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Inexpensive tires a sort from Asia, and also the tires from brands of the second line released by the leading producers took part in this test
The choice of tires causes heated arguments regardless of a season, and that who poorly understands tires, it is necessary to go in particular on Internet forums where everyone has the reasonable opinion on what rubber to take. According to experts, in Finland supporters of purchase of the budgetary tires who most often give as an argument that cheap tires quite normally proved to be in everyday life most actively speak. At the same time, it is not enough for these opinions to understand how these or those tires will behave, for example, during the emergency braking. At so-called bonus tires of admirers too though take away owing to what this time edition made the decision to compare tires of different market segments to understand what of them possess the best ratio of the price and quality.
As an example, a premium tires Continental which managed to win tests of several European magazines were taken and have a reputation of one of the best tires in the market. At the same time, though Continental belongs to the category "premium", they are not much more expensive in comparison with other participants of tests (74,5 euros apiece in the market), and the most expensive was Apollo (74,7 euros). Before did not test the tire of the Indian company, but it is worth reminding that in 2009 she bought the Dutch Vredestein. Firestone, Fulda, and Laufenn protect the reputation of the largest producers this time - tires of the American Firestone brand are issued Bridgestone, the Fulda brand enters the Goodyear portfolio, and tires Laufenn are made by the Korean Hankook.
The Chinese companies in the last time too actively strengthen positions in the world tire market and if 10 years ago they by default were considered as a low-quality product which is better for avoiding, during this time technologies became much better. Asian players have a checked way to improve characteristics of the production - to employ for a large salary of specialists of global manufacturers or if it is necessary, to buy the whole company as it happened to Pirelli a few years ago. Three tires from Asia the most expensive of which there were Sailun participate in the test of this year. Further, follow Tristar (tire of a private brand of the Dutch trading company Deldo which are issued in Asia) and Sunfull - the cheapest tires in the test made by the Shandong Hengfeng Rubber & Plastic Co company.
Controllability on dry asphalt
The most essential differences between tires on dry asphalt were shown in the rerate test, and worst of all Tristar as a sharp change of the direction of the movement they have problems already at 100 km/h proved to be. Sunfull acted a little better, but they have too weak results on a dry covering as they can sharply go to drift. Laufenn and Sailun behaved, but it is worth remembering that they have a too rather weak level of coupling in comparison with the best tires.
The highest level of safety on dry asphalt is provided by Continental at which so strong cross-coupling that they reliably carry out any emergency maneuvers, including at big speeds. Firestone could be almost compared to Continental, as at them too good ability to prevent lateral slidings (but a little more nervous behavior). Tires Fulda demand to correct the direction of the movement and Apollo were placed between Fulda and Sailun.
While all tires showed the almost identical time of a circle, the difference in value judgment was more considerable. Continental allows going quickly and safely as hold the chosen trajectory in any situations both quickly and precisely react to turns of a wheel. In respect of Fulda speed almost caught up with Continental, and them too excellent controllability, but here the response to actions of the pilot was a little slowed down.
Laufenn behave is balanced, but they worse than leaders cope with high loadings, Firestone hold coupling on a back axis in sharp turns less reliably, and tires Sunfull will demand from the driver more patience and skills. Sailun quickly disperses and brake, but behave very nervously whereas Apollo and Tristar possess more predictable character, but they have in general less high level of coupling.
Controllability on wet asphalt
Tests on a wet covering can separate at once good tires from bad, and here Laufenn which willingly slide in any direction get the last place, and on feelings remind low-quality winter tires. If on a straight line any coupling still is present at a driving, in turns of the tire very easily to it say goodbye.
Apollo and Sailun were more effective than Laufenn, but in character, they are rather similar to them. It is necessary to disperse and brake accurately, and turns it is necessary to understand precisely what has to be the safe speed as a danger to descend from a trajectory is great.
Sunfull indicators, in general, were better. The traction effort is higher than at the previous trio, and even in turns, they maintain higher speeds without leaving from the chosen course. At the same time, it is necessary to remember that Sunfull is inclined to an excess.
Fulda takes fourth place as they behave rather reliably and is predictable. In turns, the insufficient can be shown, but tires keep controllability. On the third line Tristar at which good traction effort and efficiency of braking, and Firestone which conceded only Continental got silver unexpectedly were placed. Both tires provide ease in management at big speeds and warn about the achievement of a limit of coupling. At the same time, Continental behave even more reliably and is predictable.
Resistance to longitudinal hydroplaning
Two tires cope with longitudinal hydroplaning obviously more effectively, and it is Firestone and Continental. In turn, the worst Laufenn and Sailun steel, and the last tires were only which lost coupling at a speed less than 70 km/h.
Resistance to cross hydroplaning
Leaders remained the same, but Continental could bypass Firestone this time. Tires Fulda too shows good result.
Lateral stability on a wet covering
Tests were carried out on a circular track with a diameter of 57,5 meters. The best again is Continental and Firestone, and Laufenn and Sailun fall by the last lines.
Braking on a dry covering
Continental significantly come off all rivals, and Firestone and Tristar follow further. Worst of all Sunfull acted - they only did not keep within 40 m, and residual speed in comparison with Continental will make 33,4 m.
Braking on a wet covering
Continental again the best, and Firestone and Tristar traded places with each other. Sunfull could be rehabilitated a little, and Laufenn gets the last line. Residual speed in comparison with Continental will make 50,1 meter - really essential value, and the cheap price cannot justify such difference.
Tests for resistance to swing were carried out to laboratories prior to the beginning of other tests according to standards of the European marking. The best result was shown by Apollo in comparison with which Continental will increase consumption of fuel by 1,4%. Most strongly resist swing of the tire Sunfull. If fuel consumption equals 5l/100km, the difference between the best and worst tires will make 0,21l/100 km.
The smoothness of the course was estimated on specially prepared tracks, and best of all suppress vibrations on a surface with sharp cross ledges of the tire Continental. Hod Apollo was a little more rigid, but all of them took second place. Firestone which transfer noise and vibrations to the salon were recognized the worst, doing a driving uncomfortable.
In the test of this year, there were at once some brands and models which did not participate in tests as noted Graze Piironen (Pasi Piironen) comparing tires "only this way earlier it is possible to find new pearls in the market or to warn about bad tires".
"Some of the new tires made a good impression, some are not present, - he added. - Continental was out of offset, but they very highly established a level, and all need to strive for similar results. Advantages of technologies of large producers are obvious and by results of Firestone (Bridgestone) and Fulda (Goodyear), however, tires Laufenn (Hankook) significantly lagged behind leaders because of catastrophically weak coupling on a wet covering. Tristar could take third place this time, and these are cheap tires with the best ratio of the price and safety. The most expensive tires - Apollo - as a result, were inferior in the test to Tristar and it means that high price does not always guarantee the best level of safety".


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