Auto Express: Crossover Summer Tire Test R18 2022

Auto Express: Crossover Summer Tire Test R18

Crossovers are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and tire makers are taking steps to secure a share of this quickly growing market. Some of them have tweaked the already-existing models, some presented them in respective SUV versions, and Pirelli, for example, went as far as to create a whole dedicated line of SUV tires, which was recently completely renewed. The British magazine Auto Express decided to find out who of the tire makers managed to come up with the best tires for SUVs with their increased weight and a high center of gravity, for which the experts went to the Bridgestone’s proving grounds in Aprilia, Italy, where they tested seven tire models in size 235/55 R18, one of the most popular in this segment.

  1. Bridgestone Turanza T005 - Winner Recommended
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    84 65
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response and a very short stopping distance on dry pavement. Good handling response in the wet. Very low rolling resistance. Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement. Increased noise.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Noise  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    100
  2. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 SUV K127A
    Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 SUV K127A
    N/A 35
    · Summer · 2019 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent handling response and short stopping distance on wet pavement. Good handling response in the dry. Relatively long braking distance on dry pavement. High rolling resistance. High noise emission.

    Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · South Korea South Korea
    Test Score:
    99.3
  3. Continental PremiumContact 6
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    88 73
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    98.3
  4. Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV
    Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV
    97 43
    · Summer · 2021 · Light Truck / SUV - Highway Rib Summer
    Verdict:

    Good hydroplaning resistance. Acceptable handling response in the wet. Extremely low noise emission. Low rolling resistance. Insufficient handling response in the dry.

    Lateral Hydroplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    98
  5. Michelin Primacy 4+
    Michelin Primacy 4+
    N/A 40
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike. Low rolling resistance. Low hydroplaning resistance. Increased noise.

    Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning   Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    97.5
  6. Maxxis Victra Sport 5 SUV
    Maxxis Victra Sport 5 SUV
    N/A 30
    · Summer · 2020 · Light Truck / SUV - Street/Sport Truck Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Good handling response in the wet and in the dry. Relatively long braking distance on dry and wet pavement. Very high rolling resistance.

    Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    97
  7. Gripmax Stature H/T
    Gripmax Stature H/T
    N/A 16
    · Summer · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Highway Rib Summer
    Verdict:

    Low price. Low noise emission. Poor traction, poor handling response, and a dangerously long wet braking distance. Low hydroplaning resistance. Not recommended.

    Noise   Price   Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    86.7
Year
2022
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
235/55R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Aug 15, 2022
Date updated
Aug 26, 2022
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