Gute Fahrt 2020: Compact SUV Summer Tire Test - 215/50 R18

March 7, 2020
Gute Fahrt 2020: Compact SUV Summer Tire Test - 215/50 R18

In its March issue (№ 3/2020), the German publication Gute Fahrt announced the results of its comparative tire test that was performed for 215/50 R18 tires designed to be fitted on compact SUVs, such as VW T-Roc, Audi Q2, Seat Ateca, and Skoda Karoq.

What made this test different was the fact that it involved original equipment tires as the reference, which were Bridgestone Turanza T001. These were fitted on an extra VW T-Roc that was going through all of the test disciplines simultaneously with the contestants.

But then again, this is not the first time Gute Fahrt is doing it: in the 225/40 R18 summer tire test 2019, the contestants were tested against the Bridgestone Turanza T005, which, according to some experts, ensures a reliable and well-balanced performance in all areas.

The test was performed in the fall of 2019 at the Pirelli tires test facility in Vizzola, Italy, at a constant temperature +18°C during the day.

List of summer models tested:

Test Results

Handling

Handling response on wet and dry pavements was subjectively evaluated by the pilots. The highest grades were scored by the models that provided the quickest and the most precise steering response.

Dry Handling (subjective)

Bridgestone
Very good
Continental
Very good
Falken
Very good
Goodyear
Very good
Nokian
Good
Pirelli
Good
Vredestein
Good
Toyo
Satisfactory
Yokohama
Satisfactory

Wet Handling (subjective)

Bridgestone
Very good
Continental
Very good
Goodyear
Very good
Falken
Good
Nokian
Good
Pirelli
Good
Vredestein
Satisfactory
Toyo
Satisfactory
Yokohama
Satisfactory

Braking

Dry Braking

The braking efficiency was defined within the range of 100–10 km/h with the ABS system switched on. The obtained results were then extrapolated down to 0 km/h.

Dry Braking

Continental
35,03
Nokian
35,17
Bridgestone
35,5
Goodyear
35,56
Falken
35,66
Pirelli
37,67
Yokohama
37,78
Vredestein
38,12
Toyo
37,94

Info! Braking in the range of 100–10 km/h.


On wet pavement, the procedure was identical: 10 runs, 2.3 bar tire pressure, a pilot weighing 80 kg, the fuel tank at least 4/5 full.

Wet Braking

Goodyear
38,78
Falken
38,84
Continental
38,98
Nokian
39,27
Vredestein
39,64
Pirelli
39,99
Yokohama
40,60
Bridgestone
40,65
Toyo
41,55

Info! Braking in the range of 100–10 km/h.


Hydroplaning and lateral stability on wet pavement

Hydroplaning and lateral stability on wet pavement

The tires resistance to straight hydroplaning was tested with the water level being 7 mm. The initial wheel-spin speed of the front wheels was recorded. The indicator for lateral hydroplaning was the maximum lateral acceleration with the water layer being 6 mm.

Straight Aquaplaning

Pirelli
78,4 km/h
Goodyear
77,7 km/h
Continental
77,2 km/h
Vredestein
77,1 km/h
Toyo
77,1 km/h
Bridgestone
77,0 km/h
Falken
77,0 km/h
Nokian
76,1 km/h
Yokohama
73,9 km/h

Info! Water layer being 7 mm.

Lateral Aquaplaning

Goodyear
3,85 m/s²
Continental
3,70 m/s²
Falken
3,55 m/s²
Bridgestone
3,45 m/s²
Vredestein
3,45 m/s²
Nokian
3,35 m/s²
Toyo
3,35 m/s²
Pirelli
3,25 m/s²
Yokohama
2,85 m/s²

Info! Water layer being 6 mm.


The lateral stability on wet pavement was tested on a circular track with a 43.5-meter radius. The total length of the track was 273 m. The maximum values of lateral acceleration were scored.

Lateral Stability

Falken
8,09 
Vredestein
7,94 
Continental
7,88 
Goodyear
7,77 
Nokian
7,73 
Bridgestone
7,67 
Yokohama
7,55 
Pirelli
7,47 
Toyo
7,27 

Info! Maximum lateral acceleration, m/s².


Environment, ride comfort, noise

The rolling resistance, which directly affects the tire’s fuel efficiency, was tested on the testing rig at a speed of 80 km/h.

Environment

Nokian
0,97
Pirelli
1,0
Continental
1,01
Bridgestone
1,02
Vredestein
1,03
Yokohama
1,05
Falken
1,15
Goodyear
1,16
Toyo
1,20

Info! Rolling resistance, km/h.


As for the two other disciplines — ride comfort and noise — these were subjectively evaluated by the Gute Fahrt experts, just as the handling response was. The ride comfort was evaluated by driving on various types of surfaces: asphalt, concrete, dirt tracks, and hatch lids.

Ride comfort (Subjective)

Bridgestone
Good
Toyo
Good
Goodyear
Good
Pirelli
Good
Continental
Satisfactory
Falken
Satisfactory
Nokian
Satisfactory
Vredestein
Satisfactory
Yokohama
Satisfactory

The cabin noise of the tires was evaluated at 60 km/h with the engine turned off. Not to be confused with the outside noise indicated on the labels of new tires.

Noise (Subjective)

Bridgestone
Good
Falken
Good
Goodyear
Good
Toyo
Good
Continental
Satisfactory
Nokian
Satisfactory
Pirelli
Satisfactory
Vredestein
Satisfactory
Yokohama
Satisfactory

Gute Fahrt experts’ feedback

Summary of GuteFahrt summer tire test 2020. Click to enlarge.
Summary of GuteFahrt summer tire test 2020. Click to enlarge.

Bridgestone Turanza T001 — Recommended, out of competition

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Bridgestone Turanza T001

Dry Performance Comfort Treadwear Wet Performance Handling Price/Quality
  • Year Released: 2012
  • Regions for sale: Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Africa, Oceania
Bridgestone Turanza T001

The Bridgestone tires of the summer touring series Turanza are something that many car makers (not only the VW Group) use as original equipment on their cars, considering these tires to be well-balanced and reliable. In the Gute Fahrt test, these tires served as a reference, which helped the experts to easier classify the competing tires, based on the results by Turanza T001.
Bridgestone Turanza T001 comes highly recommended by the Gute Fahrt experts without any doubt. On the other hand, it cannot, of course, be called «the best tire of all times». Probably, because of that its successor — Bridgestone Turanza T005 — is already available retail.

Continental ContiSportContact 5 — «Very good», recommended

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Continental ContiSportContact 5

Snow/Ice Performance Dry Performance Wet Performance Comfort Handling Price/Quality Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Regions for sale: Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania
Continental ContiSportContact 5

One can hardly find any other tire brand that would be spoiled by so much critical acclaim and so many awards in comparative tests as the product of Hannover-based Continental. The ContiSportContact 5 showed no weak sides either on dry or on wet pavement. However, this time around it fell short of the total win because of its relatively weak hydroplaning resistance and only satisfactory scores for cabin noise and ride comfort. The second place.

Falken Azenis FK510 SUV — «Very good-», recommended

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N/A 22
Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Porsche Macan Typ 95B Facelift [2019 .. 2020]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Eastern Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Falken Azenis FK510 SUV

The Falken Azenis FK510 SUV, which got high scores from the test experts, brought a lot of success to its parent company Sumitomo. It demonstrated effective braking and excellent lateral stability on wet pavement, and well as crisp steering response in the dry. The overall picture was slightly spoiled by weak lateral hydroplaning resistance, increased rolling resistance, and average ride comfort. The third place.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 — «Very Good+», recommended

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Launched on the market in 2019, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 in this competition lineup became the star of wet pavement, making a great impression on the experts who appreciated its handling precision and reliability. Confident performance on a dry track, combined with low cabin noise and comfortable ride, charmed the experts so much that they, turning a blind eye to its «incredibly high rolling resistance», maned this Goodyear model as the winner of the test.

Nokian Wetproof — «Good+», recommended

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Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 46
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Nokian Wetproof

The product from this Finnish tire maker sometimes produces quite a favorable impression in comparative tests of winter tires, but when it comes to comparative tests of summer tires, this northern manufacturer seems to still have a lot to learn.

The Nokian Wetproof model is a vivid example of that: it shows high class in dry braking, but in all of the wet disciplines it falls short of its premium-class rivals. In addition, the Nokian Tires engineers should probably think of improving the Wetproof’s hydroplaning resistance, especially lateral.

On the other hand, this model is particularly good from the environmental standpoint.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 — «Good-»

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Pirelli Cinturato P7

Dry Performance Comfort Wet Performance Handling Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance Price/Quality
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Regions for sale: Eastern Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Pirelli Cinturato P7

The tire model from this well-known Italian brand, Pirelli Cinturato P7, ultimately scored a «Good-" verdict, but there is a certain doubt if it deserves even that, because in this test it demonstrated an obvious lack of balanced performance, which is a must for a really good tire. Only twice during the entire test, this Pirelli model was able to make it into the winning trio — in the environment and the straight aqua disciplines; otherwise, the Italian tire was not up to their level.

Let us hope that the second-generation tire model Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2), designed for the summer season 2020, will improve the situation, and in 2021 this model will be among the prize winners.

Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV — «Satisfactory-»

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N/A 16
Comfort Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: Eastern Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV

It looks like Toyo cannot yet fully master the art of tire making. Against the background of its stronger rivals, Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV looked really unconvincing. The only «good» grade that this model was able to score from the experts was for straight hydroplaning resistance; otherwise, it was rated either as «satisfactory», or, still worse, «mediocre». The highest rolling resistance on test.

Vredestein Ultrac Satin — «Good-»

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Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Dry Performance Wet Performance Comfort Handling Treadwear Price/Quality
  • Available Sizes in Line: 71
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Volkswagen Touareg III [2018 .. 2020]
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Northern America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Vredestein Ultrac Satin

India’s Apollo with the tire of the Dutch brand, Vredestein Ultrac Satin, finally secured the right to be called a high quality tire maker. This model delivered a well-balanced performance in all of the wet disciplines, demonstrating noise level and ride comfort on a par with Goodyear. Its downsides include a relatively long braking distance on dry pavement and average straight hydroplaning resistance.

Yokohama BluEarth RV-02  — «Satisfactory-»

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Yokohama BluEarth RV-02

  • Year Released: 2014
  • Regions for sale: Asia, Northern America, Europe
Yokohama BluEarth RV-02

The performance delivered by the Yokohama BluEarth RV-02 in the 2020 tire test can hardly be rated as successful. As its melodic name suggests, the tire’s main strong side is its environmental performance, yet, when compared to that of its rivals, it is surely not as high as the tire maker would want it to be.

The tire demonstrated the worst hydroplaning resistance on test, especially lateral. In other disciplines, the BluEarth RV-02 delivered just an average performance, and, therefore, an average level of safety. Not recommended by the Gute Fahrt experts.

Besides the Gute Fahrt tests, there are plenty of tests performed by other industry publications available on our website.