2020 EVO UHP Summer Tyre Test

Every year, the British publication EVO Magazine conduct a UHP summer tyre test, with this years test covering the hugely popular 235/35 R19 tyre size, on a VW Golf GTI. This year, due to travel restrictions, the handling testing was conducted at MIRA in the UK, rather than the Continental facility in Germany.

The EVO summer tyre tests are particularly interesting as they're one of the few publications to really dig into the subjective handling of each tyre on test, as what good is a fast tyre if it's no fun to drive? This means, much like our own tests, the EVO test can help you understand which tyre will give you not just the best grip, but the most driving enjoyment too.

As always, head over to the EVO website or locate EVO issue Dec 1st, pages 119-126 for the full details, or carry on reading to our summary below.

Dry

As usual, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S had a dry braking advantage, stopping the Golf in a slightly shorter distance than the second placed Continental SportContact 6.

Michelin carried this advantage through to dry handling, where it tied first with the Pirelli P Zero PZ4.

The Michelin also had the best subjective handling and made the lap feel easy, whereas the Pirelli felt great on lap one, but lost its edge on the second lap.

Wet

Michelin once again dominated wet braking, with a significant advantage over the group from 80 km/h.

Pirelli was fastest by nearly a second over the short wet handling lap, with Continental finishing last with the SportContact 6.

The Pirelli was also  the best subjective tyre during wet handling, offering the best of everything, with good grip and balance.

The Michelin Pilot Sport PS4 S took another win in the wet circle test, posting the fastest time around the round track.

 The tyres that struggled during the wet handling lap were also the tyres with the lowest aquaplaning resistance, which isn't uncommon for MIRA.

Environment

Interestingly, the tyre with the best subjective dry handling was also awarded the best subjective comfort. These are usually opposing design requirements.

The Contiental SportContact 6 had the lowest rolling resistance on test, in a very close group. Strangely, the Continental is one of "E" rated tyres for the EU tyre label rolling resistance category, beating all of the "C" rated.

Ignoring the strange price for the Dunlop, the Michelin took its usual position as the most expensive tyre on test. Sadly, EVO didn't conduct any wear testing which is a category Michelin usually excels in, but in recent years Continental and Goodyear have caught up in.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: C/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling4th+0.8 s98.29%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-7.5 Points
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua3rd-2.4 Km/H96.77%
Subj. Comfort1st
Price6th+32 77.46%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.04 kg / t95.19%
The Pilot Sport 4 S was good in the wet and outstanding in the dry, setting the fastest dry lap time and topping our subjective ratings on track and on the road route, where it impressed with superb steering feel and feedback and ride comfort. A great tyre that will improve the feel of your performance car.

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2nd: Continental Sport Contact 6

Continental Sport Contact 6
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: E/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.41%
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s99.05%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1.5 Points
Wet Braking2nd+1.7 M93.86%
Wet Handling7th+2.5 s94.85%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-6 Points
Wet Circle6th+0.21 s98.33%
Straight Aqua7th-2.9 Km/H96.1%
Subj. Comfort2nd-0.5 Points
Price5th+23 82.71%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
The SportContact 6 lacked corner traction in the wet, as is reflected in its slowest wet handling time and bottom-of-the-table aquaplaning results, but it was good elsewhere and subjectively was highly rated in the dry and on the road route for its steering feel, calm poise and decent refinement.

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3rd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: E/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.5 M98.53%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-6 Points
Wet Braking4th+2.7 M90.59%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Wet Circle2nd+0.03 s99.76%
Straight Aqua2nd-2.2 Km/H97.04%
Subj. Comfort4th-2.5 Points
Price3rd+14 88.71%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.19 kg / t81.71%
The ‘PZ4’ P Zero was outstanding in the wet, setting the fastest time and feeling the most connected and grippy on the wet circuit, which it backed up with strong aquaplaning performances. It lacked the steering feel and feedback of the best but was good in the dry too, setting the equal fastest lap time.

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4th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: C/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.9 M94.65%
Dry Handling6th+0.8 s98.49%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-7 Points
Wet Braking5th+2.8 M90.28%
Wet Handling2nd+0.7 s98.5%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-5.5 Points
Wet Circle4th+0.15 s98.8%
Straight Aqua4th-2.6 Km/H96.51%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1.5 Points
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.06 kg / t92.95%
A great result for the Powerproof. It’s not the most tactile or the sharpest steering here but it delivered strong performances in the wet, including equal second fastest on the wet track and good aquaplaning resistance. This it combines with decent everyday refinement and good value.

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5th: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: E/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.1 M96.83%
Dry Handling3rd+0.35 s99.33%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-4 Points
Wet Braking3rd+2 M92.86%
Wet Handling2nd+0.7 s98.5%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-6.5 Points
Wet Circle2nd+0.03 s99.76%
Straight Aqua6th-2.8 Km/H96.24%
Subj. Comfort6th-3 Points
Price4th+19 85.27%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.09 kg / t90.62%
The Eagle F1 SuperSport had steering feel and feedback as good as the best, helping it achieve strong dry results. It delivered good objective wet performances too, but while its steering was outstanding its refinement was less good: on poor surfaces it was noisy and bumpy.

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6th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: C/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+2 M94.38%
Dry Handling7th+0.95 s98.21%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-7 Points
Wet Braking7th+4.1 M86.38%
Wet Handling5th+1.2 s97.46%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-3.5 Points
Wet Circle4th+0.15 s98.8%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort4th-2.5 Points
Price7th+40 73.33%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.01 kg / t98.93%
By far the best in aquaplaning, the Sport Maxx RT2 was also highly rated on the wet handling circuit. It wasn’t as impressive in the dry though, being marginally the slowest on track and middle-ranked subjectively, and also marked down on the road for a lack of feel and refinement.

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7th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 235/35 R19
  • EU Label: E/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.5 M93.07%
Dry Handling3rd+0.35 s99.33%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-9.5 Points
Wet Braking6th+3.6 M87.84%
Wet Handling6th+2 s95.83%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-7 Points
Wet Circle7th+0.32 s97.48%
Straight Aqua5th-2.7 Km/H96.37%
Subj. Comfort6th-3 Points
Price2nd+9 92.44%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.15 kg / t85.06%
The Ultra Vorti is a decent tyre that showed well in the aquaplaning tests and set a good lap time on the dry circuit too. It was at or near the bottom of the table in many tests, though, and subjectively was noisy and lacked the connection of the best. It’s worth noting that an updated version is due in the new year.

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