Motor NAF/Vi Bilägare: Summer Tire Test (Premium) 2019

The winner of this year's summer tire test makes a tummy tuck when it comes to aquaplaning. This makes the tire almost lose its first place. The test also shows that driving with winter tires on summer runs can give you a real bang.

The seven summer tires come from established manufacturers and belong to the category of premium tires. None of them underperform in the test, and all have safe driving capabilities without surprise in critical situations.

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

    The construction is more sporty than its predecessor, with more contact surface on the outside of the tire, more like a pure performance tire. PC6 provides the best side grip on both wet and dry roads.

    The tire is basically lightweight, with quiet reactions and balanced understeer. Also, the braking characteristics impress, especially in dry conditions. The braking properties, the safe driving feeling and the low noise level nevertheless provide test victory.

    Wet Grip   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Fuel Consumption   Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    80
    87 67
  2. Nokian Hakka Blue 2 Recommended
    Nokian Hakka Blue 2
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Finnish tire is best of all on rainy summer roads, with high water resistance, short braking distance and good side grip. In addition, the driving characteristics are a fine mix of good reactivity and neutral balance. Nokian Hakka Blue 2 does not thrive on dry asphalt. It has a longer braking distance than most, and is soft and underhanded on the fast lanes.

    Wet Grip   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    79
    N/A 26
  3. Dunlop Sport BluResponse
    Dunlop Sport BluResponse
    Passenger · Summer · 2012 · Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Stable in all disciplines. Sport BluResponse performs smoothly and steadily through all test rounds. Dunlop's tires thrive better than Goodyear when the turns come. As their siblings, the reactions are a bit slower and require greater steering angle into the turns than the competition does.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Wet Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa
    Test Score:
    77
    80 44
  4. Firestone RoadHawk
    Firestone RoadHawk
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Firestone on the podium? Yes, sir! The American tire is the great surprise of the summer tire test. The benefits are good wet performance, and high water level threshold. The weakness is low frequency noise, as on the T005, and it reduces the sound comfort.

    Wet Grip   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Noise   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    77
    71 43
  5. Michelin Primacy 4
    Michelin Primacy 4
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Primacy 4 is slowing down on a wet road, and it is running late on the right track. The braking distance on the dry road also collects well with points. Michelin performs weaker when the road fluctuates and has poorer side grips than its competitors both wet and dry. But it is safe and easy to drive around the grip limit.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Grip   Lateral Aquaplaning   Noise / Comfort   Wet Handling  
    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:
    72
    80 58
  6. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
    Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
    Passenger · Summer · 2013 · Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear tire is excellent in some areas, but too weak on others - not least in the turns. The strong properties are low consumption and good resistance to aquaplaning. Also, the braking distance on the wet road is good. On the other hand, it performs poorer in turns, with less side grips and diffuse steering precision. Especially in dry conditions, the tire is experienced unnecessarily soft and heavily understeer. The braking distance of dry asphalt is actually the longest of all. In the noise measurements, the tire delivered an annoying background sound.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Fuel Consumption   Dry Braking   Noise  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    71
    76 50
  7. Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The T005 responds quickly to the steering angle and has a neutral grip on the grip limit, both in wet and dry conditions. It is also most stingy in the consumer measurements. Unfortunately, the T005 does not perform well in other rounds on wet asphalt. The braking distance of wet is the worst of all. The water planning features are only medium, and in the noise readings there is an annoying low frequency sound at certain speeds.

    Dry Braking   Fuel Consumption   Wet Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Noise  
    Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    69
    82 63
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Apr 01, 2019
Date updated
May 14, 2020