2021 Auto Bild 16 Inch Summer Tyre Test

Following on from the massive 53 tyre braking test, Auto Bild have taken the best twenty 205/55 R16 tyres through to further testing, which includes wet and dry handling, aquaplaning, rolling resistance, noise, and a rarity in tyre testing, wear!

As the 2021 Tyre Reviews summer test is covering UHP and SUV sizes, this will be the most complete reference we have this year for the 16" summer tyre market, however if you'd like to watch a 16" summer tyre test, you can check out ours from last year here.

Wear

Wear is a key part of a tyres performance, but due to the time and costs involved in conducting accurate wear testing there aren't many publications which regularly test the tread life of the tyres. Auto Bild are one of the few magazines which conduct wear testing, but even this is still drum testing on a bench and not real world road wear testing!

The wear difference between the best and worst tyre on tests is huge, with the best on test projected to cover 47,940 km, and the worst 26,180 km. That's a 60% difference in tyre life!

The best on test wasn't the usual Michelin Primacy 4, that had to settle for a very respectable second place overall, but instead the new Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 made good on its promise from 2020 and aced the test. Goodyear made some bold claims about the tyres mileage in 2020, and it's great to see them backed up with further data.

The newly updated Kumho Ecsta HS51 finished third, just ahead of the Continental PremiumContact 6 in fourth, once again confirming that the wear issues Continental have experienced in the past are long behind them.

The losers of the test were sadly Pirelli, Hankook, Dunlop and Nokian, which all performed badly in the wear test. This was compounded when Auto Bild combined the projected tyre life with the purchase price to give you a price per 1000 kilometers driven, meaning the Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2 was almost twice the cost per mile driven compared to the Goodyear.

One final thing to note, tread life is only one aspect of wear, the other is how the tyre performs when worn. This isn't something Auto Bild have tested, but is something Tyre Reviews hopes to test in the near future!

Dry

In the dry, the Hankook Ventus Prime3 has a significant advantage in both dry braking and dry handling. The Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2, Kumho HS51 and Maxxis Premitra HP5 also performed well.

Strangely, some of the tyres that did well in dry braking, didn't perform too well in dry handling. The second placed Pirelli could only manage a midpack result during the dry handling lap, the the BF Goodrich Advantage performed really well over the handling lap, in spite of being one of the worst during the dry braking testing!

Wet

Hankook again proved its calibre as a good braking tyre, finishing first in the wet braking test, while the Continental PremiumContact 6 and Pirelli rounded out the top three positions. The new Toyo Proxes Comfort seemed to struggle in the wet, but not as much as the Fulda EcoControl HP2.

In a change of form for the Firestone Roadhawk, it found itself as the fastest tyre around the wet handling lap, tying with Kumho. Again, Pirelli proved to be an impressive tyre finishing in third place.

As we've come to expect from aquaplaning, the Uniroyal Rainsport 5 won the straight aquaplaning test, and impressively the Kumho was second place, which is surprising for a tyre with so much dry and wet grip.

Environment

If you're looking for a quiet and comfortable tyre, this test has the Kleber Dynaxer HP4 and Michelin Primacy 4 leading the way.

Bridgestone offered the lowest rolling resistance.

Results

It's an interesting result overall. Clearly the Kumho Ecsta HS51 has had a big update this year, and Continental will be happy with second and third place overall (Semperit is owned by Continental.) Unfortunately for Goodyear, their sub brand Debica beat the main brand, with the Presto HP2 looking to be a tyre which offers exceptional value.

Any questions, be sure to ask below!

1st: Kumho Ecsta HS51

Kumho Ecsta HS51
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M97.99%
Dry Handling4th-0.5 Km/H99.48%
Wet Braking5th+1.3 M97.26%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H99.3%
Noise14th+2.1 dB96.94%
Wear3rd-5780 Km87.94%
Value3rd+0.07 Price/100098.8%
Price3rd+30 87.76%
Rolling Resistance20th+2.3 kg / t75.3%
Precise steering, dynamic handling and short braking distances in the dry and wet, well priced.
High rolling resistance.
Exemplary.

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2nd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking17th+2.4 M93.42%
Dry Handling11th-0.9 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking2nd+0.1 M99.78%
Wet Handling12th-1.6 Km/H97.97%
Straight Aqua19th-6.4 Km/H92.57%
Noise10th+2 dB97.08%
Wear4th-6460 Km86.52%
Value8th+1.73 Price/100076.84%
Price18th+95 69.35%
Rolling Resistance13th+1.91 kg / t78.59%
Premium summer tyre with balance driving behaviour, short wet braking, stable handling, low wear.
Average straight aquaplaning resistance.
Exemplary.

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3rd: Semperit Speed Life 3

Semperit Speed Life 3
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking20th+3.6 M90.45%
Dry Handling15th-1.4 Km/H98.55%
Wet Braking4th+0.6 M98.72%
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H99.24%
Straight Aqua11th-4.5 Km/H94.77%
Noise5th+0.8 dB98.81%
Wear6th-10880 Km77.3%
Value4th+1.28 Price/100081.77%
Price20th+145 59.72%
Rolling Resistance12th+1.62 kg / t81.23%
Wet specialist with sport dynamic handling and s hort wet braking distances, good aquaplaning safety, low noise, good price level.
Average comfort.
Exemplary.

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4th: Debica Presto HP 2

Debica Presto HP 2
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: E/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking16th+2.2 M93.94%
Dry Handling6th-0.6 Km/H99.38%
Wet Braking13th+3.7 M92.59%
Wet Handling14th-2.1 Km/H97.34%
Straight Aqua15th-5.1 Km/H94.08%
Noise10th+2 dB97.08%
Wear5th-10540 Km78.01%
Value2nd+0.01 Price/100099.83%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.59 kg / t81.51%
Cheap summer tyre with dynamic dry handling and low wear and low price.
Average wet handling.
Exemplary.

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5th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: B/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.3 M96.33%
Dry Handling8th-0.7 Km/H99.27%
Wet Braking8th+3.1 M93.71%
Wet Handling7th-0.9 Km/H98.86%
Straight Aqua11th-4.5 Km/H94.77%
Noise14th+2.1 dB96.94%
Wear11th-15980 Km66.67%
Value15th+3.33 Price/100063.29%
Price17th+75 74.14%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
High grip and excellent handling in the dry, short dry braking, lowest rolling resistance on test.
Average comfort.
Exemplary.

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6th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125

Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling5th-0.7 Km/H99.11%
Straight Aqua10th-4.3 Km/H95.01%
Noise2nd+0.7 dB98.96%
Wear19th-20400 Km57.45%
Value18th+3.52 Price/100061.99%
Price7th+40 84.31%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.37 kg / t83.65%
Best tyre in the dry with the fastest lap and shortest dry braking, very good in the wet with the shortest wet braking, cheap price.
High wear.
Good.

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7th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.84%
Dry Handling12th-1 Km/H98.96%
Wet Braking3rd+0.2 M99.57%
Wet Handling3rd-0.4 Km/H99.49%
Straight Aqua7th-3.1 Km/H96.4%
Noise19th+2.6 dB96.24%
Wear13th-17340 Km63.83%
Value16th+3.41 Price/100062.73%
Price16th+65 76.79%
Rolling Resistance18th+2.24 kg / t75.78%
Good aquaplaning resistance, good handling with short wet and dry braking.
High wear resulting in poor value.
Good.

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8th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/68
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.7 M95.25%
Dry Handling19th-2.1 Km/H97.82%
Wet Braking5th+1.3 M97.26%
Wet Handling13th-2 Km/H97.46%
Straight Aqua5th-2.9 Km/H96.63%
Noise2nd+0.7 dB98.96%
Wear2nd-3740 Km92.2%
Value7th+1.5 Price/100079.28%
Price19th+105 67.19%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.76 kg / t90.22%
Premium tyres with short wet and dry braking distances, very low rolling resistance very low wear, good comfort.
Sluggish handling.
Good.

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9th: Firestone RoadHawk

Firestone RoadHawk
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.6 M95.52%
Dry Handling3rd-0.4 Km/H99.59%
Wet Braking8th+3.1 M93.71%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.8 Km/H97.91%
Noise20th+3.3 dB95.28%
Wear16th-20060 Km58.16%
Value16th+3.41 Price/100062.73%
Price7th+40 84.31%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.5 kg / t82.37%
Precise driving behaviour in the wet and dry, saafe aquaplaning characteristics, short dry braking.
High wear / low value.
Good.

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9th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: B/A/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking14th+2 M94.46%
Dry Handling16th-1.6 Km/H98.34%
Wet Braking11th+3.3 M93.33%
Wet Handling16th-2.3 Km/H97.08%
Straight Aqua17th-6 Km/H93.03%
Noise10th+2 dB97.08%
Wear1st100%
Value1st100%
Price15th+60 78.18%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.23 kg / t96.82%
Lowest wear on test, best value tyre on test, very low rolling resistance, good ride comfort.
Slightly delayed steering.
Good.

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11th: Uniroyal RainSport 5

Uniroyal RainSport 5
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking19th+3.3 M91.18%
Dry Handling20th-2.2 Km/H97.72%
Wet Braking13th+3.7 M92.59%
Wet Handling6th-0.8 Km/H98.98%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise7th+1.7 dB97.51%
Wear10th-15640 Km67.38%
Value10th+2.31 Price/100071.3%
Price9th+45 82.69%
Rolling Resistance17th+2.23 kg / t75.87%
Best aquaplaning resistance, stable balanced handling in the wet.
Understeer in the dry, high rolling resistance.
Acceptable.

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11th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.1 M96.88%
Dry Handling4th-0.5 Km/H99.48%
Wet Braking19th+5.7 M89.02%
Wet Handling9th-1.2 Km/H98.48%
Straight Aqua17th-6 Km/H93.03%
Noise10th+2 dB97.08%
Wear11th-15980 Km66.67%
Value13th+2.55 Price/100069.24%
Price12th+50 81.13%
Rolling Resistance15th+2.12 kg / t76.78%
Good in the dry, short dry braking.
Long wet braking, high rolling resistance.
Acceptable.

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11th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.9 M97.43%
Dry Handling6th-0.6 Km/H99.38%
Wet Braking18th+4.2 M91.67%
Wet Handling11th-1.5 Km/H98.1%
Straight Aqua8th-3.2 Km/H96.28%
Noise14th+2.1 dB96.94%
Wear16th-20060 Km58.16%
Value14th+3.23 Price/100063.99%
Price4th+35 86%
Rolling Resistance18th+2.24 kg / t75.78%
Good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic wet and dry handling, short dry braking.
High wear, high rolling resistance.
Acceptable.

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11th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking18th+2.6 M92.92%
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.69%
Wet Braking13th+3.7 M92.59%
Wet Handling20th-3.4 Km/H95.69%
Straight Aqua13th-4.8 Km/H94.43%
Noise6th+0.9 dB98.67%
Wear9th-14620 Km69.5%
Value11th+2.36 Price/100070.86%
Price13th+55 79.63%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.3 kg / t84.36%
Dynamic handling and precise steering in the dry.
Understeer in the wet.
Acceptable.

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15th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/67
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.7 M95.25%
Dry Handling8th-0.7 Km/H99.27%
Wet Braking7th+2.9 M94.09%
Wet Handling18th-2.6 Km/H96.7%
Straight Aqua5th-2.9 Km/H96.63%
Noise8th+1.8 dB97.37%
Wear8th-12920 Km73.05%
Value6th+1.4 Price/100080.39%
Price4th+35 86%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.96 kg / t78.15%
Balanced handling and short braking in the dry, well priced.
Average steering precision and low grip in the wet.
Acceptable.

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15th: Fulda EcoControl HP2

Fulda EcoControl HP2
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+1.9 M94.72%
Dry Handling14th-1.2 Km/H98.76%
Wet Braking20th+6.6 M87.5%
Wet Handling9th-1.2 Km/H98.48%
Straight Aqua4th-2.3 Km/H97.33%
Noise14th+2.1 dB96.94%
Wear6th-10880 Km77.3%
Value4th+1.28 Price/100081.77%
Price9th+45 82.69%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.28 kg / t84.56%
Very good aquaplaning resistance, nice balanced handling in the wet.
Longest wet braking, slow steering in the dry.
Acceptable.

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17th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/68
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1 M97.15%
Dry Handling10th-0.8 Km/H99.17%
Wet Braking11th+3.3 M93.33%
Wet Handling8th-1.1 Km/H98.6%
Straight Aqua13th-4.8 Km/H94.43%
Noise2nd+0.7 dB98.96%
Wear20th-21760 Km54.61%
Value20th+4.19 Price/100057.8%
Price9th+45 82.69%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.06 kg / t86.86%
Good in the dry and wet.
Highest wear on test, lowest value on test.
Acceptable.

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17th: Kleber Dynaxer HP4

Kleber Dynaxer HP4
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/68
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+2.1 M94.2%
Dry Handling17th-1.7 Km/H98.24%
Wet Braking8th+3.1 M93.71%
Wet Handling16th-2.3 Km/H97.08%
Straight Aqua16th-5.2 Km/H93.96%
Noise1st100%
Wear13th-17340 Km63.83%
Value12th+2.43 Price/100070.26%
Price4th+35 86%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.17 kg / t85.7%
Low noise, low rolling resistance.
Understeer and sluggish steering in the dry and wet.
Acceptable.

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19th: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: B/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.3 M96.33%
Dry Handling18th-2 Km/H97.93%
Wet Braking17th+4.1 M91.85%
Wet Handling15th-2.2 Km/H97.21%
Straight Aqua9th-3.8 Km/H95.59%
Noise18th+2.5 dB96.38%
Wear16th-20060 Km58.16%
Value19th+3.94 Price/100059.3%
Price13th+55 79.63%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.27 kg / t96.29%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the dry and wet, slow steering, low value.
Acceptable.

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20th: Nexen N Blue HD+

Nexen N Blue HD Plus
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.7 M95.25%
Dry Handling13th-1.1 Km/H98.86%
Wet Braking16th+4 M92.03%
Wet Handling19th-2.8 Km/H96.45%
Straight Aqua20th-6.8 Km/H92.1%
Noise8th+1.8 dB97.37%
Wear15th-17680 Km63.12%
Value9th+1.86 Price/100075.53%
Price2nd+15 93.48%
Rolling Resistance16th+2.13 kg / t76.7%
STable safe handling and short braking in the dry, low price.
Slow steering and understeer in the wet, average wear.
Acceptable.

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