Auto Bild Allrad 2019

Ten sets of summer tires for compact SUVs were tested by the experts of Germany’s Auto Bild Allrad magazine. As usual, the test involved tire models from different price brackets. So different that some of the sets had a price tag twice as expensive as others’. In addition, two new summer models 2019 from Goodyear and Nokian were tested.

Size 225/55 R17

This year, the Auto Bild Allrad experts’ choice fell on size 225/55 R17 that fits such compact SUVs as Audi Q3, BMW X1, Ford Kuga, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Renegade and Compass, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail, Skoda Yeti, Subaru Forester, Suzuki Vitara, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The tire size chosen by Auto Bild Allrad is only slightly different from 225/45 R17 that was also chosen by Auto Bild for summer tire tests 2019.

List of models tested:

A double victory was scored this time by Taiwan’s tire maker Cheng Shin Rubber. In the Auto Bild Allrad summer tire test this manufacturer was represented by Maxxis and CST brands. Getting ahead of the story, we will note that the super-inexpensive CST model was only 19% cheaper than its «big brother» but, as it turned out, this was not the money worth saving, and, seeing the test results, you will understand why.

Test Summary

Off-road

Considering the fact that the test involved tires that were originally engineered to be used on hard surfaces, grass traction demonstrated by Goodyear, Hankook and Nokian deserves high praise. The weakest grip on grass was demonstrated by Bridgestone Turanza T005.

Grass Traction

Goodyear 
9548
Hankook
9462
Nokian
9302
Cooper
8879
CST
8836
Continental
8766
Nexen
8719
Toyo
8524
Maxxis
8068
Bridgestone
7987

Info! Traction, N.


Mud traction is not a conventional discipline in road tire tests. Probably because of that CST and Maxxis got ahead of everybody else here, with Continental lagging behind all the other contestants.

Mud Traction

CST 
2725
Maxxis
2571
Cooper
2542
Goodyear
2514
Nokian
2425
Hankook
2420
Nexen
2410
Toyo
2407
Bridgestone
2395
Continental
2230

Info! Traction, N.


Mud traction is not a conventional discipline in road tire tests. Probably because of that CST and Maxxis got ahead of everybody else here, with Continental lagging behind all the other contestants.

Sand Traction

 Hankook 
11003
Nexen
10922
Bridgestone
10921
Continental
10901
Cooper
10868
Nokian
10578
Goodyear
10283
Toyo
10271
CST
10231
Maxxis
9512

Info! Traction, N.


Oftentimes, tires that provide outstanding mud performance, are not nearly as good when it comes to sand. The sand test again proved this popular opinion. Against the leading Hankook model’s background, CST, and especially Maxxis tires didn’t look like much at all.

Gravel Traction

Hankook 
9902
Nexen
9592
Goodyear
9526
Maxxis
9486
Toyo
9242
Cooper
9142
Bridgestone
9061
Nokian
8784
CST
8579
Continental
8440

Info! Traction, N.


The best gravel traction by far was demonstrated by Hankook. Remarkable is the fact that in this test Continental again showed up at the very end of the list.

Gravel Handling

Nokian 
67,4
Toyo
67,3
Continental
67,2
Maxxis
66,3
Goodyear
65,9
Bridgestone
65,6
Cooper
65,4
Nexen
65,3
CST
65,1
Hankook
65,0

Info! Average Speed, km/h.


In terms of gravel handling, the Hankook tires showed the poorest performance, the most confident cornering being ensured by Nokian, Toyo and Continental.

Wet

Lateral Grip

Continental 
15,12
Goodyear
15,13
Maxxis
15,19
Nokian
15,19
Hankook
15,29
Bridgestone
15,47
Nexen
15,50
Toyo
15,54
Cooper
16,00
CST
16,76

Info! Lap Time, sec.


In terms of lateral grip on wet asphalt, the company of «the big three» of premium-segment Continental, Goodyear and Nokian was joined by the relatively inexpensive Maxxis. At the same time, CST’s lateral grip performance on a wet circular track was significantly worse than the competition’s.

Straight Hydroplaning

Maxxis 
82,0
Cooper
81,5
CST
81,5
Toyo
81,4
Nokian
81,1
Bridgestone
81,0
Goodyear
80,2
Continental
78,2
Hankook
78,2
Nexen
77,8

Info! Rate of grip loss, km/h.


All the ten tires were extremely close during the hydroplaning testing. The range of loss-of-grip speeds between the worst and the best tires did not exceed 4 km/h. In this instance, the experts refrained from saying that some of the models were «better» or «worse». Still, in this discipline, the first place was scored by Maxxis.

Lateral Hydroplaning

Maxxis 
2,67
Bridgestone
2,60
Goodyear
2,57
Cooper
2,55
CST
2,53
Toyo
2,49
Nokian
2,42
Hankook
2,39
Continental
2,29
Nexen
2,22

Info! Lateral Acceleration, m/s.


In the lateral hydroplaning test, all the contestants were speed-cornering on puddles. Again, no real outsiders in this test. And Maxiss again outstripped all the other models. Continental and Nexen are comparatively «behind» the others but even they were able to score 2-.

Wet Handling

Nokian 
89,8
Continental
89,3
Goodyear
89,3
Maxxis
88.8
Bridgestone
88.4
Hankook
87.8
Toyo
87,7
Nexen
87,6
Cooper
86,8
CST
84,7

Info! Average Speed, km/h.


CST tire proved to be the most slippery during the wet handling test. It lost 5 seconds to the leader, which was enough for scoring a «3» in the final protocol. Cooper passed the test route 2 seconds faster than CST but it still was ultimately rated as «3+».

Wet Braking

Goodyear 
46,9
Continental
47,5
Hankook
48,5
Bridgestone
49,9
Maxxis
50,9
Nokian
51,2
Nexen
52,3
Toyo
52,6
Cooper
54,7
CST
60,2

Info! Braking in the range of 100–0 km/h, m.


The widest scatter in results was shown during the wet braking test. The shortest braking distance (46.9 meters) brought Goodyear an excellent 1 (top grade in this evaluation system). CST, who lost a whopping 13 meters of braking distance to the leader, walked away with a well-deserved 5- (lowest grade).

Dry

Continental PremiumContact 6 proved to be the best on the dry winding track, getting 0.7 seconds ahead of its nearest contestant, and 2.4 seconds ahead of Cooper Zeon CS8, which came the latest. Responsive handling and crisp steering were provided by Hankook, Goodyear and Maxxis. The steering response of CST and Cooper models only scored 3+.

Dry Handling

Continental 
104,7
Goodyear
104,0
Hankook
103,9
Maxxis
103,9
Toyo
103,8
Nokian
103,4
Nexen
102,9
Bridgestone
102,8
CST
102,5
Cooper
102,3

Info! Average Speed, km/h.

Continental won 0.6 meters of braking distance over its competitors and scored second in the nomination. The tournament bracket is completed by Cooper and CST tailing along with a rather large gap of at least 3.5 meters.

Dry Braking

Continental 
34,0
Goodyear
34,6
Hankook
34,6
Nokian
35,5
Maxxis
35,6
Bridgestone
35,7
Nexen
36,5
Toyo
37,1
Cooper
37,5
CST
37,8

Info! Braking in the range of 100–0 km/h, m.

The AutoBild Allrad SUV Summer Tire Test showed that the real fuel saver is Bridgestone Turanza T005 with its extremely low rolling resistance. Nexen N Fera RU1 turned out to be the least fuel-efficient of all.

Efficiency

Bridgestone 
7,56
Continental
8,39
Nokian
8,58
Goodyear
8,69
CST
8,74
Cooper
8,79
Hankook
9,18
Toyo
9,18
Maxxis
9,38
Nexen
10,24

Info! Rolling Resistance, liters per 100 km.


Strange though it may sound, the inexpensive CST tires — especially at highway speeds — are quieter than their expensive competitors. The noisiest tire on test was the Bridgestone model.

Noise

CST 
64,2
68,2
Hankook
64,8
69,2
Goodyear
65,0
69,2
Toyo
65,5
69,4
Cooper
65,2
69,9
Nexen
66,1
70,3
Maxxis
66,1
70,5
Continental
67,1
70,8
Nokian
67,4
70,7
Bridgestone
67,4
71,4

Info! The noise level at a speed of 60 km/h and 80 km/h,  

The results of AutoBild Allrad Summer Tire Test 2019

Test Results

Let’s start from the end and work our way backwards. The experts of Auto Bild Allrad were unable to find any prominent advantages of the low-budget tire CST Medallion MD-A1. At the same time, the experts said that the doubtless shortcomings of this model were poor braking performance and weak lateral grip on wet pavement — for summer tires, these two properties are crucial. The result is disappointing — the last tenth place and the overall verdict «Not recommended».

CST Medallion MD-A1
CST Medallion MD-A1

The ninth place was scored by Cooper Zeon CS8. It also failed the wet tests, and was not very convincing in the dry either. It was saved from scoring the last place by its decent off-road traction, but then again, it must be said that as a Highway Terrain tire it does not need that feature so much. «Conditionally Recommended».

Cooper Zeon CS8
Cooper Zeon CS8

The eighth place was taken by the summer tire Nexen N’Fera RU1. The experts found fault with its braking performance on wet pavement and its high rolling resistance. Otherwise, this model is quite capable of competing with more expensive tires. The overall «Good» says it all.

Nexen N’Fera RU1
Nexen N’Fera RU1

The sixth place was shared by Toyo Proxes Sport (375 Euro per set) and still more expensive Bridgestone Turanza T005. These two models from Japanese tire makers scored 3+ each — says the technical expert of TiresVote.com — and, while the former could have performed better on wet pavement, the latter showed limited off-road performance, which is not all that crucial for this test. As a result, Toyo scores «Good», and Bridgestone — «Exemplary».

Toyo Proxes Sport / Bridgestone Turanza T005
Bridgestone Turanza T005 / Toyo Proxes Sport

Maxxis Premitra tires took the 5th place. It demonstrated the best hydroplaning resistance, as well as responsive handling and crisp steering on wet and dry surfaces alike. Its average grass and mud traction still did not stop it from scoring an «Exemplary» overall verdict.

Maxxis Premitra HP5
Maxxis Premitra HP5
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Compact SUV 225/55 R17 Summer Tire Test Summary Auto Bild Allrad, 2019. Click to enlarge.

The excellent second place was occupied by three models at once. Interestingly, Continental PremiumContact 6 was able to do that in spite of the average sand and gravel traction that it demonstrated. When it came to Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125, the experts could not find any obvious shortcomings. And the novelty of the season Nokian Powerproof, demonstrating great handling on both wet and dry pavements, only fell short because of its high noise emission. The trio was pronounced «Exemplary».

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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125 / Nokian Powerproof /Continental PremiumContact 6 

Yet another seasonal novelty — Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 — made a clean sweep of the 2019 SUV 4×4 Summer Tire Test. The tire’s outstanding performance on all surfaces, especially on wet pavement, could not lead to any other result.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Conclusion

Goodyear tires are generally expensive but at the current moment they are the best compact SUV tires of the ten tested models. Continental, Hankook and Nokian tires come really close to the leader in terms of their overall performance. But then again, even inexpensive tires with «Asian roots» can ensure a high level of safety, which was successfully proven by Maxxis.