2020 ViBilagare SUV Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 33.9 M
Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2: 40.1 M
Dry HandlingBridgestone Turanza T005: 66.4 s
Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2: 68.1 s
Wet BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 21.5 M
Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2: 26.3 M
Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 71.59 s
Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2: 78.01 s
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 90.4 Km/H
Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2: 76 Km/H
Subj. ComfortVredestein Ultrac Satin: 4 Points
Pirelli Scorpion Verde: 2 Points
Subj. NoiseVredestein Ultrac Satin: 4 Points
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 2 Points
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 4.97 kg / t
Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2: 5.29 kg / t
The excellent Swedish publication ViBilagare has just released their 2020 summer SUV tyre test. Testing seven of the most popular on-road 225/60 R18 tyres, ViBilagare also included the the mild all-terrain Continental CrossContact LX2 tyre as a very useful benchmark as to how much on-road performance you lose out on by fitting one of the very best mild off-road tyres on the market.

As usual, we'll summarise the important data from the test below, and recommend you head over to the brilliant ViBilagare website for a more in depth look.

Dry

Dry braking was led by the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV, stopping the test BMW X3 0.3 meters ahead of the second placed Bridgestone Turanza T005 and 0.7 meters ahead of the third placed Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5. The premium mild all-terrain tyre was considerably worse than even the worst pure on-road SUV tyre, stopping the vehicle a huge seven meters later than the test winning Michelin.

Dry handling was again led by Bridgestone, Goodyear and Michelin, but this time the Goodyear and Bridgestone SUV tyres had the advantage, tying on a 66.4 second lap time, with Michelin 0.4 seconds behind. Again, the mild all-terrain tyre struggled, early 2 seconds off the pace.

Wet

Wet braking was again won by Michelin, with a more significant advantage over the rest of the tyres than in the dry.

Michelins wet advantage continued to the wet handling and straight aquaplane testing, with Goodyear, Bridgestone and Nokian also performing well in all wet tests. Sadly, the mild off-road tyre didn't perform any better in the wet than it did in the dry, losing all three of the wet tests.

Environment

ViBilagare did an excellent job of rating each tyres subjective comfort rating, which is how the tyre feels and sounds in the cabin, rather than a simple drive by noise test.

All eight tyres were close, but as we've seen in other tests the Nokian Hakka Blue 2 SUV and Vredestein Ultrac Satin both provide excellent levels of comfort while driving on all surfaces. The mild all-terrain tyre finally excelled in a test, matching the very best of the on-road tyres in comfort levels.

The subjective noise test results were close. ViBilagare also tested objective drive-by external noise at two different speeds on two different surfaces, so head over to their website to see the full results.

The rolling resistance testing was also close, but as seen in other tests, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 has an advantage over its premium rivals.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling3rd+0.4 s99.4%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Handling1st0%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise6th-2 Points
Rolling Resistance6th+0.21 kg / t95.95%
Near faultless performance in the dry and wet, good balance, safe driving characteristics.
Steering not as linear as the Bridgestone and Goodyear, a little noise, high price.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M97.98%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking4th+2.1 M91.1%
Wet Handling2nd+0.23 s99.68%
Wet Handling2nd-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua3rd-2.3 Km/H97.46%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.11 kg / t97.83%
Good dry handling, excellent aquaplaning resistance, good wet performance.
Steering not as sharp as the Bridgestone, high price.

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3rd: Nokian Hakka Blue 2 SUV

Nokian Hakka Blue 2 SUV
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+3 M91.87%
Dry Handling4th+0.6 s99.1%
Wet Braking3rd+1.4 M93.89%
Wet Handling4th+1.38 s98.11%
Wet Handling4th-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua2nd-2 Km/H97.79%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance4th+0.13 kg / t97.45%
Very comfortable, low noise, well balanced and easy to drive.
Average dry braking.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M99.12%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+1.2 M94.71%
Wet Handling3rd+1.25 s98.28%
Wet Handling3rd-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua6th-10.4 Km/H88.5%
Subj. Comfort7th-2 Points
Subj. Noise6th-2 Points
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Fun to drive with quick steering response, short dry braking, excellent dry handling, good wet handling, lowest fuel use.
Average aquaplaning resistance, high noise.

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5th: Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Vredestein Ultrac Satin
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+3.2 M91.37%
Dry Handling4th+0.6 s99.1%
Wet Braking6th+3.3 M86.69%
Wet Handling5th+2.92 s96.08%
Wet Handling5th-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua4th-3.2 Km/H96.46%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance5th+0.2 kg / t96.13%
Good aquaplaning resistance, high comfort levels, well priced.
Below average braking performance in the dry and wet.

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6th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde

Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+3 M91.87%
Dry Handling4th+0.6 s99.1%
Wet Braking5th+3 M87.76%
Wet Handling6th+4.61 s93.95%
Wet Handling6th-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua5th-10.2 Km/H88.72%
Subj. Comfort7th-2 Points
Subj. Noise6th-2 Points
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.1 kg / t98.03%
Low fuel consumption, well balanced in the dry.
Poor wet handling with sudden loss of grip, low aquaplaning resistance, poor comfort.

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7th: Nankang AS1

Nankang AS1
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+4.1 M89.21%
Dry Handling7th+1.1 s98.37%
Wet Braking7th+4.1 M83.98%
Wet Handling7th+6.2 s92.03%
Wet Handling7th-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua7th-11.3 Km/H87.5%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Subj. Noise5th-1 Points
Rolling Resistance7th+0.22 kg / t95.76%
Cheap to buy, progressive loss of grip with early warning.
Low grip level in all conditions, with oversteer balance.

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8th: Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2

Continental ContiCrossContact LX 2
  • 225/60 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+6.2 M84.54%
Dry Handling8th+1.7 s97.5%
Wet Braking8th+4.8 M81.75%
Wet Handling8th+6.42 s91.77%
Wet Handling8th-71.59 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua8th-14.4 Km/H84.07%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise1st
Rolling Resistance8th+0.32 kg / t93.95%
High levels of comfort, the grip releases progressively with early warning
[Tested against on-road tyres]Generally a lower level of grip compared to on-road specific tyres, poor steering feedback.

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