225/45R18

Auto Bild 2023: Big Summer Tire Test R18

20 tires reached the final of the new big Auto Bild test, including new models from Bridgestone and Continental.
For their next big tire test 2023, the Auto Bild experts chose the tire size 225/45 R18, suitable for many compact cars such as Renault Megane, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla, and others. To qualify for the main part of the test, the participants first had to demonstrate effective dry and wet braking performance.

20 tires reached the final, and the Auto Bild experts noted that, although there was a correlation between the tire’s performance and its cost in the qualification round, there were a few exceptions, and, for example, the cheap Linglong tire was able to make it to the main part of the test, while the more expensive Vredestein and Firestone tires could not. It is also worth noting that two new products of the season, the Bridgestone Turanza 6 and Continental PremiumContact 7, met in the final round.

Test discipline: wet handling
Test discipline: wet handling. Source: autobild.de

In the main test, the tires were evaluated according to standard parameters such as hydroplaning resistance, and in this discipline, the best one was the Uniroyal RainSport 5, which fully justified its name. The Giti tire also effectively drains water from the contact patch, while the Sava, Kleber, and Nexen models have certain problems with this.

In the wet handling test, the top places were predictably scored by the premium brands of Pirelli, Goodyear, and Continental, and as for the more affordable options, the Maxxis and Yokohama tires also received good ratings. On dry pavement, Pirelli and Goodyear were once again recognized as the best performers, while Giti and Uniroyal were too slow to respond to driver inputs.

The external noise level was also measured, and the quietest tire was found to be Kleber by Michelin, while in the tread life test (evaluating the expected mileage before the tire reaches the minimum legal tread depth), the Goodyear model came first with a score of 63,000 km. The worst-performing tires in this category were the budget Linglong tires, which can only last half as long.

Verdict

The winner of the big 2023 tire test eventually was the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 tire, which the Auto Bild experts praised for its excellent wet and dry performance, as well as its long tread life and best value for the money ratio. Since the Goodyear tire also demonstrated the best environmental performance on test, it was awarded the Eco-Meister status.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 and Continental Premium Contact 7, which came second and third respectively, also received «Exemplary» ratings; the GT Radial SportActive 2, Bridgestone Turanza 6, Kumho Ecsta PS71, and Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 completed the test with a «Good» rating; while the performance of the other 13 tires was rated as «Satisfactory».

The ratings are assigned on a scale from 6 to 1+. The rating in the «Environment» category is calculated based on rolling resistance, tread life, and the price-to-tread-life ratio.

1 place: Goodyear / Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Comfort Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Europe, Middle East, South Africa
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Positive: Dry performance. Wet performance. Tread life. Price/quality ratio.
A premium tire with an exemplary wet and dry performance and a long tread life, providing best-in-class price/quality ratio.


2 place: Michelin / Pilot Sport 5

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N/A 47
Comfort Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 43
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Subaru Levorg VN [2020 .. 2024]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: Canada, Mexico, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Michelin Pilot Sport 5

Positive: Handling performance in any conditions. Hydroplaning resistance. Braking performance in any conditions.
Negative: Price.
A sport tire that provides excellent handling response in any conditions, has a good hydroplaning resistance, and an excellent wet braking performance. However, it is worth noting that Michelin is one of the most expensive tire brands on the market.


3 place: Continental / PremiumContact 7

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N/A 30

Continental PremiumContact 7

  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Continental PremiumContact 7

Positive: Handling performance in any conditions. Tread life. Environment.
Negative: Price.
An excellent (and quite expensive) tire that combines strong grip with good treadwear and low rolling resistance.


4 place: GT Radial / SportActive 2

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  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Central & South America, Europe, Japan, South Africa, Oceania
GT Radial SportActive 2

Positive: Handling performance in any conditions. Hydroplaning resistance. Price/quality ratio.
Negative: Wet lateral grip.
This GT Radial tire performs well in any conditions (although there are some complaints about its wet cornering grip), and also has an attractive price/quality ratio.


5 place: Bridgestone / Turanza 6

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Bridgestone Turanza 6

  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Turanza T005
  • Available Sizes in Line: 109
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • BMW 7 Series VI (G11/G12) Facelift [2019 .. 2024]
  • Year Released: 2023
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Bridgestone Turanza 6

Positive: Performance balance. Handling performance in any conditions. Environment.
A tire has a well-balanced performance and low rolling resistance, which comes at a relatively high price.


6 place: Kumho / Ecsta PS71

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Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 88
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Skoda Octavia Mk4 A8 (NX) [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Kia
    • • Hyundai Grandeur VI (IG) Facelift [2020 .. 2024]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Canada, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Oceania
Kumho Ecsta PS71

Positive: Performance balance. Braking performance in any conditions.
Negative: Noise.
An inexpensive tire with well-balanced performance that provides effective dry and wet braking performance. The downside is its increased noise level.


7 place: Dunlop / Sport Maxx RT2

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Dry Performance Wet Performance Comfort Handling Price/Quality Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Dunlop / Sport Maxx RT
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 141
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • MINI Clubman F54 [2015 .. 2019]
    • • MINI Clubman F54 Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) [2016 .. 2020]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 6 Series III LCI (F06/F12/F13) [2015 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class X253 [2015 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class X253 Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, South Africa, Oceania
Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

Positive: Wet handling performance. Hydroplaning resistance. Dry braking.
Negative: Dry handling performance.
On dry surfaces, this Dunlop tire responds somewhat slowly to driver input, but effectively stops the car. On wet surfaces, it provides a high overall level of safety.


8 place: Falken / Azenis FK520

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N/A 30
  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Falken Azenis FK520

Positive: Dry handling. Braking performance in any conditions. Noise.
Negative: Wet lateral grip.
This Falken tire provides good handling response on dry surfaces and effective braking in any conditions, and it is also pretty quiet. However, it has problems with wet cornering stability.


9 place: Sava / Intensa UHP 2

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Dry Performance Comfort Handling Wet Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Sava Intensa UHP 2

Positive: Dry braking performance Environment. Price.
Negative: Handling response in any conditions. Hydroplaning resistance.
An inexpensive tire with good dry braking performance and low rolling resistance, but prone to understeer in any conditions and having a reduced hydroplaning resistance.


10 place: Fulda / SportControl 2

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Comfort Price/Quality Handling Wet Performance Dry Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Fulda SportControl 2

Positive: Wet handling performance. Price.
Negative: Wet braking. Steering response.
This Fulda tire ensures acceptable handling performance on wet pavement, but it has a relatively long braking distance, combined with a delayed steering response.


11 place: Pirelli / P Zero PZ4

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Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Pirelli / P Zero
  • Available Sizes in Line: 320
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • BMW 8 Series G14/G15/G16 [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Hyundai Kona OS Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Acura NSX NC1 [2016 .. 2023]
    • • Volvo V90 II [2016 .. 2023]
    • • Jaguar XF
    • • BMW X1
    • • BMW X2
    • • MINI Countryman
    • • MINI Clubman
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • • Jaguar XE
    • • Audi A4
    • • Audi A5
    • • BMW 3 Series
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
    • • BMW 7 Series
    • • BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
    • • BMW X3
    • • BMW X4
    • • BMW X5
    • • BMW X6
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
    • • Audi A8
    • • Bentley Continental GT
    • • Bentley Continental GTC
    • • Porsche Boxster
    • • Porsche Cayman
    • • Audi A3
    • • McLaren 540C
    • • McLaren 570GT
    • • McLaren 570S
    • • Volvo V40
    • • Hyundai Veloster
    • • Lamborghini Huracan
    • • McLaren Senna
    • • Audi R8
    • • McLaren 720S
    • • Porsche 911
    • • BMW 5 Series
    • • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4
    • • Porsche Panamera
    • • Audi A6
    • • Audi A7
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
    • • Volkswagen Touareg
    • • Lamborghini Aventador
    • • BMW Alpina B5
    • • Jaguar F-Type
    • • Ferrari 488 Pista
    • • Ferrari GTC4Lusso
    • • Ferrari Portofino
    • • Maserati GranTurismo
    • • Maserati GranCabrio
    • • Ferrari 812 Superfast
    • • Dodge Challenger
    • • Aston Martin Vantage
    • • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
    • • BMW Alpina XD3
    • • BMW Alpina XD4
    • • Jaguar E-Pace
    • • BMW X4 M
    • • BMW X3 M
    • • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
    • • McLaren GT
    • • Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
    • • Lamborghini Urus
    • • Volkswagen Atlas
    • • Ford Mustang Mach-E [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Aston Martin DBX [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW i4 G26 [2021 .. 2024]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Positive: Handling performance in any conditions. Braking performance in any conditions.
Negative: Tread life. Price.
A sports tire that ensures excellent handling response and short dry and wet braking distances. At the same time, this Pirelli model has a limited expected mileage and comes at a high price.


12 place: Hankook / Ventus S1 evo3 K127

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127

Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire has been replaced by Hankook / Ventus S1 evo3 EV K127E
  • This tire replaced Hankook / Ventus S1 evo2 K117
  • Available Sizes in Line: 212
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi RS6 C8 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Audi RS7 C8 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • BMW Z4 III (G29) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Audi S3 8V [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Audi S3 8V Facelift [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Audi S3 8Y [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Tesla Model 3 [2017 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 2 Series F44 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Porsche Boxster III (981) [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Porsche Cayman II (981) [2013 .. 2016]
    • • MINI Cooper F55/F56 [2014 .. 2021]
    • • MINI Cooper F55/F56 Facelift II [2021 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer F45 Facelift [2018 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer F46 Facelift [2018 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A1 citycarver GB [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf Mk8 (CD1) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 (CD1) [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf R Mk8 (CD1) [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW i4 G26 [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Oceania
Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127

Positive: Handling performance in any conditions. Braking performance in any conditions.
Negative: Tread life.
The only weakness of this Hankook model is short tread life; otherwise this is a very viable option.


13 place: Maxxis / Victra Sport 5 VS5

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Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5

Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Canada, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, Japan, China, South Africa, Oceania
Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5

Positive: Hydroplaning resistance. Wet handling.
Negative: Tread life. Steering response.
Even though this Maxxis tire has a somewhat delayed steering response, it nevertheless can ensure acceptable handling performance on both wet and dry pavement, and, in addition, it has strong hydroplaning resistance. On the downside, its tread life is not the longest one around.


14 place: Toyo / Proxes Sport 2

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  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Toyo Proxes Sport 2

Positive: Handling performance in any conditions. Dry braking.
Negative: Tread life. Price.
This Toyo tire has no problems with handling performance but it is rather expensive, and has a short expected mileage.


15 place: Yokohama / ADVAN Sport V107

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Yokohama ADVAN Sport V107

  • This tire will be replaced by ⛔ Yokohama / ADVAN Sport V108
  • This tire replaced Yokohama / ADVAN Sport V105
  • Available Sizes in Line: 1
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class V167 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW X3 III (G01) [2017 .. 2021]
    • • BMW X4 G02 [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG X156 [2013 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class AMG X247 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW M3 G80 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW M4 G82/G83 [2021 .. 2023]
    • • Nissan Fairlady Z VII [2022 .. 2023]
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Central & South America, Europe, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Yokohama ADVAN Sport V107

Positive: Dry handling performance. Braking in any conditions.
Negative: Expected mileage. Price. Environment.
This Yokohama tire is quite effective on both dry and wet pavement, its weaknesses being its price and a very strong rolling resistance that will increase fuel consumption by the vehicle.


16 place: Linglong / Sport Master SA220

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Linglong Sport Master SA220

  • This tire model has not been officially released yet
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Linglong Sport Master SA220

Positive: Braking in any conditions. Noise. Price.
Negative: Tread life. Dry handling performance. Ride comfort.
This Linglong tire has a short braking distance in any conditions, it is pretty quiet, and it comes at an attractive price but it has a very short tread life, and it is strongly prone to understeer on dry pavement.


17 place: Giti / GitiSport S2

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Comfort Handling Treadwear Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Southeast Asia, Oceania
Giti GitiSport S2

Positive: Hydroplaning resistance. Noise.
Negative:Tread life. Steering response.
This Giti tire is pretty quiet, and it has high hydroplaning resistance, but it has a fuzzy steering response in any conditions. In addition, the tread life could have been longer.


18 place: Kleber / Dynaxer UHP

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Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 50
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Kleber Dynaxer UHP

Positive: Tread life. Noise.
Negative: Wet performance.
This Kleber model is a durable tire with a low noise emission and low rolling resistance. On the downside, it has a weak dry and wet grip, and its hydroplaning resistance could be higher.


19 place: Nexen / N'Fera Sport

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  • This tire replaced Nexen / N'Fera SU1
  • Available Sizes in Line: 57
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A3 8Y [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Porsche Panamera II (971) Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf Mk8 (CD1) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Seat Leon KL [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer U06 [2022 .. 2023]
    • • BMW X1 II (F48) Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW iX [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Nexen N'Fera Sport

Positive: Braking performance in any conditions. Noise.
Negative: Handling performance in any conditions. Tread life.
This Nexen tire is prone to understeer, and it has a short expected mileage. Its strong sides are effective braking performance and an attractive price.


20 place: Uniroyal / RainSport 5

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Wet Performance Price/Quality Comfort Handling Dry Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Uniroyal RainSport 5

Positive: Hydroplaning resistance. Wet handling performance.
Negative: Dry braking performance. Dry handling performance.
The RainSport 5 has an exemplary hydroplaning resistance and ensures the highest level of driving safety on wet pavement. At the same time, its dry performance — both in terms of braking and handling — obviously have room for improvement.

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