2019 Swedish Summer Tyre Test

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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.6 M97.53%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking2nd+0.1 M99.63%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua1st100%
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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.58%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking4th+0.3 M98.91%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua12th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M97.93%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking6th+0.7 M97.48%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua4th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+0.8 M96.73%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking7th+0.8 M97.13%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-1 Points
Straight Aqua10th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking3rd+0.2 M99.27%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-3 Points
Straight Aqua6th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.58%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua8th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.7 M97.13%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking4th+0.3 M98.91%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua1st100%
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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+0.9 M96.34%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking10th+1.4 M95.09%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-3 Points
Straight Aqua7th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+0.9 M96.34%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking11th+1.5 M94.76%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua9th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1 M95.95%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-3 Points
Wet Braking9th+1.3 M95.42%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-3 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking12th+2.1 M91.86%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-3 Points
Wet Braking8th+1.1 M96.1%
Subj. Wet Handling12th-4 Points
Straight Aqua5th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+1.4 M94.42%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-3 Points
Wet Braking12th+2.1 M92.81%
Subj. Wet Handling12th-4 Points
Straight Aqua11th-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
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+2.5 M90.46%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-3 Points
Wet Braking13th+2.7 M90.94%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-3 Points
Straight Aqua12th-6.5 Km/H92.24%
None mentioned.
Poor dry and wet grip, high rolling resistance.

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