2012 Auto Bild 20 inch Tyre Test

With every new generation of cars being fitted with larger wheels, tyres are having to follow suit. While 20 inch wheels and tyre were unheard of a few years ago, they are now becoming commonplace enough for the excellent German publication Auto Bild Sports Cars to investigate the options.

On test are eight patterns of tyres, with four premium brands, one mid range brands and three budget brands. As 20" tyres are still relatively low volume, the patterns used can be previous generation, with only Continental represented by their latest tyre from the premium brands.

The test vehicle was a VW Scirocco fitted with 245/30 R20 tyres. With the price difference between a full set of premium tyres and budget tyres nearly 400 euros (800 vs 1200 euros), fitting the budget tyres can be tempting, until you realise the worst budget tyre will take over 3 car lengths longer in the wet to stop from a moderate speed, and is extremely unpredictable on the limit, switching between under and oversteer.

Unfortunately we've not yet been able to get a breakdown score of this test, so take your time to read the comments on each tyre.

The Results

1st: Continental ContiSportContact 5 P

Continental ContiSportContact 5 P
  • 245/30 R20
Top class sports tyres, stable running and high steering precision in the wet. Strong aquaplaning resistance and short braking.
Moderate ride comfort.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
  • 245/30 R20
Stable all rounder with reliable wet and dry handling. Good braking and good comfort.
Average aquaplaning resistance.

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3rd: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT
  • 245/30 R20
Good handling and excellent braking on dry roads, high precision steering with good feedback. Quiet pass by noise.
Weakness in curved aquaplaning.

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4th: Pirelli PZero Nero

Pirelli PZero Nero
  • 245/30 R20
Wet weather specialist with dynamic handling qualities, excellent aquaplaning resistance. High steering precision, short wet and dry braking.
Increased rolling resistance.

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5th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo

Hankook Ventus S1 evo
  • 245/30 R20
Well balanced sports tyre, stable corning on wet and dry roads, high steering precision and good feedback.
Slightly increased rolling resistance.

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6th: Nexen N8000

Nexen N8000
  • 245/30 R20
Good curved aquaplaning, neutral handling.
Slightly increased rolling resistance.

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7th: Nankang NS2

Nankang NS2
  • 245/30 R20
Low rolling resistance.
Dangerously long braking distance in the wet, wet understeer, reduced steering precision, loud and uncomfortable.

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8th: Goodride SV308

Goodride SV308
  • 245/30 R20
Also known as the Westlake SV308. Quiet pass by noise.
Dangerously long braking distance in the wet, unpredictable wet oversteer, uncomfortable.

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