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List of Tested Tyres : 

 

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

Continental SportContact 6

Falken Azenis FK510

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Firestone Firehawk SZ90µ

Kumho Ecsta PS91

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

Rotalla Setula S-Pace RU01

Pirelli PZero

 

 

 

  Best tyre for dry roads


Continental SportContact 6


 

    

 

  Best tyre for wet roads


Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2


 

    

 

  The quietest tyre


Kumho Ecsta PS91


 

    

 

  The lowest fuel use


Continental SportContact 6


 

    

 

  The best value tyre


Continental SportContact 6


  

 

Summary 

9   Rotalla Setula S-Pace RU01

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star 


Braking    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   Firestone Firehawk SZ90µ

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star


Braking    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

 

 

7   Kumho Ecsta PS91 

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

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

6   Pirelli PZero 

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

5   Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

4  Falken Azenis FK510

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

3  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

 

 

2  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

 

 

1  Continental SportContact 6

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star 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. Rotalla Setula S-Pace RU01

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2+

5%

Handling

5

40%

Lateral stability

4-

10%

Braking

5+

30%

Total

4

 

 

Dry road

Handling

3-

50%

Braking

3+

30%

Comfort

2

10%

Noise

2+

5%

Fuel consumption

2+

5%

Total

2-

 

 

Low rolling resistance

Low noise level

Very low price 

Dangerously long braking distance, severe understeer and unbalanced behavior on wet surface

Weak grip and sluggish steering reactions on dry surface

 

 

  1. Firestone Firehawk SZ90µ

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2-

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2

5%

Handling

4+

40%

Lateral stability

3-

10%

Braking

4-

30%

Total

3-

 

 

Dry road

Handling

3-

50%

Braking

2-

30%

Comfort

2-

10%

Noise

3

5%

Fuel consumption

2+

5%

Total

3+

 

 

 Good resistance to aquaplaning

Low rolling resistance

Low price 

Low lateral stability, strong understeer

 Long braking distance on wet surface

Delayed steering reactions and unbalanced behavior on a dry surface

 

 

 

  1. Kumho Ecsta PS91

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2-

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2-

5%

Handling

3

40%

Lateral stability

3+

10%

Braking

2

30%

Total

2-

 

 

Dry road

Handling

3

50%

Braking

2+

30%

Comfort

3+

10%

Noise

2-

5%

Fuel consumption

3+

5%

Total

2-

 

 

Good resistance to aquaplaning

Short braking distance on dry surface

Attractive price

Low lateral stability and strong understeer on wet surfaces

Delayed steering reactions and relatively weak grip on dry surface

Increased rolling resistance

 

 

  1. Pirelli PZero

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

3+

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

3+

5%

Handling

1-

40%

Lateral stability

1-

10%

Braking

3+

30%

Total

2

 

 

Dry road

Handling

2

50%

Braking

1-

30%

Comfort

2

10%

Noise

2

5%

Fuel consumption

2+

5%

Total

2+

 

 

High lateral stability and good handling on wet surfaces

Good informative and short braking distances on dry surface

Low rolling resistance

Relatively long braking distance on wet surface

Lowest resistance to aquaplaning

 

 

  1. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2+

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2+

5%

Handling

2+

40%

Lateral stability

2+

10%

Braking

1

30%

Total

1-

 

 

Dry road

Handling

3+

50%

Braking

1-

30%

Comfort

2+

10%

Noise

2

5%

Fuel consumption

2

5%

Total

2

 

 

Highest resistance to aquaplaning

Good handling on wet surfaces

Short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces

Delayed steering reactions and relatively weak grip on dry surface

 

 

  1. Falken Azenis FK510

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2-

5%

Handling

2

40%

Lateral stability

2

10%

Braking

1

30%

Total

2+

 

 

Dry road

Handling

2+

50%

Braking

2

30%

Comfort

3+

10%

Noise

2

5%

Fuel consumption

3+

5%

Total

2

 

 

Short braking distance on wet surface

Good handling and informativity on dry and wet surfaces

Attractive price 

Slightly slow steering reactions

Comfort

Increased rolling resistance

 

 

  1. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2+

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2+

5%

Handling

2-

40%

Lateral stability

2

10%

Braking

2

30%

Total

2

 

 

Dry road

Handling

2

50%

Braking

2+

30%

Comfort

2-

10%

Noise

2

5%

Fuel consumption

2

5%

Total

2

 

 

Good handling, precise steering reactions

 Short braking distance on dry surface

High resistance to aquaplaning

Slight inclination to understeer on wet surfaces

 

 

  1. Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2

5%

Handling

2-

40%

Lateral stability

2

10%

Braking

2

30%

Total

2

 

 

Dry road

Handling

2+

50%

Braking

2+

30%

Comfort

2

10%

Noise

2

5%

Fuel consumption

2

5%

Total

2+

 

 

Good handling on dry surface

Attractive price

Tendency to understeer on wet surfaces

 

 

  1. Continental SportContact 6

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

%

 

Wet road

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

2

15%

Aquaplaning (around bends)

2-

5%

Handling

1-

40%

Lateral stability

1-

10%

Braking

2

30%

Total

2+

 

 

Dry road

Handling

1

50%

Braking

1

30%

Comfort

2

10%

Noise

2

5%

Fuel consumption

2-

5%

Total

1-

 

 

Outstanding handling on dry and wet surfaces

Fast and accurate steering reactions

Allows you to get real driving pleasure

High rolling resistance

 

 


 

Review

 

The choice of fresh set of tires can be the exhausting occupation as the offer from the known brands already rather wide, and now besides as mushrooms after rain constantly appear all new cheap tires sort from the countries of Asia. Outside all of them identical, but what to take? In Europe on tires multi-colored labels which inform on three key parameters - coupling on wet surface, fuel efficiency and noise level fasten. It is meant that these data can be trusted, however you should not forget that marks to tires are put down by producers, and some of them can be not too sincere. In this test six of nine tires have received the highest rating "And" for coupling on wet covering, and at the others on the label "B" appears. Looks it is promising, but on the course of the test it has become clear that the difference in braking length from 100 km/h can make more than ten meters, and it means that in critical situation the residual speed of the car on the worst tires will make 22 km/h.

About reliability of estimates on the label it is possible to judge at least by the fact that the Chinese tires Rotalla with the rating of "B" in the braking efficiency test on wet surface have received assessment "Unsatisfactorily". Besides, experts have noted that on wet track the Chinese tires cannot provide at least acceptable controllability and constantly begin to slide on front axle. Side stability? Practically is absent, and in this discipline of Rotalla show unsatisfactory result too.

Much higher level of safety is provided by tires from Falken and Dunlop most of which quicker stop the car on wet surface and remain controlled even during drift. Continental, Goodyear and Hankook have well proved to be on wet track too, and Pirelli was brought by weak resistance to hydroplaning - in this test they lost coupling most quicker than other tires.

On dry surface of Pirelli have been recognized the best as they very precisely react to turns of wheel and provide model controllability during passing of turns. Good time of circle was also shown by Goodyear, Hankook, Falken and Continental presented last year which besides without problems have coped with the tests on wet covering. Thanks to such impressive balance of characteristics of Continental as a result have won first place in the overall ranking, and they were prevented even by the high resistance to swing.

Rotalla which are capable to cut fuel usage for 3% in comparison with tires on the last place were the most economic tires. Rotalla has also the lowest price which can attract persons interested to save, but it cannot justify unsatisfactory coupling on the wet road. 

RESULTS OF TESTS

Controllability on dry surface

In tests Ford Focus ST with the switched-off systems of the help to the driver was used, and the best tires from Continental, have been recognized by Falken and Hankook. The lower places of rating were taken by Kumho, Rotalla and Firestone.

Braking on dry surface

Usually in this discipline of difference between tires are minimum, but only not this time - the braking distance of Firestone and Rotalla on the whole four meters was longer, than at Continental, and it is car length.

Noise

Rather loudly only Firestone rustle and if were pleasant to tell about smoothness of the course to experts most of all Continental, Hankook and Pirelli. Tires Goodyear, Firestone, Falken and Kumho cope with absorption of blows worse.

Profitability

Cheap Chinese tires have surprised with the lowest resistance to swing, and the worst results have shown Continental, Falken and Kumho.

Resistance to longitudinal/cross hydroplaning

Most quicker lose Pirelli coupling, and best of all cope with hydroplaning of the tire Dunlop and Goodyear.

Side stability on wet surface

Continental and Pirelli surely overtake rivals, and Rotalla show unacceptable result.

Controllability on wet surface

Continental and Pirelli win first place again, Firestone too quickly lose coupling on front axle, and Rotalla create real safety hazard.

Braking on wet surface

Continental and Pirelli could not hold leadership, and most quicker stop the car of the tire Falken and Dunlop. The braking distance of Firestone and Rotalla was about 10 meters longer, than at the best tires.

Estimates for the tested tires are presented in the table

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-, it loses opportunity to receive final rating "Is exemplary".

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