Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R17 2024

Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R17

In the 2024 summer tire test conducted by Auto Zeitung, nine touring tires were assessed, emphasizing their ability to provide comfort, energy efficiency, and safety. Among the tested tires were the Bridgestone Turanza 6 Enliten, noted for its energy efficiency, and the Continental PremiumContact 7, which stands out for performance. The evaluation showcased a range of tires, including the Michelin Primacy 4+, known for exceptional rolling resistance contrary to its labeling, highlighting the importance of real-world testing over label classifications. The test also featured tires like the Pirelli P7 Cinturato and the Hankook Ventus S1 evo³, illustrating a competitive field that, while diverse in focus, showed surprising consistency in quality and performance.

  1. Continental PremiumContact 7 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 7
    97 37
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Continental PremiumContact 7 is a dependable tire that performs consistently on both dry and wet surfaces, ensuring good control and handling in various driving situations. It responds quickly to steering, which enhances the overall driving experience. While it stands out for its performance in handling and braking, it's important to note that the tire's rolling resistance is on the higher side. This means that while it delivers in terms of safety and control, it might not be the best option for drivers who are particularly focused on maximizing their vehicle's fuel economy.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Noise   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance (Not ideal for fuel savings)  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    280
  2. Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    82 58
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2 showcases strong performance, especially in dry conditions, closely trailing the leader with minimal differences. While it excels in handling and braking, it ranks slightly lower in wet conditions and hydroplaning resistance. Its noise level is commendable, though not the quietest, and its rolling resistance suggests moderate fuel efficiency. This tire is ideal for drivers seeking a sporty driving experience without compromising much on comfort and efficiency.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Noise   Rolling Resistance (Moderate fuel efficiency)   Wet Circle   Straight Hydroplaning  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    266
  3. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    81 56
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 stands out for its balanced performance, excelling in noise reduction and offering competitive handling in wet conditions. It provides a comfortable and quiet ride, appealing to drivers who value a blend of performance and comfort. However, its dry handling and rolling resistance fall short of the top performer, making it less ideal for those prioritizing fuel efficiency or the very best in dry performance.

    Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Noise (Best in category)   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Straight Hydroplaning  
    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 · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    250
  4. Vredestein Ultrac
    Vredestein Ultrac
    72 36
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Vredestein Ultrac delivers a commendable balance of performance, particularly excelling in dry handling where it closely approaches the top performers. It offers a solid driving experience, ensuring safety with reliable grip levels under various conditions. The tire performs well in terms of noise and rolling resistance, suggesting a quieter ride and reasonable fuel efficiency. However, its wet braking performance indicates there is room for improvement compared to its competitors.

    Dry Handling   Noise   Wet Circle   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    246
  5. Firestone Roadhawk 2
    Firestone Roadhawk 2
    N/A 24
    · Summer · 2024 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Firestone Roadhawk 2 offers a dependable performance across the board, making it a practical choice for drivers seeking a tire that delivers consistently without excelling in any one particular area. It's particularly efficient in terms of rolling resistance. Notably, it leads its class in resistance to straight hydroplaning, enhancing safety in wet conditions.

    Straight Hydroplaning (Best in category)   Wet Circle   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Noise (Could be quieter)   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    245
  6. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    76 43
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun provides a satisfactory driving experience suitable for everyday use, with reasonable performance in wet and dry conditions, contributing to a comfortable ride. It ranks well in noise reduction, making it one of the quieter options in the test. Despite these strengths, its performance in dry braking and straight hydrolaning resistance falls behind the best in its class, and its high rolling resistance indicates less favorable fuel efficiency.

    Dry Handling   Wet Circle   Noise   Rolling Resistance (Higher fuel consumption)   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    229
  7. Michelin Primacy 4+
    Michelin Primacy 4+
    N/A 46
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Michelin Primacy 4+ excels in offering a quiet and smooth driving experience, underscored by its top-ranking performance in noise reduction and rolling resistance, suggesting excellent fuel efficiency. While it performs reasonably in dry conditions, its wet performance, particularly in braking and handling, does not match the best in its class. This tire is ideal for drivers who prioritize comfort and efficiency over sporty handling and superior wet condition performance.

    Rolling Resistance (Best in category)   Noise (Best in category)   Wet Handling   Wet Circle   Wet Braking  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    228
  8. Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    76 45
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Maxxis Premitra HP5 is an economical choice that delivers good performance, especially in dry handling, closely approaching the leaders in this category. It also stands out for its effective resistance to straight hydrolaning, offering reliability in wet conditions. However, the tire's higher noise levels and rolling resistance suggest that it may not be the most silent or fuel-efficient option in its class.

    Dry Handling   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Noise  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Middle East Middle East · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    227
  9. Bridgestone Turanza 6
    Bridgestone Turanza 6
    82 47
    · Summer · 2023 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Turanza 6 focuses on fuel efficiency and comfort, excelling in rolling resistance, which suggests it's an economical option in terms of fuel consumption. It also ranks well in noise reduction, contributing to a quieter ride. However, its performance in dry braking and handling is at the lower end among its competitors, and its wet grip performance is considered average, indicating areas where improvements could enhance its appeal.

    Rolling Resistance (Best in category)   Noise   Dry Braking   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    226
Year
2024
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
300
Tire Size
225/45R17
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 23, 2024
Date updated
Apr 20, 2024
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