2021 53 Summer Tyre Braking Test

Without fail, each year German publication Auto Bild provides the most comprehensive overview of the summer tyre market by testing a huge amount of tyres ability in the dry and wet, in order to work out which twenty tyres deserve to be tested in their full summer tyre test.

For 2021, Auto Bild have tested 53 tyres in the most popular tyre size in Europe, 205/55 R16.

All 53 sets of tyres have their wet and dry braking results below, with the shortest 20 combined braking distances progressing to the full test, which will be on the website shortly.

Of all 53 results, there are some interesting standouts. Firstly, Hankook managed to win BOTH dry and wet braking, which is unusual for a tyre to be best in both categories, while Pirelli and Kumho must have mid-life updated their tyres, as the Cinturato P7 C2 and Kumho Ecsta HS51 have progressed up the order. It will be interesting to see how these three tyres do in the wear testing of the full test.

Fourth to nineth place brings no surprises, but Firestone in tenth place is interesting, as the same tyre just performed really badly in the ADAC 17" test. Perhaps the 16" tyre has an update that hasn't made it to the 17" size yet. There's also new tyre in seventeenth place, the Toyo Proxes Comfort.

As usual, the gap in dry braking (from 62mph) is much smaller than the gap in wet braking (from 50mph.) Just 6 meters covered the best to worse tyres in the dry, but a HUGE 25 meters covering the best to worse in the wet. Even removing the extremely poor performance of the Maxtrek and Double Coin tyres in the wet, there's still 15 meters difference from just 50mph.

If this reminds us of nothing else, make sure you give some thought to wet braking when considering budget tyres...

Dry

Wet

Results

1st: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
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2nd: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.84%
Wet Braking3rd+0.1 M99.66%
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3rd: Kumho Ecsta HS51

Kumho Ecsta HS51
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M97.99%
Wet Braking5th+0.8 M97.37%
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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking18th+2.4 M93.42%
Wet Braking1st100%
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5th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.7 M95.25%
Wet Braking5th+0.8 M97.37%
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6th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1 M97.15%
Wet Braking11th+2.1 M93.38%
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7th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.3 M96.33%
Wet Braking8th+2 M93.67%
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8th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.7 M95.25%
Wet Braking7th+1.8 M94.27%
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9th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.9 M97.43%
Wet Braking17th+2.6 M91.93%
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10th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.6 M95.52%
Wet Braking8th+2 M93.67%
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11th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.3 M96.33%
Wet Braking17th+2.6 M91.93%
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12th: Semperit Speed Life 3

Semperit Speed Life 3
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking28th+3.6 M90.45%
Wet Braking4th+0.4 M98.67%
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13th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking14th+2 M94.46%
Wet Braking11th+2.1 M93.38%
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14th: Kleber Dynaxer HP4

Kleber Dynaxer HP4
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+2.1 M94.2%
Wet Braking8th+2 M93.67%
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15th: Nexen N Blue HD+

Nexen N Blue HD Plus
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.7 M95.25%
Wet Braking16th+2.5 M92.21%
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16th: Debica Presto HP 2

Debica Presto HP 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking16th+2.2 M93.94%
Wet Braking13th+2.3 M92.79%
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17th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.1 M96.88%
Wet Braking20th+3.6 M89.16%
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18th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking20th+2.6 M92.92%
Wet Braking13th+2.3 M92.79%
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19th: Uniroyal RainSport 5

Uniroyal RainSport 5
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking24th+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking15th+2.4 M92.5%
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20th: Fulda EcoControl HP2

Fulda EcoControl HP2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+1.9 M94.72%
Wet Braking24th+4.2 M87.57%
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21st: Apollo Alnac 4g

Apollo Alnac 4g
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking21st+2.7 M92.66%
Wet Braking20th+3.6 M89.16%
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22nd: Sava Intensa HP2

Sava Intensa HP2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking17th+2.3 M93.68%
Wet Braking23rd+4.1 M87.83%
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23rd: Radar RPX800

Radar RPX800
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking39th+4.3 M88.8%
Wet Braking19th+2.9 M91.08%
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24th: Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco

Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking22nd+3 M91.91%
Wet Braking26th+4.7 M86.3%
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25th: Avon ZV7

Avon ZV7
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking31st+3.8 M89.97%
Wet Braking26th+4.7 M86.3%
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26th: Cooper Zeon CS8

Cooper Zeon CS8
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking32nd+3.9 M89.74%
Wet Braking29th+4.9 M85.8%
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27th: Event Futurum HP

Event Futurum HP
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking34th+4 M89.5%
Wet Braking28th+4.8 M86.05%
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28th: Zeetex ZT1000

Zeetex ZT1000
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking44th+4.5 M88.34%
Wet Braking25th+4.3 M87.32%
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29th: Barum Bravuris 5HM

Barum Bravuris 5HM
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking49th+4.9 M87.44%
Wet Braking22nd+4 M88.1%
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30th: General Altimax One S

General Altimax One S
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking41st+4.4 M88.57%
Wet Braking30th+5 M85.55%
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31st: Hifly HF201

Hifly HF201
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking34th+4 M89.5%
Wet Braking31st+5.7 M83.85%
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32nd: Imperial Ecodriver 5

Imperial Ecodriver 5
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking23rd+3.2 M91.42%
Wet Braking33rd+6.5 M81.99%
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33rd: Wanli SA302 Sport Macro

Wanli SA302 Sport Macro
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking24th+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking35th+6.6 M81.77%
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34th: Leao Nova Force HP

Leao Nova Force HP
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking24th+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking36th+6.9 M81.1%
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35th: Petlas Imperium PT515

Petlas Imperium PT515
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking38th+4.2 M89.03%
Wet Braking32nd+6.3 M82.45%
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36th: Viking Protech Newgen

Viking Protech Newgen
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking34th+4 M89.5%
Wet Braking33rd+6.5 M81.99%
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37th: GT Radial Champiro FE1

GT-Radial Champiro FE1
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking32nd+3.9 M89.74%
Wet Braking36th+6.9 M81.1%
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38th: Sailun Atrezzo Elite

Sailun Atrezzo Elite
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking37th+4.1 M89.27%
Wet Braking39th+7.5 M79.78%
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39th: Nankang Eco 2+

Nankang Eco 2 Plus
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking28th+3.6 M90.45%
Wet Braking41st+8.3 M78.1%
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40th: Austone SP 6 Athena

Austone SP 6 Athena
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking45th+4.6 M88.11%
Wet Braking40th+7.8 M79.14%
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41st: Fortuna FSR 602

Fortuna FSR 602
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking51st+5.5 M86.11%
Wet Braking38th+7.1 M80.65%
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43rd: Firemax FM601

Firemax FM601
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking41st+4.4 M88.57%
Wet Braking41st+8.3 M78.1%
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44th: Alliance 030EX

Alliance 030EX
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking19th+2.5 M93.17%
Wet Braking50th+10.7 M73.45%
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45th: Seiberling Seiberling Touring 2

Seiberling Seiberling Touring 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking45th+4.6 M88.11%
Wet Braking43rd+8.6 M77.49%
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46th: Aplus A606

Aplus A606
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking24th+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking47th+10 M74.75%
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46th: Riken Road Performance

Riken Road Performance
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking30th+3.7 M90.21%
Wet Braking49th+10.1 M74.56%
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47th: Powertrac City Tour

Powertrac City Tour
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking41st+4.4 M88.57%
Wet Braking47th+10 M74.75%
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48th: Atlas Green HP

Atlas Green HP
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking47th+4.7 M87.89%
Wet Braking45th+9.8 M75.13%
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49th: Tomket Sport 3 Series 3

Tomket Sport 3 Series 3
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking49th+4.9 M87.44%
Wet Braking44th+9.6 M75.51%
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50th: Antares Ingens A1

Antares Ingens A1
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking52nd+5.7 M85.68%
Wet Braking46th+9.9 M74.94%
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51st: Achilles ATR Sport 2

Achilles ATR Sport 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking39th+4.3 M88.8%
Wet Braking51st+11.4 M72.2%
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52nd: Maxtrek MAXIMUS M1

Maxtrek MAXIMUS M1
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking48th+4.8 M87.66%
Wet Braking52nd+16.3 M64.49%
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53rd: Double Coin DC99

Double-Coin DC99
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking53rd+6.4 M84.2%
Wet Braking53rd+21.4 M58.04%
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