Test World: Large Summer Tire Test R16 2021

Test World: Large Summer Tire Test R16

The test involved 14 summer tire models from various price segments, and what made it different was the fact that the braking tests were performed in four temperature modes (the lowest temperature being +1°C) on two types of road surfaces. TW already shared about how tires react to temperature changes, the best tires in the final standings being Continental, Michelin, and, unexpectedly, Linglong, which were the quickest to bring the car to a standstill at relatively low temperatures. At the same time, the Nokian tires, which are positioned as «tires for the northern summer», did not show any outstanding results, which became yet another surprise (the tables show the mean value calculated after all the test runs).

  1. Michelin Primacy 4 - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Primacy 4
    84 62
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Well-balanced performance. Reliable behavior without any unpleasant surprises in any conditions. Short braking distance in any conditions. Low noise emission. Low rolling resistance.

    Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Noise  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.9
  2. Continental PremiumContact 6
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    90 67
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling performance on wet pavement (although slightly prone to oversteer). Good handling performance on dry pavement, including during emergency maneuvers. Very high rolling resistance.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.7
  3. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    85 60
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance and good handling response on dry and wet pavement. Low aquaplaning resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia
    Test Score:
    8.6
  4. Linglong Sport Master SA220
    Linglong Sport Master SA220
    N/A 23
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    A great result for an economy-class tire. Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement at any temperature. Good handling performance (even though the steering response is slightly delayed during emergency maneuvers). Low hydroplaning resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    8.3
  5. Nokian Hakka Blue 2
    Nokian Hakka Blue 2
    86 28
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Great handling in the wet and in the dry. Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Braking performance declines significantly as the temperature drops.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    8.3
  6. Sentury Qirin 990
    Sentury Qirin 990
    N/A 20
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement. Low rolling resistance. Relatively weak lateral stability and delayed steering response.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Stability  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    8.1
  7. Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    82 66
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good lateral stability and crisp steering response. Low rolling resistance. Poor result for such a big-time tire maker. Long braking distance on wet pavement that grows even longer as the temperature drops.

    Rolling Resistance   Lateral Stability   Wet Braking  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8
  8. Sava Intensa HP2
    Sava Intensa HP2
    N/A 32
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Well-balanced performance. Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Prone to abrupt loss of grip on dry pavement.

    Aquaplaning   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    7.8
  9. Toyo Proxes Comfort
    Toyo Proxes Comfort
    71 38
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good lateral stability on wet pavement (although the grip can be lost too abruptly). Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Long braking distance on dry pavement.

    Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Dry Braking  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    7.8
  10. Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    80 55
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response in the dry. Low hydroplaning resistance. Increased rolling resistance.

    Dry Handling   Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    7.4
  11. Westlake ZuperEco Z-107
    Westlake ZuperEco Z-107
    N/A 32
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Long braking distance on wet and dry pavements. Bad handling response in the wet.

    Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    7.4
  12. Kumho Ecsta HS51
    Kumho Ecsta HS51
    76 38
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good lateral stability on wet pavement. Long braking distance on dry pavement. High rolling resistance.

    Lateral Stability   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    7.3
  13. Cooper Zeon CS8
    Cooper Zeon CS8
    70 26
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable braking performance on wet pavement. Poor handling response in the wet and in the dry. High rolling resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    7.2
  14. CST Medallion MD-A1
    CST Medallion MD-A1
    N/A 33
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable braking performance on wet pavement. Poor lateral stability and poor handling performance on wet pavement.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    7.1
Year
2021
Max Score, points
10
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Jun 14, 2021
Date updated
Jun 20, 2021

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