2019 Mid Range Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingSemperit SpeedLife 2: 24.85 M
Dayton Touring 2: 25.98 M
Subj. Dry HandlingKleber Dynaxer HP 3: 9 Points
Cooper Zeon CS8: 7 Points
Wet BrakingSemperit SpeedLife 2: 27.8 M
Dayton Touring 2: 30.7 M
Wet HandlingSemperit SpeedLife 2: 57.7 s
Dayton Touring 2: 60.2 s
Subj. Wet HandlingDebica Presto HP: 8.9 Points
Dayton Touring 2: 7.9 Points
Straight AquaSemperit SpeedLife 2: 86.5 Km/H
Cooper Zeon CS8: 79.2 Km/H
NoiseCooper Zeon CS8: 66.4 dB
Nokian Nordman SX2: 67.3 dB
Rolling ResistanceMaxxis Premitra HP5: 7.87 kg / t
Cooper Zeon CS8: 9.36 kg / t
Finnish magazine Moottori have recently compared eight 205/55 R16 tyre patterns which sit in the midrange price category!

While midrange tyres are cheaper than their premium rivals, they're not the cheapest tyres available on market, so in theory should still provide a reasonable level of performance, just offering better value.

The full test data is below, and it's a shame Moottori didn't include a premium tyre as a reference to see exactly what performances change as the price gets cheaper.

It's also worth noting, Semperit is owned by Continental, Kleber by Michelin and Goodyear owns Debica.


During dry testing, the Semperit SpeedLife 2 offered the most grip during the dry braking testing, and the Nokian and Kleber proved to have the best subjective handling. Interestingly Moottori didn't offer the dry handling laptimes.


Semperit continued its strong performance in the wet, offering the highest grip in wet braking and handling, which isn't a huge surprise given Semperit is own by wet weather kings, Continental. As in the dry testing, Maxxis was again extremely close to Semperit.


Maxxis proved to have an excellent blend of wet performance and low rolling resistance.

While Cooper had the lowest noise.


1st: Semperit SpeedLife 2

Semperit SpeedLife 2
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-0.2 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-0.4 Points
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.85%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.42 kg / t94.93%
High aquaplaning resistance, short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces.
Tendency for liftoff oversteer.

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2nd: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking2nd+0.01 M99.96%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.6 Points
Wet Braking2nd+0.1 M99.64%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-0.4 Points
Straight Aqua6th-6.5 Km/H92.49%
Noise6th+0.7 dB98.96%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good handling on dry surfaces, short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces, low rolling resistance.
Unstable during high speed cornering, increased noise.

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2nd: Nokian Nordman SX2

Nokian Nordman SX2
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking5th+0.52 M97.95%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+1 M96.53%
Wet Handling3rd+0.3 s99.48%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-0.4 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-6 Km/H93.06%
Noise8th+0.9 dB98.66%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.64 kg / t92.48%
Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, including during emergency maneuvers, high aquaplaning resistance.
Increased noise.

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4th: Debica Presto HP

Debica Presto HP
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking3rd+0.12 M99.52%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-1 Points
Wet Braking5th+1.9 M93.6%
Wet Handling4th+0.4 s99.31%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua3rd-6.3 Km/H92.72%
Noise4th+0.2 dB99.7%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.09 kg / t87.83%
Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, short braking distance on a dry surface.
High rolling resistance, low resistance to aquaplaning, long braking distance on wet surfaces.

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5th: Kleber Dynaxer HP 3

Kleber Dynaxer HP 3
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking4th+0.41 M98.38%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking6th+2.3 M92.36%
Wet Handling7th+2.5 s95.85%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-0.3 Points
Straight Aqua6th-6.5 Km/H92.49%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.85%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.06 kg / t99.24%
Good handling on dry surfaces, low rolling resistance.
Average wet handling and long wet braking.

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6th: Cooper Zeon CS8

Cooper Zeon CS8
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking6th+0.59 M97.68%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-2 Points
Wet Braking4th+1.8 M93.92%
Wet Handling5th+0.7 s98.8%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-0.5 Points
Straight Aqua8th-7.3 Km/H91.56%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.49 kg / t84.08%
Low noise, acceptable in the dry.
Low wet grip, high rolling resistance.

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7th: Sumitomo BC100

Sumitomo BC100
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking7th+1.07 M95.87%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-0.8 Points
Wet Braking6th+2.3 M92.36%
Wet Handling6th+2.2 s96.33%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-1 Points
Straight Aqua4th-6.4 Km/H92.6%
Noise6th+0.7 dB98.96%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.78 kg / t90.98%
None mentioned.
Long braking in the dry and wet, low wet grip and oversteer balance.

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8th: Dayton Touring 2

Dayton Touring 2
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking8th+1.13 M95.65%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-0.9 Points
Wet Braking8th+2.9 M90.55%
Wet Handling7th+2.5 s95.85%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-1 Points
Straight Aqua4th-6.4 Km/H92.6%
Noise5th+0.5 dB99.25%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.53 kg / t93.69%
Acceptable aquaplaning resistance.
Long braking distances and poor wet handling.

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