245/40R18

Gute Fahrt 2021: Summer Tire Test R18

The experts from the German motoring publication tested eight models of 18-inch tires for everyday life.

List of models tested:

The German magazine Gute Fahrt tested summer tires in size 245/40 R18, designed for such cars as Audi A4 Avant, which was also the car that was used in this test. Tires of eight brands were tested — Bridgestone, Continental, Falken, Goodyear, Nokian, Pirelli, Toyo, and Vredestein — which got rated in the range from «very good» to «satisfactory», i.e. there were no obvious outsiders this time around.

There are many sports tires available in this size out there, but the experts decided to test models with an emphasis on delivering superior riding comfort. For this reason, the test involved Continental tires from the PremiumContact line instead of SportContact, while the Bridgestone range was represented by Turanza instead of Potenza, and the experts noted that ride comfort was very important both in everyday life and during long vacation trips. At the same time, to get a high score, the tires were also supposed to ensure the optimum level of driving safety — meaning, well-balanced performance was as important as ever.

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The test was conducted at the Pirelli test facility, which, as GF noted, was beneficial for both sides because the journalists had all the necessary infrastructure at their disposal, while the Italian tire maker could evaluate the performance by products of competing brands and compare them to its own tires in order to determine, which areas of performance required further improvement.

The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 was taken as the reference tires, i.e. the pilot was making regular runs on them, monitoring the stability of conditions in accordance with the industry standard. Goodyear won in last year’s GF test, and this year it was able to defend its title, even though a tire of a different size was tested. Not a single one of its rivals was able to outperform Goodyear, and this had to do, among other things, with its exceptionally strong grip on wet pavement. According to the experts, Goodyear’s performance on wet track was almost just as reliable as on the dry one — it provided crisp steering response and high cornering stability. On dry pavement Goodyear also showed exemplary results, but, as is well-known, there are no perfect tires as such, and the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 fell short of some of its competitors in terms of fuel efficiency, noise emission, and ride comfort.

Test discipline: lateral stability
Test discipline: lateral stability

Second place was shared by the Continental PremiumContact 6 and the new-generation Pirelli Cinturato P7; both came so close to the Goodyear model that any of the top three will be an excellent choice, and all these tires came as highly recommended by GF. At the same time, these three tires are not completely identical: the Continental model, for example, successfully combines excellent braking performance in any conditions with high ride comfort, while the Pirelly model turned out to be more on the sporty side, which came at the cost of ride smoothness, even though no obvious noise issues or vibrations are to be expected either.

The other five tire models could not demonstrate a performance as balanced as that of the three leaders: for example, the Nokian tire delivered excellent handling response in any weather conditions but it lost a few points due to a long stopping distance on wet pavement and poor resistance to lateral hydroplaning. The Vredestein model, in turn, demonstrated generally good results, but it also had its weaknesses, such as insufficient dry braking performance and low lateral grip on wet pavement.

Test discipline: wet handling
Test discipline: wet handling

The Bridgestone tire performed pretty well this time, and it also had the lowest rolling resistance among the tested tires. On the downside, the Bridgestone model had the longest wet braking distance, and provided average ride comfort. The Falken tire had issues with wet handling, ride comfort, and lateral hydroplaning resistance, while the Toyo model came last, but, according to the experts, this model would also be an acceptable option for everyday use.

Summer tire test summary Gute Fahrt R18, 2020. Places 1–8.
Summer tire test summary Gute Fahrt R18, 2020. Places 1–8. Click to enlarge.

Test results

 
 
1st 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: 134
  • 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
  • Excellent handling response and short braking distance in any conditions
  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Falls short of some of the competitors in terms of environmental performance and ride comfort
  • Very good+ (recommended by Gute Fahrt)

2nd place: Continental / PremiumContact 6
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Continental PremiumContact 6

Dry Performance Price/Quality Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiPremiumContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 263
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Toyota C-HR Facelift [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) Facelift [2020 .. 2021]
    • • Mazda CX-5 KF [2016 .. 2021]
    • • Ford Kuga III [2020 .. 2021]
    • • Renault Koleos II (CMF-CD) [2016 .. 2021]
    • • Subaru Forester SK [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Renault Megane IV (9A) [2016 .. 2021]
    • • Volvo XC40 [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Skoda Superb 3V Restyling [2020 .. 2021]
    • • Volvo V60 Cross Country II [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz X-Class D23 [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Audi A6 C8 [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Volvo S60 III [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Renault Alaskan D23 [2016 .. 2021]
    • • Volvo V60 II [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Jaguar I-Pace [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Ford Fiesta VII [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Ford Mustang Mach-E [2020 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, Japan, Oceania
Continental PremiumContact 6
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Good handling response in the dry
  • Smooth ride
  • Low noise emission
  • Poor resistance to lateral hydroplaning
  • Very good (recommended by Gute Fahrt)

3rd place: Pirelli / Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
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Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)

Treadwear Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Price/Quality Comfort
  • This tire replaced Pirelli / Cinturato P7
  • Available Sizes in Line: 28
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • BMW 8 Series G14/G15/G16 [2018 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Europe
Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
  • Excellent handling response and short braking distance in any conditions
  • High lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Falls short of some of the competitors in terms of environmental performance and ride comfort
  • Very good (recommended by Gute Fahrt)

4th place: Bridgestone / Turanza T005
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Bridgestone Turanza T005

Price/Quality Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 233
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A7 4G9 [2018 .. 2020]
    • • Volkswagen Tiguan
    • • Volkswagen Caddy IV [2020 .. 2021]
    • • Skoda Superb
    • • Volkswagen Transporter
    • • Jeep Renegade
    • • Renault Captur
    • • Nissan Juke
    • • Ford Kuga
    • • Nissan Micra
    • • Volkswagen T-Roc [2017 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 1 Series
    • • BMW 3 Series
    • • BMW 8 Series
    • • MINI Clubman
    • • Audi A6
    • • Audi A3
    • • Audi SQ2 GA [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Audi A1
    • • Audi A4
    • • Audi A5
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, Oceania
Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • Good handling response in the dry
  • Excellent lateral grip on wet pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Low riding comfort
  • Good-

5th 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 handling response on all types of surfaces
  • Excellent lateral grip on wet pavement
  • Smooth ride
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Low lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • High noise emission

6th place: Vredestein / Ultrac Satin
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Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Dry Performance Comfort Wet Performance Handling Treadwear
  • This tire has been replaced by Vredestein / Ultrac
  • Available Sizes in Line: 126
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Volkswagen Touareg III [2018 .. 2020]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
Vredestein Ultrac Satin
  • Acceptable handling response in the wet and in the dry
  • High lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Long braking distance on dry pavement
  • Poor lateral grip on wet pavement

7th place: Falken / Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
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Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear Wet Performance Price/Quality
  • Available Sizes in Line: 131
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A1 citycarver GB [2019 .. 2022]
    • • Audi Q3 F3 [2018 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
  • Satisfactory braking performance on wet and dry pavement
  • Relatively weak straight hydroplaning resistance
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Relatively low riding comfort
  • Satisfactory+

8th place:Toyo / Proxes Sport A
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  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Toyo Proxes Sport A
  • Satisfactory handling response on dry and wet pavement (even though this tire model came last, it will still be an acceptable option for everyday use).
  • Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Relatively low riding comfort
  • Satisfactory

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