2021 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test

For the 2021 Sport Auto summer tyre test, the German publication have tested eleven tyres in the relatively small 195/55 R16 tyre size. As this tyre size is intended for smaller vehicles such as the Audi A1, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and other similar sized cars, Sport Auto used a Seat Ibiza for testing, and placed all eleven sets of tyres through the usual dry, wet and environment based tests.

The first and second placed tyres will be no surprise. The Michelin Primacy 4, which always seems to work well in the smaller sizes, dominated both braking tests, was the fastest in wet handling and was the quietest on test. Second placed Bridgestone Turanza T005 had the lowest rolling resistance, and scored well in every other key test, other than a slightly average dry braking result, while the third placed Nokian WetProof lived up to its name and was the fastest around the wet handling lap, but struggled during the dry handling lap.

One other issue with this lower volume tyre size is not all patterns are the most up to date, with the testers having to test the Continental PremiumContact 5 rather than the 6.

Dry

During dry braking, the Michelin Primacy 4 had a large advantage, beating the second placed Maxxis Premitra 5 by nearly a full meter. The next ten tyres were only separated by another 1.9 meters!

The new Toyo Proxes Comfort was the fastest around the dry handling lap, with the BFGoodrich Advantage struggling to set a quick time.

Wet

The Primacy 4 continued its braking advantage in the wet, with the sister brand BFGoodrich placing second.

The Primacy 4 was also the fastest around the wet handling lap, but this time tying first place with the Nokian WetProof.

Falken and Nokian led the way in the straight aquaplaning test.

Environment

The difference in external noise between the eleven sets was relatively low, with Goodyear, Michelin and Nokian all tying for the quietest tyres on test.

The two most expensive tyres on test offered the lowest rolling resistance, but with the group relatively close it's unlikely they would recover that higher purchase price. As we've seen before, the Falken ZE310 struggled with high rolling resistance.

Surprisingly, Michelin wasn't the most expensive tyre on test, with the Bridgestone 4 euros per tyre more expensive. There is a 184 euro price difference between a full set of the Maxxis and Bridgestone tyres.

Results

1st: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 195/55 R16 87T
  • EU Label: C/A/68
  • Origin: Germany
  • Weight: 7.76kgs
  • Tread: 6.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling7th-1.6 Km/H98.65%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua9th-4.4 Km/H94.67%
Noise1st100%
Tyre Weight4th+0.28 Kg96.39%
Price10th+42 60.75%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
The Primacy 4 has the shortest braking distances and high safety reserves in the dry and wet. Balanced performance, easily controllable, low noise levels, and low rolling resistance.
Poor aquaplaning resistance, limited comfort.
Very good.

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2nd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 195/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: B/A/71
  • Origin: France
  • Weight: 7.53kgs
  • Tread: 7.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.5 M96%
Dry Handling2nd-1.1 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking3rd+1.6 M95.58%
Wet Handling4th-0.5 Km/H99.3%
Straight Aqua8th-4 Km/H95.16%
Noise11th+2.4 dB96.69%
Tyre Weight2nd+0.05 Kg99.34%
Price11th+46 58.56%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
The T005 has very good dry handling with precise stable steering, lowest rolling resistance on test.
Average braking, low aquaplaning resistance.
Very good.

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3rd: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 195/55 R16 87H
  • EU Label: C/A/68
  • Origin: Finland
  • Weight: 7.48kgs
  • Tread: 7.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M97.04%
Dry Handling9th-1.8 Km/H98.48%
Wet Braking6th+3.3 M91.29%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.8 Km/H99.03%
Noise1st100%
Tyre Weight1st100%
Price5th+13 83.33%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.6 kg / t92.68%
Apart from a slight weakness when braking, the WetProof is very good in the wet with the fastest wet handling lap, and it's also controllable in the dry.
Average wet braking, average rolling resistance.
Very good.

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4th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 195/55 R16 87H
  • EU Label: A/C/67
  • Origin: France
  • Weight: 7.76kgs
  • Tread: 8.46mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+2.1 M94.49%
Dry Handling3rd-1.4 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking6th+3.3 M91.29%
Wet Handling6th-0.8 Km/H98.87%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.1 Km/H98.67%
Noise1st100%
Tyre Weight4th+0.28 Kg96.39%
Price8th+18 78.31%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.3 kg / t96.2%
The EfficientGrip Performance 2 has good aquaplaning resistance, excellent steering during lane change maneuvers, and good levels of comfort.
Long dry and wet braking distances.
Good.

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5th: Continental Premium Contact 5

Continental Premium Contact 5
  • 195/55 R16 87H
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Origin: Portugal
  • Weight: 7.74kgs
  • Tread: 7.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.9 M94.99%
Dry Handling8th-1.7 Km/H98.57%
Wet Braking4th+2 M94.54%
Wet Handling5th-0.7 Km/H99.01%
Straight Aqua6th-2.1 Km/H97.46%
Noise6th+0.9 dB98.73%
Tyre Weight3rd+0.26 Kg96.64%
Price7th+17 79.27%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.6 kg / t92.68%
Safe handling balance in the dry and wet.
Long dry braking, average rolling resistance.
Good.

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6th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 195/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Origin: Taiwan
  • Weight: 8.34kgs
  • Tread: 7.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.9 M97.56%
Dry Handling3rd-1.4 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking5th+3.1 M91.78%
Wet Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.72%
Straight Aqua4th-1.3 Km/H98.43%
Noise5th+0.3 dB99.57%
Tyre Weight10th+0.86 Kg89.69%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance9th+0.9 kg / t89.41%
The Premitra 5 has dynamic and driveable in the dry and wet, low noise.
Long wet braking distances, increased rolling resistance.
Good.

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7th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 195/55 R16 87V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Origin: Romania
  • Weight: 7.87kgs
  • Tread: 6.95mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.9 M94.99%
Dry Handling11th-2.5 Km/H97.9%
Wet Braking2nd+1.2 M96.65%
Wet Handling7th-1.7 Km/H97.61%
Straight Aqua7th-3.8 Km/H95.4%
Noise9th+1.4 dB98.04%
Tyre Weight7th+0.39 Kg95.04%
Price9th+28 69.89%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.5 kg / t93.83%
Good wet braking, stable and surprise free dry handling.
Slightly long dry braking, average aquaplaning, average rolling resistance.
Good.

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8th: Hankook Kinergy Eco 2

Hankook Kinergy Eco 2
  • 195/55 R16 87H
  • EU Label: B/A/71
  • Origin: Hungary
  • Weight: 7.92kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.3 M93.99%
Dry Handling5th-1.5 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking6th+3.3 M91.29%
Wet Handling8th-2.3 Km/H96.76%
Straight Aqua9th-4.4 Km/H94.67%
Noise4th+0.2 dB99.72%
Tyre Weight9th+0.44 Kg94.44%
Price4th+10 86.67%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.1 kg / t98.7%
The Kinergy Eco2 is stable in evasive situations, very quiet, low rolling resistance.
Weak braking in the dry and wet, low grip during wet handling.
Good.

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9th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 195/55 R16 87H
  • EU Label: E/A/67
  • Origin: Turkey
  • Weight: 8.97kgs
  • Tread: 7.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+2.8 M92.78%
Dry Handling5th-1.5 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking9th+3.9 M89.87%
Wet Handling8th-2.3 Km/H96.76%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise8th+1.3 dB98.18%
Tyre Weight11th+1.49 Kg83.39%
Price3rd+9 87.84%
Rolling Resistance11th+2.3 kg / t76.77%
The EcoRun ZE310 has a very good aquaplaning resistance.
Sluggish steering, very long dry braking, oversteer in the wet, very high rolling resistance.
Good.

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10th: Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde

Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde
  • 195/55 R16 87H
  • EU Label: C/B/69
  • Origin: Turkey
  • Weight: 7.76kgs
  • Tread: 7.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.4 M93.75%
Dry Handling10th-2 Km/H98.32%
Wet Braking10th+5.2 M86.93%
Wet Handling10th-2.5 Km/H96.48%
Straight Aqua5th-1.7 Km/H97.94%
Noise7th+1 dB98.59%
Tyre Weight4th+0.28 Kg96.39%
Price6th+15 81.25%
Rolling Resistance8th+0.8 kg / t90.48%
Good aquaplaning resistance, stable dry balance.
Long braking distances in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance.
Satisfactory.

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11th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 195/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/B/70
  • Origin: Japan
  • Weight: 7.89kgs
  • Tread: 7.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.6 M95.74%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking11th+7.2 M82.78%
Wet Handling11th-2.8 Km/H96.06%
Straight Aqua11th-5.3 Km/H93.58%
Noise10th+1.7 dB97.63%
Tyre Weight8th+0.41 Kg94.8%
Price2nd+4 94.2%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.2 kg / t86.36%
Very good cornering grip in the dry.
Very long dry and wet braking, limited ride comfort. Devaluation due to long wet braking result.
Average.

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