2022 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test

Dry BrakingKumho Ecsta HS52: 35.7 MGoodride SA57: 37.3 M
Dry HandlingHankook Ventus Prime 4: 96 Km/HContinental EcoContact 6: 93.8 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Turanza T005: 43.0 MContinental EcoContact 6: 51.1 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Turanza T005: 74.9 Km/HContinental EcoContact 6: 67.7 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Turanza T005: 6.74 m/sContinental EcoContact 6: 5.68 m/s
Straight AquaFalken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 88.2 Km/HGoodride SA57: 80.4 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningMaxxis Premitra HP5: 4.85 m/sec2Toyo Proxes Comfort: 3.68 m/sec2
NoiseContinental EcoContact 6: 67.1 dBVredestein Ultrac: 70.1 dB
WearGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2: 51340 KmNokian PowerProof: 25840 Km
ValueGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2: 10.42 Price/1000Nokian PowerProof: 18.58 Price/1000
PriceGoodride SA57: 300 Continental EcoContact 6: 580
Rolling ResistanceContinental EcoContact 6: 5.69 kg / tFalken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 9.38 kg / t
The 2022 AutoBild summer tyre is here! As usual, the test started out as a wet and dry braking test of fifty sets of tyres in the popular 215/55 R17 size using a VW Passat, with the best twenty one moving through to this full test. Not only have AutoBild managed to test the new Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and Kumho Ecsta HS52, they've also put all twenty one sets of tyres through a wear test, and included an (unnamed) all season tyre as a reference in the grip tests!

The Best in Test

The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 won the test by combining good grip in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance and the best wear on test. Even though it wasn't the cheapest tyre, when AutoBild divided the purchase price by the projected mileage it also proved to be the best value tyre on test, a very impressive showing from Goodyear.

Hankook will be pleased with a second place overall for the new Prime 4. The Prime 3 often had high wear, but the Prime 4 was excellent in the wear test, one of the best tyres in the dry and very good in the wet.

It seems impossible to keep the Michelin Primacy 4 away from the podium of a test, with the French tyre finishing third overall with low wear and a very low rolling resistance as its standout qualities, but thanks to its high purchase price, its calculated value was 20% lower than the Goodyears.

The other notiable inclusion in this test was the ultra low rolling resistance Continental EcoContact 6. Due to the way tyre tests work, this tyre was never going to do well overall thanks to lower levels of wet grip, but the Continental eco tyre did prove to have a significant advantage in rolling resistance, reasonable grip in the dry and wet (remember it beat thirty other tyres in dry and wet braking to get to this test) and surprisingly good levels of wear. If you're looking for a tyre to save petrol, this might be the one for you, but it's definitely not great for sporty handling.

As for the all season tyre, it was the worst in dry braking which was no surprise, but also the worst in both aquaplaning tests, mid pack in dry and wet handling, and mid-pack for rolling resistance. Given this is the only tyre which would offer any sort of grip in snow, it's a fairly impressive result.

Below is the exhaustive data, and be sure to check out the full test on the AutoBild website!

Dry

The new Kumho and Nokian led the way in dry braking, with Bridgestone and Hankook tied behind them.

Hankook led the dry handling lap with the fastest average speed, and Michelin was the best of the rest.

Wet

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 consistently leads wet braking testing, and once again it was the best tyre in the test. The new Hankook again placed well, with Falken and Vredestein close behind.

Bridgestone again led the wet in wet handling, with Hankook and this time Nokian rounding out the top three.

Wet circle roughly mirrored wet handling.

There were varying results for the two aquaplaning tests.

Wear

The test winning Goodyear had a huge lead in wear, with Michelina and Continental rounding out the top three.

Value is calculated by dividing the purchase price of the tyres by the projected mileage then giving a Euros per 1000km figure.

Environment

The eco bias Continental had a good lead in the rolling resistance test, with Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear the best of the "regular" tyres.

Autobild conducted external noise testing at 50 km/h and 80 km/h, these are the results from 50 km/h.

Results

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1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking17th+1.1 M97.01%
Dry Handling7th-1 Km/H98.96%
Wet Braking13th+3.4 M92.67%
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H99.2%
Wet Circle2nd-0.1 m/s98.52%
Straight Aqua17th-5.6 Km/H93.65%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.31 m/sec293.61%
Noise9th+1.7 dB97.53%
Wear1st100%
Value1st100%
Price19th+235 56.07%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.41 kg / t80.14%
Premium performance with excellent handling, short braking, lowest wear on test, best value on test, low rolling resistance.
Expensive.

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2nd: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.1 M99.72%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.5 M98.85%
Wet Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.47%
Wet Circle4th-0.15 m/s97.77%
Straight Aqua13th-3.9 Km/H95.58%
Curved Aquaplaning17th-0.87 m/sec282.06%
Noise7th+1.5 dB97.81%
Wear4th-10540 Km79.47%
Value4th+1.22 Price/100089.52%
Price14th+175 63.16%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.66 kg / t77.41%
Excellent handling in the dry and wet, short braking distances, good mileage, good value for money.
Average comfort.

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3rd: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+0.5 M98.62%
Dry Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.58%
Wet Braking10th+2.8 M93.89%
Wet Handling13th-1.9 Km/H97.46%
Wet Circle13th-0.54 m/s91.99%
Straight Aqua5th-1.8 Km/H97.96%
Curved Aquaplaning14th-0.7 m/sec285.57%
Noise4th+1.2 dB98.24%
Wear2nd-6460 Km87.42%
Value8th+2.17 Price/100082.76%
Price20th+265 53.1%
Rolling Resistance2nd+1.14 kg / t83.31%
Very good handling, crisp steering, good aquaplaning reserves, short braking distances, very low wear, low rolling resistance.
Expensive.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.1 M99.72%
Dry Handling4th-0.8 Km/H99.17%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua12th-3.8 Km/H95.69%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.38 m/sec292.16%
Noise11th+1.8 dB97.39%
Wear11th-19380 Km62.25%
Value19th+5.54 Price/100065.29%
Price17th+210 58.82%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.25 kg / t81.99%
Good grip and excellent wet and dry handling, good aquaplaning properties, precise steering behaviour, short wet and dry braking distances.
Average wear.

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5th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+0.8 M97.81%
Dry Handling4th-0.8 Km/H99.17%
Wet Braking3rd+0.6 M98.62%
Wet Handling8th-1.4 Km/H98.13%
Wet Circle3rd-0.13 m/s98.07%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.32 m/sec293.4%
Noise5th+1.3 dB98.1%
Wear7th-15980 Km68.87%
Value5th+1.6 Price/100086.69%
Price10th+125 70.59%
Rolling Resistance21st+3.69 kg / t60.66%
High aquaplaning resistance, stable wet handling, short braking distances, dynamic dry handling, low noise.
Very high rolling resistance.

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6th: Kumho Ecsta HS52

Kumho Ecsta HS52
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling11th-1.3 Km/H98.65%
Wet Braking5th+1.7 M96.2%
Wet Handling14th-2.3 Km/H96.93%
Wet Circle15th-0.58 m/s91.39%
Straight Aqua16th-4.6 Km/H94.78%
Curved Aquaplaning18th-0.88 m/sec281.86%
Noise7th+1.5 dB97.81%
Wear5th-11900 Km76.82%
Value2nd+0.23 Price/100097.84%
Price9th+120 71.43%
Rolling Resistance14th+2.82 kg / t66.86%
Balanced performance, short wet and dry braking, good comfort, good price to performance ratio.
Slow steering.

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7th: Sava Intensa UHP 2

Sava Intensa UHP 2
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+0.6 M98.35%
Dry Handling6th-0.9 Km/H99.06%
Wet Braking15th+3.5 M92.47%
Wet Handling11th-1.7 Km/H97.73%
Wet Circle9th-0.45 m/s93.32%
Straight Aqua9th-2.6 Km/H97.05%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.34 m/sec292.99%
Noise16th+2.1 dB96.97%
Wear13th-19720 Km61.59%
Value5th+1.6 Price/100086.69%
Price4th+80 78.95%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.5 kg / t69.47%
Very good aquaplaning resistance, good braking, good comfort, well priced.
Average wear.

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8th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.4 M98.89%
Dry Handling17th-1.9 Km/H98.02%
Wet Braking7th+2 M95.56%
Wet Handling6th-0.9 Km/H98.8%
Wet Circle5th-0.25 m/s96.29%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.1 Km/H99.89%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.48 m/sec290.1%
Noise18th+2.6 dB96.27%
Wear6th-14960 Km70.86%
Value14th+2.91 Price/100078.17%
Price16th+185 61.86%
Rolling Resistance19th+3.27 kg / t63.5%
Good aquaplaning resistance, precise wet handling, short wet and dry braking, good comfort, well priced.
Slow steering in the dry.

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9th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+0.6 M98.35%
Dry Handling7th-1 Km/H98.96%
Wet Braking18th+5.5 M88.66%
Wet Handling17th-2.8 Km/H96.26%
Wet Circle18th-0.77 m/s88.58%
Straight Aqua14th-4.4 Km/H95.01%
Curved Aquaplaning19th-0.98 m/sec279.79%
Noise3rd+1 dB98.53%
Wear8th-16320 Km68.21%
Value18th+4.14 Price/100071.57%
Price17th+210 58.82%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.5 kg / t69.47%
Stable handling and short braking in the dry, low noise, good comfort.
Longer braking and understeer handling in the wet.

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10th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+0.8 M97.81%
Dry Handling17th-1.9 Km/H98.02%
Wet Braking11th+2.9 M93.68%
Wet Handling15th-2.5 Km/H96.66%
Wet Circle7th-0.36 m/s94.66%
Straight Aqua9th-2.6 Km/H97.05%
Curved Aquaplaning12th-0.58 m/sec288.04%
Noise18th+2.6 dB96.27%
Wear10th-18360 Km64.24%
Value10th+2.77 Price/100079%
Price11th+135 68.97%
Rolling Resistance11th+2.68 kg / t67.98%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances in the dry and wet, good price to performance ratio.
Very slow steering, average wear.

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11th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.2 M99.44%
Dry Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H99.38%
Wet Braking12th+3.3 M92.87%
Wet Handling9th-1.5 Km/H98%
Wet Circle11th-0.51 m/s92.43%
Straight Aqua19th-6.6 Km/H92.52%
Curved Aquaplaning21st-1.17 m/sec275.88%
Noise13th+1.9 dB97.25%
Wear11th-19380 Km62.25%
Value15th+3.5 Price/100074.86%
Price12th+145 67.42%
Rolling Resistance16th+2.87 kg / t66.47%
Balanced handling in the dry and wet, short dry braking, good comfort.
Low aquaplaning resistance, average wear.

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12th: Debica Presto UHP2

Debica Presto UHP2
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+0.8 M97.81%
Dry Handling15th-1.8 Km/H98.13%
Wet Braking15th+3.5 M92.47%
Wet Handling9th-1.5 Km/H98%
Wet Circle10th-0.47 m/s93.03%
Straight Aqua15th-4.5 Km/H94.9%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.02 m/sec299.59%
Noise15th+2 dB97.11%
Wear15th-20740 Km59.6%
Value11th+2.82 Price/100078.7%
Price5th+105 74.07%
Rolling Resistance7th+2.27 kg / t71.48%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short wet and dry braking, low price.
Slow steering, average wear.

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13th: Kleber Dynaxer HP4

Kleber Dynaxer HP4
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+0.5 M98.62%
Dry Handling15th-1.8 Km/H98.13%
Wet Braking17th+3.7 M92.08%
Wet Handling19th-3.3 Km/H95.59%
Wet Circle19th-0.8 m/s88.13%
Straight Aqua7th-2.2 Km/H97.51%
Curved Aquaplaning13th-0.68 m/sec285.98%
Noise2nd+0.7 dB98.97%
Wear9th-17000 Km66.89%
Value7th+1.67 Price/100086.19%
Price6th+115 72.29%
Rolling Resistance13th+2.74 kg / t67.5%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short wet and dry braking, good comfort, low noise.
Average grip in the wet, slow steering, understeer in the dry.

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14th: Vredestein Ultrac

Vredestein Ultrac
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.4 M98.89%
Dry Handling7th-1 Km/H98.96%
Wet Braking4th+1 M97.73%
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H99.2%
Wet Circle6th-0.31 m/s95.4%
Straight Aqua5th-1.8 Km/H97.96%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.26 m/sec294.64%
Noise21st+3 dB95.72%
Wear19th-24140 Km52.98%
Value20th+6.31 Price/100062.28%
Price13th+155 65.93%
Rolling Resistance12th+2.73 kg / t67.58%
Good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic driving behaviour, short wet braking.
Very high wear.

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15th: Laufenn S Fit EQ+

Laufenn S Fit EQ Plus
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+0.8 M97.81%
Dry Handling7th-1 Km/H98.96%
Wet Braking20th+8 M84.31%
Wet Handling20th-4 Km/H94.66%
Wet Circle20th-0.86 m/s87.24%
Straight Aqua11th-3.4 Km/H96.15%
Curved Aquaplaning15th-0.71 m/sec285.36%
Noise11th+1.8 dB97.39%
Wear14th-20060 Km60.93%
Value12th+2.85 Price/100078.52%
Price6th+115 72.29%
Rolling Resistance6th+2.11 kg / t72.95%
High aquaplaning resistance, good comfort, low rolling resistance.
Limited wet and dry grip.

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15th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking20th+1.6 M95.71%
Dry Handling19th-2 Km/H97.92%
Wet Braking8th+2.2 M95.13%
Wet Handling12th-1.8 Km/H97.6%
Wet Circle11th-0.51 m/s92.43%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.3 Km/H99.66%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise13th+1.9 dB97.25%
Wear17th-23460 Km54.3%
Value12th+2.85 Price/100078.52%
Price3rd+70 81.08%
Rolling Resistance17th+3.15 kg / t64.37%
Excellent aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking, well priced.
Understeer in the dry, high wear, high rolling resistance.

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15th: Nexen N Fera Primus

Nexen N Fera Primus
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking19th+1.5 M95.97%
Dry Handling20th-2.1 Km/H97.81%
Wet Braking5th+1.7 M96.2%
Wet Handling7th-1.3 Km/H98.26%
Wet Circle14th-0.55 m/s91.84%
Straight Aqua4th-0.9 Km/H98.98%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.51 m/sec289.48%
Noise17th+2.3 dB96.69%
Wear18th-23800 Km53.64%
Value9th+2.47 Price/100080.84%
Price2nd+55 84.51%
Rolling Resistance18th+3.24 kg / t63.72%
Very good aquapaning resistance, safe wet handling, short wet braking, low price.
Understeer in the dry, very high wear, high rolling resistance.

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18th: Goodride SA57

Goodride SA57
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking20th+1.6 M95.71%
Dry Handling11th-1.3 Km/H98.65%
Wet Braking19th+5.9 M87.93%
Wet Handling17th-2.8 Km/H96.26%
Wet Circle17th-0.73 m/s89.17%
Straight Aqua21st-7.8 Km/H91.16%
Curved Aquaplaning11th-0.57 m/sec288.25%
Noise9th+1.7 dB97.53%
Wear20th-24480 Km52.32%
Value3rd+0.75 Price/100093.29%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance20th+3.29 kg / t63.36%
Good aquaplaning resistance, low noise, low price.
Understeer in the dry, and long wet braking, very high rolling resistance.

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19th: Continental EcoContact 6

Continental EcoContact 6
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking12th+0.7 M98.08%
Dry Handling21st-2.2 Km/H97.71%
Wet Braking21st+8.1 M84.15%
Wet Handling21st-7.2 Km/H90.39%
Wet Circle21st-1.06 m/s84.27%
Straight Aqua20th-6.7 Km/H92.4%
Curved Aquaplaning20th-1.1 m/sec277.32%
Noise1st100%
Wear3rd-9860 Km80.79%
Value16th+3.56 Price/100074.54%
Price21st+280 51.72%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Short dry braking, very low rolling resistance, low wear.
Limited aquaplaning resistance, long wet and dry braking, slow steering with high levels of understeer.

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20th: GT Radial FE2

GT-Radial FE2
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking18th+1.3 M96.49%
Dry Handling13th-1.5 Km/H98.44%
Wet Braking13th+3.4 M92.67%
Wet Handling16th-2.6 Km/H96.53%
Wet Circle16th-0.63 m/s90.65%
Straight Aqua18th-6 Km/H93.2%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.4 m/sec291.75%
Noise6th+1.4 dB97.96%
Wear16th-22100 Km56.95%
Value17th+3.77 Price/100073.43%
Price6th+115 72.29%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.55 kg / t69.05%
Good aquaplaning resistance, well priced, low noise.
Slow steering, average wear.

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21st: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling14th-1.6 Km/H98.33%
Wet Braking8th+2.2 M95.13%
Wet Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H99.33%
Wet Circle8th-0.4 m/s94.07%
Straight Aqua7th-2.2 Km/H97.51%
Curved Aquaplaning16th-0.73 m/sec284.95%
Noise20th+2.7 dB96.13%
Wear21st-25500 Km50.33%
Value21st+8.16 Price/100056.08%
Price15th+180 62.5%
Rolling Resistance15th+2.86 kg / t66.55%
Very good dry braking, good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic wet handling.
Slow steering and low stability in the dry, very high wear, very low value.

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