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List of Tested Tires: 

 

Continental ContiSportContact 5

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

Falken Azenis FK510

Firestone Firehawk SZ90µ

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Nokian zLine

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

  

 

  Best tyre for dry roads


Vredestein Ultrac Vorti


 

    

 

  Best tyre for wet roads


Continental ContiSportContact 5


 

    

 

  The quietest tyre


Nokian zLine


 

    

 

  The lowest fuel use


Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

Nokian zLine


 

    

 

  The best value tyre


Michelin Pilot Sport 4


  

 

9  Firestone Firehawk SZ90µ 

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

8  Continental ContiSportContact 5

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star star

 

 

7  Nokian zLine 

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star star

 

 

6  Falken Azenis FK510

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

5   Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117 

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

4   Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star star

 

 

3  Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

2  Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star star

 

 

1   Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 


 

Test Results

 

 

  1. Firestone Firehawk SZ90µ

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2-

 

20%

 

Handling

4

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

4+

 

10%

 

Braking

4

 

35%

 

Total

4+

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

3

 

40%

 

Braking

2-

 

30%

 

Comfort

2-

 

10%

 

Noise

3

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

2-

 

10%

 

Overall rank

3+

 

 

Acceptable resistance to hydroplaning

Unbalanced behavior and long braking distance on dry and wet surface

High noise level

 

 

  1. Continental ContiSportContact 5

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2+

 

20%

 

Handling

3+

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

3+

 

10%

 

Braking

2-

 

35%

 

Total

2-

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

3+

 

40%

 

Braking

2

 

30%

 

Comfort

2

 

10%

 

Noise

2

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

1-

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2-

 

 

Good resistance to hydroplaning

Low resistance to swing

High level of comfort

Average braking efficiency

The slowed-down reactions to turns of wheel

Low side stability on wet surface

 

 

  1. Nokian zLine

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2-

 

20%

 

Handling

2

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

2+

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

2-

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

3+

 

10%

 

Noise

2-

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

1-

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2

 

 

Short braking distance on dry and wet surface

High side stability on wet surface

The slowed-down reactions to turns of wheel and tendency to oversteer

Average level of comfort

 

 

  1. Falken Azenis FK510

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2

 

20%

 

Handling

2

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

2-

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

2

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

2-

 

10%

 

Noise

2

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

2

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2

 

 

High side stability and good controllability on dry surface

Short braking distance on dry and wet surface

High resistance to hydroplaning

Tendency to oversteer on wet surface

 

 

  1. Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2

 

20%

 

Handling

2-

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

2-

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

2+

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

2-

 

10%

 

Noise

2+

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

2

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2+

 

 

High side stability and good controllability on dry surface

Short braking distance on dry and wet surface

High resistance to hydroplaning

Low level of noise

Strong tendency to understeer on wet surface

 

 

  1. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2

 

20%

 

Handling

1-

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

2+

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2+

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

2-

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

2

 

10%

 

Noise

2

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

1-

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2

 

 

Good controllability on dry surface

Short braking distance on dry and wet surface

High level of comfort

Tendency to oversteer on wet surface

 

 

  1. Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2-

 

20%

 

Handling

1-

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

1-

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2+

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

1-

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

2-

 

10%

 

Noise

2+

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

3+

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2+

 

 

Good controllability and short braking distance on dry and wet surface

Low level of noise

The increased rolling resistance

 

 

  1. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2-

 

20%

 

Handling

2+

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

1-

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2+

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

2

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

2

 

10%

 

Noise

2

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

1

 

10%

 

Overall rank

2+

 

 

Good controllability and short braking distance on dry and wet surface

High side stability on wet surface

Low resistance to swing

 

 

  1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Significance

 

Wet surface

 

Aquaplaning (longitudinal)

2+

 

20%

 

Handling

1-

 

35%

 

Lateral stability

2

 

10%

 

Braking

2+

 

35%

 

Total

2+

 

 

Dry surface

 

Handling

1

 

40%

 

Braking

2+

 

30%

 

Comfort

2+

 

10%

 

Noise

2

 

10%

 

Fuel Consumption

2+

 

10%

 

Overall rank

1-

 

 

Very good controllability on dry and wet surface

Exact reactions to turns of wheel, good informational content and short braking distance in any conditions

High level of comfort

 


 

Review

 

As well as always, tires with the best balance of characteristics on dry and wet surface could only become the winner, and this time very good indicators have shown Goodyear and Vredestein which, however, have conceded to the beginner who shows excellent results in the European tests of this season - Michelin Pilot Sport 4. All experts have at once paid attention to the penultimate place of Continental, and in AB have explained it with the fact that in the necessary size there was opportunity to test only tires of the previous generation, but not Continental PremiumContact 6  which have won the big test of the German magazine recently and which potentially could act better.

RESULTS OF TESTS

Resistance to hydroplaning

The tires are wider, the risk of hydroplaning is higher, and in the chosen size new Michelin best of all cope with this phenomenon.

Controllability on wet covering

Almost all tires could show good time on Austrian Vakhauring, and results of Firestone became disappointment only.

Side stability on wet covering

Vredestein and Goodyear show excellent results, and Continental and Firestone too quickly lose coupling on front axle.

Braking on wet covering

As braking efficiency has key value for safety, in this discipline each centimeter is important, and tires of the leading producers have pleased with the fact that the difference in results on the first seven places has not exceeded 0,5 meters. At the same time the retiring Continental obviously lag behind the others, and Firestone pose real safety hazard at all.

Controllability on dry covering

New Michelin have impressed with exact reactions to turns of wheel and excellent informational content in turns, but it is also worth noting excellent results of Vredestein and Hankook. Tires Continental and Firestone take the last places, including because of too weak cross coupling.

Braking on dry covering

All tires have shown approximately identical results, and the best are Vredestein whose braking distance from 100 km/h was more than two meters shorter, than at Firestone.

Profitability

Profitability is of not really great importance in segment of sports tires, but It should be noted that Vredestein are potentially capable to increase fuel usage.

Noise

Hankook and Vredestein, and Firestone were the most silent and in this discipline take the last place.

Note: Marks are put down on the German school scale: 1 - perfectly, 6 - it is unsatisfactory. If the tire receives in tests of wet or dry surface assessment worse 2-in the separate discipline influencing safety (such disciplines are designated by asterisk), or the general assessment it is worse 2, then its final assessment goes down.

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