2021 53 Summer Tyre Braking Test

Dry BrakingHankook Ventus Prime 3 K125: 34.1 MDouble-Coin DC99: 40.5 M
Wet BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 29.6 MDouble-Coin DC99: 51 M
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
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st34.1 M100%
Wet Braking1st29.6 M100%
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2nd: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd34.5 M34.1 M+0.4 M98.84%
Wet Braking3rd29.7 M29.6 M+0.1 M99.66%
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3rd: Kumho Ecsta HS51

Kumho Ecsta HS51
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd34.8 M34.1 M+0.7 M97.99%
Wet Braking5th30.4 M29.6 M+0.8 M97.37%
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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking18th36.5 M34.1 M+2.4 M93.42%
Wet Braking1st29.6 M100%
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5th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th35.8 M34.1 M+1.7 M95.25%
Wet Braking5th30.4 M29.6 M+0.8 M97.37%
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6th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th35.1 M34.1 M+1 M97.15%
Wet Braking11th31.7 M29.6 M+2.1 M93.38%
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7th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th35.4 M34.1 M+1.3 M96.33%
Wet Braking8th31.6 M29.6 M+2 M93.67%
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8th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th35.8 M34.1 M+1.7 M95.25%
Wet Braking7th31.4 M29.6 M+1.8 M94.27%
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9th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th35 M34.1 M+0.9 M97.43%
Wet Braking17th32.2 M29.6 M+2.6 M91.93%
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10th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th35.7 M34.1 M+1.6 M95.52%
Wet Braking8th31.6 M29.6 M+2 M93.67%
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11th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th35.4 M34.1 M+1.3 M96.33%
Wet Braking17th32.2 M29.6 M+2.6 M91.93%
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12th: Semperit Speed Life 3

Semperit Speed Life 3
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking28th37.7 M34.1 M+3.6 M90.45%
Wet Braking4th30 M29.6 M+0.4 M98.67%
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13th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking14th36.1 M34.1 M+2 M94.46%
Wet Braking11th31.7 M29.6 M+2.1 M93.38%
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14th: Kleber Dynaxer HP4

Kleber Dynaxer HP4
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking15th36.2 M34.1 M+2.1 M94.2%
Wet Braking8th31.6 M29.6 M+2 M93.67%
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15th: Nexen N Blue HD+

Nexen N Blue HD Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th35.8 M34.1 M+1.7 M95.25%
Wet Braking16th32.1 M29.6 M+2.5 M92.21%
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16th: Debica Presto HP 2

Debica Presto HP 2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking16th36.3 M34.1 M+2.2 M93.94%
Wet Braking13th31.9 M29.6 M+2.3 M92.79%
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17th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th35.2 M34.1 M+1.1 M96.88%
Wet Braking20th33.2 M29.6 M+3.6 M89.16%
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18th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking20th36.7 M34.1 M+2.6 M92.92%
Wet Braking13th31.9 M29.6 M+2.3 M92.79%
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19th: Uniroyal RainSport 5

Uniroyal RainSport 5
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking24th37.4 M34.1 M+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking15th32 M29.6 M+2.4 M92.5%
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20th: Fulda EcoControl HP2

Fulda EcoControl HP2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking13th36 M34.1 M+1.9 M94.72%
Wet Braking24th33.8 M29.6 M+4.2 M87.57%
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21st: Apollo Alnac 4g

Apollo Alnac 4g
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking21st36.8 M34.1 M+2.7 M92.66%
Wet Braking20th33.2 M29.6 M+3.6 M89.16%
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22nd: Sava Intensa HP2

Sava Intensa HP2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking17th36.4 M34.1 M+2.3 M93.68%
Wet Braking23rd33.7 M29.6 M+4.1 M87.83%
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23rd: Radar RPX800

Radar RPX800
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking39th38.4 M34.1 M+4.3 M88.8%
Wet Braking19th32.5 M29.6 M+2.9 M91.08%
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24th: Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco

Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking22nd37.1 M34.1 M+3 M91.91%
Wet Braking26th34.3 M29.6 M+4.7 M86.3%
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25th: Avon ZV7

Avon ZV7
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking31st37.9 M34.1 M+3.8 M89.97%
Wet Braking26th34.3 M29.6 M+4.7 M86.3%
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26th: Cooper Zeon CS8

Cooper Zeon CS8
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking32nd38 M34.1 M+3.9 M89.74%
Wet Braking29th34.5 M29.6 M+4.9 M85.8%
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27th: Event Futurum HP

Event Futurum HP
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking34th38.1 M34.1 M+4 M89.5%
Wet Braking28th34.4 M29.6 M+4.8 M86.05%
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28th: Zeetex ZT1000

Zeetex ZT1000
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking44th38.6 M34.1 M+4.5 M88.34%
Wet Braking25th33.9 M29.6 M+4.3 M87.32%
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29th: Barum Bravuris 5HM

Barum Bravuris 5HM
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking49th39 M34.1 M+4.9 M87.44%
Wet Braking22nd33.6 M29.6 M+4 M88.1%
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30th: General Altimax One S

General Altimax One S
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking41st38.5 M34.1 M+4.4 M88.57%
Wet Braking30th34.6 M29.6 M+5 M85.55%
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31st: Hifly HF201

Hifly HF201
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking34th38.1 M34.1 M+4 M89.5%
Wet Braking31st35.3 M29.6 M+5.7 M83.85%
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32nd: Imperial Ecodriver 5

Imperial Ecodriver 5
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking23rd37.3 M34.1 M+3.2 M91.42%
Wet Braking33rd36.1 M29.6 M+6.5 M81.99%
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33rd: Wanli SA302 Sport Macro

Wanli SA302 Sport Macro
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking24th37.4 M34.1 M+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking35th36.2 M29.6 M+6.6 M81.77%
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34th: Leao Nova Force HP

Leao Nova Force HP
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking24th37.4 M34.1 M+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking36th36.5 M29.6 M+6.9 M81.1%
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35th: Petlas Imperium PT515

Petlas Imperium PT515
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking38th38.3 M34.1 M+4.2 M89.03%
Wet Braking32nd35.9 M29.6 M+6.3 M82.45%
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36th: Viking Protech Newgen

Viking Protech Newgen
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking34th38.1 M34.1 M+4 M89.5%
Wet Braking33rd36.1 M29.6 M+6.5 M81.99%
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37th: GT Radial Champiro FE1

GT-Radial Champiro FE1
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking32nd38 M34.1 M+3.9 M89.74%
Wet Braking36th36.5 M29.6 M+6.9 M81.1%
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38th: Sailun Atrezzo Elite

Sailun Atrezzo Elite
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking37th38.2 M34.1 M+4.1 M89.27%
Wet Braking39th37.1 M29.6 M+7.5 M79.78%
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39th: Nankang Eco 2+

Nankang Eco 2 Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking28th37.7 M34.1 M+3.6 M90.45%
Wet Braking41st37.9 M29.6 M+8.3 M78.1%
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40th: Austone SP 6 Athena

Austone SP 6 Athena
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking45th38.7 M34.1 M+4.6 M88.11%
Wet Braking40th37.4 M29.6 M+7.8 M79.14%
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41st: Fortuna FSR 602

Fortuna FSR 602
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking51st39.6 M34.1 M+5.5 M86.11%
Wet Braking38th36.7 M29.6 M+7.1 M80.65%
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43rd: Firemax FM601

Firemax FM601
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking41st38.5 M34.1 M+4.4 M88.57%
Wet Braking41st37.9 M29.6 M+8.3 M78.1%
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44th: Alliance 030EX

Alliance 030EX
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking19th36.6 M34.1 M+2.5 M93.17%
Wet Braking50th40.3 M29.6 M+10.7 M73.45%
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45th: Seiberling Seiberling Touring 2

Seiberling Seiberling Touring 2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking45th38.7 M34.1 M+4.6 M88.11%
Wet Braking43rd38.2 M29.6 M+8.6 M77.49%
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46th: Aplus A606

Aplus A606
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking24th37.4 M34.1 M+3.3 M91.18%
Wet Braking47th39.6 M29.6 M+10 M74.75%
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46th: Riken Road Performance

Riken Road Performance
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking30th37.8 M34.1 M+3.7 M90.21%
Wet Braking49th39.7 M29.6 M+10.1 M74.56%
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47th: Powertrac City Tour

Powertrac City Tour
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking41st38.5 M34.1 M+4.4 M88.57%
Wet Braking47th39.6 M29.6 M+10 M74.75%
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48th: Atlas Green HP

Atlas Green HP
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking47th38.8 M34.1 M+4.7 M87.89%
Wet Braking45th39.4 M29.6 M+9.8 M75.13%
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49th: Tomket Sport 3 Series 3

Tomket Sport 3 Series 3
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking49th39 M34.1 M+4.9 M87.44%
Wet Braking44th39.2 M29.6 M+9.6 M75.51%
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50th: Antares Ingens A1

Antares Ingens A1
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking52nd39.8 M34.1 M+5.7 M85.68%
Wet Braking46th39.5 M29.6 M+9.9 M74.94%
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51st: Achilles ATR Sport 2

Achilles ATR Sport 2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking39th38.4 M34.1 M+4.3 M88.8%
Wet Braking51st41 M29.6 M+11.4 M72.2%
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52nd: Maxtrek MAXIMUS M1

Maxtrek MAXIMUS M1
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking48th38.9 M34.1 M+4.8 M87.66%
Wet Braking52nd45.9 M29.6 M+16.3 M64.49%
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53rd: Double Coin DC99

Double-Coin DC99
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking53rd40.5 M34.1 M+6.4 M84.2%
Wet Braking53rd51 M29.6 M+21.4 M58.04%
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