Autobild: Big Summer Tire Test R16 2024

Autobild: Big Summer Tire Test R16

In an ambitious endeavor to demystify the tire selection process for consumers, Auto Bild's 2024 summer tire test meticulously assessed 55 different models in the 205/55 R16 category, which is recognized as the most commonly purchased tire size in Europe, especially for compact vehicles. By evaluating a broad spectrum of tires, Auto Bild aims to highlight those that offer the best combination of performance, safety, and value, thereby steering consumers away from inferior products and helping them choose tires that will best suit their driving needs and enhance their vehicle's efficiency and safety on the road.

  1. Michelin Primacy 4+ - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Primacy 4+
    N/A 46
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Michelin Primacy 4+ showcased a balanced, high-performance potential in the Autobild Big Summer Tire Test R16, delivering good handling qualities and short dry braking distances. While it demonstrated exemplary mileage and economic efficiency, its rankings in various categories indicated room for improvement, particularly in wet conditions and rolling resistance.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Treadwear   Lateral Hydroplaning   Noise   Wet Performance   Price   Wet Braking   Wet Circle   Value   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    1.3
  2. Continental PremiumContact 7 Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 7
    97 37
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Continental PremiumContact 7 excelled in the Autobild Tire Test. Its performance on both wet and dry roads was exemplary, highlighting a premium profile. Despite its strengths, there were areas such as hydroplaning resistance and noise levels where it did not lead the pack.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Price   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Lateral Hydroplaning   Value   Noise  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    1.4
  3. Bridgestone Turanza 6 Recommended
    Bridgestone Turanza 6
    82 47
    · Summer · 2023 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Turanza 6 demonstrated balanced driving characteristics, offering safe handling and commendable braking distances on both wet and dry surfaces. While it showed very good mileage, its performance in hydroplaning resistance and noise levels highlighted areas for potential improvement.

    Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Price   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Value   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    1.5
  4. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    85 64
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 stood out in the Autobild Tire Test for its exceptional mileage and noise levels, achieving top rankings in both categories. While it provided stable and safe handling and offered very good value for money, its performance in wet conditions and hydroplaning resistance was less impressive, indicating room for enhancement.

    Value   Noise   Wear   Rolling Resistance   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Circle   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    2.1
  5. Kumho Ecsta HS52
    Kumho Ecsta HS52
    N/A 29
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Kumho Ecsta HS52 delivered a convincing performance with outstanding achievements in dry braking and handling, as well as wet braking and handling. It offers short braking distances on both wet and dry surfaces and is priced affordably. However, its rolling resistance and hydroplaning capabilities, particularly in lateral conditions, indicate areas for improvement.

    Price   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Lateral Hydroplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    2.1
  6. Firestone RoadHawk
    Firestone RoadHawk
    68 41
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Firestone RoadHawk demonstrated sporty dynamic handling, excelling particularly in dry handling and showing commendable performance in wet handling and hydroplaning resistance. It offers good value for money with a competitive price point and above-average wear resistance. However, its increased rolling noise and less optimal wet braking performance suggest areas for enhancement.

    Price   Straight Hydroplaning   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Wear   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    2.2
  7. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    76 43
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun stood out for its dynamic dry handling and exhibited good safety margins against hydroplaning. While it offers short dry braking distances, its performance in wet conditions and rolling resistance could be improved. Additionally, the tire's limited tread life and higher noise level compared to competitors indicate areas where enhancements could be beneficial.

    Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Hydroplaning   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wear   Wet Braking   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    2.3
  8. Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135
    Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135
    79 47
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Hankook Ventus Prime 4 demonstrated dynamic driving behavior with strong performances in dry braking and handling. Its low rolling resistance is commendable, aligning with eco-friendly driving preferences. However, the tire's wet performance, particularly in handling and hydroplaning, as well as its moderate tread life, suggest areas where further improvements could enhance its appeal.

    Dry Handling   Low Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Wet Handling  
    Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa
    Test Score:
    2.3
  9. Toyo Proxes Comfort
    Toyo Proxes Comfort
    72 44
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Toyo Proxes Comfort excelled in the Autobild Tire Test with its dynamic handling in both wet and dry conditions and short braking distances. It stands out for its quiet rolling noise and a moderate price level, making it an attractive option for drivers prioritizing comfort and handling. However, the tire's lower tread life and average performance in hydroplaning resistance highlight areas for potential improvement to enhance its overall value proposition.

    Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    2.3
  10. Dunlop Sport BluResponse
    Dunlop Sport BluResponse
    80 55
    · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Dunlop Sport BluResponse demonstrated notable hydroplaning resistance and fuel-efficient rolling resistance. While its dry braking distances were commendable, the tire struggled with grip on wet surfaces, as seen in its wet braking and handling performance. Its position in noise and wear categories suggests a balanced offering but also indicates room for improvement, particularly in wet conditions.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wear   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling  
    Mexico Mexico · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    2.4
  11. Fulda EcoControl HP2
    Fulda EcoControl HP2
    66 33
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Fulda EcoControl HP2, ranking 10th in the Autobild Tire Test, demonstrated commendable performance with short dry braking distances and excellent noise levels, indicating a quiet ride. Its mileage and value are particularly notable, suggesting good economic efficiency. The tire also performed well in lateral hydroplaning scenarios. However, its lateral guidance on dry roads and performance in wet conditions, especially in wet braking and handling, highlight areas where improvements could enhance its appeal and safety profile.

    Price   Wear   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Value   Noise   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    2.4
  12. BFGoodrich Advantage
    BFGoodrich Advantage
    71 47
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The BFGoodrich Advantage tire demonstrated dynamic handling and a solid performance in dry conditions. Its quiet noise profile and low rolling resistance are notable, alongside an affordable pricing strategy. However, its performance in wet conditions, particularly in handling and braking, shows a tendency towards understeer, indicating a need for improvement in wet weather driving safety.

    Dry Handling   Price   Low Rolling Resistance   Noise   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Circle   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    2.5
  13. Kleber Dynaxer HP4
    Kleber Dynaxer HP4
    73 45
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Kleber Dynaxer HP4 ranked 12th in the Autobild Tire Test, showing strengths in hydroplaning safety and dry braking. Its noise level indicates good rolling comfort, contributing to a pleasant driving experience. However, the tire's handling characteristics, particularly understeering in wet conditions, and moderate tread life suggest areas where performance could be enhanced to better meet driver expectations.

    Noise   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Wear   Wet Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    2.5
  14. GT Radial Champiro FE2
    GT Radial Champiro FE2
    N/A 28
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The GT Radial FE2 offers safe hydroplaning qualities and commendable dry braking performance. Its standout feature is its very affordable price, coupled with a solid value proposition and reasonable wear performance. However, the tire's grip on wet and dry surfaces is average, and its rolling resistance is on the higher side, suggesting areas where enhancements could improve overall driver satisfaction and performance.

    Price   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Value   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    2.6
  15. Giti GitiSynergy H2
    Giti GitiSynergy H2
    N/A 26
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Giti GitiSynergyH2 demonstrated reliable wet handling and proficient dry braking. Its pricing strategy is competitive, offering a good balance between cost and performance. However, the tire shows a tendency to understeer on dry surfaces and has a notably high rolling resistance, which could impact fuel efficiency. These factors, along with its noise level, indicate areas where the GitiSynergyH2 could be optimized to better meet the needs of drivers.

    Price   Wear   Dry Braking   Value   Wet Handling   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    2.6
  16. Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    82 58
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2 demonstrated strong performances in dry braking and handling, indicating dynamic steering capabilities. While it provided satisfactory results in wet handling and hydroplaning resistance, its wear rate areas of concern, especially considering its higher price point. The tire's rolling resistance is also higher than ideal, which could influence overall vehicle efficiency.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Price   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Circle   Value   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    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:
    3.1
  17. Nexen N Fera Primus
    Nexen N Fera Primus
    N/A 29
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Nexen N Fera Primus exhibited good braking performance and dynamic handling in wet conditions, showcasing its strengths in critical safety aspects. However, its performance in dry braking and handling, along with its significantly lower tread life and economic efficiency, highlight areas needing improvement. The tire's rolling resistance and a hydroplaning capabilities in straight-line scenarios also suggest potential for better optimization to enhance its appeal and performance.

    Price   Wet Braking   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling   Wear   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Value   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    3.2
  18. Uniroyal RainSport 5
    Uniroyal RainSport 5
    74 40
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Uniroyal RainSport 5 excels in wet conditions, demonstrating good hydroplaning resistance and safe handling. Its performance in dry conditions, however, is less impressive, with lower rankings in dry braking and handling. The tire's noise level is commendable, and its wear rate offers moderate longevity. While it performs well in its niche of wet weather driving, enhancements in dry performance and rolling resistance could elevate its overall appeal and effectiveness.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Wear   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    3.6
  19. Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    76 45
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Maxxis Premitra HP5, ranked 19th in the Autobild Tire Test, offers commendable dry braking distances and respectable mileage. However, its performance indicates a delayed steering response and only moderate grip levels on both wet and dry roads. While the tire is positioned well in terms of wear and value, its wet handling and circle performance, along with high rolling resistance, suggest significant room for improvement to enhance driving safety and efficiency in varied conditions.

    Price   Wear   Dry Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Value   Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Circle   Noise   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    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:
    3.7
  20. Vredestein Ultrac
    Vredestein Ultrac
    72 36
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Vredestein Ultrac excelled in driving dynamics in the Tire Test, achieving top rankings in wet handling, hydroplaning resistance, and both wet and dry braking. Its performance in these critical safety areas is impressive, showcasing the tire's ability to handle challenging conditions. However, the Ultrac's significant drawbacks are its low tread life and increased rolling resistance, which could impact long-term value and fuel efficiency. While its performance capabilities are notable, these issues may affect its overall recommendation for consumers seeking a balance between performance and longevity.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Value   Noise   Wear   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    4
Year
2024
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Max Score, points
1
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 20, 2024
Date updated
Apr 16, 2024
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