2019 Auto Zeitung Summer Tyre Test

For the 2019 summer season Auto Zeitung have tested nine 235/45 R18 summer tyres, and included the summer-bias all season Michelin CrossClimate.

The stand out performances go to the new Continental Premium Contact 6 and Michelin Primacy 4, both showing extremely well balanced test results, and also the new Maxxis Premitra HP5. The quality of Maxxis tyres has quietly improving quickly over the past 12 months, and it's great to see the Premitra HP5 prove it's excellent price / performance ratio.

It's also worth noting, which the Michelin CrossClimate only finished seventh place overall, this is the only tyre on test which has any sort of ability in the snow. The trade for snow performance is often dry grip, but the CrossClimate held its own in a full summer tyre test, which makes it unique amongst all season tyres.

Dry

The dry testing was led by the top three tyres overall, with the Continental, Michelin Primacy 4 and Maxxis trading places in the dry braking and dry handling testing. The Nankang AS1 was last in both tests.

Wet

The Michelin CrossClimate had a surprise advantage during wet braking, but couldn't match the performance during the wet handling lap. The Continental Premium Contact 6 was the best of the summer tyres, with the Maxxis, Yokohama and Bridgestone all having excellent results. The Nankang AS1 was again last.

The Kumho was the best tyre for straight aquaplaning resistance.

Environment

The Michelin Primacy 4 had an extremely low rolling resistance, while the Continental's only weakness was highlighted.

The Maxxis was the quietest tyre on test, with a 1dB margin over the next best.

The cheapest set of tyres on test, the Nankang AS1, were almost a third of the price of the most expensive.

Results

As always, you can see the full results on the Auto Zeitung website.

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+3.1 M94.63%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua5th-1.1 Km/H98.54%
Noise7th+3 dB95.77%
Price8th+290 47.75%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.14 kg / t86.33%
The best tyre in the wet by a margin, shortest dry braking and excellent dry handling, good level of comfort.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.6 M98.36%
Dry Handling2nd+0.4 s99.33%
Wet Braking6th+6 M90.1%
Wet Handling6th+4.2 s95.54%
Straight Aqua7th-2.8 Km/H96.27%
Noise7th+3 dB95.77%
Price9th+325 44.92%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good results in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.9%
Dry Handling3rd+0.9 s98.5%
Wet Braking5th+4.6 M92.23%
Wet Handling2nd+1.2 s98.68%
Straight Aqua6th-1.9 Km/H97.47%
Noise1st100%
Price3rd+80 76.81%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.11 kg / t86.64%
Up there with premium rivals at a lower price, good in the wet, short dry braking.
Average rolling resistance, average comfort, average dry handling.

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4th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7

Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.5 M96%
Dry Handling3rd+0.9 s98.5%
Wet Braking3rd+4.2 M92.86%
Wet Handling8th+6.6 s93.17%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.9 Km/H98.8%
Noise3rd+2 dB97.14%
Price5th+200 56.99%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.99 kg / t87.91%
Good results in the dry and wet, short wet braking.
None mentioned.

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5th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.8 M97.83%
Dry Handling8th+1.4 s97.69%
Wet Braking8th+12 M81.98%
Wet Handling3rd+2.8 s96.98%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.8 Km/H98.93%
Noise7th+3 dB95.77%
Price7th+275 49.07%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.26 kg / t96.51%
Short dry braking and good ride quality, low rolling resistance, very good aquaplaning resistance.
Long wet braking distances.

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6th: Yokohama BluEarth AE50

Yokohama BluEarth AE50
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.8 M95.24%
Dry Handling6th+1.1 s98.18%
Wet Braking4th+4.4 M92.54%
Wet Handling4th+3.4 s96.36%
Straight Aqua8th-4.3 Km/H94.27%
Noise3rd+2 dB97.14%
Price6th+205 56.38%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.48 kg / t93.75%
A well balanced tyre, low rolling resistance.
Reduced aquaplaning resistance.

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7th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3.2 M91.84%
Dry Handling6th+1.1 s98.18%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling7th+6 s93.75%
Straight Aqua9th-4.7 Km/H93.74%
Noise10th+4 dB94.44%
Price10th+380 41.09%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.58 kg / t92.54%
The shortest wet braking distances. The only tyre with snow capability.
Relatively weak wet lateral stability, increased noise levels, long dry braking.

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8th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.4 M96.26%
Dry Handling5th+1 s98.34%
Wet Braking7th+11.2 M82.98%
Wet Handling5th+4 s95.74%
Straight Aqua4th-1 Km/H98.67%
Noise3rd+2 dB97.14%
Price4th+135 66.25%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.96 kg / t88.24%
Good aquaplaning resistance.
Long wet braking, soft sidewalls so poor lateral stability.

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9th: Kumho Ecsta HS51

Kumho Ecsta HS51
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3.2 M91.84%
Dry Handling8th+1.4 s97.69%
Wet Braking9th+18.5 M74.69%
Wet Handling9th+8 s91.84%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise3rd+2 dB97.14%
Price2nd+60 81.54%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.29 kg / t84.81%
Good aquaplaning resistance.
Long braking distances in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance, low comfort.

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10th: Nankang AS1

Nankang AS1
  • 235/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3.2 M91.84%
Dry Handling10th+1.6 s97.37%
Wet Braking10th+22.7 M70.63%
Wet Handling10th+9.9 s90.09%
Straight Aqua10th-6.9 Km/H90.81%
Noise2nd+1 dB98.55%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.72 kg / t80.72%
None mentioned.
Unstable at the limit during wet handling and long stopping distances during wet braking, highest rolling resistance.

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