For AutoBild's third summer tyre test for 2022, the German publication tested ten sets of 245/40 R19 tyres using a BMW 5 Series.
The new Goodyear wins overall thanks to excelling in nearly every test, other than aquaplaning (though strangely Auto Bild still said the tyre has good aquaplaning reserves, we're not sure why.)
The SportContact 7 was the fastest tyre in the dry and had the best dry braking, however it couldn't match the stellar wet performance we found in the Tyre Reviews 2022 UUHP Tyre Test.
|Dry Braking||▲Continental SportContact 7: 33.6 M||▼Star-Performer UHP 3: 38.7 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Continental SportContact 7: 119.4 Km/H||▼Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 115.2 Km/H|
|Wet Braking||▲Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 49.4 M||▼Star-Performer UHP 3: 70.5 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Vredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus: 75.1 Km/H||▼Star-Performer UHP 3: 64.6 Km/H|
|Wet Circle||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 11.34 s||▼Star-Performer UHP 3: 12.37 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 94.7 Km/H||▼Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 91.3 Km/H|
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 2.96 m/sec2||▼Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 2.5 m/sec2|
|Noise||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 70.6 dB||▼Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 73.6 dB|
|Price||▲Star-Performer UHP 3: 355||▼Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 800|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 7.86 kg / t||▼Vredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus: 9.51 kg / t|
There's no official statement, but looking at the lower than usual wet performance of the Bridgestone, and the photos from the test looking quite overcast and cool, we would guess that like the Bridgestone the new Continental SportContact 7 needs a little temperature to work at its very best in the wet. Something to keep in mind.
Other notes from the test was the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 continuing its ridiculous wet braking performance, and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 still holding its own, even though it has now been replaced by the Pilot Sport 5.
As mentioned, the Bridgestone Potenza Sport could only place sixth due to an average wet performance, not something we're used to from the Potenza Sport, finishing behind a Maxxis tyre. This, like the Continentals result, is possibly due to the cool test conditions, and something to keep in mind for tyre purchase decisions as wet driving is usually at cooler temperatures.
On a dry road, the differences in emergency braking from 100 km/h are within 3meters. Only the Star Performer UHP-3 goes one step further, but remains within the acceptable range.
AutoBild reported that the new SportContact 7 from Continental is in its element on dry roads, with precise steering and outstanding grip, it clearly sets itself apart from its pursuers Bridgestone and Goodyear.
Hankook lead again in wet braking, with outstanding stopping performance 1.6 meters better than second placed Goodyear. The Star Performer needed an extra 21 meters to stop the car.
In the wet Vredestein, Hankook and Goodyear are fighting for the top spot, all having the highest levels of grip. Bridgestone and Continental are missing a little something, and the BMW 5 Series is a drift machine on the budget tyres.
As always, Michelin performed extremely well in the aquaplaning tests
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 was the quietest tyre on test.
The new Asymmetric 6 also had the lowest rolling resistance on test.
The most expensive tyres in the test were also the best.
Excellent tyres with balance performance at the highest level, short braking distances, precise handling behavior, low rolling resistance, good aquaplaning reserves.
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New sports tyres with the best handling properties in the dry, good aquaplaning reserves, short braking distances, safe driving behavior in the wet.
Average ride comfort.
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Sport profile with outstanding driving characteristics in the wet, safe dry handling, short we and dry braking distances.
Average ride comfort.
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Sports tyres with balanced performance potential, dynamic dry handling, optimal aquaplaning reserves, precise steering behavior, low rolling resistance.
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Balance performance in the dry and wet, good aquaplaning properties, fair price.
Delayed steering response in the dry.
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Convincing sports tyres with good security reserves, dynamic handling, direct steering.
SLightly longer wet braking distances.
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Balanced sports tyres with dynamic handling in the wet, good aquaplaning reserves, good comfort, fair price.
Longer wet braking distances.
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Good aquaplaning reserves and short dry braking distances, low noise.
Oversteer balance in the dry.
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9th: Falken Azenis FK510
Moderately dynamic summer tyre with good aquaplaning reserves, good comfort.
Weak grip and long braking in the wet, oversteer balance.
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10th: Star Performer UHP 3
Good aquaplaning reserves, low price, low rolling resistance.
Dangerously long wet braking distances, very low grip in wet handling, slow steering with spongy driving behavior.