AUTO BILD: Summer Tire Test R17 2019

AUTOBILD has tested 53 summer tires - and knows what's in store for the coming season. From expensive premium tires to the no-name-cheap Schnapper from the Far East, everything was there. In order to get into the main round of our big summer tire test 2019, only one thing mattered: the length of the braking distance. On wet and dry roads every summer tire had to prove its staying power. Each centimeter was very important, because only the best 20 tires of the test dimension 225/45 R17 made the leap to the further dynamic tests and the cost check in the grand finale. The summer tires of the expensive premium manufacturers came easily into the top ten, so far there was no surprise.

  1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 - Winner Recommended

    Best driving dynamics on test, and in the top 3 in almost all tests. Excellent wet and dry handling, low wear. High purchase price, average rolling resistance.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Comfort   Aquaplaning   Treadwear   Dry Handling   Price  
    84 52
  2. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 Recommended

    Excellent wet handling with high steering precision, short braking distances, extremely low wear leading to an excellent price / performance ratio. High purchase price, average comfort.

    Dry Braking   Treadwear   Wet Braking   Price  
    86 52
  3. Falken Azenis FK510 Recommended

    Good wet and dry grip, sporty dry handling, excellent wet braking, well priced. Average mileage.

    Wet Braking   Comfort   Dry Handling  
    79 55
  4. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127 Recommended

    Extremely well balanced performance, precise steering and good feedback in the dry, best wet braking, well priced. Average comfort.

    Wet Braking   Dry Handling  
    79 35
  5. Continental PremiumContact 6 Recommended

    A well balanced performance with good wet handling, short wet and dry braking distances, low rolling resistance, low wear. Average aquaplaning results.

    Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Comfort   Value  
    88 67
  6. Fulda SportControl 2 Recommended

    Sporty summer tire with excellent handling, good dry braking, very good curved aquaplaning, low noise, low rolling resistance, low price. Average mileage.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Price   Noise   Handling  
    73 21
  7. Nokian Wetproof

    Wet specialist with the best wet cornering, precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances, low noise. Poor aquaplaning result.

    Wet Handling   Noise   Aquaplaning  
    79 38
  8. Pirelli P Zero PZ4

    Excellent wet and dry handling, precise steering with good feedback, short wet and dry braking. Average mileage, high fuel use.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Treadwear   Price  
    71 39
  9. Sava Intensa UHP 2

    Good dry handling, good aquaplaning results, low wear, best price / performance ratio. Slightly reduced wet grip.

    Treadwear   Price   Comfort   Value   Wet Braking  
    N/A 30
  10. Apollo Aspire XP

    Stable wet handling, good aquaplaning resistance, good comfort, low fuel use, good price / performance ratio. Understeer during dry handling.

    Rolling Resistance   Noise   Comfort   Value   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    76 33
  11. Bridgestone Turanza T005

    Sporty dynamic wet handling, short braking distances, lowest rolling resistance. Understeer during dry handling, average comfort, average noise.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Noise   Dry Handling  
    81 54
  12. Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

    Sporty dynamic wet handling, short braking distances, lowest rolling resistance. Understeer during dry handling, average comfort, average noise.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet / Dry Braking   Noise   Comfort  
    81 28
  13. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

    Good aquaplaning resistance, good handling and short braking distances in the dry, low rolling resistance. Understeer in the wet.

    Dry Braking   Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    78 42
  14. Yokohama ADVAN Fleva V701

    Short dry braking, low noise, low fuel use. Average grip and handling in the wet, high wear.

    Dry Braking   Noise   Treadwear   Wet Braking  
    70 24
  15. Toyo Proxes Sport

    Very good aquaplaning results, good wet handling, good comfort. Average dry grip, high wear, high rolling resistance.

    Wet Handling   Aquaplaning   Comfort   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear  
    65 41
  16. Kleber Dynaxer UHP

    Low noise, low fuel use. Average wet performance with poor steering, understeer in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance.

    Noise   Comfort   Dry / Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Aquaplaning  
    N/A 32
  17. Maxxis Premitra HP5

    Well priced, low rolling resistance. Slight understeer in the dry and wet, slow steering response, average mileage.

    Rolling Resistance   Price   Comfort   Value   Wet Handling   Dry / Wet Braking  
    73 24
  18. Firestone RoadHawk

    Short dry braking. Understeer balance handling and limited steering precision in the dry and wet, poor aquaplaning reserves.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Dry / Wet Handling   Aquaplaning  
    72 30
  19. Kenda Emera A1 KR41

    Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking. Understeer during dry handling, very poor wear.

    Dry Braking   Price   Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Dry Handling  
    N/A 31
  20. Kumho Ecsta PS71

    Good aquaplaning properties, good dry handling. Very poor wear, very high rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking   Price   Comfort   Aquaplaning   Treadwear   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Value  
    N/A 19
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Date added
Mar 23, 2019
Date updated
Feb 27, 2020