Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R18 2019
For the 2019 summer season Auto Zeitung have tested nine 235/45 R18 summer tires, and included the summer-bias all season Michelin CrossClimate. The stand out performances go to the new Continental Premium Contact 6 and Michelin Primacy 4, both showing extremely well balanced test results, and also the new Maxxis Premitra HP5. The quality of Maxxis tires has quietly improving quickly over the past 12 months, and it's great to see the Premitra HP5 prove it's excellent price / performance ratio.
Continental PremiumContact 6
The best tire in the wet by a margin, shortest dry braking and excellent dry handling, good level of comfort.
Michelin Primacy 4
Good results in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
Maxxis Premitra HP5
Up there with premium rivals at a lower price, good in the wet, short dry braking. Average rolling resistance and average comfort.
Pirelli Cinturato P7
Good results in the dry and wet, short wet braking.
Bridgestone Turanza T005
Short dry braking and good ride quality, low rolling resistance, very good aquaplaning resistance. Long wet braking distances.
Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50
A well balanced tire, low rolling resistance. Reduced aquaplaning resistance.
The shortest wet braking distances. The only tire with snow capability. Relatively weak wet lateral stability, increased noise levels, long dry braking.
Apollo Aspire XP
Good aquaplaning resistance. Long wet braking, soft sidewalls so poor lateral stability.
Kumho Ecsta HS51
Good aquaplaning resistance. Long braking distances in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance, low comfort.
Unstable at the limit during wet handling and long stopping distances during wet braking, highest rolling resistance.
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