories. High steering precision and short wet and dry braking.
Negative: Average rolling resistance.

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3rd: Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Vredestein Ultrac Satin
Dry Braking5th+1.6 M
Dry Handling7th-1.2 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+4.4 M
Wet Handling3rd-2 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-3.3 Km/H
Gravel Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H
Gravel Traction10th-212 N
Grass Traction2nd-224 N
Mud Traction4th-240 N
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Tyre Weight3rd+4.8 Kg
Price5th+120
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.58 kg / t
Sand Traction6th-153 N
Positive: Great price / performance ratio, good wet handling, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average traction on gravel.

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4th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV
Dry Braking3rd+0.9 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+3 M
Wet Handling3rd-2 Km/H
Straight Aqua7th-3.9 Km/H
Gravel Handling7th-1 Km/H
Gravel Traction3rd-17 N
Grass Traction8th-525 N
Mud Traction7th-280 N
Noise1st
Tyre Weight5th+6 Kg
Price8th+185
Rolling Resistance8th+1.6 kg / t
Sand Traction4th-85 N
Positive: Top performance on dry roads, dynamic dry handling, precise steering behavior, short dry braking, good comfort.
Negative: Average grass traction.

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5th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde

Pirelli Scorpion Verde
Dry Braking4th+1.5 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+3.8 M
Wet Handling9th-4.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua9th-4.4 Km/H
Gravel Handling7th-1 Km/H
Gravel Traction6th-61 N
Grass Traction5th-421 N
Mud Traction9th-310 N
Noise5th+0.5 dB
Tyre Weight10th+7.2 Kg
Price7th+155
Rolling Resistance5th+1.43 kg / t
Sand Traction7th-208 N
Positive: A balanced premium summer tyre with stable and safe behaviour on wet and dry roads, good comfort.
Negative: Average offroad performance.

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6th: Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV

Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV
Dry Braking8th+2 M
Dry Handling6th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+6 M
Wet Handling7th-3.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-1.6 Km/H
Gravel Handling4th-0.4 Km/H
Gravel Traction8th-120 N
Grass Traction6th-496 N
Mud Traction1st
Noise2nd+0.2 dB
Tyre Weight8th+6.4 Kg
Price3rd+65
Rolling Resistance7th+1.51 kg / t
Sand Traction5th-118 N
Positive: High aquaplaning resistance, good off road handling, good in the dry.
Negative: Average wet performance in all categories.

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6th: Barum Bravuris 5HM

Barum Bravuris 5HM
Dry Braking9th+3.6 M
Dry Handling9th-2.5 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+9.5 M
Wet Handling8th-4 Km/H
Straight Aqua4th-2.6 Km/H
Gravel Handling4th-0.4 Km/H
Gravel Traction1st
Grass Traction7th-499 N
Mud Traction4th-240 N
Noise9th+2.3 dB
Tyre Weight1st
Price2nd+35
Rolling Resistance1st
Sand Traction2nd-12 N
Positive: High traction on gravel and sand, good comfort, low rolling resistance, well priced.
Negative: Understeer during dry handling, long wet braking, average traction on grass.

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8th: Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport

Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport
Dry Braking7th+1.9 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H
Wet Braking8th+9 M
Wet Handling5th-2.9 Km/H
Straight Aqua10th-7 Km/H
Gravel Handling6th-0.9 Km/H
Gravel Traction4th-30 N
Grass Traction9th-582 N
Mud Traction8th-290 N
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Tyre Weight2nd+4 Kg
Price4th+105
Rolling Resistance6th+1.45 kg / t
Sand Traction1st
Positive: High traction on sand and gravel, stable dry handling, low rolling noise.
Negative: Limited aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking distances.

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8th: Nokian PowerProof SUV

Nokian PowerProof SUV
Dry Braking6th+1.7 M
Dry Handling8th-1.5 Km/H
Wet Braking7th+7.8 M
Wet Handling6th-3.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua3rd-1.7 Km/H
Gravel Handling9th-1.4 Km/H
Gravel Traction9th-135 N
Grass Traction2nd-224 N
Mud Traction4th-240 N
Noise7th+1.3 dB
Tyre Weight3rd+4.8 Kg
Price6th+135
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.71 kg / t
Sand Traction10th-247 N
Positive: Good safety reserves for aquaplaning, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Long wet braking, average offroad performance.

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10th: Lexani LX Thirty

Lexani LX Thirty
Dry Braking10th+6.6 M
Dry Handling10th-3.8 Km/H
Wet Braking10th+21.9 M
Wet Handling10th-8 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-3.8 Km/H
Gravel Handling9th-1.4 Km/H
Gravel Traction7th-76 N
Grass Traction10th-663 N
Mud Traction10th-490 N
Noise10th+2.8 dB
Tyre Weight5th+6 Kg
Price1st
Rolling Resistance9th+1.69 kg / t
Sand Traction9th-240 N
Positive: Cheap.
Negative: Extremely long wet and dry braking distances, poor steering feel and feedback, dangerous levels of understeer.

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