235/35R19

Auto Bild 2021: Summer Tire Test R19

The new Auto Bild test compared summer tires for compact sports cars.

List of models tested:

The German magazine Auto Bild published the results of a second test of sports summer tires this season. This time around the test involved tires designed for compact cars, such as Volkswagen Golf GTI, Cupra Leon, Audi S3, etc.

The experts tested tires in the size of 235/35 R19, and, since this size covers all the market segments from economy to premium, the differences in performance were quite substantial — so much so that when bringing the car to a standstill from 100 km/h on wet pavement, the braking distance of the cheap Syron and Berlin tires was a whopping 16 meters longer than that of Michelin. The remaining speed in this case will be 50 km/h, and both budget tires earned a verdict «highly not recommended».

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

At the same time, the experts say, the premium quality tires allow you to feel true driving pleasure. The test was won by the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S, which combines efficient braking in any conditions with good riding comfort and low rolling resistance. The second place was shared by the new Bridgestone Potenza Sport and the Continental SportContact 6, which were noted for short braking distances on dry pavement and excellent hydroplaning resistance respectively, then came the Pirelli P Zero, which was also rated as «exemplary» thanks to its good handling properties on both wet and dry pavement.

The honorable fifth place was taken by the Hankook Ventus S1 evo3, which demonstrated well-balanced overall performance but was failed by a relatively long wet braking distance. Another tire that took the fifth place was the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti that received good scores for good wet handling capabilities and a short braking distance. Its only weak side was increased rolling resistance, which is not a key priority in this segment.

Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127

The seventh place was shared by three tires at once: Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, and Maxxis Victra Sport VS5. The Dunlop tire pleased the experts with its controllable behavior on both wet and dry pavement, the Goodyear model was prone to understeer on wet pavement, and the Maxxis tire demonstrated high hydroplaning resistance, but at the same time it had a relatively long wet braking distance.

Then came the tires that could not earn the «Good» verdict — Kleber Dynaxer UHP from Michelin got rated only as «satisfactory» due to less-than-perfect wet performance, while the Toyo Proxes Sport A will take too long to stop the car in rainy weather. The 12th place was received by the Nokian Powerproof, which demonstrated relatively poor braking performance on wet pavement, and was prone to understeer both in the wet and in the dry.

Kleber Dynaxer UHP
Kleber Dynaxer UHP

The Barum Bravuris 5HM from Continental this time around only scored the 13th line, its only strong sides being low rolling resistance and attractive price. The two tires at the bottom of the tournament bracket — the Syron Premium Performance and the Berlin Summer UHP (both private brands are owned by the German company Keskin) — got a «not recommended» verdict, one of the reasons for that being obviously poor grip on wet pavement.

«Where there is a light, there is a shadow, and the differences between the test members rarely get as prominent as in this test — the Auto Bild experts noted. — The top products from the leading manufacturers demonstrate how much has been achieved by modern technologies, and they ensure not just driving pleasure but also a high level of driving safety, while we definitely do not recommend buying tires from the bottom of the tournament bracket.»

Test results

1st place: Michelin / Pilot Sport 4S
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Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Snow/Ice Performance Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Michelin / Pilot Super Sport
  • Available Sizes in Line: 203
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ferrari GTC4Lusso [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Porsche 911
    • • Porsche Boxster
    • • BMW X3 M F97 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • BMW X4 M F98 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Cadillac CT4-V GM Alpha 2 [2020 .. 2022]
    • • Cadillac CT5-V GM Alpha 2 [2020 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, Japan, Oceania
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
  • Excellent handling response and short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low rolling resistance
  • High price
  • Exemplary
2nd place:Bridgestone / Potenza Sport
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Bridgestone Potenza Sport

  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Potenza S001
  • Available Sizes in Line: 87
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Lamborghini Huracan Facelift [2019 .. 2021]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada
Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • Crisp steering response and well-balanced performance in any conditions
  • Great handling on dry pavement
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Increased noise
  • Exemplary
3rd place: Continental / SportContact 6
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Continental SportContact 6

Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Price/Quality Treadwear
  • This tire will be replaced by Continental / SportContact 7
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiSportContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 164
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A4 B9 [2016 .. 2019]
    • • Audi A4 B8 Facelift [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Audi R8 I [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi R8 II [2015 .. 2018]
    • • Honda Civic FB/FG [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Honda Civic X (FC) [2016 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br212 Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br213 [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Honda Civic Type R
    • • Audi SQ8 4MN [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Audi TT 8S Facelift [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Audi Q8 4MN [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Mazda CX-5 KF [2016 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class AMG W177 [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Audi RS Q3 F3 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • Audi RS5 F5 [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Volvo S60 III [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace AD\BW [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Opel Insignia B Facelift [2020 .. 2021]
    • • BMW M2 F87 Facelift [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Skoda Octavia 5E Facelift [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Porsche Boxster Typ 981 [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Audi RS3 8VA [2015 .. 2020]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, South Africa, Oceania
Continental SportContact 6
  • Good handling response and short braking distance in any conditions
  • Low noise emission
  • High price
  • Exemplary
4th 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: 283
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • BMW 8 Series G14/G15/G16 [2018 .. 2022]
    • • McLaren
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, East Asia
Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • Excellent traction, crisp steering response, and great handling performance on dry and wet pavement<
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Exemplary
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: 190
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi RS6 C8 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Audi RS7 C8 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2022]
    • • BMW Z4 III (G29) [2018 .. 2022]
    • • Audi S3 8V [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Audi S3 8V Facelift [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Audi S3 8Y [2020 .. 2022]
    • • Tesla Model 3 [2017 .. 2022]
    • • BMW 2 Series F44 [2019 .. 2022]
    • • Porsche Boxster Typ 981 [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Porsche Cayman Typ 981c [2013 .. 2016]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, Oceania
Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
  • Great handling response in the wet and in the dry
  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Fair price
  • Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Good
6th place: Vredestein / Ultrac Vorti
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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Dry Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort Wet Performance Price/Quality
  • Year Released: 2012
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • Great handling response in the wet
  • High lateral stability
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Good price/quality ratio
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Good
7th place: Dunlop / Sport Maxx RT2
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Dry Performance Wet Performance Comfort Handling Price/Quality Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
  • Great handling response in the wet and in the dry
  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Good
8th place: Goodyear / Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort
  • This tire replaced Goodyear / Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
  • Available Sizes in Line: 128
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi e-tron GT [2020 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Oceania
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Great handling response in the wet
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Good
9th place: Maxxis / Victra Sport 5 VS5
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Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5

Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, Oceania
Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Great handling response in any weather conditions
  • Great riding comfort
  • Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Good
10th place: Kleber / Dynaxer UHP
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  • Available Sizes in Line: 44
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Kleber Dynaxer UHP
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Low price
  • Average results on wet pavement
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Satisfactory
11th place: Toyo / Proxes Sport A
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  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Toyo Proxes Sport A
  • Great handling response in the wet
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Fair price
  • Dangerously long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Conditionally recommended
12th place: Nokian / Powerproof
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Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Treadwear Handling Comfort
  • Available Sizes in Line: 80
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Nokian Powerproof
  • Good lateral stability on wet pavement
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Low price
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Extremely prone to understeer on dry and wet pavement
  • Conditionally recommended
13th place: Barum / Bravuris 5HM
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Price/Quality Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Barum Bravuris 5HM
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Low price
  • Long braking distance on wet and dry pavements
  • Poor grip and weak lateral stability on wet pavement
  • Fuzzy steering response
  • Conditionally recommended
14th place: Syron / Premium Performance
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Syron Premium Performance

  • Available Sizes in Line: 13
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Syron Premium Performance
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Low price
  • Weak grip and a long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Extremely prone to understeer
  • Fuzzy steering response
  • High noise emission
  • Not recommended
15th place: Berlin / Summer UHP 1
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  • Available Sizes in Line: 84
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Berlin Summer UHP 1
  • Low noise emission
  • Poor handling performance and long braking distances on dry and wet pavement
  • Low hydroplaning resistance
  • Not recommended

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