Sportauto: Summer Tire Test R19 2022

Sportauto: Summer Tire Test R19

Sportauto magazine has conducted a series of tests of summer tires in size 235/35ZR19, which fits many compact sports cars, such as Volkswagen Golf GTI or Hyundai i30 N. On the European market, a large number of tire models in this size are available, from UHP tires with excellent wet grip to sportier UUHP tires, and even track tires, which are commonly referred to as «semi-slicks».
In the UHP and UUHP classes, seven tire models were tested, including a few new products — Bridgestone Potenza Sport, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Continental SportContact 7, Falken Azenis FK510, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z, and the recently modernized Pirelli P Zero (PZ4). The list of tested semi-slicks included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, Nankang AR-1, and the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R in the version homologated by Porsche and bearing an additional N0 sign.

  1. Continental SportContact 7 - Winner
    Continental SportContact 7
    N/A 34
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellently balanced performance. Outstanding dry and wet braking capabilities. Relatively low lateral aquaplaning resistance. Low riding comfort. Exemplary.

    External Noise   Rolling Resistance   Steering Response   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Wet Handling (Subjective)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia
  2. Michelin Pilot Sport 4
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4
    82 69
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Predictable behavior and precise steering response to the driver’s actions on dry pavement. Relatively low lateral aquaplaning resistance. Reduced shock-absorbing properties. Very good.

    Rolling Resistance   Steering Response   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Moose Test  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
  3. Bridgestone Potenza Sport
    Bridgestone Potenza Sport
    82 69
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Outstanding cornering stability on wet and dry pavement. Surprisingly good aquaplaning resistance. Fast and precise response to the driver’s actions. Average dry and wet braking performance. Very good.

    Lateral Stability   Lateral Aquaplaning   Steering Response   Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Rolling Resistance  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
  4. Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    81 63
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response and stability on wet pavement. Long braking distance on wet pavement. Relatively poor traction and limited lateral stability at high speeds on dry pavement. Good.

    Wet Handling   External Noise   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    North America North America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
  5. Falken Azenis FK510
    Falken Azenis FK510
    80 65
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance and good handling properties on wet pavement. Attractive price. Delayed and fuzzy steering response on dry pavement. Good.

    Straight Aquaplaning   External Noise   Steering Response   Moose Test   Rolling Resistance  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
  6. Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129
    Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129
    N/A 25
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Extreme Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Great handling response in the wet. Excellent aquaplaning resistance. Long braking distances, especially on wet pavement. Insufficient stability during emergency braking on dry pavement. Good.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Straight Aquaplaning   External Noise   Wet Braking   Steering Response  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  7. Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
    Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
    77 67
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Acceptable overall performance on dry and wet pavement. Long braking distance on wet pavement. Relatively low stability during the emergency maneuvers on dry pavement. Good.

    External Noise   Wet Braking   Moose Test   Rolling Resistance  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
  8. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R
    Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R
    N/A 42
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Precise steering response, neutral behavior, and good track traction. Controllable behavior on wet pavement. Poor braking performance under temperatures typical for everyday life. Insufficient stability during emergency braking. Very good.

    External Noise   Steering Response   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Dry Handling   Moose Test   Lateral Stability   Wet Braking   Comfort / Internal Noise (Subjective)   Wet Handling   Wet Handling (Subjective)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Japan Japan · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
  9. Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R
    Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R
    62 26
    · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent wet grip for a tire from this category (even though its threshold is achieved soon). Precise steering response and confidence-inspiring handling lightness on a track. Poor braking performance under temperatures typical for everyday life. Very prone to oversteer on wet pavement. Low riding comfort. Very good.

    Dry Handling   Steering Response   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Stability   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Comfort / Internal Noise (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · East Asia East Asia
  10. Nankang AR-1
    Nankang AR-1
    N/A 26
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Extreme Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    A high level of traction and stability (depends on the heat degree), as well as good performance and neutral behavior on a track. Poor aquaplaning resistance, can suddenly lose grip on wet pavement. Very noisy, plus strong vibrations. Very good.

    Dry Handling (Subjective)   Dry Handling   Steering Response   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort / Internal Noise (Subjective)   Lateral Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
Year
2022
Max Score, points
10
Tire Size
235/35R19
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 15, 2022
Date updated
Apr 23, 2022
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