2018 Gute Fahrt Summer Tyre Test

The 2018 Gute Fahrt test is a confusing tyre test for a number of reasons. Firstly is tests both summer and all season tyres in the same dry and wet tests, but fails to include the all season class leading Michelin CrossClimate or cover the all season tyres snow performance.

Secondly, even though it is testing the very popular 205/55 R16 tyre size, it uses some strange / old tyre patterns, ie the Bridgestone Turanza T001 which has now been replaced twice, and the Continental EcoContact 5 instead of Premium Contact 5.

Thirdly, it doesn't give any dry and wet handling times or data, it just rates the tyres "very good, good and ok" which doesn't really give much insight, and lastly the tyre with the best overall braking result, the Hankook Ventus Prime 3 was placed seventh overall.

It's debatable as to whether this should be published at all on Tyre Reviews, but it does give some interesting data on how the all season tyres compare to the summer tyres during dry and wet braking, so it was worth inclusion.

If you want to try and make more sense of it, feel free to head over to the Gute Fahrt website and see the full data.

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Results

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1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  • 205/55 R16
Very strong in the wet and dry with excellent balance. High levels of comfort too.
None mentioned.
Very Good.

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1st: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 205/55 R16
Better than the Goodyear in the dry. Balanced performance.
Compared to the summer tyres poor dry and wet performance, especially in braking.
Good.

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2nd: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue

Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
  • 205/55 R16
A very balanced tyre, performing well in braking and handling tests.
Average aquaplaning result.
Very Good.

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2nd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  • 205/55 R16
Balanced all season tyre.
Compared to the summer tyres poor dry and wet performance, especially in braking.
Good.

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3rd: Fulda MultiControl

Fulda MultiControl
  • 205/55 R16
Very good comfort levels.
Weak in the wet and dry.
Satisfactory.

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3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T001

Bridgestone Turanza T001
  • 205/55 R16
Very balanced and easy to handle at the limit of grip. Precise steering, good wet grip, good wet and dry braking.
Average rolling resistance.
Very Good.

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4th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 205/55 R16
Strong in all tests, excellent dry braking, very good wet handling, strong resistance to aquaplaning.
Average rolling resistance.
Very Good.

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5th: Continental Eco Contact 5

Continental Eco Contact 5
  • 205/55 R16
Best rolling resistance on test, good wet braking.
Average dry braking, poor aquaplaning resistance.
Good.

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6th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • 205/55 R16
Low rolling resistance, good dry braking, excellent dry handling.
Average wet braking, average aquaplaning.
Good.

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7th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  • 205/55 R16
Excellent safety with best overall dry and wet braking result. Good dry handling.
Average wet handling with understeer. Average comfort.
Good.

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8th: Nexen N Blue HD+

Nexen N Blue HD Plus
  • 205/55 R16
Good wet braking and handling
Average dry performance.
Good.

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9th: Laufenn S fit EQ

Laufenn S fit EQ
  • 205/55 R16
Low price.
Weak in the dry and wet.
Satisfactory.

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