|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 33.2 M|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 39.8 M
|Dry Handling||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV: 112.2 Km/H|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 108.4 Km/H
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 46.4 M|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 68.3 M
|Wet Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 86.2 Km/H|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 78.2 Km/H
|Straight Aqua||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 89.7 Km/H|
▼Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport: 82.7 Km/H
|Gravel Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 64.5 Km/H|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 63.1 Km/H
|Gravel Traction||▲Barum Bravuris 5HM: 2440 N|
▼Vredestein Ultrac Satin: 2228 N
|Grass Traction||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 3492 N|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 2829 N
|Mud Traction||▲Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 2960 N|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 2470 N
|Noise||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV: 69.9 dB|
▼Lexani LX Thirty: 72.7 dB
|Tyre Weight||▲Barum Bravuris 5HM: 52 Kg|
▼Pirelli Scorpion Verde: 59.2 Kg
|Price||▲Lexani LX Thirty: 345 |
▼Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 605
|Rolling Resistance||▲Barum Bravuris 5HM: 6.68 kg / t|
▼Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV: 8.38 kg / t
|Sand Traction||▲Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport: 2472 N|
▼Nokian PowerProof SUV: 2225 N
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Negative: High purchase price.
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Negative: Average rolling resistance.
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Negative: Average traction on gravel.
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Negative: Average grass traction.
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Negative: Average offroad performance.
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Negative: Average wet performance in all categories.
6th: Barum Bravuris 5HM
Negative: Understeer during dry handling, long wet braking, average traction on grass.
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Negative: Limited aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking distances.
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Negative: Long wet braking, average offroad performance.
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10th: Lexani LX Thirty
Negative: Extremely long wet and dry braking distances, poor steering feel and feedback, dangerous levels of understeer.
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