Keen to help tyre buyers select the best tyre for the 2010 warm season, the German auto club ADAC, Switzerland's Touring Club (TCS) and Austrian magazine AMTC (Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club) have already published this years group summer tyre test. The usual dry and wet performance tests have been performed, along with scoring for fuel consumption, wear rates and tyre noise in this extremely comprehensive test.
Both Nokian and Hankook have once again proved their strength in the midrange category and finished the tests amongst the "big 6", where as the budget brands Goodride, Wanli and Sunny were described as being dangerous thanks to their woeful dry and wet performance.
As an interesting side point, the worst performance tyres also had some of the best fuel consumption and wear characteristics. This means that under the new European tyre labelling legislation they would receive a big green A+ award, attracting buyers to their excellent environmental qualities. Fortunately for all of us, Goodyear has spent a great deal of money lobbying to have the tyres wet performance characteristics also reflected on the tyre label allowing customers to select a tyre that isn't just green, but also one that doesn't become dangerous at the first hint of moisture.
Here are the full results, along with (badly!) translated comments. All the scoring is out of a possible five, with the higher the score indicating the better result.