225/45R18

Auto Bild Sportscars 2022: 225/45 R18 and 255/40 R18 Summer Tire Test

The AB experts tested tires from four brands in different sizes.

List of models tested:

For the summer season 2022, the motoring magazine Auto Bild Sportscars tested tires in size 225/45 R18, but then the experts decided to go one step further and tested tires in a staggered setup of 225/45 R18 front and 255/4 R18 rear sizes.

The test involved four tire sets — Falken Azenis FK510, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Nexen N’Fera Sport, and Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+. The best tire was pronounced to be the Michelin model, which, as the AB experts noted, ensured excellent handling performance and short braking distances on dry pavement, its only downside being the expensive price.

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

Second-placed was the Vredestein model, which also demonstrated a great handling performance but increased the vehicle’s fuel consumption due to high rolling resistance, and bronze was scored by the Falken tire that showed insufficient lateral stability of the rear wheels on dry pavement. The list is completed by the Nexen model, which has a high hydroplaning resistance and ensures short braking distances in any conditions, but at the same time falls short of the leaders in terms of handling performance, including due to delayed steering response.

One must add that this season two out of the four tested models will be replaced by newer ones — the Falken Azenis FK520 and the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 have already been presented.

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

  • Great handling on dry pavement
  • Precise steering response
  • High level of safety and good handling response on wet pavement
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • High price
  • Exemplary

2nd place: Vredestein / Ultrac Vorti+

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+

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

  • Good handling response in the dry
  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Precise steering response
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • High rolling resistance
  • Good

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
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Good riding comfort
  • Extremely prone to oversteer on wet pavement
  • Reduced lateral stability on the rear axle on dry pavement
  • Satisfactory

4th 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 wet and dry pavement
  • Attractive price
  • Great handling response on wet and dry pavement
  • Poor lateral stability; prone to oversteer
  • Delayed steering response
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Satisfactory

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