Autobild: Commercial Summer Tire Test R17 2024

Autobild: Commercial Summer Tire Test R17

In 2024, Auto Bild undertook a rigorous analysis of 225/55 R17 tires designed specifically for campers, targeting motorhome owners who prioritize safety and dependability during summer travels. This extensive evaluation dissected the vast market offerings, distinguishing the tires that provide optimal performance and safety from those that fall short.

  1. Bridgestone Potenza Sport - Winner Recommended
    Bridgestone Potenza Sport
    83 68
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Potenza Sport excels as the test winner, showcasing top-tier performance on wet and dry roads. It's adept at handling, offering superb grip and ensuring short braking distances, particularly in wet conditions, which bolsters safety. The tire stands out for its resistance to hydroplaning, adding to its dependable characteristics. Additionally, it's noted for its fuel efficiency due to its low rolling resistance, paired with an attractive price point. The only slight downside is its noise, which, despite being a bit higher, doesn't significantly detract from its overall exceptional performance.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning Resistance   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Noise  
    North America North America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    1.4
  2. Continental PremiumContact 7 Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 7
    97 37
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Continental PremiumContact 7, tying for the top spot in the AUTO BILD summer tire test with a grade of 1.4, showcases impressive versatility and high performance under both wet and dry conditions. Its adept handling makes it an excellent choice for various driving scenarios, from everyday commutes to more demanding camping trips. The tire's dynamic and sporty handling on dry roads, combined with precise steering and significant feedback, enhances driving pleasure and control. It also offers robust safety features, particularly in hydroplaning situations, and ensures short stopping distances regardless of the road being wet or dry. Additionally, its rolling resistance is optimized for fuel efficiency. However, these premium qualities come at a higher price point, reflecting its top-tier performance attributes.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning Resistance   Steering Response   Dry Performance   Price  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    1.4
  3. Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135
    Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135
    79 47
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135 delivers impressive performance, showcasing strong capabilities on both wet and dry roads. It provides good safety margins against hydroplaning, ensuring a reliable driving experience under various conditions. The tire's handling is secure, whether the pavement is wet or dry, contributing to overall vehicle control and safety. Notably, it offers a quiet ride, minimizing noise, which enhances the comfort of the driving experience. Additionally, this tire stands out for its affordability and excellent price-performance ratio, making it an attractive choice for budget-conscious drivers. However, its comfort level is rated as average, indicating that while it performs well in many areas, there might be room for improvement in ride smoothness.

    Wet and Dry Handling   Price   Wet Performance   Hydroplaning Resistance   Dry Performance   Value for Money   Noise   Comfort  
    Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa
    Test Score:
    1.5
  4. Michelin Primacy 4+
    Michelin Primacy 4+
    N/A 46
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Michelin Primacy 4+ excels as a top summer tire, offering dynamic and secure handling on both wet and dry surfaces. Its precise steering response and effective feedback contribute to a confident driving experience. The tire is characterized by its short braking distances in both wet and dry conditions, enhancing its safety profile. Additionally, its hydroplaning resistance is notable, providing an extra layer of security during adverse weather conditions. The Primacy 4+ also stands out for its quiet rolling comfort, making for a more pleasant driving experience. However, these high-quality features come with a higher price tag, reflecting its premium status.

    Wet Performance   Hydroplaning Resistance   Steering Response   Dry Performance   Wet and Dry Braking   Noise   Price  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    1.5
  5. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    85 64
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 provides balanced and safe handling in both wet and dry conditions, ensuring driver confidence across various driving scenarios. It offers stable cornering stability and maintains good grip, essential for precise steering and maneuverability. The tire's response to steering inputs is accurate, aiding in precise vehicle control. Additionally, it boasts commendable hydroplaning resistance, enhancing safety in rainy conditions. The tire's rolling comfort is notably quiet, contributing to a more enjoyable driving experience. However, it is priced higher, reflecting its premium features, and exhibits slightly longer braking distances in wet conditions, an aspect that may need consideration.

    Grip and Сornering Stability   Handling in Wet and Dry   Hydroplaning Resistance   Steering Response   Noise   Price   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    2.2
  6. Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    82 58
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2) is a premium summer tire offering stable performance on both wet and dry roads, ensuring reliable driving dynamics. It features a direct steering response, providing clear feedback for enhanced control. The tire is equipped with adequate safety margins for hydroplaning, adding to its robust safety profile. Notably, it excels in comfort, offering a smooth ride, and benefits from low rolling resistance, contributing to better fuel efficiency. However, it comes at a higher price and displays marginally longer braking distances in dry conditions.

    Wet and Dry Stability   Comfort   Low Rolling Resistance   Hydroplaning Resistance   Steering Response   Price   Dry Braking  
    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:
    2.2
  7. Vredestein Ultrac
    Vredestein Ultrac
    72 36
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Vredestein Ultrac is recognized for its dependable grip and stability, ensuring safe driving experiences under various conditions. It stands out for its effective resistance to hydroplaning and offers a quiet ride, enhancing driver comfort. Priced moderately, it presents good value. However, it exhibits a slight tendency to understeer on both wet and dry surfaces, which might affect handling precision. Additionally, the tire has higher rolling resistance, which could impact fuel efficiency, and braking distances are marginally longer, requiring attention in critical situations.

    Noise   Driving Safety   Price   Hydroplaning Resistance   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    3
  8. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    76 43
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun demonstrates balanced and stable performance on dry roads, offering reassuring safety margins against hydroplaning. Its low rolling resistance is a highlight, indicating potential fuel savings and environmental benefits. The tire is also attractively priced, making it a cost-effective option. However, it exhibits understeering tendencies on wet surfaces, which could affect maneuverability in adverse weather conditions. Additionally, the steering response is somewhat delayed, potentially impacting driving dynamics, and braking efficiency on dry roads is average, necessitating careful consideration during rapid deceleration.

    Price   Dry Performance   Rolling Resistance   Hydroplaning Resistance   Steering Response   Wet Handling   Dry Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    3.3
  9. Toyo Proxes Comfort
    Toyo Proxes Comfort
    72 44
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Toyo Proxes Comfort is designed with a focus on comfort, showcasing commendable hydroplaning resistance and effective braking in dry conditions. It stands out for its quiet noise levels, enhancing the overall driving experience, and is priced attractively, offering good value. However, the tire's performance in cornering on both wet and dry surfaces is moderate, potentially affecting agility and confidence during maneuvers. Additionally, it exhibits longer braking distances in wet conditions and a slight delay in steering response, which could impact reaction times and handling precision. The tire also tends towards understeering in dry conditions, necessitating a cautious approach during dynamic driving.

    Price   Dry Braking   Noise   Hydroplaning Resistance   Dry Handling   Steering Response   Wet Handling   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    3.3
Year
2024
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Max Score, points
1
Tire Size
225/55R17
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 25, 2024
Date updated
Mar 27, 2024
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