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. Continental PremiumContact 6 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    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  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    277
    87 67
  2. Michelin Primacy 4 Recommended
    Michelin Primacy 4
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Price  
    Asia Asia · Latin America and the Caribbean Latin America and the Caribbean · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    252
    80 59
  3. Maxxis Premitra HP5 Recommended
    Maxxis Premitra HP5
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    247
    79 38
  4. Pirelli Cinturato P7 Recommended
    Pirelli Cinturato P7
    Passenger · Summer · 2009 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Wet Braking   Aquaplaning   Noise   Dry Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    242
    65 44
  5. Bridgestone Turanza T005 Recommended
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    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  
    Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    239
    82 63
  6. Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50
    Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50
    Passenger · Summer · 2014 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Noise   Aquaplaning  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    235
    71 26
  7. Michelin CrossClimate+
    Michelin CrossClimate+
    Passenger · All Season · 2017 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    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  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    219
    83 67
  8. Apollo Aspire XP
    Apollo Aspire XP
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Noise   Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    216
    74 36
  9. Kumho Ecsta HS51
    Kumho Ecsta HS51
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    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  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    181
    74 28
  10. Nankang AS-1
    Nankang AS-1
    Passenger · All Season · 2009 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    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  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    149
    72 21
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
300
Tire Size
235/45R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 25, 2019
Date updated
May 08, 2020