2014 AMS Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsDunlop Sport BluResponse
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 5
The best tyre overallContinental Premium Contact 5
The lowest fuel useDunlop Sport BluResponse
Michelin Energy Saver Plus
The most comfortableDunlop Sport BluResponse
Toyo Proxes CF2
11 set of tyres in the popular 205/55 R16, the standard VW Golf 7 and the usual array of thorough wet and dry tests summarises the 2014 Auto Motor Und Sport Summer Tyre Test.

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 5

Continental Premium Contact 5
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 43.2
  2. Dry: 8.6
  3. Wet: 9.6
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Overall: 9
Best braking and cornering stability on wet and dry track, high safety reserves.
Low load change sensitivity and low accuracy in the dry.
Cost:98 Euros

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2nd: Uniroyal RainSport 3

Uniroyal RainSport 3
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 42.8
  2. Dry: 8.4
  3. Wet: 9.5
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Overall: 8.9
In the wet, the rain tyres do not make a slip, and respectable performance on dry roads, stable cornering.
Mild deficits in dry braking.
Cost:83 Euros

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3rd: Pirelli CINTURATO P7

Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 41.8
  2. Dry: 9.2
  3. Wet: 8.8
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Overall: 8.8
When it comes to cornering, the Pirelli is strong in the dry, and on a wet track it is top.
Blemishes in wet braking, aquaplaning and rolling resistance.
Cost:94 Euros

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4th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 45.1
  2. Dry: 9.3
  3. Wet: 8.1
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Overall: 8.7
Balanced handling on wet and dry track, very good dry braking, very low rolling resistance.
Weak in wet braking and aquaplaning.
Cost:92 Euros

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5th: Toyo Proxes CF2

Toyo Proxes CF2
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 42.6
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 8.9
  4. Comfort: 9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Overall: 8.5
Easily controllable and safe tyres with good wet grip and steering precision. Good ride comfort.
Mild deficiencies in aquaplaning and steering response.
Cost:79 Euros

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6th: Hankook Ventus Prime2

Hankook Ventus Prime2
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 40.5
  2. Dry: 8.7
  3. Wet: 8.4
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Overall: 8.4
Balanced tire with excellent resistance to aquaplaning, good lateral guidance and good steering feedback
Slight weakness in wet braking and rolling resistance.
Cost:81 Euros

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7th: Michelin Energy Saver+

Michelin Energy Saver Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 42.3
  2. Dry: 8.7
  3. Wet: 7.5
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Overall: 8.1
The Michelin is easy to master and optimised for mileage and rolling resistance, top in the braking on dry roads.
Limited wet performance.
Cost:101 Euros

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8th: Premiorri Solazo

Premiorri Solazo
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 36.1
  2. Dry: 7.7
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Comfort: 8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5
  6. Overall: 7.6
The newcomer from Ukraine surprised with good Wet braking and comfort.
Shortcomings only aquaplaning and rolling resistance.
Cost:65 Euros

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9th: Bridgestone Turanza T001

Bridgestone Turanza T001
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 35.1
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 6.6
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Overall: 7.3
Plus points in dry handling through direct and accurate steering.
Serious weaknesses in wet braking and pronounced load change speed sensitive on wet roads.
Cost:91 Euros

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10th: Westlake Radial RP18

Westlake Radial RP18
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 34.7
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 6.6
  4. Comfort: 7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Overall: 6.9
At a low level a balanced, quiet tyre
Weak wet and dry performance, low-precision steering, wet roads load change sensitivity issues
Cost:81 Euros

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11th: GT Radial Champiro VP1

GT-Radial Champiro VP1
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 32.7
  2. Dry: 7.4
  3. Wet: 5.1
  4. Comfort: 7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7
  6. Overall: 6.2
Acceptable properties on dry roads.
Too long wet braking distances. Pronounced oversteer during load changes in wet cornering.
Cost:71 Euros

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