2019 Swedish Summer Tyre Test

Dry BrakingHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 23.7 MNankang Sportnex AS2 Plus: 26.2 M
Subj. Dry HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 10 PointsMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 7 Points
Wet BrakingMichelin Primacy 4: 27.1 MNankang Sportnex AS2 Plus: 29.8 M
Subj. Wet HandlingNokian Hakka Blue 2: 10 PointsMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 6 Points
Straight AquaFalken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 83.8 Km/HNankang Sportnex AS2 Plus: 77.3 Km/H
The Swedish news paper Aftonbladet have tested thirteen 205/55 R16 touring summer tyres using a VW Passat.

Sadly the data is a little lacking in this test, but as the driving was done by the experts at Test World, you can be sure it was a proper tyre test.

Points of interest? Well, we don't get the Nokian Hakka Blue 2 in Europe, we do get the Nokian WetProof instead, and while the Michelin CrossClimate+ finished in eleventh place overall, you can be sure it performed significantly better than any other siped all season tyre with snow capabilities.

Full details of the test below!

Dry

Wet

Results

1st: Nokian Hakka Blue 2

Nokian Hakka Blue 2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th24.3 M23.7 M+0.6 M97.53%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd9 Points10 Points-1 Points90%
Wet Braking2nd27.2 M27.1 M+0.1 M99.63%
Subj. Wet Handling1st10 Points100%
Straight Aqua1st83.8 Km/H100%
Good dry and wet handling, high levels of stability in the dry and wet, high aquaplaning resistance.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd23.8 M23.7 M+0.1 M99.58%
Subj. Dry Handling1st10 Points100%
Wet Braking4th27.4 M27.1 M+0.3 M98.91%
Subj. Wet Handling1st10 Points100%
Straight Aqua12th77.3 Km/H83.8 Km/H-6.5 Km/H92.24%
Excellent steering response and good wet stability, the best dry grip and handling.
Reduced aquaplaning resistance.

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3rd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th24.2 M23.7 M+0.5 M97.93%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd9 Points10 Points-1 Points90%
Wet Braking6th27.8 M27.1 M+0.7 M97.48%
Subj. Wet Handling4th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua4th83 Km/H83.8 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.05%
Good wet handling and grip, balanced in the dry, high aquaplaning resistance.
None mentioned.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th24.5 M23.7 M+0.8 M96.73%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd9 Points10 Points-1 Points90%
Wet Braking7th27.9 M27.1 M+0.8 M97.13%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd9 Points10 Points-1 Points90%
Straight Aqua10th78.9 Km/H83.8 Km/H-4.9 Km/H94.15%
Good wet handling.
In hot weather, the tyres quickly stop the car on a wet surface, but as the temperature decreases, the braking distance becomes noticeably longer. Dry grip a little weak.

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4th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st23.7 M100%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd9 Points10 Points-1 Points90%
Wet Braking3rd27.3 M27.1 M+0.2 M99.27%
Subj. Wet Handling8th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Straight Aqua6th81.6 Km/H83.8 Km/H-2.2 Km/H97.37%
High braking performance, good handling on dry surfaces, including when making an emergency maneuver.
High rolling resistance, average wet handling.

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6th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd23.8 M23.7 M+0.1 M99.58%
Subj. Dry Handling6th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Wet Braking1st27.1 M100%
Subj. Wet Handling4th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua8th80.8 Km/H83.8 Km/H-3 Km/H96.42%
Short wet braking in warm and cool temperatures, low rolling resistance.
Average wet handling, understeer in the dry.

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7th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th24.4 M23.7 M+0.7 M97.13%
Subj. Dry Handling6th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Wet Braking4th27.4 M27.1 M+0.3 M98.91%
Subj. Wet Handling4th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua1st83.8 Km/H100%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances in the wet.
Slight oversteer in the dry, high rolling resistance.

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8th: Vredestein Sportrac 5

Vredestein Sportrac 5
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th24.6 M23.7 M+0.9 M96.34%
Subj. Dry Handling6th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Wet Braking10th28.5 M27.1 M+1.4 M95.09%
Subj. Wet Handling8th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Straight Aqua7th81.3 Km/H83.8 Km/H-2.5 Km/H97.02%
Acceptable dry handling.
Long braking distances and nervous handling in the wet. Long dry braking.

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9th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th24.6 M23.7 M+0.9 M96.34%
Subj. Dry Handling6th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Wet Braking11th28.6 M27.1 M+1.5 M94.76%
Subj. Wet Handling4th8 Points10 Points-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua9th79 Km/H83.8 Km/H-4.8 Km/H94.27%
Short wet braking when warm, good dry balance.
Poor wet handling, long cold wet braking, high rolling resistance.

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9th: Sava intensa hp

Sava intensa hp
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th24.7 M23.7 M+1 M95.95%
Subj. Dry Handling10th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Wet Braking9th28.4 M27.1 M+1.3 M95.42%
Subj. Wet Handling8th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Straight Aqua3rd83.6 Km/H83.8 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.76%
High aquaplaning resistance.
Poor dry and wet handling.

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11th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking12th25.8 M23.7 M+2.1 M91.86%
Subj. Dry Handling10th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Wet Braking8th28.2 M27.1 M+1.1 M96.1%
Subj. Wet Handling12th6 Points10 Points-4 Points60%
Straight Aqua5th82.5 Km/H83.8 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.45%
Short braking wet distance when cold, low rolling resistance.
Expensive, average handling in the dry and wet.

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12th: Radar RPX800

Radar RPX800
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking11th25.1 M23.7 M+1.4 M94.42%
Subj. Dry Handling10th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Wet Braking12th29.2 M27.1 M+2.1 M92.81%
Subj. Wet Handling12th6 Points10 Points-4 Points60%
Straight Aqua11th78.6 Km/H83.8 Km/H-5.2 Km/H93.79%
Short wet braking when cold.
Poor dry and wet handling.

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13th: Nankang Sportnex AS2+

Nankang Sportnex AS2 Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking13th26.2 M23.7 M+2.5 M90.46%
Subj. Dry Handling10th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Wet Braking13th29.8 M27.1 M+2.7 M90.94%
Subj. Wet Handling8th7 Points10 Points-3 Points70%
Straight Aqua12th77.3 Km/H83.8 Km/H-6.5 Km/H92.24%
None mentioned.
Poor dry and wet grip, high rolling resistance.

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