2022 AutoBild SUV 4x4 Summer Tyre Test

Dry BrakingFalken FK510 SUV: 34.4 MImperial EcoSport SUV: 37.7 M
Dry HandlingFalken Azenis FK510: 101.1 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 99.4 Km/H
Wet BrakingFalken FK510 SUV: 45.8 MImperial EcoSport SUV: 55.8 M
Wet HandlingFalken FK510 SUV: 89.4 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 86.4 Km/H
Wet CircleMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 20.35 sImperial EcoSport SUV: 21.53 s
Straight AquaNexen N Fera Sport SUV: 86.5 Km/HMichelin Primacy 4: 78.1 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningNexen N Fera Sport SUV: 3.01 m/sec2Michelin Primacy 4: 2.72 m/sec2
Gravel HandlingMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 65.9 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 64.4 Km/H
Gravel TractionHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 13331 NPirelli Scorpion Verde: 11304 N
Sand TractionFalken FK510 SUV: 9999 NMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 8618 N
Grass TractionHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 3868 NToyo Proxes Comfort: 3414 N
Mud TractionHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 1515 NFalken FK510 SUV: 1125 N
NoiseGoodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV: 62.8 dBFalken FK510 SUV: 64.3 dB
PriceImperial EcoSport SUV: 370 Michelin Primacy 4: 590
Rolling ResistanceMichelin Primacy 4: 6.83 kg / tFalken FK510 SUV: 9 kg / t
Autobild are at it again, with the best SUV / mild 4x4 summer tyre test you'll see all year (Tyre Reviews sadly isn't doing one)! The German publication have tested ten leading SUV tyres in the popular 235/55 R18 tyre size using a VW Tiguan, and have managed to test the tyres in the usual range of tests covering the dry and wet performance of the tyres, but also test them on grass, dirt, gravel and even sand!

To add even more awesomeness Autobild included the multiple award winning Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen 3 all season tyre. There's been a number of driver reviews on Tyre Reviews claiming that an all season tyre is actually pretty cabible in certain offroad conditions, and now we get to see!

How do All Season Tyres Perform Off-Road?

We've seen plenty of all season tyre tests with a summer tyre as a reference, so it will be no surprise that the all season tyre struggled in the dry, especially dry braking where the sipes and soft compound needed for snow performance really struggle.

It was a similar story in the wet, although the all season tyre did have excellent aquaplaning resistance. The exciting new data comes from the off-road testing.

The all season tyre performed well in gravel traction, but not so well in gravel handling, but it didn't have a disastrous performance in either test. It did seem to struggle in mud, but having tried mud testing previously, mud is very unreliable to test properly.

Where the all season tyre did excel is on grass and especially in sand, where the tyre had a huge advantage over the summer tyres. Obviously the directional tread pattern and siping work well on both those surfaces.

This is good data for people in the UK who tow things like horseboxes in fields, but there's probably a limited use case for sand!

AutoBild summed up the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-3 as: 

Strengths: Legally approved for winter use, high traction on grass, gravel and sand, good safety reserves for aquaplaning, low rolling resistance. 

Weaknesses: Understeering wet performance and dry runway, delayed steering response, extended Wet and dry braking distances, high price level.

Once again, thank you to AutoBild for performing such interesting tests each year!

Onto the results of the summer SUV / 4x4 tyres.

Dry

The Falken Azenis FK510 SUV was the best tyre in both dry tests with sharp handling and good grip. It was however a very close group amongst the top six sets of tyres!

The Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 SUV was second best overall in both braking and handling.

Wet

Falken and Hankook were back at the front for wet braking!

And Falken remained in the lead in wet handling, with the Toyo Proxes Comfort finishing second.

Nexen led the way in aquaplaning resistance.

Off-Road

Gravel handling had the Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV leading the way.

Hankook took another top spot during the gravel traction test.

Grass traction proved to be another strong performance for Hankook.

Hankook also led the way in mud!

Falken was back at the front for the sand traction test.

Environment

The Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV took its first win in the external noise testing.

The Michelin Primacy 4 had the lowest rolling resistance.

But the michelin was also the most expensive tyre by a large margin.

Results

1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV

Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th35.4 M34.4 M+1 M97.18%
Dry Handling5th100.5 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.41%
Wet Braking4th47.5 M45.8 M+1.7 M96.42%
Wet Handling5th87.9 Km/H89.4 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.32%
Wet Circle4th20.54 s20.35 s+0.19 s99.07%
Straight Aqua6th83.1 Km/H86.5 Km/H-3.4 Km/H96.07%
Curved Aquaplaning6th2.89 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.12 m/sec296.01%
Gravel Handling7th65 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.63%
Gravel Traction4th12177 N13331 N-1154 N91.34%
Sand Traction6th9485 N9999 N-514 N94.86%
Grass Traction3rd3819 N3868 N-49 N98.73%
Mud Traction4th1410 N1515 N-105 N93.07%
Noise1st62.8 dB100%
Price8th510 370 +140 72.55%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.17 kg / t6.83 kg / t+0.34 kg / t95.26%
Convincing premium tires with very good driving characteristics on all surfaces, harmonious wet and dry handling, short wet and dry braking distances, good ride comfort, low rolling resistance.
None mentioned.

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1st: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd34.8 M34.4 M+0.4 M98.85%
Dry Handling2nd100.8 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.7%
Wet Braking2nd46.3 M45.8 M+0.5 M98.92%
Wet Handling6th87.8 Km/H89.4 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.21%
Wet Circle7th20.94 s20.35 s+0.59 s97.18%
Straight Aqua8th80.8 Km/H86.5 Km/H-5.7 Km/H93.41%
Curved Aquaplaning8th2.81 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.2 m/sec293.36%
Gravel Handling4th65.5 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.39%
Gravel Traction1st13331 N100%
Sand Traction2nd9704 N9999 N-295 N97.05%
Grass Traction1st3868 N100%
Mud Traction1st1515 N100%
Noise4th63.5 dB62.8 dB+0.7 dB98.9%
Price5th485 370 +115 76.29%
Rolling Resistance4th7.75 kg / t6.83 kg / t+0.92 kg / t88.13%
Top driving performance off-road and on dry slopes, good traction on loose gravel and muddy terrain, dynamic dry handling, short wet and dry braking distances, well priced.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Falken FK510 SUV

Falken FK510 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st34.4 M100%
Dry Handling1st101.1 Km/H100%
Wet Braking1st45.8 M100%
Wet Handling1st89.4 Km/H100%
Wet Circle2nd20.49 s20.35 s+0.14 s99.32%
Straight Aqua6th83.1 Km/H86.5 Km/H-3.4 Km/H96.07%
Curved Aquaplaning6th2.89 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.12 m/sec296.01%
Gravel Handling2nd65.8 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction3rd12671 N13331 N-660 N95.05%
Sand Traction1st9999 N100%
Grass Traction9th3574 N3868 N-294 N92.4%
Mud Traction10th1125 N1515 N-390 N74.26%
Noise10th64.3 dB62.8 dB+1.5 dB97.67%
Price7th500 370 +130 74%
Rolling Resistance10th9 kg / t6.83 kg / t+2.17 kg / t75.89%
Good tyres with convincing driving characteristics on wet and dry roads, dynamic handling, precise steering behavior, short braking distances.
Moderate mud traction, high rolling resistance.

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4th: Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV

Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th34.9 M34.4 M+0.5 M98.57%
Dry Handling4th100.6 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.51%
Wet Braking8th50.4 M45.8 M+4.6 M90.87%
Wet Handling3rd88.4 Km/H89.4 Km/H-1 Km/H98.88%
Wet Circle1st20.35 s100%
Straight Aqua3rd83.4 Km/H86.5 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd2.9 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.11 m/sec296.35%
Gravel Handling1st65.9 Km/H100%
Gravel Traction7th11847 N13331 N-1484 N88.87%
Sand Traction10th8618 N9999 N-1381 N86.19%
Grass Traction5th3796 N3868 N-72 N98.14%
Mud Traction2nd1478 N1515 N-37 N97.56%
Noise9th64.2 dB62.8 dB+1.4 dB97.82%
Price4th480 370 +110 77.08%
Rolling Resistance8th8.47 kg / t6.83 kg / t+1.64 kg / t80.64%
Stable safe driving behavior, short dry braking distances.
Moderate Traction on sand, longer wet braking distances, increased rolling resistance.

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4th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th34.9 M34.4 M+0.5 M98.57%
Dry Handling3rd100.7 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.6%
Wet Braking7th49.9 M45.8 M+4.1 M91.78%
Wet Handling2nd88.9 Km/H89.4 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.44%
Wet Circle5th20.55 s20.35 s+0.2 s99.03%
Straight Aqua2nd84.8 Km/H86.5 Km/H-1.7 Km/H98.03%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd2.95 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.06 m/sec298.01%
Gravel Handling7th65 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.63%
Gravel Traction8th11631 N13331 N-1700 N87.25%
Sand Traction8th9454 N9999 N-545 N94.55%
Grass Traction10th3414 N3868 N-454 N88.26%
Mud Traction6th1329 N1515 N-186 N87.72%
Noise6th63.9 dB62.8 dB+1.1 dB98.28%
Price5th485 370 +115 76.29%
Rolling Resistance7th7.95 kg / t6.83 kg / t+1.12 kg / t85.91%
Excellent wet grip and high resistance to aquaplaning, precise wet and dry handling, short dry braking distances, good ride comfort, well priced.
Moderate traction on wet grass.

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4th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd34.8 M34.4 M+0.4 M98.85%
Dry Handling6th100.3 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.21%
Wet Braking5th48.2 M45.8 M+2.4 M95.02%
Wet Handling8th87.2 Km/H89.4 Km/H-2.2 Km/H97.54%
Wet Circle8th20.99 s20.35 s+0.64 s96.95%
Straight Aqua10th78.1 Km/H86.5 Km/H-8.4 Km/H90.29%
Curved Aquaplaning10th2.72 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.29 m/sec290.37%
Gravel Handling3rd65.7 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.7%
Gravel Traction9th11535 N13331 N-1796 N86.53%
Sand Traction9th9376 N9999 N-623 N93.77%
Grass Traction3rd3819 N3868 N-49 N98.73%
Mud Traction6th1329 N1515 N-186 N87.72%
Noise3rd63.4 dB62.8 dB+0.6 dB99.05%
Price10th590 370 +220 62.71%
Rolling Resistance1st6.83 kg / t100%
Premium profile with balanced performance potential, short dry braking distances, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
Average aquaplaning qualities, expensive.

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4th: Nexen N Fera Sport SUV

Nexen N Fera Sport SUV
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th35.2 M34.4 M+0.8 M97.73%
Dry Handling7th100.2 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.11%
Wet Braking6th48.4 M45.8 M+2.6 M94.63%
Wet Handling4th88.2 Km/H89.4 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.66%
Wet Circle3rd20.52 s20.35 s+0.17 s99.17%
Straight Aqua1st86.5 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st3.01 m/sec2100%
Gravel Handling6th65.3 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.09%
Gravel Traction5th12150 N13331 N-1181 N91.14%
Sand Traction7th9457 N9999 N-542 N94.58%
Grass Traction8th3616 N3868 N-252 N93.49%
Mud Traction3rd1421 N1515 N-94 N93.8%
Noise5th63.8 dB62.8 dB+1 dB98.43%
Price2nd430 370 +60 86.05%
Rolling Resistance9th8.54 kg / t6.83 kg / t+1.71 kg / t79.98%
Best safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning, excellent handling in the wet, short braking distances when dry, low price.
Average traction on wet grass, increased rolling resistance.

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8th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde

Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th36.8 M34.4 M+2.4 M93.48%
Dry Handling7th100.2 Km/H101.1 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.11%
Wet Braking9th51.7 M45.8 M+5.9 M88.59%
Wet Handling7th87.6 Km/H89.4 Km/H-1.8 Km/H97.99%
Wet Circle6th20.92 s20.35 s+0.57 s97.28%
Straight Aqua3rd83.4 Km/H86.5 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd2.9 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.11 m/sec296.35%
Gravel Handling4th65.5 Km/H65.9 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.39%
Gravel Traction10th11304 N13331 N-2027 N84.79%
Sand Traction5th9534 N9999 N-465 N95.35%
Grass Traction6th3704 N3868 N-164 N95.76%
Mud Traction5th1399 N1515 N-116 N92.34%
Noise2nd63.3 dB62.8 dB+0.5 dB99.21%
Price9th525 370 +155 70.48%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.55 kg / t6.83 kg / t+0.72 kg / t90.46%
Balanced handling off-road and on wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance.
Extended wet braking distance, delayed steering response, slightly understeering dry handling.

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9th: General Grabber GT+

General Grabber GT Plus
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th35.7 M34.4 M+1.3 M96.36%
Dry Handling9th99.7 Km/H101.1 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.62%
Wet Braking3rd47.1 M45.8 M+1.3 M97.24%
Wet Handling9th86.8 Km/H89.4 Km/H-2.6 Km/H97.09%
Wet Circle9th21.21 s20.35 s+0.86 s95.95%
Straight Aqua3rd83.4 Km/H86.5 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd2.9 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.11 m/sec296.35%
Gravel Handling9th64.9 Km/H65.9 Km/H-1 Km/H98.48%
Gravel Traction2nd12963 N13331 N-368 N97.24%
Sand Traction3rd9559 N9999 N-440 N95.6%
Grass Traction7th3618 N3868 N-250 N93.54%
Mud Traction8th1310 N1515 N-205 N86.47%
Noise8th64.1 dB62.8 dB+1.3 dB97.97%
Price3rd470 370 +100 78.72%
Rolling Resistance6th7.94 kg / t6.83 kg / t+1.11 kg / t86.02%
High traction on loose gravel, short wet and dry braking distances.
Average grass traction, understeering handling on wet and dry slopes, moderate ride comfort.

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10th: Imperial EcoSport SUV

Imperial EcoSport SUV
  • 235/55 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th37.7 M34.4 M+3.3 M91.25%
Dry Handling10th99.4 Km/H101.1 Km/H-1.7 Km/H98.32%
Wet Braking10th55.8 M45.8 M+10 M82.08%
Wet Handling10th86.4 Km/H89.4 Km/H-3 Km/H96.64%
Wet Circle10th21.53 s20.35 s+1.18 s94.52%
Straight Aqua9th80.4 Km/H86.5 Km/H-6.1 Km/H92.95%
Curved Aquaplaning9th2.8 m/sec23.01 m/sec2-0.21 m/sec293.02%
Gravel Handling10th64.4 Km/H65.9 Km/H-1.5 Km/H97.72%
Gravel Traction6th11964 N13331 N-1367 N89.75%
Sand Traction4th9537 N9999 N-462 N95.38%
Grass Traction2nd3843 N3868 N-25 N99.35%
Mud Traction9th1230 N1515 N-285 N81.19%
Noise6th63.9 dB62.8 dB+1.1 dB98.28%
Price1st370 100%
Rolling Resistance5th7.77 kg / t6.83 kg / t+0.94 kg / t87.9%
Good traction on grass and gravel, low price.
Only limited wet suitability, dangerously long wet braking distances, inharmonious understeering handling on all surfaces.

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