2021 All Road SUV Summer Tyre Test

Dry BrakingBridgestone Turanza T005: 35.4 MImperial EcoSport SUV: 39.7 M
Dry HandlingBridgestone Turanza T005: 102.8 Km/HBFGoodrich Advantage SUV: 99.5 Km/H
Wet BrakingContinental Premium Contact 6: 48 MMaxxis Premitra HP5: 57.9 M
Wet HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 62.6 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 60.7 Km/H
Straight AquaMaxxis Premitra HP5: 87.4 Km/HBridgestone Turanza T005: 79.4 Km/H
Gravel HandlingGoodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV: 66.9 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 65.1 Km/H
Gravel TractionNokian Wetproof SUV: 9371 NFalken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 7673 N
Sand TractionImperial EcoSport SUV: 8258 NMichelin Primacy 4: 7320 N
Grass TractionGoodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV: 3917 NBridgestone Turanza T005: 3086 N
Mud TractionBFGoodrich Advantage SUV: 4013 NFalken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 3644 N
NoiseGoodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV: 69 dBImperial EcoSport SUV: 71.6 dB
PriceImperial EcoSport SUV: 265 Michelin Primacy 4: 525
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 7 kg / tImperial EcoSport SUV: 8.98 kg / t
The 2021 Auto Bild All Rad SUV test has tested ten SUV tyres in the popular 215/60 R17 size. While the German publication used a Jeep Renegade for testing, this size is also fitted to vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai, VW Transporter, Renault Kadjar, Toyota C HR and many other popular crossover SUVs.

As always Auto Bild have done a great job testing, as not only have they tested in the dry and wet, they've also conducted FIVE off-road tests. Given these sort of vehicles rarely see any activity outside of the school run, the tests have a low weighting in the overall results, but it's certainly excellent data if you ever plan to take your crossover SUV on grass, gravel, sand or mud!

As usual with these complex tests, there's no one tyre that does everything well, however the top three tyres had the fewest weaknesses overall.

The test winning Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV wasn't the very best in the dry or wet, but it was close enough in every test to secure it first place, with Auto Bild only negative noted based on its purchase price.

The Michelin Primacy 4 placed a strong second. While it didn't win a single test, it's only weakness was traction on sand (and again it's price) so it was also highly recommend, while the third placed Bridgestone Turanza T005 struggled on grass rather than sand, but was good enough in other areas to also be "highly recommended".

For all the test details, be sure to keep reading below!

Dry

The top three tyres in dry braking were three of the top four tyres overall, with only the Goodyear slipping behind the leaders.

The Goodyear improved on its dry braking performance which meant the fastest four tyres around the dry handling lap were the top four tyres overall.

Wet

The Continental PremiumContact 6 had a significant advantage during wet braking, stopping the Jeep over a meter sooner than the next best tyre. The new Toyo Proxes Comfort, and the usually impressive Maxxis Premitra HP5 couldn't beat the Imperial budget tyre, all performing poorly in wet braking.

The PremiumContact 6 was also the best tyre during the wet handling lap.

Maxxis, and the budget Imperial time did perform better in deeper water, winning the straight aquaplaning test.

Off-Road

Auto Bild only tested the handling of the tyres on gravel, opting for objective traction tests for the other surfaces.

The new Goodyear was the fastest tyre around the gravel handling lap, with a relatively close group overall.

Nokian took its first test win for the WetProof SUV during the gravel traction testing.

The Goodyear proved to have the highest traction on grass, confirming it's multi-surface ability.

BFGoodrich took its first win during the mud traction testing, which is a difficult test to do reliably.

And the cheapest tyre on test performed well in the sand, just beating the Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV to the top spot.

Environment

The Goodyear continued its impressive results by having the lowest external noise on test at both speeds tested (50 km/h and 80 km/h.)

As usual, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 has the lowest rolling resistance, with the Michelin Primacy 4 in second place. The cheapest tyre on test might be a false economy, as it had the highest fuel use of the group.

There was a 260 euro difference between the cheapest and most expensive tyres on test, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the most expensive tyres on test were also the best.

Results

1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV

Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th36.6 M35.4 M+1.2 M96.72%
Dry Handling2nd102.3 Km/H102.8 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.51%
Wet Braking2nd50.4 M48 M+2.4 M95.24%
Wet Handling4th62.3 Km/H62.6 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.52%
Straight Aqua7th83.5 Km/H87.4 Km/H-3.9 Km/H95.54%
Gravel Handling1st66.9 Km/H100%
Gravel Traction6th8745 N9371 N-626 N93.32%
Sand Traction2nd8238 N8258 N-20 N99.76%
Grass Traction1st3917 N100%
Mud Traction5th3906 N4013 N-107 N97.33%
Noise1st69 dB100%
Price8th500 265 +235 53%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.56 kg / t7 kg / t+0.56 kg / t92.59%
Test winner, with exemplary driving qualities on all surfaces, sporty dry handling, precise steering, short wet and dry braking and low rolling resistance.
High price.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: B/A/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd35.6 M35.4 M+0.2 M99.44%
Dry Handling4th101.7 Km/H102.8 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.93%
Wet Braking4th52.4 M48 M+4.4 M91.6%
Wet Handling3rd62.4 Km/H62.6 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.68%
Straight Aqua4th85.6 Km/H87.4 Km/H-1.8 Km/H97.94%
Gravel Handling6th66.2 Km/H66.9 Km/H-0.7 Km/H98.95%
Gravel Traction2nd9059 N9371 N-312 N96.67%
Sand Traction10th7320 N8258 N-938 N88.64%
Grass Traction3rd3746 N3917 N-171 N95.63%
Mud Traction6th3888 N4013 N-125 N96.89%
Noise2nd69.7 dB69 dB+0.7 dB99%
Price10th525 265 +260 50.48%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.32 kg / t7 kg / t+0.32 kg / t95.63%
Top performer in the wet and dry with precise handling, short dry braking distance, good aquaplaning resistance.
Average traction on sand, high price.
Highly Recommended.

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3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: B/A/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st35.4 M100%
Dry Handling1st102.8 Km/H100%
Wet Braking6th53.4 M48 M+5.4 M89.89%
Wet Handling2nd62.5 Km/H62.6 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.84%
Straight Aqua10th79.4 Km/H87.4 Km/H-8 Km/H90.85%
Gravel Handling4th66.6 Km/H66.9 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.55%
Gravel Traction4th8826 N9371 N-545 N94.18%
Sand Traction4th7761 N8258 N-497 N93.98%
Grass Traction10th3086 N3917 N-831 N78.78%
Mud Traction2nd3994 N4013 N-19 N99.53%
Noise5th70.5 dB69 dB+1.5 dB97.87%
Price7th495 265 +230 53.54%
Rolling Resistance1st7 kg / t100%
Dynamic handling with high steering precision in the wet and dry, good off road, short dry braking distances, very low rolling resistance.
Average grass traction, high price.
Highly Recommended.

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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd35.8 M35.4 M+0.4 M98.88%
Dry Handling3rd102.2 Km/H102.8 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.42%
Wet Braking1st48 M100%
Wet Handling1st62.6 Km/H100%
Straight Aqua9th82 Km/H87.4 Km/H-5.4 Km/H93.82%
Gravel Handling2nd66.8 Km/H66.9 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction9th7762 N9371 N-1609 N82.83%
Sand Traction6th7730 N8258 N-528 N93.61%
Grass Traction8th3166 N3917 N-751 N80.83%
Mud Traction7th3771 N4013 N-242 N93.97%
Noise8th71.4 dB69 dB+2.4 dB96.64%
Price8th500 265 +235 53%
Rolling Resistance5th8.39 kg / t7 kg / t+1.39 kg / t83.43%
A balanced summer tyre with great handling on all surfaces, precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances.
Average traction on grass and gravel.
Recommended.

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5th: Nokian Wetproof SUV

Nokian Wetproof SUV
  • 215/60 R17 100V
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th37.4 M35.4 M+2 M94.65%
Dry Handling5th101.6 Km/H102.8 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking5th52.9 M48 M+4.9 M90.74%
Wet Handling6th62 Km/H62.6 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.04%
Straight Aqua5th85.1 Km/H87.4 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.37%
Gravel Handling5th66.4 Km/H66.9 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.25%
Gravel Traction1st9371 N100%
Sand Traction5th7739 N8258 N-519 N93.72%
Grass Traction2nd3843 N3917 N-74 N98.11%
Mud Traction8th3751 N4013 N-262 N93.47%
Noise3rd70 dB69 dB+1 dB98.57%
Price6th440 265 +175 60.23%
Rolling Resistance8th8.78 kg / t7 kg / t+1.78 kg / t79.73%
Good aquaplaning resistance, high traction on grass and gravel, short wet and dry braking distances.
High rolling resistance, slow steering.
Recommended.

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6th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/67
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th36.5 M35.4 M+1.1 M96.99%
Dry Handling8th101.3 Km/H102.8 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.54%
Wet Braking7th54.4 M48 M+6.4 M88.24%
Wet Handling5th62.2 Km/H62.6 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.36%
Straight Aqua3rd85.7 Km/H87.4 Km/H-1.7 Km/H98.05%
Gravel Handling7th66.1 Km/H66.9 Km/H-0.8 Km/H98.8%
Gravel Traction10th7673 N9371 N-1698 N81.88%
Sand Traction7th7618 N8258 N-640 N92.25%
Grass Traction4th3659 N3917 N-258 N93.41%
Mud Traction10th3644 N4013 N-369 N90.8%
Noise6th70.8 dB69 dB+1.8 dB97.46%
Price4th420 265 +155 63.1%
Rolling Resistance9th8.89 kg / t7 kg / t+1.89 kg / t78.74%
Good aquaplaning resistance, stable safe wet cornering, short dry braking distances.
Average traction on gravel and mud, high rolling resistance.
Recommended.

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7th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 215/60 R17 96H
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th36.5 M35.4 M+1.1 M96.99%
Dry Handling7th101.5 Km/H102.8 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking10th57.9 M48 M+9.9 M82.9%
Wet Handling8th61.6 Km/H62.6 Km/H-1 Km/H98.4%
Straight Aqua1st87.4 Km/H100%
Gravel Handling2nd66.8 Km/H66.9 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction3rd8880 N9371 N-491 N94.76%
Sand Traction8th7579 N8258 N-679 N91.78%
Grass Traction5th3414 N3917 N-503 N87.16%
Mud Traction3rd3953 N4013 N-60 N98.5%
Noise7th71.2 dB69 dB+2.2 dB96.91%
Price2nd385 265 +120 68.83%
Rolling Resistance6th8.44 kg / t7 kg / t+1.44 kg / t82.94%
Best aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking distance, good comfort, low price.
Slow steering and understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking.
Satisfactory.

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8th: BFGoodrich Advantage SUV

BFGoodrich Advantage SUV
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th37.1 M35.4 M+1.7 M95.42%
Dry Handling10th99.5 Km/H102.8 Km/H-3.3 Km/H96.79%
Wet Braking3rd51.6 M48 M+3.6 M93.02%
Wet Handling7th61.7 Km/H62.6 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.56%
Straight Aqua8th83.3 Km/H87.4 Km/H-4.1 Km/H95.31%
Gravel Handling8th65.7 Km/H66.9 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.21%
Gravel Traction5th8824 N9371 N-547 N94.16%
Sand Traction9th7460 N8258 N-798 N90.34%
Grass Traction5th3414 N3917 N-503 N87.16%
Mud Traction1st4013 N100%
Noise9th71.6 dB69 dB+2.6 dB96.37%
Price4th420 265 +155 63.1%
Rolling Resistance4th7.64 kg / t7 kg / t+0.64 kg / t91.62%
High traction on gravel and mud, low rolling resistance, good comfort.
Low traction on sand, understeer in the wet and dry, limited steering feedback and precision.
Satisfactory.

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9th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 215/60 R17 100V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th36.9 M35.4 M+1.5 M95.93%
Dry Handling5th101.6 Km/H102.8 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking8th57.6 M48 M+9.6 M83.33%
Wet Handling8th61.6 Km/H62.6 Km/H-1 Km/H98.4%
Straight Aqua6th84.9 Km/H87.4 Km/H-2.5 Km/H97.14%
Gravel Handling9th65.2 Km/H66.9 Km/H-1.7 Km/H97.46%
Gravel Traction7th8707 N9371 N-664 N92.91%
Sand Traction3rd8035 N8258 N-223 N97.3%
Grass Traction8th3166 N3917 N-751 N80.83%
Mud Traction9th3682 N4013 N-331 N91.75%
Noise4th70.1 dB69 dB+1.1 dB98.43%
Price3rd400 265 +135 66.25%
Rolling Resistance7th8.45 kg / t7 kg / t+1.45 kg / t82.84%
High traction in gravel and sand, safe aquaplaning resistance, good comfort.
Weak off-road suitability, slow steering response and understeer in the wet, long wet braking.
Satisfactory.

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10th: Imperial EcoSport SUV

Imperial EcoSport SUV
  • 215/60 R17 100V
  • EU Label: C/C/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th39.7 M35.4 M+4.3 M89.17%
Dry Handling9th100.4 Km/H102.8 Km/H-2.4 Km/H97.67%
Wet Braking9th57.7 M48 M+9.7 M83.19%
Wet Handling10th60.7 Km/H62.6 Km/H-1.9 Km/H96.96%
Straight Aqua2nd86.9 Km/H87.4 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.43%
Gravel Handling10th65.1 Km/H66.9 Km/H-1.8 Km/H97.31%
Gravel Traction8th8346 N9371 N-1025 N89.06%
Sand Traction1st8258 N100%
Grass Traction7th3268 N3917 N-649 N83.43%
Mud Traction4th3912 N4013 N-101 N97.48%
Noise9th71.6 dB69 dB+2.6 dB96.37%
Price1st265 100%
Rolling Resistance10th8.98 kg / t7 kg / t+1.98 kg / t77.95%
Safe aquaplaning resistance, low price.
Very weak when wet with unbalance oversteer and low grip, long wet and dry braking.
Not Recommended.

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