Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R18 2020

Summer tire test with 50 tires in the 245/45 R18 format. Do they have to be branded tires or is the cheap product, which is sometimes half as expensive, sufficient in summer? Our current test provides the answer.

Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R18
  1. Continental PremiumContact 6 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Very balanced summer tires with top marks on dry and wet roads.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Value   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling   Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    87 67
  2. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 Recommended
    Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Model is characterized by efficient braking performance, crisp steering response, and high resistance to wear.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Value   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Lateral Stability  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    87 59
  3. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The third place was scored by the leader in braking efficiency during the qualification round, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4. In the final round, in addition to the shortest braking distance, this model demonstrated crisp steering response and excellent handling capabilities. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 lost its chance to make a clean sweep of the competition because of its high price and insufficiently competitive treadwear.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning   Value  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    85 60
  4. Vredestein Ultrac Vorti Recommended
    Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
    Passenger · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The summer tire Vredestein Ultrac Vorti was praised for excellent handling capabilities and crisp steering response both in the wet and in the dry, as well as for its fair price.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Value   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    82 35
  5. Apollo Aspire XP Recommended
    Apollo Aspire XP
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Apollo Aspire XP was noted for well-balanced performance, effective braking, high treadwear, and compelling price.

    Noise   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Value   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    74 36
  6. Nexen N'Fera Sport Recommended
    Nexen N'Fera Sport
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Nexen N’Fera Sport fully demonstrated its strong sides on dry pavement, but it was also quite convincing in the wet. In addition, the test experts appreciated its smooth ride and low noise emission. It only weak side was increased rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Comfort   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    77 31
  7. Falken Azenis FK510 Recommended
    Falken Azenis FK510
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Falken Azenis FK510 model, which scored the seventh place, got an «Exemplary» verdict, just as all of the above-mentioned models. When testing the Falken tires, the experts did not elicit any significant drawbacks. The list of their doubtless strong sides includes: well-balanced performance both in the wet and in the dry, consistent handling response, short braking distance on wet pavement, low noise emission, high treadwear, and compelling price.

    Treadwear   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Noise   Value  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    79 60
  8. Nokian Powerproof
    Nokian Powerproof
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Nokian Powerproof, scored only the eighth place. Crisp steering response, consistent handling feedback, and efficient braking on wet and dry pavements — everything was spoiled by low resistance to wear.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe
    78 48
  9. Firestone RoadHawk
    Firestone RoadHawk
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Firestone tires has good results on wet pavement. High treadwear.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    71 43
  10. Fulda SportControl 2
    Fulda SportControl 2
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Fulda model showed itself to the best advantage in the dry. High treadwear.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Comfort   Noise   Treadwear   Straight Aquaplaning   Value  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    76 32
  11. Bridgestone Potenza S001
    Bridgestone Potenza S001
    Passenger · Summer · 2010 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Bridgestone Potenza S001 occupied the eleventh line of the tournament bracket. The reasons for that were quite trivial: high rolling resistance and low treadwear

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Value  
    Asia Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    70 37
  12. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The twelfth place was scored by the Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 with its good hydroplaning resistance but limited treadlife, which were just a little bit better than the new model of the season.

    Wet Handling   Comfort   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    74 45
  13. Laufenn S Fit EQ+
    Laufenn S Fit EQ+
    Passenger · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The budget Laufenn S Fit EQ+ (the thirteenth place) with low rolling resistance and insufficient handling response on wet pavement.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Dry Handling   Treadwear   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa
    N/A 41
  14. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The tires Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 has short braking distance on dry pavement, the fourteenth place.

    Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning   Comfort   Dry Braking   Treadwear   Wet Handling   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    77 49
  15. Kleber Dynaxer UHP
    Kleber Dynaxer UHP
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Kleber Dyxnaxer UHP has high treadwear, the fifteenth place.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    N/A 36
  16. Uniroyal RainSport 3
    Uniroyal RainSport 3
    Passenger · Summer · 2013 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Uniroyal RainSport 3 (fuel-efficient rolling resistance, the sixteenths place).

    Treadwear   Rolling Resistance   Value   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Dry Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    78 30
  17. Kumho Ecsta PS71
    Kumho Ecsta PS71
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Kumho Ecsta PS71, which occupied the seventeenth place in the final standings, nonetheless demonstrated good traction on wet pavement and excellent hydroplaning resistance.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Dry Handling   Value  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    57 32
  18. Maxxis Victra Sport 5
    Maxxis Victra Sport 5
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Maxxis Victra Sport 5 model distinguished itself with dynamic handling, good hydroplaning resistance, and efficient braking performance. In two other tests, this tire scored the third place — Motor (2019, 235/35 ZR19) and ADAC (2020, 225/40 R18). Here, however, it only took the eighteenth place.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling   Treadwear   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Value  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    74 38
  19. Toyo Proxes Sport
    Toyo Proxes Sport
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The nineteenth place in the final standings of the Auto Bild summer tire test 2020 was occupied by the Toyo Proxes Sport, which delivered rather balanced performance in the wet and in the dry (for the exception of the braking test).

    Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Comfort   Treadwear   Lateral Stability   Value  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    67 47
  20. Zeetex HP2000 vfm
    Zeetex HP2000 vfm
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The last twentieth place was scored by the Zeetex HP2000 vfm. Getting shortlisted for the top twenty by a sheer stroke of luck, this model could not get any higher in the tournament bracket. As it turned out, its low price and low rolling resistance still did not outweigh the understeer on wet and dry pavements, as well as limited treadlife.

    Rolling Resistance   Noise   Value   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Treadwear   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa
    N/A 24
Year
2020
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Tire Size
245/45R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 11, 2020
Date updated
May 14, 2020