Sportauto: Summer Tire Test R18 2024

Sportauto: Summer Tire Test R18

In the 2024 Sport Auto summer tire test, six ultra-high-performance summer tires were evaluated in the size 215/40 R18, alongside an all-season tire, the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3, using a Hyundai i20 N. This test aimed to compare the performance of dedicated summer tires against a leading all-season tire in warm conditions. The results highlighted the differences in grip, braking, and handling on wet and dry surfaces, demonstrating the limitations of the all-season tire, especially in wet conditions and dynamic handling scenarios.

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

    The Continental PremiumContact 7 stands out in the Sportauto Summer Tire Test for R18 tires, securing the top position with outstanding performances across the board. It leads in dry braking and handling, showcasing exceptional control and stability. In wet conditions, it continues to excel, leading in braking, handling, and wet circle tests, illustrating its superior grip and safety. While it ranks fourth in straight hydroplaning, its performance is still commendable, and it tops the chart again in lateral hydroplaning, emphasizing its high protection against hydroplaning. The tire's noise level is low, though not the quietest, and its rolling resistance is efficient, contributing to overall vehicle efficiency.

    Wet Handling (Exceptional control)   Dry Handling (Excellent stability and control)   Wet Circle (Top performance)   Wet Braking (Outstanding grip)   Dry Braking (Top performance)   Lateral Hydroplaning   Noise (Low with improvement potential)   Straight Hydroplaning (Good but not the best)   Rolling Resistance (Efficient but not leading)  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    9.4
  2. Michelin Pilot Sport 5
    Michelin Pilot Sport 5
    N/A 47
    · Summer · 2022 · Passenger - Extreme Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 takes second place, delivering exceptional performance across the board. It ties for first in dry braking, showcasing excellent stopping power. The tire also performs admirably in dry handling, just slightly behind the top, and maintains high performance in wet braking and handling, indicating strong grip and control in varied conditions. While it ranks well in straight hydroplaning, it shows room for improvement in lateral hydroplaning resistance. Noise levels are low, contributing to a quieter ride, and rolling resistance is efficient, indicating good fuel economy, though it's not the absolute best in this category.

    Dry Handling (Nearly best)   Dry Braking (Top-tier)   Wet Handling (Strong performance)   Wet Braking (Highly effective)   Noise (Quiet but improvable)   Rolling Resistance (Efficient but not leading)   Lateral Hydroplaning (Adequate but improvable)  
    Canada Canada · Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.9
  3. Bridgestone Turanza T005
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    84 63
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Turanza T005, ranking third, shows commendable all-around performance. It secures a solid spot in dry braking and demonstrates strong capabilities in dry handling, albeit slightly off the top mark. In wet conditions, it excels, with near-top performance in braking and impressive handling and wet circle results. It stands out in straight hydroplaning, leading this test category, and also performs well in lateral hydroplaning. The tire's noise level is low, enhancing comfort, and it leads in rolling resistance, indicating superior fuel efficiency and environmental consideration.

    Wet Handling (Excellent)   Rolling Resistance (Best in test)   Dry Braking   Wet Braking (Near top)   Straight Hydroplaning (Best in test)   Dry Handling (Good but not the best)   Noise (Low with slight room for improvement)   Lateral Hydroplaning (Adequate but improvable)  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · South Korea South Korea · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.1
  4. Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5
    Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5
    74 49
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Maxxis Victra Sport 5 ranks fourth with impressive performance in both dry and wet conditions. It's near the top in dry braking and handling, showcasing its capability for dynamic driving and safety. In wet conditions, it maintains strong performance, especially noted in handling and the wet circle test, demonstrating excellent grip and control. While it performs well in straight hydroplaning, there's a slight margin for improvement. The tire's noise level is commendably low, enhancing ride comfort. However, its rolling resistance is higher than the best, indicating a potential impact on fuel efficiency.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling (Robust)   Wet Circle (Nearly top performance)   Dry Braking   Wet Braking (Could be shorter)   Straight Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    Canada Canada · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8
  5. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    76 55
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    The Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2 secures the fifth spot, showcasing competent performances across various tests. It demonstrates solid dry braking and handling, indicating reliable control and stability. In wet conditions, it maintains commendable performance, though there's room for improvement in braking and handling to match the best. The tire excels in straight hydroplaning resistance and also performs well in lateral hydroplaning, providing good safety margins in wet conditions. Its noise level is one of the lowest, contributing to a quieter driving experience. Notably, the tire's rolling resistance is very low, enhancing fuel efficiency.

    Straight Hydroplaning (Excellent)   Noise (Very low)   Rolling Resistance (Highly efficient)   Lateral Hydroplaning   Dry Handling (Could be more better)   Wet Handling (Slightly sluggish)   Wet Braking (Needs improvement)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    7.7
  6. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3
    Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3
    91 59
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3, ranking sixth, is a versatile tire that shows good performance in noise reduction, leading its category. It demonstrates decent dry handling but falls significantly behind in dry braking. In wet conditions, the tire's performance drops further, with longer braking distances and lower handling and circle test scores. Its hydroplaning resistance, especially lateral, indicates a notable area for improvement. While the tire maintains a good noise level and dry lane change safety, its wet grip and braking efficiency are areas where it does not meet the standards set by top summer tires.

    Noise (Quietest)   Dry Handling (Stable)   Wet Handling (Reduced grip)   Wet Braking (Below average)   Hydroplaning Resistance (Poor)   Dry Braking (Significantly longer)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · South Africa South Africa
    Test Score:
    5.2
Year
2024
Max Score, points
10
Tire Size
215/40R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Mar 26, 2024
Date updated
Apr 19, 2024
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