2019 NAF Summer Tyre Test

The Norwegian AutoMobile Federation (NAF) has tested seven summer tyre patterns in 205/55 R16, and included a premium winter tyre for comparison.

The winter tyre performed surprisingly well during the wet braking testing, which was tested between 18 and 25c, beating the Dunlop and Bridgestone summer tyres. Wet handling showed a little more weakness, with the winter tyre finishing last, but it was still within a few percent of the summer tyres.

As with all siped tyres, the penalty came in the dry. Testing at 21-23c, the winter tyre was at a huge disadvantage, stopping the car nearly 30% further on than the best summer tyre on test, which is the difference between stopping safely, and having a huge accident! While the tyre was closer during dry handling, it was still significantly slower than all the summer tyres.

Let this test be a good reminder as to why we shouldn't run winter tyres, or winter-bias all season tyres across the dry summer months.

Full data below.

Dry

Wet

Environment

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+1.4 M97.23%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua7th-4.2 Km/H95%
Noise1st100%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.14 kg / t97.45%
Excellent lateral stability on dry and wet surfaces, impressive braking performance, especially on dry surfaces, low noise.
The weakest resistance to aquaplaning.

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2nd: Nokian Hakka Blue 2

Nokian Hakka Blue 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.5 M95.84%
Dry Handling6th+0.86 s99.21%
Wet Braking3rd+1.8 M96.46%
Wet Handling4th+0.72 s98.97%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise5th+0.6 dB99.18%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.28 kg / t95.02%
Short braking distance, high lateral stability and good handling on wet surfaces.
Relatively long braking distance and insufficient dry handling, highest fuel consumption.

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3rd: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1 M97.19%
Dry Handling3rd+0.48 s99.56%
Wet Braking6th+3.4 M93.52%
Wet Handling5th+0.92 s98.69%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.2 Km/H98.57%
Noise3rd+0.2 dB99.72%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.17 kg / t96.91%
Accurate and fast reactions to steering, low noise.
Relatively long braking distance on wet roads.

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3rd: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1 M97.19%
Dry Handling2nd+0.42 s99.61%
Wet Braking4th+2.2 M95.71%
Wet Handling2nd+0.36 s99.48%
Straight Aqua4th-2.1 Km/H97.5%
Noise3rd+0.2 dB99.72%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.24 kg / t95.7%
High lateral stability, quick steering, neutral balance.
High noise levels.

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5th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.3 M96.38%
Dry Handling7th+0.88 s99.2%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling7th+1.68 s97.64%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.2 Km/H99.76%
Noise7th+1.2 dB98.37%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.23 kg / t95.87%
Excellent braking performance.
Weak lateral stability.

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6th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.7 M95.32%
Dry Handling5th+0.79 s99.28%
Wet Braking5th+2.6 M94.97%
Wet Handling6th+1.63 s97.71%
Straight Aqua5th-2.2 Km/H97.38%
Noise6th+0.8 dB98.9%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.05 kg / t99.07%
Low fuel consumption, high aquaplaning resistance.
Weak lateral stability, understeer and long braking in the dry, elevated noise.

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7th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.9 M97.46%
Dry Handling4th+0.49 s99.55%
Wet Braking7th+4 M92.47%
Wet Handling3rd+0.62 s99.12%
Straight Aqua6th-2.7 Km/H96.79%
Noise1st100%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good handling and grip in the dry and wet, short dry braking distances.
Longest wet braking, low aquaplaning resistance, noise.

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