AutoExpress: All-Terrain Summer Tire Test R18 2019

AutoExpress: All-Terrain Summer Tire Test R18

The expert team of the British publication AutoExpress has tested eight sets of tires in the size of 235/50 R18 in order to define which of them would become the best choice for town SUVs.

The growing popularity of vehicles with high ground clearance is making tire makers to pay more attention to SUV tires. SUVs, as a rule, are heavier and taller than hatchbacks, and often come with a four-wheel drive, which imposes some certain requirements on the tires that they drive upon. Because of that, the tire manufacturers either develop special tire models for SUVs or modify the already existing ones. And in this test of SUV tires, the group of AutoExpress experts tried to find out who of them did a better job of it.

The tires to be tested were bought retail, while the tests were chiefly conducted at Continental’s test facility in UVALDE (Texas, USA). The tires’ rolling resistance was tested in the Continental R&D center in Hannover, Germany. All of the tests conducted at the test facility were conducted by the AutoExpress expert team, for the sole exception of hydroplaning resistance test that requires special skills from the driver. This test was conducted by the pilots of the test facility.

  1. Nokian Powerproof - Winner Recommended
    Nokian Powerproof
    78 48
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The well-deserved victory by Nokian tires that demonstrate well-balanced performance on wet and dry pavements.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Grip   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    100
  2. Falken Azenis FK510 SUV Recommended
    Falken Azenis FK510 SUV
    N/A 33
    · Summer · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    An impressive result for the Falken tires, which, more importantly, bring a real driving pleasure.

    Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Noise   Lateral Grip   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    99.8
  3. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 SUV
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 SUV
    85 34
    · Summer · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Good tire with well-balanced performance.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Price   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    99.5
  4. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
    Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
    88 60
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Goodyear demonstrated great performance on wet pavement but its rolling resistance must be decreased. On the whole, a very promising debut.

    The fuel efficiency was less impressive, but then again, the results demonstrated by most of tire’s the rivals, were approximately the same.

    Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Noise   Lateral Aquaplaning   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    99.5
  5. Continental PremiumContact 6
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    90 67
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Fuel efficiency is a factor, of course, but confident grip on wet pavement is even more important

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    99.1
  6. Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV K117A
    Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV K117A
    77 27
    · Summer · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Quiet tires with a great grip in the wet but the performance on dry pavement is yet to be improved

    Straight Aquaplaning   Price   Noise   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    99
  7. Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport
    Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport
    80 24
    · Summer · 2015 · Light Truck / SUV - Highway Rib Summer
    Verdict:

    Cooper is clearly giving away its age with very high rolling resistance.

    Price   Lateral Grip   Rolling Resistance   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    98.3
  8. Michelin Primacy 4
    Michelin Primacy 4
    84 62
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Unexpected results for Michelin that almost turned back the time when it was launching a fuel-efficient tire with average grip on wet pavement

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Price   Noise   Lateral Grip  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    98.3
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
235/50R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
North America, Europe
Date added
Oct 20, 2019
Date updated
Feb 15, 2021

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