205/60R16

Al Volante: Test of 205/60 R16 Crossover Summer Tires (2022)

The Italian publication compared the performance of eight summer tires on dry and wet pavement.

List of models tested:

The Al Volante magazine conducted a test of summer tires designed for compact crossovers in size 205/60 R16, comparing their performance on dry and wet pavement. The test car was a Volkswagen T-Cross. The test pool included tires priced from 80 to 100 Euros in Italy, and, since many drivers yield to the temptation of buying their next set of tires based solely on their price, the test also involved the cheapest tire that the experts could find online — the Linglong Green-Max HP010 coming at 45 Euros. The tests were performed in the fall of 2021 in warm weather.

Test results

The wet braking distance was measured when slowing the car down from 80 to 10 km/h, and the shortest stopping distance was demonstrated by the Bridgestone Turanza T005, but the result of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 was only 0.1 meters longer. A pleasant surprise was brought by the Falken tire, while the Nokian Wetproof, despite its name, was outperformed even by the cheap Linglong.

Wet braking

Bridgestone
27.6
Pirelli
27.7
Falken
27.9
Michelin
28.2
Goodyear
28.8
Continental
29.2
Linglong
29.3
Nokian
29.4

Info! Wet braking in meters. (80 - 10 km/h)


Even though the Nokian tire took a long time to stop the T-Cross on a wet track, it had the highest straight hydroplaning resistance on test. At the same time, during the hydroplaning resistance test, the best results in corners were shown by the Pirelli model that had a significant lead over the competition. The last place, and in both disciplines, too, was quite unexpectedly scored by the premium Michelin Primacy 4.

Straight hydroplaning resistance

Nokian
82.4
Falken
82.3
Goodyear
81.9
Pirelli
81.9
Bridgestone
81.2
Linglong
80.9
Continental
80.8
Michelin
80.7

Info! Float speed in km/h.


In the wet handling test, the best performance was demonstrated by Pirelli, and also Michelin, which was not capable of combating the hydroplaning effect before that. The worst results were shown by the cheap Linglong model.

Wet handling

Michelin
53.4
Pirelli
53.4
Continental
53.6
Bridgestone
53.9
Goodyear
54.0
Falken
54.3
Nokian
54.4
Linglong
55.2

Info! Lap time,sec.


On dry pavement, the Pirelli model was no longer the obvious leader, and this status was won by the Bridgestone tire that ensured the shortest braking distance. The Bridgestone model was followed by Michelin, Nokian and Pirelli sharing the third place.

Dry braking

Bridgestone
34.6
Michelin
35.0
Nokian
35.8
Pirelli
35.8
Falken
36.0
Goodyear
36.0
Continental
36.4
Linglong
36.5

Info! Dry braking in meters (100 - 10 km/h).


The Bridgestone tire turned out to be the quietest on test; the loudest noise was recorded from Nokian.

Noise

Bridgestone
63.8
Michelin
64.4
Goodyear
64.5
Continental
64.6
Falken
64.7
Pirelli
64.7
Linglong
64.9
Nokian
65.4

Info! External noise in db.


After measuring the tire’s rolling resistance, the test experts defined the ranking that this tire would get on the EU label, after which it was compared with the actual ranking indicated on the label. With all the tires, these figures «coincided», the sole exception being the Michelin model, which belonged to C-class, but, when tested, turned out to be an even better fuel saver. On the whole, the best tire by this parameter was pronounced to be the Continental model that proved its highest ranking of «A»; last place was scored by the Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun, despite the ironic fact that the tire maker included a hint at environmental friendliness in the name of this model.

Environment

Continental
6.0
Bridgestone
7.1
Michelin
7.1
Goodyear
7.2
Pirelli
7.3
Linglong
8.0
Nokian
8.0
Falken
8.4

Info! Rolling resistance in kg/t.


Verdict

Result summary. 2022 Al Volante Summer Tire Test — 205/60R16 Places 1–8.
Result summary. 2022 Al Volante Summer Tire Test — 205/60R16 Places 1–8. (click to enlarge)

First place in the final standings was scored by the Pirelli Cinturato P7, which was particularly good on wet pavement, while silver was won by the Bridgestone Turanza T005 (the difference being mere 0.1 points), which demonstrated the best dry performance. The Michelin Primacy 4 ended up at the relatively high third place, but you need to keep in mind that it has poor hydroplaning resistance; fourth-placed was the Continental PremiumContact 6 that demonstrated an extremely low rolling resistance, but fell short of the competition in a few track disciplines. The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 demonstrated a well-balanced performance without any prominent issues, while — contrary to their names — the Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun will in fact increase fuel consumption by the vehicle, and the Nokian Wetproof has a long wet braking distance (but is very good at combating straight hydroplaning). As for the Linglong model, it also had a long wet braking distance, and it came last in this discipline and on a dry track too.

1st place: Pirelli / Cinturato P7 (P7C2)

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)

Dry Performance Treadwear Wet Performance Handling Price/Quality Comfort
  • This tire replaced Pirelli / Cinturato P7
  • Available Sizes in Line: 28
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • BMW 8 Series G14/G15/G16 [2018 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Central & South America, Europe, Japan, Middle East, Africa
Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)

  • Short braking distance and very good handling performance on wet pavement (quickly responds to the driver’s actions)
  • Very good lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Predictable behavior on dry pavement

2nd place: Bridgestone / Turanza T005

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Bridgestone Turanza T005

Price/Quality Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 238
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A7 4K8 [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Tiguan
    • • Volkswagen Caddy V [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Skoda Superb
    • • Volkswagen Transporter
    • • Jeep Renegade
    • • Renault Captur
    • • Nissan Juke
    • • Ford Kuga
    • • Nissan Micra
    • • Volkswagen T-Roc I (A11/AC7) [2017 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 1 Series
    • • BMW 3 Series
    • • BMW 8 Series
    • • MINI Clubman
    • • Audi A6
    • • Audi A3
    • • Audi SQ2 GA [2019 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A1
    • • Audi A4
    • • Audi A5
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
    • • MINI Countryman
    • • BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
    • • Lexus LC Z100 [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Lexus LS
    • • Lexus ES
    • • Mazda Mazda6
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
    • • Toyota Camry
    • • Volkswagen Polo
    • • Volkswagen Golf
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Bridgestone Turanza T005

  • Short wet and dry braking distances
  • Low noise emission
  • Somewhat unstable steering response on dry pavement

3rd place: Michelin / Primacy 4

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Comfort Dry Performance Wet Performance Price/Quality Handling Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Mexico, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Michelin Primacy 4

  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Very good handling response in the wet
  • Relatively low straight and lateral hydroplaning resistance

4th place: Continental / PremiumContact 6

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Continental PremiumContact 6

Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiPremiumContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 265
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Toyota C-HR Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Mazda CX-5 KF [2016 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Kuga III (CX482) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Renault Koleos II (HC) [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Subaru Forester SK [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Renault Megane IV (9A) [2016 .. 2022]
    • • Volvo XC40 I [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Skoda Superb III B8 (3V) Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Volvo V60 Cross Country II [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz X-Class D23 [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A6 C8 [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Volvo S60 III [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Renault Alaskan D23 [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Volvo V60 II [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Jaguar I-Pace [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Fiesta VII [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Mustang Mach-E [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Porsche Taycan I [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br206 [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, Japan, Middle East, Africa, Oceania
Continental PremiumContact 6

  • Very low rolling resistance
  • Predictable behavior on wet pavement
  • Relatively long braking distance on dry pavement
  • Relatively weak straight hydroplaning resistance

5th place: Goodyear / EfficientGrip Performance 2

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Price/Quality Wet Performance Comfort Dry Performance Handling Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Goodyear / EfficientGrip Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 63
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Toyota Yaris Cross XP210 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW iX [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

  • Invariably good results in all of the disciplines
  • No prominent issues found
  • Slightly delayed steering response on wet pavement

6th place: Falken / Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

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Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear Wet Performance Price/Quality
  • Available Sizes in Line: 131
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A1 citycarver GB [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Audi Q3 F3 [2018 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

  • Strong straight and lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Good braking performance on wet pavement
  • Good riding comfort
  • Delayed steering response on wet and dry pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance

7th place: Nokian / Wetproof

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Handling Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 75
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Nokian Wetproof

  • High resistance to straight hydroplaning
  • Relatively long braking distance and delayed steering response on wet pavement
  • The steering wheel feels «hollow» on dry pavement (yet the grip remains stable)
    Increased noise

8th place: Linglong / GREEN-Max HP010

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Linglong GREEN-Max HP010

Treadwear Handling Dry Performance Comfort Wet Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 29
  • Year Released: 2012
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, East Asia
Linglong GREEN-Max HP010

  • Low price
  • Relatively long braking distance on dry and wet pavement
  • Poor grip and less-than-ideal wet handling performance (frequent steering adjustments required)
  • Increased noise

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