2021 Camper Van / SUV Tyre Test

The German publication ProMobil have tested eight summer tyres in the popular 235/55 R17 size using a VW T 6.1 Camper!

This test is slightly more relevant than usual tests to Camper Van / SUV overs, as the magazine tested the "regular" 235/55 R17 tyre option instead of the 215/65 R16 C commercial size with is often fitted to the VW Transporter the VW is based on.

This tyre size isn't just limited to camper vans though, it's also on many large saloons and midsize crossover SUVs such as the BMW 7 Series, BMW X3, Audi Q3, Ford S-Max, Honda CRV, VW Tiguan, VW, California, VW Caravelle and many others!

As usual the eight sets of summer tyres were put through the usual array of dry, wet, noise and rolling resistance tests to find out exactly what tyre is best in each key area.

Dry

During dry braking testing the Bridgestone Turanza T005 and Michelin Primacy 4 had a small advantage over the rest of the group.

Unusually the Falken FK510 SUV was the fastest over the dry handling lap, with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 taking second place.

Wet

Michelin and the Continental PremiumContact 6 tied for first place in the key wet braking test.

It was once again Falken with a clear advantage in the wet handling tests.

Both aquaplaning tests were led by Goodyear, and, as we've seen before in testing, the Michelin Primacy 4 struggled in the deeper water.

Environment

The Michelin was the quietest tyre on test, with the Bridgestone Turanza T005 unusually loud.

The Bridgestone and Michelin led the way in the rolling resistance test, having the lowest fuel use.

The spread of pricing was fairly high, with the most expensive Michelin almost twice as expensive as the cheapest Maxxis.

Results

1st: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 235/55 R17 103V
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  • Production: 0821
  • Tread: 6.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.74%
Dry Handling4th-1.7 Km/H98.43%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling6th-1.9 Km/H97.35%
Straight Aqua8th-6.6 Km/H92.31%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-1 m/sec275%
Noise1st100%
Price8th+78 55.17%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.1 kg / t98.53%
Very short braking distances in the wet and dry, very quiet rolling noise and fuel-saving low rolling resistance.
Lower aquaplaning resistance.
Michelin impresses with its top performance, but makes you pay for it.

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2nd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 235/55 R17 103W
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Production: 4920
  • Tread: 7.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.9 M97.69%
Dry Handling3rd-1.4 Km/H98.7%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling3rd-1.1 Km/H98.46%
Straight Aqua7th-5.6 Km/H93.47%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.4 m/sec290%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price7th+58 62.34%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.7 kg / t90.54%
Comfortable, and thanks to the self-sealing insert, particularly quiet summer tyre with very short braking distances in wet conditions.
Slight swinging movement after a quick lane change.
Extra comfortable premium tyre with a safety bonus.

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3rd: Falken FK510 SUV

Falken FK510 SUV
  • 235/55 R17 103W
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Production: 0221
  • Tread: 7.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M98.19%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking5th+1.4 M95.71%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua4th-4.6 Km/H94.64%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.35 m/sec291.25%
Noise3rd+0.6 dB99.17%
Price4th+17 84.96%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.3 kg / t83.75%
Very high safety reserves when cornering on wet and dry roads, quiet noise to the outside as well as the interior.
Weaknesses when when changing lanes quickly, sluggish steering responses.
Low-priced newcomer with excellent wet grip.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 235/55 R17 103Y
  • EU Label: A/A/72
  • Production: 1321
  • Tread: 7.2mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling5th-2 Km/H98.15%
Wet Braking3rd+0.9 M97.2%
Wet Handling4th-1.3 Km/H98.18%
Straight Aqua2nd-4 Km/H95.34%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.17 m/sec295.75%
Noise8th+3.1 dB95.86%
Price5th+47 67.13%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Predominantly safe handling in the wet as well as on dry roads, shortest braking distances on dry asphalt, very low rolling resistance.
Unpleasant levels of noise.
A top performer with noise issues.

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5th: Nokian Wetproof SUV

Nokian Wetproof SUV
  • 235/55 R17 103W
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Production: 1021
  • Tread: 8.0mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.4 M96.45%
Dry Handling6th-2.2 Km/H97.96%
Wet Braking4th+1 M96.89%
Wet Handling6th-1.9 Km/H97.35%
Straight Aqua5th-5.1 Km/H94.06%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.5 m/sec287.5%
Noise4th+1.1 dB98.49%
Price2nd+12 88.89%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.1 kg / t85.9%
High grip in the wet.
Slower steering, average straight aquaplaning resistance.

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6th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 235/55 R17 103Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Production: 1021
  • Tread: 7.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.2 M96.94%
Dry Handling2nd-1 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking7th+2.2 M93.41%
Wet Handling2nd-1 Km/H98.6%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise5th+1.2 dB98.36%
Price6th+55 63.58%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.9 kg / t77.91%
Very high aquaplaning resistance, good grip in the dry.
Long wet braking distances.

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7th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 235/55 R17 B/AY
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Production: 0721
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.8 M97.94%
Dry Handling8th-2.5 Km/H97.69%
Wet Braking6th+2.1 M93.69%
Wet Handling5th-1.7 Km/H97.63%
Straight Aqua6th-5.3 Km/H93.82%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.4 m/sec290%
Noise7th+1.6 dB97.82%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.2 kg / t84.81%
Average balanced performance in all categories.
Slightly slow steering response and slowest dry handling.

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8th: Sava Intensa UHP 2

Sava Intensa UHP 2
  • 235/55 R17 103Y
  • EU Label: B/B/71
  • Production: 0421
  • Tread: 7.0mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.8 M97.94%
Dry Handling6th-2.2 Km/H97.96%
Wet Braking8th+3.8 M89.14%
Wet Handling8th-2.1 Km/H97.07%
Straight Aqua2nd-4 Km/H95.34%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.03 m/sec299.25%
Noise6th+1.4 dB98.09%
Price2nd+12 88.89%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.3 kg / t95.71%
Good aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Poor grip in the wet.

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