2021 ACE / GTU Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
Best tyre for wet roadsFalken Azenis FK510
The best tyre overallNexen N Fera Sport SU2
It seems like every year there's a tyre test that doesn't follow the norm, and this year it's the ACE / ARBÖ / GTÜ summer tyre test. 

The test starts out as a regular summer tyre test, there's nine tyre patterns in the popular 225/45 R17 size, and they tested using a VW Golf which is the standard test car. However, once you get into the results, things get a little confusing.

Firstly, no data is provided by the testers, just a points system which makes an accurate analysis of the results difficult. Secondly, the test gives weighting to the price of the tyres, but doesn't test wear, which means a tyre which is cheap to purchase scores well, even if it has a lower overall value due to high wear.

But strangest of all are the overall results. 

First to third place was the Nexen N'Fera Sport SU2, Nokian WetProof, and the Falken Azenis FK510 and Maxxis Premitra HP5 tied for third. These brands performing well is not unusual, they've been quickly improving for years, however these brands all finishing ahead of Michelin, Continental and Goodyear is very unusual, and Goodyear finishing dead last with the new EfficientGrip Performance 2, which won the Tyre Reviews summer tyre test, is so far unheard of!

Is this a sign of things to come, or a unique set of variables and score weightings working in favour of the second tier brands? The only thing we can be sure of is that the gap between the best premium tyres and best mid range tyres is getting closer every year, and brands such as Nexen, Nokian, Falken and Maxxis really do make excellent products at their price point.

One final point, both ADAC and Auto Bild have tested a number of these tyres in wear in 2021, and in the ADAC test the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 had nearly twice the tread life of the Maxxis and over double the tread life of the Nokian.

Update:

ACE published a little data on their website, which further adds to the confusion. To quote (translated) "It starts with braking: this is where the test Golf presses itself most decisively into the asphalt when Michelin tires are fitted. It comes to a stop, fully decelerated from 100 km / h, after just 48 meters. With this he collects the 30 maximum points in the results table, but even the second best from Continental needs two meters longer. This is followed by a large midfield with braking distances between 52.1 and 53.9 meters. And a clear loser: with the Maxxis, the Golf only stops after 56.9 meters. Or to put it another way: if the Golf with the Michelin tires is already stationary, it is still almost 40 km / h with the Maxxis."

In most tests, wet braking is usually one of the highest weighted scores in the overall results.

Update 2:

Having now seen a further breakdown of the points system, it seems the testers put a lot of weight on the aquaplaning performance of the tyres. For example, in wet braking the Michelin Primacy 4 received 30 points while the Maxxis, which stopped the car nearly 10 meters behind the Michelin, still received 23 points, a 7 point difference.

While the aquaplaning data isn't published, we can see in this test the Maxxis received 38 points and the Michelin 16, a 22 point difference, which plays a HUGE part in the overall order of the tyres.

If nothing else, this is a good lesson in why you should use data from multiple sources, not just a single test to help you make your tyre purchase decision. As always, you can find all the other tyre tests from 2021 here at Tyre Reviews!

Results

1st: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 277
  2. Dry: 54
  3. Wet: 66
  4. Overall: 157
Short braking distances and good handling on dry and wet surfaces, high resistance to aquaplaning, good value for money.
High rolling resistance.
Highly Recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £61.00

2nd: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 269
  2. Dry: 50
  3. Wet: 66
  4. Overall: 153
Short braking distances and good handling on dry and wet roads, high resistance to aquaplaning.
Increased noise level.
Highly recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £67.20

3rd: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 270
  2. Dry: 50
  3. Wet: 68
  4. Overall: 152
Short braking distances on wet surfaces.
Increased noise level.
Highly recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £75.80

3rd: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 268
  2. Dry: 49
  3. Wet: 67
  4. Overall: 152
Good handling on wet roads, Excellent aquaplaning resistance, good value for money.
Long braking distances on wet roads, high noise level.
Highly recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £60.10

5th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 267
  2. Dry: 53
  3. Wet: 63
  4. Overall: 151
Short braking distances and good handling on dry and wet surfaces, low rolling resistance.
Poor resistance to lateral aquaplaning, high price.
Highly recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £77.00

6th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 263
  2. Dry: 51
  3. Wet: 66
  4. Overall: 146
Short braking distances and good handling on dry and wet roads.
High noise level, low resistance to lateral aquaplaning, high price.
Recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £74.90

6th: Laufenn S Fit EQ+

Laufenn S Fit EQ Plus
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 253
  2. Dry: 55
  3. Wet: 52
  4. Overall: 146
Short braking distances on dry and wet roads, low price.
Tendency to understeer and low lateral stability in the wet, increased noise level.
Recommended.

Read Reviews

8th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 252
  2. Dry: 50
  3. Wet: 58
  4. Overall: 144
Short braking distances in the wet.
Low resistance to aquaplaning, tendency to understeer and low lateral stability on wet surfaces, increased noise level.
Recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £78.30

9th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 261
  2. Dry: 60
  3. Wet: 58
  4. Overall: 143
Good handling on wet surfaces, low noise level, low rolling resistance.
Low resistance to aquaplaning.
Recommended.

Read Reviews    Buy from £69.30

Similar Tyre Tests




Discussion:

comments powered by Disqus