Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R17 2020

During one of the largest tests ever conducted by the German publication Auto Zeitung, the experts compared the performance of 20 225/50 R17 tire sets by 13 criteria. The test involved both premium-class models priced at 500 Euros plus per set, and inexpensive tires from Chinese brands priced at 200–300 Euros for one set of tires.

Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R17
  1. Continental PremiumContact 6 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    89 65
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Very short braking distance and well-balanced behavior on wet pavement. Great handling response and high level of safety in the dry.

    Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Elk Test  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    267
  2. Bridgestone Turanza T005 Recommended
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    81 61
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Great handling response on wet pavement. Short braking distance and good stability during emergency maneuvers on dry pavement.

    Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Wet Braking   Dry Braking  
    Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    247
  3. Michelin Primacy 4 Recommended
    Michelin Primacy 4
    82 56
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Great handling response and braking performance on wet pavement. Short braking distance on dry pavement. Low rolling resistance. Slightly inaccurate steering response on dry pavement.

    Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Wet Braking   Dry Braking  
    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:
    247
  4. Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5 Recommended
    Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    78 37
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Predictable behavior in the dry, including during abrupt maneuvers. Good handling response on wet pavement. Attractive price. Long braking distance on wet pavement.

    Elk Test   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    242
  5. Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125 Recommended
    Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    81 49
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent traction on wet pavement. Very short braking distance, high lateral stability and stable behavior on the grip threshold in the dry. Prone to understeer on wet pavement.

    Dry Braking   Wet Traction   Lateral Stability  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    240
  6. Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    80 31
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Comfortable ride. Low noise emission. Long braking distance on wet pavement. Insufficient lateral stability and braking performance on dry pavement.

    Noise   Lateral Stability   Comfort   Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    222
  7. Dunlop Sport BluResponse
    Dunlop Sport BluResponse
    80 42
    Passenger · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Low rolling resistance. Short braking distance and good handling response on dry pavement. Weak traction and long braking distance on wet pavement.

    Rolling Resistance   Comfort   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa
    Test Score:
    218
  8. Falken Ziex ZE914 EcoRun
    Falken Ziex ZE914 EcoRun
    73 22
    Passenger · Summer · 2013 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Quick evacuation of water from the contact area. Good handling response and stable behavior on wet pavement. Weak lateral stability and prominently prone to understeer on wet pavement.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    218
  9. Giti GitiPremium H1
    Giti GitiPremium H1
    73 24
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good traction and high level of safety on dry pavement. Long braking distance and generally weak grip in the wet.

    Lateral Stability   Elk Test   Dry Handling   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    South-Eastern Asia South-Eastern Asia · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    212
  10. Apollo Aspire XP
    Apollo Aspire XP
    74 34
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good traction on dry pavement. Low noise emission. Weak traction and insufficient handling response on wet pavement. Delayed steering response on dry pavement.

    Dry Traction   Noise  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    211
  11. Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50
    Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50
    71 24
    Passenger · Summer · 2014 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Accurate steering response on wet pavement. Great results in slalom and good handling response on dry pavement. Long braking distance and prone to sudden loss of traction in the wet.

    Steering Response (Wet)   Dry Handling   Elk Test   Dry Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    199
  12. Firestone RoadHawk
    Firestone RoadHawk
    70 41
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response on dry pavement. Prone to understeer on wet pavement. Average hydroplaning resistance.

    Steering Response (Dry)   Elk Test   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    196
  13. Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
    76 32
    Passenger · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Very low rolling resistance. Comfortable ride. Long braking distance and weak lateral stability on wet pavement.

    Rolling Resistance   Comfort   Elk Test   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    194
  14. Linglong GREEN-Max
    Linglong GREEN-Max
    67 23
    Passenger · Summer · 2014 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on wet pavement. Poor traction and lateral stability on wet pavement. Prone to constantly jump from understeer to oversteer on dry pavement.

    Wet Braking   Elk Test  
    Asia Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    192
  15. Westlake SA37
    Westlake SA37
    N/A 23
    Passenger · Summer · 2013 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable handling response on dry pavement, yet prone to understeer on the grip threshold. Twitchy behavior and weak traction on wet pavement. High noise emission.

    Steering Response (Dry)   Elk Test  
    South-Eastern Asia South-Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    192
  16. Rotalla S-Pace RU01
    Rotalla S-Pace RU01
    53 23
    Passenger · Summer · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable handling response and good lateral stability on dry pavement. Long braking distance and generally weak traction on wet pavement.

    Lateral Stability   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    184
  17. Star Performer UHP 3
    Star Performer UHP 3
    N/A 15
    Passenger · Summer · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    High lateral stability and generally good handling response on dry pavement. Long braking distance and insufficient handling response on wet pavement (ABS and ESP systems kick in very early)

    Elk Test   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    177
  18. Goodride SA37
    Goodride SA37
    N/A 25
    Passenger · Summer · 2013 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Long braking distance, delayed steering response, and low level of safety on wet pavement. Prone to understeer on dry pavement.

    Rolling Resistance  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Latin America and the Caribbean Latin America and the Caribbean · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    174
  19. Nankang NS-20
    Nankang NS-20
    74 24
    Passenger · Summer · 2009 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Very long braking distance, weak traction, and delayed steering response on wet pavement. Very high rolling resistance. Prone to oversteer on dry pavement.

    Lateral Stability   Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    159
  20. Achilles ATR Sport 2
    Achilles ATR Sport 2
    75 33
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Long braking distance and weak lateral stability on wet pavement. Unstable grip of the rear axle on dry pavement.

    Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    152
Year
2020
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Max Score, points
300
Tire Size
225/50R17
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
May 14, 2020
Date updated
Oct 20, 2020