2020 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test

Following on from the fifty tyre braking shootout, Auto Bild have more thoroughly tested the best twenty 245/45 R18 summer tyres using a RWD BMW 5 Series.

The top three tyres should come as no surprise, with Continental, Goodyear and Michelin proving to be the most rounded tyres across all the testing. 

The Continental Premium Contact 6 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 tied for first place. As we found with our video comparison, both the Continental and Goodyear tyres offer sporty handling, good levels of grip in the dry and wet, and good comfort levels. Both tyres also topped the wear test, and when combined with their reasonable purchase price, offered some of the best value on test.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was a close third, and like the Continental and Goodyear provided to have an excellent rounded performance in all conditions. One thing worth noting, he Michelin had significantly worse wear than the Contiental and Goodyear, which when combined with the most expensive purchase price on test, meant the French tyre offered the worst value. An unusual situation for a Michelin tyre.

Other notable performances again come from Vredestein and its parent company Apollo in fourth and fifth place, while Nexen and Falken round out the list of "highly recommended" tyres in sixth and seventh. 

Dry

Michelin had its usual dry braking advantage, stopping nearly a meter shorter than any other tyre. 

Michelin's dry braking advantage could not be carried over to dry handling, with the Vredestien Ultrac Vorti proving to be best on test.

Wet

Bridgestone highlight their wet grip improvements to the S001, winning the wet braking testing.

Bridgestone continued the wet advantage through to the wet handling test.

Michelin took a second test win, proving best during the straight aquaplaning testing.

Wear

Continental has again shown to have the lowest wear on test, with Goodyear and Falken extremely close behind.

 Thanks to the excellent wear and reasonable purchase prices, the Falken, Goodyear and Continental prove to be the value of all twenty tyres.

Environment

The Fulda SportControl 2 had the lowest rolling resistance on test, with the Bridgestone having the highest by a margin.

The noise testing was relatively close, with the Nexen having the quietest pass-by noise levels.

The budget Zeetex tyre was the cheapest on test, but also the worst overall.

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M96.69%
Dry Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.83%
Wet Braking5th+2.3 M95.13%
Wet Handling6th-1.6 Km/H97.86%
Straight Aqua15th-5.5 Km/H94.45%
Noise19th+2.5 dB96.6%
Wear1st100%
Value3rd+0.91 Price/100092.9%
Price19th+275 52.17%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.5 kg / t93.45%
Balanced driving behavior at a high level. Dynamic handling with precise steering, short braking distances, best wear on test, low fuel use.
None mentioned.
Exemplary.

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1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M96.69%
Dry Handling5th-0.8 Km/H99.32%
Wet Braking9th+3.2 M93.35%
Wet Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.6%
Straight Aqua14th-5.2 Km/H94.75%
Noise15th+1.8 dB97.53%
Wear2nd-5837 Km87%
Value2nd+0.39 Price/100096.83%
Price12th+180 62.5%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.42 kg / t94.44%
Sporty handling tyres in the wet and dry, precise steering, short braking distances, very good mileage, affordable price.
None mentioned.
Exemplary.

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3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H99.49%
Wet Braking4th+1.6 M96.56%
Wet Handling9th-2.7 Km/H96.38%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise14th+1.5 dB97.93%
Wear5th-11674 Km74%
Value20th+8.11 Price/100059.47%
Price20th+365 45.11%
Rolling Resistance12th+0.96 kg / t88.13%
Sporty steering behaviour, excellent driving dynamics, good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances.
Expensive.
Exemplary.

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4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.3 M96.11%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking12th+4 M91.82%
Wet Handling10th-3.1 Km/H95.84%
Straight Aqua8th-3.6 Km/H96.37%
Noise15th+1.8 dB97.53%
Wear7th-12572 Km72%
Value7th+2.17 Price/100084.58%
Price7th+155 65.93%
Rolling Resistance19th+2.03 kg / t77.84%
Good grip and excellent handling in the dry and wet, precise steering, good aquaplaning resistance, well priced.
High rolling resistance.
Exemplary.

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5th: Apollo Aspire XP

Apollo Aspire XP
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M92.51%
Dry Handling9th-1.6 Km/H98.63%
Wet Braking6th+2.4 M94.93%
Wet Handling11th-4 Km/H94.64%
Straight Aqua5th-2.5 Km/H97.48%
Noise2nd+0.2 dB99.72%
Wear5th-11674 Km74%
Value5th+1.19 Price/100090.91%
Price3rd+135 68.97%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.3 kg / t95.96%
Good handling, short braking distances, low wear, good price / wear ratio.
None mentioned.
Exemplary.

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6th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M96.69%
Dry Handling9th-1.6 Km/H98.63%
Wet Braking11th+3.4 M92.96%
Wet Handling13th-4.6 Km/H93.83%
Straight Aqua13th-4.1 Km/H95.86%
Noise1st100%
Wear9th-14817 Km67%
Value8th+3.22 Price/100078.7%
Price7th+155 65.93%
Rolling Resistance17th+1.85 kg / t79.4%
Safe driving behavior in the dry and wet,short braking distances, low noise, good comfort.
High rolling resistance.
Exemplary.

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7th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking19th+3.9 M89.17%
Dry Handling15th-2.2 Km/H98.12%
Wet Braking8th+3.1 M93.54%
Wet Handling16th-5.4 Km/H92.76%
Straight Aqua8th-3.6 Km/H96.37%
Noise8th+1.1 dB98.47%
Wear2nd-5837 Km87%
Value1st100%
Price10th+165 64.52%
Rolling Resistance15th+1.32 kg / t84.38%
Safe handling, short wet braking distances, low noise, low wear, very good price / performance ratio.
None mentioned.
Exemplary.

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8th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.8 M97.57%
Dry Handling8th-1.1 Km/H99.06%
Wet Braking3rd+0.5 M98.9%
Wet Handling3rd-0.7 Km/H99.06%
Straight Aqua17th-6.4 Km/H93.54%
Noise17th+2.2 dB96.99%
Wear13th-17511 Km61%
Value14th+5.63 Price/100067.88%
Price12th+180 62.5%
Rolling Resistance9th+0.64 kg / t91.76%
Good handling and short braking in the wet and dry, precise steering.
Average wear.
Good.

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9th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M93.59%
Dry Handling9th-1.6 Km/H98.63%
Wet Braking9th+3.2 M93.35%
Wet Handling7th-2.3 Km/H96.92%
Straight Aqua5th-2.5 Km/H97.48%
Noise17th+2.2 dB96.99%
Wear13th-17511 Km61%
Value11th+4.71 Price/100071.64%
Price7th+155 65.93%
Rolling Resistance10th+0.7 kg / t91.06%
Well priced tyres with balanced behavior in the wet and dry. good aquaplaning resistance.
Average wear.
Good.

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9th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.1 M93.86%
Dry Handling13th-2 Km/H98.29%
Wet Braking14th+4.6 M90.71%
Wet Handling12th-4.1 Km/H94.5%
Straight Aqua19th-7.4 Km/H92.53%
Noise5th+0.5 dB99.3%
Wear13th-17511 Km61%
Value18th+8 Price/100059.8%
Price17th+245 55.05%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Stable driving in the wet, short dry braking distances, good comfort, low rolling resistance.
Average wear, high price.
Good.

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11th: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.4 M95.82%
Dry Handling12th-1.7 Km/H98.55%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua7th-3.3 Km/H96.67%
Noise20th+2.6 dB96.47%
Wear11th-17062 Km62%
Value19th+8.04 Price/100059.68%
Price18th+255 54.05%
Rolling Resistance20th+2.69 kg / t72.61%
A wet specialist with a good balance and safe handling properties, good aquaplaning reserves, short braking distances.
Average wear, high rolling resistance.
Satisfactory.

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12th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+2.6 M92.51%
Dry Handling5th-0.8 Km/H99.32%
Wet Braking6th+2.4 M94.93%
Wet Handling8th-2.5 Km/H96.65%
Straight Aqua10th-3.7 Km/H96.27%
Noise11th+1.2 dB98.34%
Wear16th-18858 Km58%
Value13th+5 Price/100070.41%
Price4th+140 68.18%
Rolling Resistance13th+1.02 kg / t87.48%
Convincing performance on wet and dry roads, short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance, good price.
Average wear.
Satisfactory.

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13th: Laufenn S Fit EQ+

Laufenn S Fit EQ Plus
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.9 M94.41%
Dry Handling7th-0.9 Km/H99.23%
Wet Braking18th+6.1 M88.04%
Wet Handling17th-5.7 Km/H92.36%
Straight Aqua12th-3.9 Km/H96.06%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.58%
Wear11th-17062 Km62%
Value10th+4.09 Price/100074.42%
Price6th+145 67.42%
Rolling Resistance8th+0.52 kg / t93.2%
Sporty handling qualities, good dry grip, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the wet, average wear.
Satisfactory.

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14th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+2.2 M93.59%
Dry Handling16th-2.4 Km/H97.95%
Wet Braking19th+6.7 M87.02%
Wet Handling18th-5.8 Km/H92.23%
Straight Aqua16th-5.9 Km/H94.05%
Noise8th+1.1 dB98.47%
Wear10th-15266 Km66%
Value12th+4.97 Price/100070.54%
Price16th+200 60%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.27 kg / t96.35%
Good lateral grip, short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Understeer handling and long wet braking.
Satisfactory.

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15th: Kleber Dynaxer UHP

Kleber Dynaxer UHP
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2 M94.13%
Dry Handling18th-2.8 Km/H97.61%
Wet Braking16th+5.6 M88.91%
Wet Handling19th-5.9 Km/H92.09%
Straight Aqua18th-6.6 Km/H93.34%
Noise11th+1.2 dB98.34%
Wear8th-13021 Km71%
Value9th+3.31 Price/100078.24%
Price14th+184 61.98%
Rolling Resistance11th+0.81 kg / t89.8%
Short dry braking, low wear, low rolling resistance, low price.
Average wet performance.
Satisfactory.

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16th: Uniroyal RainSport 3

Uniroyal RainSport 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking18th+3.6 M89.92%
Dry Handling19th-3.3 Km/H97.18%
Wet Braking17th+5.7 M88.74%
Wet Handling20th-6.9 Km/H90.75%
Straight Aqua11th-3.8 Km/H96.17%
Noise7th+0.8 dB98.89%
Wear4th-8980 Km80%
Value6th+1.88 Price/100086.36%
Price15th+195 60.61%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.43 kg / t94.31%
Low wear, low rolling resistance.
Understeer handling, slow steering in the wet.
Satisfactory.

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17th: Kumho Ecsta PS71

Kumho Ecsta PS71
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking16th+2.8 M91.98%
Dry Handling17th-2.7 Km/H97.69%
Wet Braking2nd+0.4 M99.12%
Wet Handling5th-1.4 Km/H98.12%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H99.39%
Noise13th+1.4 dB98.07%
Wear20th-22450 Km50%
Value16th+7.25 Price/100062.14%
Price2nd+130 69.77%
Rolling Resistance18th+1.92 kg / t78.78%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking.
Understeer in the dry, average wear, high fuel use.
Conditionally Recommended.

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18th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+2.7 M92.24%
Dry Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.4%
Wet Braking20th+7.3 M86.02%
Wet Handling4th-1.3 Km/H98.26%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.9 Km/H98.08%
Noise8th+1.1 dB98.47%
Wear18th-21552 Km52%
Value15th+6.95 Price/100063.13%
Price4th+140 68.18%
Rolling Resistance16th+1.73 kg / t80.47%
Sport handling, good aquaplaning safety, short braking distances.
Long wet braking, high wear.
Conditionally Recommended.

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19th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking17th+3.3 M90.68%
Dry Handling14th-2.1 Km/H98.21%
Wet Braking13th+4.3 M91.26%
Wet Handling14th-5 Km/H93.3%
Straight Aqua4th-2.4 Km/H97.58%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.58%
Wear17th-21103 Km53%
Value17th+7.85 Price/100060.25%
Price11th+170 63.83%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.17 kg / t85.9%
High aquaplaning resistance, short wet and dry braking distances.
Understeer in the wet, poor wear.
Conditionally Recommended.

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20th: Zeetex HP2000 vfm

Zeetex HP2000 vfm
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking19th+3.9 M89.17%
Dry Handling20th-4.5 Km/H96.15%
Wet Braking15th+4.8 M90.34%
Wet Handling15th-5.1 Km/H93.16%
Straight Aqua20th-8.4 Km/H91.52%
Noise6th+0.7 dB99.02%
Wear18th-21552 Km52%
Value4th+0.95 Price/100092.61%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.21 kg / t97.14%
Short wet and dry braking distances, low price, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance, high wear.
Conditionally Recommended.

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