Auto Bild Allrad: SUV Summer Tire Test R18 2020

This year, the test of SUV summer tires, performed by Auto Bild Allrad, involved ten tire models of various price segments. The test experts chose a rather large tire size — 255/55 R18 — one of those sizes that fit large four-wheel drive vehicles, such as BMW X5, Mercedes GLE, Audi Q7, or VW Touareg. Ten models from famous and not-so-famous tire brands. Michelin, Goodyear, Dunlop, and Pirelli need no introduction. The Finnish Nokian tires are mostly popular in Scandinavia. The tires of this brand are manufactured not only in its home country but also in Russia. In addition, March 9, 2020, the USA Nokian plant was put into operation.

Auto Bild Allrad: SUV Summer Tire Test R18
  1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2019 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    The test winner is ahead in almost all disciplines or at least lands on a podium. High price level.

    Mud Traction   Gravel Handling   Track Traction   Sand Traction   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Gravel Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Grip   Dry Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    N/A 41
  2. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 SUV Recommended
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 SUV
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Balanced top athletes with convincing driving behavior on wet and dry roads, high steering precision, short wet and dry braking distances. Slightly increased rolling resistance.

    Wet Handling   Sand Traction   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Gravel Handling   Gravel Traction   Lateral Grip  
    Europe Europe
    N/A 35
  3. Vredestein Ultrac Satin Recommended
    Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Brand profile with good price-performance ratio, dynamic wet handling, quiet rolling noise, fuel-saving rolling resistance. Moderate traction on loose gravel.

    Wet Handling   Track Traction   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Grip   Gravel Handling   External Noise   Gravel Traction  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    81 31
  4. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV
    Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Top performance on dry slopes, dynamic dry handling, precise steering behavior, short dry braking distances, good rolling comfort.

    Wet Handling   External Noise   Dry Braking   Ride Comfort   Lateral Grip   Gravel Traction   Dry Handling   Track Traction  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    N/A 37
  5. Pirelli Scorpion Verde
    Pirelli Scorpion Verde
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2010 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Balanced premium summer profile with stable and safe driving behavior on wet and dry roads, pleasantly quiet ride comfort. Only average terrain results.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Lateral Grip   Gravel Traction   Wet Braking   External Noise  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    69 31
  6. Barum Bravuris 5HM
    Barum Bravuris 5HM
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    High traction on gravel and sand, good comfort, low rolling resistance, low price. Understeering dry handling, extended wet braking distances, moderate traction on grass.

    Rolling Resistance   Mud Traction   Gravel Handling   Gravel Traction   Ride Comfort   Wet Braking   Track Traction   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    N/A 37
  7. Maxxis Victra Sport 5 SUV
    Maxxis Victra Sport 5 SUV
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2020 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Best safety reserves for aquaplaning, stable handling off-road and on dry slopes. Moderate grip, extended braking distances and delayed steering response on wet slopes.

    Gravel Handling   External Noise   Sand Traction   Lateral Aquaplaning   Gravel Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Track Traction  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    N/A 25
  8. Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport
    Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2015 · Light Truck / SUV - Highway Rib Summer
    Verdict:

    High traction on sand and gravel, stable dry handling , low rolling noise. Limited aquaplaning properties, significantly longer wet braking distances.

    Mud Traction   Gravel Traction   External Noise   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Track Traction  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa
    79 26
  9. Nokian Powerproof SUV
    Nokian Powerproof SUV
    Light Truck / SUV · Summer · 2020 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Good safety reserves in aquaplaning, quiet rolling noise, low rolling resistance. Longer braking distances on wet roads, moderate handling qualities in the field.

    Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning   Ride Comfort   Track Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Gravel Handling  
    Europe Europe
    N/A 32
  10. Lexani LX-Thirty
    Lexani LX-Thirty
    Passenger · All Season · Passenger - Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    Dramatically longer braking distances on wet and dry slopes, indirectly spongy steering feel, dangerously understeering driving behavior.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Gravel Traction   Wet Handling   Track Traction   Sand Traction   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Ride Comfort   Gravel Handling   Lateral Grip   Dry Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    82 18
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
255/55R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Apr 28, 2020
Date updated
May 14, 2020