|Best Dry Braking:||Bridgestone Turanza T005|
|Best Dry Handling:||Falken FK510 SUV|
|Best Wet Braking:||Michelin Primacy 4|
|Best Wet Handling:||Falken FK510 SUV|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5|
|Best Curved Aquaplaning:||Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5|
|Best Noise:||Michelin Primacy 4|
|Best Price:||Maxxis Premitra HP5|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Bridgestone Turanza T005|
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.
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.
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.
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.
1st: Michelin Primacy 4
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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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
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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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
High grip in the wet.
Slower steering, average straight aquaplaning resistance.
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Very high aquaplaning resistance, good grip in the dry.
Long wet braking distances.
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7th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
Average balanced performance in all categories.
Slightly slow steering response and slowest dry handling.
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8th: Sava Intensa UHP 2
Good aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Poor grip in the wet.
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