Al Volante: Summer Tire test R17 2020

The recent test conducted by the Italian publication Al Volante involved tires of every price bracket, from popular brands to total «no-names». The victory was disputed by 10 brands, including the new Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2) model, whose chief rivals were Continental PemiumContact 6, Bridgestone Turanza T005, Nokian Wetproof, Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 (yet another new model 2020), Hankook Ventus Prime3, Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun, Michelin Primacy 4, and Vredestein Ultrac Satin.

Al Volante: Summer Tire test R17
  1. Continental PremiumContact 6 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    89 65
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The shortest braking distance on wet and dry pavements. The best hydroplaning resistance. On wet pavement, the car feels very steady and provides excellent handling response (there are only slight issues with understeer under high loads). Crisp steering response and predictable behavior on dry pavement.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    96.6
  2. Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2) Recommended
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    78 41
    Passenger · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The best lateral hydroplaning resistance. Great handling response on wet pavement (only slight deterioration of performance observed under high loads). Good handling response and predictable behavior on wet pavement. Acceptable noise level and fuel efficiency.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Noise   Wet Braking  
    Test Score:
    95.9
  3. Bridgestone Turanza T005 Recommended
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    81 61
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Great traction and good lateral stability on wet pavement (however, under high loads, quick overheating and deterioration of performance occur). Good overall handling response on dry pavement (however, there are some issues with the traction balance between the front and the rear axles). Acceptable noise level.

    Rolling Resistance   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling  
    Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    95.1
  4. Michelin Primacy 4
    Michelin Primacy 4
    82 56
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Well-balanced and stable performance on wet pavement. Short braking distance and crisp steering response on dry pavement. Low lateral hydroplaning resistance. High noise emission.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Noise  
    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:
    94.3
  5. Nokian Wetproof
    Nokian Wetproof
    82 43
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable performance on wet pavement (but there were certain issues with the traction on the front axle, particularly after a few laps). Short braking distance on dry pavement. Low noise emission. The fuel efficiency label was not confirmed by the test results. Delayed steering response on dry pavement.

    Noise   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    93.6
  6. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    84 44
    Passenger · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Low rolling resistance. Great performance on wet pavement in a «cold» state, but after a few laps (in the Italian heat) both traction and lateral stability are compromised. Delayed handling response during high-speed cornering on dry pavement. A little noisy.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    93.5
  7. Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    81 49
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The tire ensured great handling response and driving safety during maneuvering on wet pavement, even during extended high loads. Great traction balance between the front and rear axles, combined with a high level of driving safety on dry pavement. Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    93.4
  8. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    76 35
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good traction and handling response in the wet. High lateral hydroplaning resistance. Low noise emission. Delayed steering response during emergency maneuvers on dry pavement. High rolling resistance.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    92.2
  9. Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    80 31
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good cornering stability on dry pavement. The longest braking distance both on wet and dry pavement. Insufficient traction on the rear axle on wet pavement.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Wet Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    88.1
  10. Roadhog RGHP01
    Roadhog RGHP01
    N/A 1
    Passenger · Summer · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable noise level, smooth ride. Poor traction, especially lateral, and low level of driving safety on wet pavement. Delayed steering response on dry pavement.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    87.2
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
225/45R17
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Aug 24, 2020
Date updated
Oct 17, 2020