2019 SUV 4x4 Summer Tyre Test

The 2019 Auto Bild AllRad SUV tyre test tested ten 225/55 R17 tyre patterns using BMW X3, covering dry, wet, gravel, mud and grass performance! 

As with other tests in 2019, the gap between the best and worst tyres on test is getting ever smaller, and while the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 took another win, three tyres were awarded the second place slot!

The Continental PremiumContact 6, Hankook Ventus Prime 3 and Nokian PowerProof all were deemed "exemplary" buy Auto Bild, with each tyre having a slightly different balance of performance overall, but all equally as recommended.

This is a data heavy test so full information can be found below, but it's worth noting nearly any of the top six placed tyres would be excellent purchases in 2019. Check the results from each test carefully, and decide which tyre best suits your own personal requirements.

 

Dry

The Continental PremiumContact 6 proved to be the best in the dry, placing top in the dry braking and dry handling tests. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 placed a close second, with the Hankook third overall.

Wet

In the wet the Goodyear proved to be the best tyre, but the Nokian Powerproof was excellent during the wet handling test.

All ten tyres were extremely close during the aquaplaning testing.

Off-road

Off-road testing is extremely difficult to conduct, and the results of these tests seemed to show no real trends.

The Nokian Powerproof was fastest during gravel handling, but only eighth overall for gravel traction, while the winning Hankook in the gravel traction test was slowest round the gravel handling lap!

There doesn't seem to be any correlation between gravel, grass and mud traction results.

Environment

As proven before, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 has extremely low rolling resistance.

The budget CST proved to be the quietest tyre on test, with the Hankook also scoring well.

The Continental PremiumContact 6 was the most expensive tyre to buy.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M98.27%
Dry Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H99.33%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H99.44%
Straight Aqua7th-1.8 Km/H97.8%
Gravel Handling5th-1.5 Km/H97.77%
Gravel Traction3rd-376 N96.2%
Grass Traction1st100%
Mud Traction4th-211 N92.26%
Noise3rd+0.8 dB98.77%
Price8th+220 55.1%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.13 kg / t87%
Excellent handling, precise steering response and very short stopping distances on dry and wet roads.
None mentioned.
Test winner.

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2nd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.6 M98.74%
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H99.44%
Straight Aqua8th-3.8 Km/H95.37%
Gravel Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.7%
Gravel Traction10th-1462 N85.24%
Grass Traction6th-782 N91.81%
Mud Traction10th-495 N81.83%
Noise8th+2.9 dB95.68%
Price10th+280 49.09%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.83 kg / t90.11%
Excellent dry handling, very short wet and dry braking.
Poor grip in gravel and dirt.
Exemplary.

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2nd: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M98.27%
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H99.24%
Wet Braking3rd+1.6 M96.7%
Wet Handling6th-2 Km/H97.77%
Straight Aqua8th-3.8 Km/H95.37%
Gravel Handling10th-2.4 Km/H96.44%
Gravel Traction1st100%
Grass Traction2nd-86 N99.1%
Mud Traction6th-305 N88.81%
Noise2nd+0.6 dB99.07%
Price6th+165 62.07%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.62 kg / t82.35%
Good dry handling, good wet and dry braking, good off road, best price / performance ratio.
None mentioned.
Exemplary.

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2nd: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.5 M95.77%
Dry Handling6th-1.3 Km/H98.76%
Wet Braking6th+4.3 M91.6%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua5th-0.9 Km/H98.9%
Gravel Handling1st100%
Gravel Traction8th-1118 N88.71%
Grass Traction3rd-246 N97.42%
Mud Traction5th-300 N88.99%
Noise9th+3.2 dB95.25%
Price7th+205 56.84%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.02 kg / t88.11%
Good performance on all types of surfaces, very good handling on gravel and wet asphalt.
Increased noise.
Exemplary.

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5th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.6 M95.51%
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H99.24%
Wet Braking5th+4 M92.14%
Wet Handling4th-1 Km/H98.89%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Gravel Handling4th-1.1 Km/H98.37%
Gravel Traction4th-416 N95.8%
Grass Traction9th-1480 N84.5%
Mud Traction2nd-154 N94.35%
Noise6th+1.9 dB97.13%
Price2nd+50 84.38%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.82 kg / t80.6%
Great aquaplaning resistance, good handling on dry and wet roads.
Weak grip on grass and sand.
Exemplary.

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6th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.7 M95.24%
Dry Handling8th-1.9 Km/H98.19%
Wet Braking4th+3 M93.99%
Wet Handling5th-1.4 Km/H98.44%
Straight Aqua6th-1 Km/H98.78%
Gravel Handling6th-1.8 Km/H97.33%
Gravel Traction7th-841 N91.51%
Grass Traction10th-1561 N83.65%
Mud Traction9th-330 N87.89%
Noise9th+3.2 dB95.25%
Price8th+220 55.1%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good handling in almost any environment, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Weak grip on grass.
Exemplary.

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7th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3.1 M91.64%
Dry Handling5th-0.9 Km/H99.14%
Wet Braking8th+5.7 M89.16%
Wet Handling7th-2.1 Km/H97.66%
Straight Aqua4th-0.6 Km/H99.27%
Gravel Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction5th-660 N93.33%
Grass Traction8th-1024 N89.28%
Mud Traction8th-318 N88.33%
Noise5th+1.3 dB98.02%
Price4th+105 72%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.62 kg / t82.35%
Good handling on gravel and in the dry, high aquaplaning resistance.
Poor wet handling.
Good.

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8th: Nexen N Fera RU1

Nexen N Fera RU1
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.5 M93.15%
Dry Handling7th-1.8 Km/H98.28%
Wet Braking7th+5.4 M89.67%
Wet Handling8th-2.2 Km/H97.55%
Straight Aqua10th-4.2 Km/H94.88%
Gravel Handling8th-2.1 Km/H96.88%
Gravel Traction2nd-310 N96.87%
Grass Traction7th-829 N91.32%
Mud Traction7th-315 N88.44%
Noise6th+1.9 dB97.13%
Price3rd+80 77.14%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.68 kg / t73.83%
Acceptable handling on dry and wet roads, high grip on sand and gravel.
Long wet braking, highest rolling resistance.
Good.

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9th: Cooper Zeon CS8

Cooper Zeon CS8
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+3.5 M90.67%
Dry Handling10th-2.4 Km/H97.71%
Wet Braking9th+7.8 M85.74%
Wet Handling9th-3 Km/H96.66%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H99.39%
Gravel Handling7th-2 Km/H97.03%
Gravel Traction6th-760 N92.32%
Grass Traction4th-669 N92.99%
Mud Traction3rd-183 N93.28%
Noise4th+1 dB98.47%
Price5th+130 67.5%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.23 kg / t86.01%
Good dry grip.
Poor wet handling, grip and long wet braking distances.
Conditionally Recommended.

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10th: CST Medallion MD A1

CST Medallion MD A1
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+3.8 M89.95%
Dry Handling9th-2.2 Km/H97.9%
Wet Braking10th+13.3 M77.91%
Wet Handling10th-5.1 Km/H94.32%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H99.39%
Gravel Handling9th-2.3 Km/H96.59%
Gravel Traction9th-1323 N86.64%
Grass Traction5th-712 N92.54%
Mud Traction1st100%
Noise1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.18 kg / t86.5%
Low noise, excellent in the mud.
Dangerously long wet braking distances, poor wet handling, high levels of understeer in the dry.
Not Recommended.

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