Gute Fahrt: Summer Tire Test R18 2021

The experts from the German motoring publication tested eight models of 18-inch tires for everyday life.

The German magazine Gute Fahrt tested summer tires in size 245/40 R18, designed for such cars as Audi A4 Avant, which was also the car that was used in this test. Tires of eight brands were tested — Bridgestone, Continental, Falken, Goodyear, Nokian, Pirelli, Toyo, and Vredestein — which got rated in the range from «very good» to «satisfactory», i.e. there were no obvious outsiders this time around.

Gute Fahrt: 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:

    Excellent handling response and short braking distance in any conditions. Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Falls short of some of the competitors in terms of environmental performance and ride comfort. Very good+ (recommended by Gute Fahrt).

    Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Lateral Stability   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
  2. Continental PremiumContact 6 Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    89 66
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement. Good handling response in the dry. Smooth ride. Low noise emission. Poor resistance to lateral hydroplaning. Very good (recommended by Gute Fahrt).

    Noise   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Comfort   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
  3. Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2) Recommended
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    78 50
    Passenger · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent handling response and short braking distance in any conditions. High lateral hydroplaning resistance. Falls short of some of the competitors in terms of environmental performance and ride comfort. Very good (recommended by Gute Fahrt).

    Dry Handling (Subjective)   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Lateral Aquaplaning  
  4. Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    83 66
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response in the dry. Excellent lateral grip on wet pavement. Low rolling resistance. Long braking distance on wet pavement. Low riding comfort. Good-.

    Dry Handling (Subjective)   Lateral Stability   Noise   Wet Braking   Comfort  
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  5. Nokian Powerproof
    Nokian Powerproof
    78 48
    Passenger · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response on all types of surfaces. Excellent lateral grip on wet pavement. Smooth ride. Long braking distance on wet pavement. Low lateral hydroplaning resistance. High noise emission.

    Dry Handling (Subjective)   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Comfort   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
  6. Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    Vredestein Ultrac Satin
    80 34
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable handling response in the wet and in the dry. High lateral hydroplaning resistance. Long braking distance on dry pavement. Poor lateral grip on wet pavement.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Dry Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  7. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    75 43
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Satisfactory braking performance on wet and dry pavement. Relatively weak straight hydroplaning resistance. Increased rolling resistance. Relatively low riding comfort. Satisfactory+.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  8. Toyo Proxes Sport A
    Toyo Proxes Sport A
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Satisfactory handling response on dry and wet pavement (even though this tire model came last, it will still be an acceptable option for everyday use). Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement. Increased rolling resistance. Relatively low riding comfort. Satisfactory

    Dry Handling (Subjective)   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Comfort   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
Year
2021
Tire Size
245/40R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Feb 25, 2021
Date updated
Mar 23, 2021