2020 Tyre Market Overview Braking Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 32.1 M
King-Meiler Sport 3 KM: 41 M
Wet BrakingBridgestone Potenza S001: 28.7 M
King-Meiler Sport 3 KM: 43.2 M
Every year the German publication Auto Bild performs the industries most comprehensive tyre test by putting a huge number of tyres through wet and dry braking, to find the best twenty tyres to progress through to a full tyre test.

For the 2020 summer season, Auto Bild have tested fifty tyres in 245/45 R18, which gives us an excellent overview of the UHP market for 2020.

While the results are mostly as expected, there are a few small surprises below worth noting. Nokian performs very well in wet and dry braking, finishing second overall, but more surprisingly the Bridgestone Potenza S001 wins the wet braking test, which is an area the Bridgestone has struggled with in the past. This indicates Bridgestone have put through a pretty major update to the tyre, it will be interesting to see how it performs in the full test.

It's also nice to see Kumho back near the top after struggling for a number of years, and the budget brand Zeetex upsets some of the more premium rivals, including Pirelli, to finish in eighteenth place.

Full results below, come back to the site in about a month when there will be the more in depth test of the top twenty tyres available.

Dry Braking

Wet Braking

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking1st
Wet Braking4th+1.1 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £139.20

2nd: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking2nd+0.8 M
Wet Braking3rd+0.4 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £99.40

3rd: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking7th+1.4 M
Wet Braking1st
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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M
Wet Braking5th+1.5 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £116.90

5th: Kumho Ecsta PS71

Kumho Ecsta PS71
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking18th+2.8 M
Wet Braking2nd+0.3 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £87.30

6th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M
Wet Braking9th+2.1 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £103.40

7th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M
Wet Braking11th+2.2 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £96.10

8th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking6th+1.3 M
Wet Braking12th+2.6 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £105.86

9th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M
Wet Braking6th+1.6 M
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10th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M
Wet Braking6th+1.6 M
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11th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M
Wet Braking9th+2.1 M
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12th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking10th+2.1 M
Wet Braking14th+3 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £106.90

13th: Kleber Dynaxer UHP

Kleber Dynaxer UHP
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking9th+2 M
Wet Braking16th+3.5 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £102.00

14th: Laufenn S Fit EQ+

Laufenn S Fit EQ Plus
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking8th+1.9 M
Wet Braking19th+3.9 M
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15th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking27th+3.9 M
Wet Braking8th+2 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £97.00

16th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking21st+3.3 M
Wet Braking13th+2.8 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £88.30

17th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M
Wet Braking23rd+4.3 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £106.10

18th: Zeetex HP2000 vfm

Zeetex HP2000 vfm
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking27th+3.9 M
Wet Braking15th+3.1 M
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19th: Uniroyal RainSport 3

Uniroyal RainSport 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking24th+3.6 M
Wet Braking18th+3.7 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £96.01

20th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking16th+2.7 M
Wet Braking24th+4.7 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £89.50

21st: Infinity Ecomax

Infinity Ecomax
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking24th+3.6 M
Wet Braking19th+3.9 M
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22nd: Giti GitiSport S1

Giti GitiSport S1
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking23rd+3.4 M
Wet Braking22nd+4.2 M
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23rd: Semperit SpeedLife 2

Semperit SpeedLife 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking32nd+4.1 M
Wet Braking16th+3.5 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £79.80

24th: Debica Presto UHP2

Debica Presto UHP2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking31st+4 M
Wet Braking21st+4.1 M
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25th: Pirelli P Zero

Pirelli P Zero
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking16th+2.7 M
Wet Braking28th+5.9 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £100.00

26th: Yokohama Advan Sport V105

Yokohama Advan Sport V105
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking19th+3.2 M
Wet Braking29th+6 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £123.00

27th: Mabor Sport Jet 3

Mabor Sport Jet 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking26th+3.8 M
Wet Braking26th+5.6 M
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28th: Sava Intensa UHP 2

Sava Intensa UHP 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M
Wet Braking34th+6.8 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £81.10

29th: Cooper Zeon Sport

Cooper Zeon Sport
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking27th+3.9 M
Wet Braking27th+5.8 M
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30th: Avon ZZS

Avon ZZS
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking32nd+4.1 M
Wet Braking31st+6.5 M
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31st: Gislaved Ultra Speed

Gislaved Ultra Speed
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking47th+5.4 M
Wet Braking25th+5.2 M
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33rd: Matador MP 47 Hectorra 3

Matador MP 47 Hectorra 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking27th+3.9 M
Wet Braking35th+7 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £74.53

34th: General Altimax One S

General Altimax One S
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking21st+3.3 M
Wet Braking32nd+6.7 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £67.00

35th: Radar Dimax R8

Radar Dimax R8
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking38th+4.6 M
Wet Braking39th+8 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £53.78

36th: Viking ProTech HP

Viking ProTech HP
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking44th+5.2 M
Wet Braking30th+6.1 M
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37th: Tracmax X Privilo TX3

Tracmax X Privilo TX3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking41st+4.9 M
Wet Braking32nd+6.7 M
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38th: Minerva Radial F 205

Minerva Radial F 205
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking40th+4.8 M
Wet Braking37th+7.3 M
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39th: Rotalla RU01 S Pace

Rotalla RU01 S Pace
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking43rd+5.1 M
Wet Braking35th+7 M
Read Reviews

40th: Tristar Sportpower 2

Tristar Sportpower 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking35th+4.4 M
Wet Braking40th+8.3 M
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41st: Dayton Touring 2

Dayton Touring 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking34th+4.3 M
Wet Braking42nd+8.5 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £79.40

42nd: Barum Bravuris 5HM

Barum Bravuris 5HM
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking48th+5.6 M
Wet Braking38th+7.4 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £88.30

43rd: Marshal MU12

Marshal MU12
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking37th+4.5 M
Wet Braking43rd+8.7 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £99.23

44th: Seiberling Seiberling Touring 2

Seiberling Seiberling Touring 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking41st+4.9 M
Wet Braking40th+8.3 M
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45th: Federal Evoluzion ST 1

Federal Evoluzion ST 1
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking19th+3.2 M
Wet Braking47th+10.7 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £117.70

46th: Nankang NS2

Nankang NS2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking35th+4.4 M
Wet Braking44th+9.5 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £83.40

47th: GT Radial SportActive

GT Radial SportActive
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking39th+4.7 M
Wet Braking46th+10.4 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £78.00

48th: Imperial Ecosport2

Imperial Ecosport2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking44th+5.2 M
Wet Braking45th+10 M
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49th: Accelera PHI R

Accelera PHI R
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking46th+5.3 M
Wet Braking48th+11.8 M
Read Reviews    Buy from £49.00

50th: King Meiler Sport 3 KM

King Meiler Sport 3 KM
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference
Dry Braking49th+8.9 M
Wet Braking49th+14.5 M
Read Reviews

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