Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R18 2021

The comparison summer tire test season 2021 is now officially open! The first to announce their test results for the upcoming summer were the experts of the German motoring publication Auto Zeitung, who tested ten tires in size 225/40 R18.
The test disciplines were carried out in September 2020 at the Bridgestone «European Proving Ground» in Italy at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. All the tires were tested using one type of car, and in duplicable conditions. The test car was a new Seat Leon 1.5 eTSI, with 150PS, and a dual-clutch transmission. The event was officially partnered by the B2C trading platform Saitow AG, which also supplied tires for the test.

Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R18
  1. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 - Winner Recommended
    Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
    85 57
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The victory in the test, and, therefore, recommendation from the Auto Zeitung experts, was scored by the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, which, in addition to its other merits, was recommended to drivers who want to save up on gasoline.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    92
  2. Continental PremiumContact 6 Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    89 66
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Second place was scored by the Continental PremiumContact 6 with its very confident behavior on dry pavement.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    89
  3. Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Recommended
    Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    74 43
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The bronze medal of the test was bestowed on the Pirelli P Zero PZ4, despite the fact that it fell short of the leaders in the dry tests.

    Noise   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    88
  4. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4
    81 68
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Michelin Pilot Sport 4, which slightly lacked steering precision while cornering, occupied the fourth line in the final standings.

    Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
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    Test Score:
    87
  5. Falken Azenis FK510 Recommended
    Falken Azenis FK510
    81 59
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Fifth place was scored by the Falken Azenis FK510, which offers the best price/quality ratio.

    Price   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    86
  6. Nokian Powerproof
    Nokian Powerproof
    78 48
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The sixth place in the tournament bracket was occupied by the Nokian Powerproof, which ultimately did not get recommended by the experts due to its weak wet braking performance.

    Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Noise  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    85
  7. Maxxis Victra Sport 5
    Maxxis Victra Sport 5
    76 42
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Seventh place in the final standings, also due to poor braking capabilities on wet pavement, was scored by the Maxxis Victra Sport 5.

    Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    83
  8. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    76 52
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The same applies to the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2, which is also efficient, but not grippy enough when braking in the wet.

    Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Dry Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    81
  9. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    78 53
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement. Weak lateral aquaplaning resistance.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    78
  10. Nexen N'Fera Sport
    Nexen N'Fera Sport
    76 38
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The last tenth line in the final standings of the 225/40 R18 summer tire test was occupied by the Nexen N’Fera Sport, which had issues both in dry and wet performance. According to the testers, its capabilities fall short of those of the best models available on the market.

    Noise   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    74
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
225/40R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 12, 2021
Date updated
Mar 23, 2021