225/45R18

Auto Bild Sportscars 2022: Summer Tire Test R18

Upon the completion of their next test, the AB experts noted that they had rarely come across tires with such a bad performance.

List of models tested:

The German motoring magazine Auto Bild Sportscars tested sports summer tires in size 225/45 R18, and after the test the experts noted that they had rarely come across tires with such a bad performance in terms of driving safety. On dry pavement, all the tires showed acceptable results, and the differences between them were not all that significant, but once the sprinkler system was on, the performance of some of the tires dropped to «catastrophically low». When braking from 100 km/h, the stopping distance demonstrated by the GT Radial model was two cars longer than that of Bridgestone’s, while the Tomket Sport 3 tires (a private brand owned by the Czech online store Nejlevnejsipneu.cz) needed a whopping 20 meters more to fully stop the car. For this reason, both these tire models were rated as «Not Recommended» by the experts.

The tires were tested using BMW 5 series
The tires were tested using BMW 5 series

As for the first place, it was shared by the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+, which both demonstrated well-balanced performance, Michelin’s downside being an expensive price, Vredestein’s downside being increased rolling resistance. Then comes a couple of tires from Japanese brands — Falken Azenis FK510 and Toyo Proxes Sport A — which also ensure optimum driving safety on dry and wet pavement, Falken’s drawback being the expensive price, Toyo’s drawback being relatively rough ride. Then followed the Bridgestone Potenza Sport, which demonstrated excellent wet performance, and the Hankook Ventus S1 evo3, which demonstrated well-balanced performance but lost points only due to low resistance to lateral hydroplaning.

The Continental PremiumContact 6, created with a special focus on ride comfort, came only seventh because it had a relatively low hydroplaning resistance and a long wet braking distance, then followed the Fulda SportControl 2 (a subsidiary brand of Goodyear), which also demonstrated average wet braking performance.

The ninth place was scored by the inexpensive Nexen N’FERA Sport, which could not match the leaders in terms of grip and handling, and the 10th and 11th places went to GT Radial and Tomket, respectively, with their dangerously long stopping distances on wet pavement.

1st place: Michelin / Pilot Sport 4

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Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Handling Dry Performance Wet Performance Price/Quality Comfort Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 150
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Alpine A110 [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Audi A4
    • • Audi A5
    • • Ford Fiesta
    • • Nissan Qashqai
    • • Opel Corsa
    • • Peugeot 308
    • • Porsche Panamera
    • • Renault Clio
    • • Volvo S90
    • • Toyota 86 ZN8/ZD8 [2021 .. 2023]
    • • Honda Civic
    • • Honda Civic XI [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Michelin Pilot Sport 4

  • Excellent handling performance on dry pavement
  • Precise steering response and good handling feedback
  • Great handling response in the wet
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • High price
  • Exemplary

1st place: Vredestein / Ultrac Vorti+

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+

  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+

  • Well-balanced performance
  • Good grip on wet pavement
  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Precise steering response
  • High rolling resistance
  • Exemplary

3rd place: Falken / Azenis FK510

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Treadwear Handling Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire has been replaced by Falken / Azenis FK520
  • Available Sizes in Line: 205
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A1 GB [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Toyota Mirai II [2020 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, Japan, Middle East, Africa, Oceania
Falken Azenis FK510

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Good riding comfort
  • Overpriced
  • Exemplary

3rd place: Toyo / Proxes Sport A

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  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Toyo Proxes Sport A

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Fair price
  • Relatively rough ride
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Exemplary

5th place: Bridgestone / Potenza Sport

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Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Potenza S001
  • Available Sizes in Line: 87
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Lamborghini Huracan Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Fisker
    • • Ferrari Roma [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Maserati
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Bridgestone Potenza Sport

  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Precise steering response
  • Good riding comfort
  • Increased rolling resistance<
  • Increased noise
  • Good

5th 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: 205
  • 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: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, China, South Korea, Middle East, Africa, Oceania
Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127

  • Well-balanced performance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Low noise emission
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Attractive price
  • Limited lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Good

7th 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, Oceania
Continental PremiumContact 6

  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on dry pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low hydroplaning resistance
  • Delayed steering response
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Satisfactory

8th 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

  • Acceptable handling response in the wet and in the dry
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Great riding comfort
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Average lateral stability on dry pavement
  • Fuzzy steering response
  • Satisfactory

9th place: Nexen / N'Fera Sport

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  • This tire replaced Nexen / N'Fera SU1
  • Available Sizes in Line: 53
  • 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]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Nexen N'Fera Sport

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Low price
  • Insufficient handling response on wet and dry pavement
  • Poor lateral stability
  • Delayed steering response
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Satisfactory

10th place: GT Radial / SportActive 2

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

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Poor traction, poor lateral stability, prone to understeer and a very long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Delayed steering response
  • Average riding comfort
  • Not recommended

11th place: Tomket Sport 3

  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Weak grip on wet pavement
  • Extremely prone to understeer on dry and wet pavement
  • Fuzzy steering response
  • Dangerously long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Very low hydroplaning resistance
  • Not recommended

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