|Best Dry Braking:||Maxxis Premitra HP5|
|Best Dry Handling:||Michelin Primacy 4|
|Best Wet Braking:||Maxxis Premitra HP5|
|Best Wet Handling:||Vredestein Ultrac|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Vredestein Ultrac|
|Best Noise:||Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2|
|Best Price:||Maxxis Premitra HP5|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Continental EcoContact 6|
The excellent testers at AZ were obviously happy with the majority of the tyres tested as they gave out seven awards to the top seven tyres! It's also worth noting the Continental tyre in this test was the ultra low rolling resistance EcoContact 6, not the PremiumContact 6 you'd expect.
Sadly AZ didn't get the chance to do any offroad testing, not that these tyres are intended for much offroad use, but if you would like to see how these sorts of tyres perform on dirt and grass you can check out the Tyre Reviews SUV test here.
The new Vredestein Ultrac and Maxxis Premitra HP5 led the way in dry braking, in a close set of results.
Dry handling had the Michelin Primacy 4 as the fastest tyre around the lap, but with the top nine tyres separated by just 0.7 seconds, it was again very close.
Maxxis also led the way during wet braking, with the Primacy 4 best of the rest.
Vredestein was back at the front in wet handling.
Vredestein also offered the best straight aquaplaning resistance.
Unusually there was no fraction of numbers in the noise results.
The eco bias Continental EcoContact 6 had much lower rolling resistance than the rest of the tyres.
As usual, the Michelin was the most expensive set of tyres on test.
The Bridgestone Turanza T005 is number one in this test. Longitudinal wet grip, cornering, aquaplaning, the key to this success are top scores in all safety-related criteria - regardless of whether it's raining or the road is dry.
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2nd: Vredestein Ultrac
Second place for the new Ultrac from Vredestein, which shines in the wet but misses out on overall victory due to long wet braking distances. Good performance overall, especially on dry roads.
Third place for the Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance 2, it offered high levels of grip in the wet and dry and also has particularly low noise.
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3rd: Michelin Primacy 4
The Primacy 4 has balanced grip in the dry and wet, focusing on safety qualities rather than dynamic driving.
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5th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
The Maxxis Premitra 5, which has already won two awards in our tyre tests, is highly recommended. In the wet it is extremely grippy and safe, but this comes at the expense of efficiency.
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6th: Nokian WetProof
The Nokian Wetproof is excellent in the wet and solid in the dry. Not a clear recommendation however the limit of wet handling can be tricky.
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With a top value for rolling resistance, the Continental Eco Contact 6 confirmed its label efficiency rating in seventh place. Grippy in the wet, but significant aquaplaning weaknesses.
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The ZE-310 has safe handling however it has high rolling resistance and average comfort.
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9th: BFGoodrich Advantage
The BF Goodrich Advantage struggled in the wet to finish in 9th place.
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Bottom in the wet, lacking grip when it matters. The Yokohama BluEarth-GT AE-51 is better in the dry, although there is no connection to the road and the rolling resistance is too high.
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