2022 AutoBild 19 Inch Summer UHP Tyre Test

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.

As this is the first test with both the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 AND Continental SportContact 7, it makes for a very interesting test!

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.

Why the difference in wet? 

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its ridiculous wet braking performance, and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 still holding its own, even though it has now been replaced by the Pilot Sport 5.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.

Dry

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.

Wet

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

Environment

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.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 10.24kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M99.12%
Dry Handling3rd-1.6 Km/H98.66%
Wet Braking2nd+2.6 M95%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua10th-3.4 Km/H96.41%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.37 m/sec287.5%
Noise1st100%
Price9th+390 47.65%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Excellent tyres with balance performance at the highest level, short braking distances, precise handling behavior, low rolling resistance, good aquaplaning reserves.
High price.

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2nd: Continental SportContact 7

Continental SportContact 7
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 10.60kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking3rd+3.4 M93.56%
Wet Handling5th-2.2 Km/H97.07%
Wet Circle3rd+0.02 s99.82%
Straight Aqua4th-1.7 Km/H98.2%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.22 m/sec292.57%
Noise4th+1 dB98.6%
Price8th+370 48.97%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.62 kg / t92.69%
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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2nd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 12kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.4 M98.82%
Dry Handling7th-2.9 Km/H97.57%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.73%
Wet Circle7th+0.37 s96.84%
Straight Aqua9th-3.3 Km/H96.52%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.46 m/sec284.46%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price6th+245 59.17%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.73 kg / t91.5%
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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4th: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 11.34kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.3 M96.28%
Dry Handling4th-1.8 Km/H98.49%
Wet Braking4th+3.7 M93.03%
Wet Handling6th-2.5 Km/H96.67%
Wet Circle5th+0.29 s97.51%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise5th+1.1 dB98.47%
Price10th+445 44.38%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.43 kg / t94.81%
Sports tyres with balanced performance potential, dynamic dry handling, optimal aquaplaning reserves, precise steering behavior, low rolling resistance.
High price.

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5th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 11.67kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.8 M94.92%
Dry Handling6th-2.8 Km/H97.65%
Wet Braking6th+6.1 M89.01%
Wet Handling8th-2.9 Km/H96.14%
Wet Circle4th+0.24 s97.93%
Straight Aqua7th-2.4 Km/H97.47%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.28 m/sec290.54%
Noise5th+1.1 dB98.47%
Price2nd+120 74.74%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.78 kg / t90.97%
Balance performance in the dry and wet, good aquaplaning properties, fair price.
Delayed steering response in the dry.

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6th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 11.13kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2 M94.38%
Dry Handling2nd-1.2 Km/H98.99%
Wet Braking7th+6.8 M87.9%
Wet Handling4th-1.8 Km/H97.6%
Wet Circle2nd+0.01 s99.91%
Straight Aqua5th-2.1 Km/H97.78%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.23 m/sec292.23%
Noise10th+3 dB95.92%
Price7th+355 50%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.18 kg / t86.95%
Convincing sports tyres with good security reserves, dynamic handling, direct steering.
SLightly longer wet braking distances.

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7th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: D/B/70
  • Weight: 13.17kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+2.7 M92.56%
Dry Handling5th-1.9 Km/H98.41%
Wet Braking8th+7 M87.59%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle6th+0.32 s97.26%
Straight Aqua6th-2.3 Km/H97.57%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.33 m/sec288.85%
Noise7th+1.4 dB98.06%
Price4th+205 63.39%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.65 kg / t82.65%
Balanced sports tyres with dynamic handling in the wet, good aquaplaning reserves, good comfort, fair price.
Longer wet braking distances.

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8th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Weight: 12.12kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.9 M94.65%
Dry Handling10th-4.2 Km/H96.48%
Wet Braking5th+4 M92.51%
Wet Handling7th-2.8 Km/H96.27%
Wet Circle8th+0.57 s95.21%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.9 Km/H99.05%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.19 m/sec293.58%
Noise3rd+0.2 dB99.72%
Price3rd+195 64.55%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.15 kg / t87.24%
Good aquaplaning reserves and short dry braking distances, low noise.
Oversteer balance in the dry.

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9th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: D/A/69
  • Weight: 12.05kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+3 M91.8%
Dry Handling8th-3.2 Km/H97.32%
Wet Braking9th+7.2 M87.28%
Wet Handling9th-4.3 Km/H94.27%
Wet Circle9th+0.67 s94.42%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.5 Km/H98.42%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.01 m/sec299.66%
Noise9th+2.3 dB96.84%
Price5th+230 60.68%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.42 kg / t84.7%
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

Star-Performer UHP 3
  • 245/40 R19 98Y
  • EU Label: C/C/72
  • Weight: 11.3kgs
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+5.1 M86.82%
Dry Handling9th-3.8 Km/H96.82%
Wet Braking10th+21.1 M70.07%
Wet Handling10th-10.5 Km/H86.02%
Wet Circle10th+1.03 s91.67%
Straight Aqua8th-2.5 Km/H97.36%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.21 m/sec292.91%
Noise8th+2.2 dB96.98%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.83 kg / t90.45%
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.

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