Motor: Summer Tire Test R17 2021

Motor: Summer Tire Test R17

Normally, the experts of Poland’s Motor magazine conduct their tests of summer tires in winter at a test facility in Texas, USA, but this year due to the pandemic-related restrictions they had to wait until it got warmer in Europe, and eventually the tests were organized in Germany. Luckily, the temperature stayed within the range of 20–24 degrees Celsius, and the rain did not get in the way of conducting all the necessary tests either.
This time around, the team of the magazine decided to test tires in size 225/55 R17, which are suitable for cars of different classes. 17-inch tires are fitted on both midsize and large cars, such as Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class, and Opel Insignia, and on compact cars, including BMW 3-Series and Mini Countryman. In addition, these tires are often picked by the owners of CUVs, such as Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, and Skoda Karoq; even such minivans as Chrysler Voyager, Fiat Scudo, and Opel Vivaro can be fitted with tires of this size. The list of contestants included tires from all price brackets, from premium Continental and Goodyear models to the budget Imperial, which are some of the cheapest tires available retail.

  1. Continental PremiumContact 6 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    90 67
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    High level of safety and comfort. Stable behavior on dry pavement. Excellent grip and good stability on wet pavement. Relatively low hydroplaning resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    195.6
  2. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 Recommended
    Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
    88 60
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike. Good hydroplaning resistance. High rolling resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    195.3
  3. Nokian Powerproof Recommended
    Nokian Powerproof
    78 48
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    A very good result for the brand, chiefly known for its winter tires Good results on dry and wet pavement. Low noise emission. Attractive price.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    193.3
  4. Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    82 66
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Great handling response in the wet and in the dry. Low rolling resistance.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    192.7
  5. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    76 56
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Great handling response in any weather conditions (during high-speed cornering on wet pavement, slight understeer occurs, but on the whole the tires ensure adequate grip level). Great riding comfort. Excellent hydroplaning resistance.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    191.9
  6. Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    76 40
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The best budget tire on test. Well-balanced performance. Good handling performance on dry and wet pavement (although slightly prone to understeer). Low price.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    190.3
  7. Debica Presto UHP 2
    Debica Presto UHP 2
    77 28
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable results on dry and wet pavement. Well-balanced performance. Low noise emission. Low rolling resistance.

    Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    189.5
  8. Laufenn S FIT EQ+
    Laufenn S FIT EQ+
    65 46
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable results on dry pavement. Relatively low rolling resistance. Poor results on wet pavement.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Noise   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Middle East Middle East · North Africa North Africa
    Test Score:
    187.3
  9. Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
    76 38
    · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Very low rolling resistance. The main disappointment of the test. Long braking distance and less-than-perfect handling response on dry and wet pavement. Relatively low hydroplaning resistance. High price.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Price  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    184.8
  10. Imperial EcoSport 2
    Imperial EcoSport 2
    72 27
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Very affordable price. Good results on wet pavement. Low noise emission. Poor results on dry pavement. High rolling resistance.

    Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    183.1
Year
2021
Max Score, points
200
Tire Size
225/55R17
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Jun 14, 2021
Date updated
Jun 21, 2021

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