2019 Summer and All Season Tyre Test

It's never a bad thing when a magazine goes to the effort of testing summer AND all season tyres in the same test, as it gives the motorist a good idea of the different balance of performances each tyre type has, so it's great to see Auto Navigator doing exactly this for their 205/55 R16 summer tyre test.

Not satisfied with just summer and all season tyres, Auto Navigator have included a "test winning" winter tyre, as well as worn summer and worn winter tyres (tread depth unknown!)

Caveats from the test? Well, sadly Auto Navigator didn't perform what I would call a full tyre test, instead just covering dry and wet braking, dry and wet peak cornering speed (not a full handling lap) and they touched upon noise and wear.

Additionally, we've decided not to include the wear testing scoring in our database, as they seemed to give a score out of "1", with "0.9" being the best and "0.1" being the worst with very little scientific basis behind the result. For reference the Michelin Primacy 4 and Continental AllSeasonContact seemed to show the lowest wear.

Dry

During dry braking (60-0 kph), the Michelin CrossClimate+ and Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 were the only all season tyres to trouble the summers. The worn winter tyre performed better than the new one, which isn't unusual for a siped tyre in the dry as lower tread depth means lower block movement / tear.

The dry "handling" lap was actually peak cornering speed on a dry circle. Again, the worn tyres had an advantage thanks to less block movement, but the Michelin CrossClimate+ was mighty impressive.

Wet

The results get more confusing in the wet. The wet braking was the same 60-0 kph tested, and some tyres managed to do a better job of stopping the car than in the dry (we're assuming a higher friction surface for wet braking.) The Goodyear won this safety critical test, which also makes us wonder why it finished tenth overall...

Wet "handling" was again peak speed on a wet circle, not a real handling lap. This time the Firestone won, with the Kleber Quadraxer 2, which performed relatively poorly in the wet braking, taking third overall. 

It might be worth noting at this point, Tyre Reviews doesn't conduct peak speed circle testing as the results can be variable.

Environment

Only the Bridgestone Turanza T005 had an advantage in the noise testing.

Results

Be sure to check out the full article on the Auto Nagivator website, where you can change your driving preferences to change the order of the results! 

1st: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling16th-3.5 Km/H91.95%
Wet Braking4th+1 M93.46%
Wet Handling7th-1.4 Km/H97.13%
Noise2nd+1 dB98.36%
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2nd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.3 M98.01%
Dry Handling11th-2.2 Km/H94.94%
Wet Braking2nd+0.7 M95.33%
Wet Handling11th-2.3 Km/H95.29%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1 M93.67%
Dry Handling9th-1.7 Km/H96.09%
Wet Braking2nd+0.7 M95.33%
Wet Handling6th-1.3 Km/H97.34%
Noise1st100%
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4th: Hankook Kinergy Eco 2

Hankook Kinergy Eco 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.9 M94.27%
Dry Handling6th-1.3 Km/H97.01%
Wet Braking4th+1 M93.46%
Wet Handling4th-1.1 Km/H97.75%
Noise2nd+1 dB98.36%
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5th: Davanti DX390

Davanti DX390
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1 M93.67%
Dry Handling14th-2.7 Km/H93.79%
Wet Braking11th+2.3 M86.14%
Wet Handling8th-1.5 Km/H96.93%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
Magazine note - Conditionally recommended - "it is only available in a few ways, and we know that the different production times can give significantly different characteristics, so it is far from certain that the purchased copy is so good will be like the test arrived"

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6th: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+2.1 M87.57%
Dry Handling13th-2.5 Km/H94.25%
Wet Braking13th+3.2 M81.71%
Wet Handling15th-4.3 Km/H91.19%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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7th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.2 M98.67%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking9th+2.1 M87.2%
Wet Handling13th-3.5 Km/H92.83%
Noise2nd+1 dB98.36%
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8th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.4 M97.37%
Dry Handling6th-1.3 Km/H97.01%
Wet Braking7th+1.4 M91.08%
Wet Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H98.77%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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9th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.9 M94.27%
Dry Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.54%
Wet Braking8th+1.5 M90.51%
Wet Handling1st100%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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10th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.33%
Dry Handling4th-0.8 Km/H98.16%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling8th-1.5 Km/H96.93%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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11th: Momo Outrun M20

Momo Outrun M20
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1 M93.67%
Dry Handling17th-4.3 Km/H90.11%
Wet Braking9th+2.1 M87.2%
Wet Handling10th-1.8 Km/H96.31%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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12th: Kleber Quadraxer 2

Kleber Quadraxer 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking14th+2.2 M87.06%
Dry Handling11th-2.2 Km/H94.94%
Wet Braking14th+3.4 M80.79%
Wet Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H98.36%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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13th: Barum Bravuris 5HM

Barum Bravuris 5HM
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.9 M94.27%
Dry Handling8th-1.5 Km/H96.55%
Wet Braking6th+1.3 M91.67%
Wet Handling4th-1.1 Km/H97.75%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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14th: Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking16th+2.7 M84.57%
Dry Handling9th-1.7 Km/H96.09%
Wet Braking15th+3.5 M80.34%
Wet Handling12th-2.8 Km/H94.26%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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15th: Apollo Alnac 4G All Season

Apollo Alnac 4G All Season
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking17th+3.8 M79.57%
Dry Handling15th-2.8 Km/H93.56%
Wet Braking17th+4.3 M76.88%
Wet Handling16th-4.6 Km/H90.57%
Noise5th+2 dB96.77%
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