2020 Gute Fahrt SUV Summer Tyre Test

For 2020, the German publication Gute Fahrt has tested eight 215/50 R18 SUV tyres using a VW T-Roc.

As with the 18" test in 2019, Gute Fahrt have chosen not to publish their handling data, instead grading each tyres handling subjectively as "very good", "good" or "satisfying". Sadly as this doesn't really work with how the Tyre Reviews database system is set up, we're representing each of the ratings as a number, with 3 being "very good", 2 "good" and 1 as "satisfying".

With this being a rather unique way of grading tyres, we'll leave you to pick through the data below and make your own conclusions. Gute Fahrt always writes a good piece of text about each of the tyres, so make sure you get to the bottom of the page where you can find the testers notes!

As always, any questions please feel free to ask in the comments.

 

Dry

Wet

Environment

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.53 M98.51%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Wet Circle4th-0.32 m/s96.04%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.7 Km/H99.11%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance7th+0.19 kg / t83.62%
Excellent in the wet, ahead of all the competition, very good dry performance, good comfort levels.
High rolling resistance.
Very good - when water appeared on the track, the goodyear dominated.

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2nd: Continental Sport Contact 5

Continental Sport Contact 5
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+0.26 M99.33%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Wet Circle3rd-0.21 m/s97.4%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.2 Km/H98.47%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise4th-1 Points
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.04 kg / t96.04%
No real weaknesses in the dry or wet handling or braking.
Average aquaplaning resistance, average comfort levels.
Very good - Continental win more tests than any other brand in Europe, and this was apparent with the excellent SportContact 5 even though it has now been replaced by the newer PremiumContact 6.

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3rd: Falken FK510 SUV

Falken FK510 SUV
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.63 M98.23%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+0.12 M99.69%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-1 Points
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua6th-1.4 Km/H98.21%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance6th+0.18 kg / t84.35%
Good handling in all conditions.
High rolling resistance.
Very good - Like Hankook, Falken are moving away from the second tier brands and into the premium category.

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4th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.14 M99.6%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking4th+0.55 M98.6%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-1 Points
Wet Circle5th-0.36 m/s95.55%
Straight Aqua7th-2.3 Km/H97.07%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise4th-1 Points
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Very short dry braking, good in the wet, low rolling resistance.
Poor aquaplaning resistance.
Good - The winter specialist Nokian is now performing well in summer testing!

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5th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7

Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+2.64 M92.99%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking6th+1.27 M96.82%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-1 Points
Wet Circle7th-0.62 m/s92.34%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise4th-1 Points
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.03 kg / t97%
Acceptable handling in all conditions, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Long dry braking, weak lateral stability, high noise level.
Good - A good balance of performance, but not on the level of the best in test.

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5th: Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Vredestein Ultrac Satin
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.91 M92.33%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking5th+0.92 M97.68%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Circle2nd-0.15 m/s98.15%
Straight Aqua4th-1.3 Km/H98.34%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance4th+0.06 kg / t94.17%
High resistance to aquaplaning, short braking distances in the wet, good handling in all conditions, low rolling resistance.
Long dry braking, weak lateral aquaplaning.
Good - A good looking tyre with a good wet performance, but with some drawbacks.

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7th: Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV

Toyo Proxes CF2 SUV
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3.09 M91.89%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-2 Points
Wet Braking8th+2.83 M93.19%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Circle8th-0.8 m/s90.11%
Straight Aqua4th-1.3 Km/H98.34%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise4th-1 Points
Rolling Resistance8th+0.23 kg / t80.83%
Good straight aquaplaning resistance.
Relatively poor grip in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance, average comfort.

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7th: Yokohama BluEarth RV02

Yokohama BluEarth RV02
  • 215/50 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+2.75 M92.72%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-2 Points
Wet Braking7th+1.88 M95.37%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Circle6th-0.54 m/s93.33%
Straight Aqua8th-4.5 Km/H94.26%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise4th-1 Points
Rolling Resistance5th+0.08 kg / t92.38%
Low rolling resistance.
Poor grip in the dry and wet, average comfort.
Satisfactory - low fuel use, but at the cost of grip.

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