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.

  1. 277 Continental PremiumContact 6

    The best tire in the wet by a margin, shortest dry braking and excellent dry handling, good level of comfort.

    Dry Braking Wet Braking Wet Handling Comfort Dry Handling Price
  2. 252 Michelin Primacy 4

    Good results in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking Rolling Resistance Dry Handling Price
  3. 247 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.

    Dry Braking Price Wet Handling Noise
  4. 242 Pirelli Cinturato P7

    Good results in the dry and wet, short wet braking.

    Wet Braking Aquaplaning Noise Dry Handling
  5. 239 Bridgestone Turanza T005

    Short dry braking and good ride quality, low rolling resistance, very good aquaplaning resistance. Long wet braking distances.

    Dry Braking Rolling Resistance Aquaplaning Wet Braking
  6. 235 Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50

    A well balanced tire, low rolling resistance. Reduced aquaplaning resistance.

    Rolling Resistance Wet Handling Wet Braking Noise Aquaplaning
  7. 219 Michelin CrossClimate+

    The shortest wet braking distances. The only tire with snow capability. Relatively weak wet lateral stability, increased noise levels, long dry braking.

    Rolling Resistance Wet Braking Dry Braking Price Noise Aquaplaning
  8. 216 Apollo Aspire XP

    Good aquaplaning resistance. Long wet braking, soft sidewalls so poor lateral stability.

    Noise Aquaplaning Wet Braking
  9. 181 Kumho Ecsta HS51

    Good aquaplaning resistance. Long braking distances in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance, low comfort.

    Price Noise Aquaplaning Dry Braking Wet Handling Wet Braking Rolling Resistance Dry Handling
  10. 149 Nankang AS-1

    Unstable at the limit during wet handling and long stopping distances during wet braking, highest rolling resistance.

    Price Noise Wet Handling Dry Braking Wet Braking Rolling Resistance Aquaplaning Dry Handling
Date added
Mar 25, 2019
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