The 2023 Auto Zeitung Performance Summer Tyre Test included nine of the very best UHP summer tyres in the popular 235/35 R19 tyre size, and also included the Michelin CrossClimate 2 all season / all weather tyre so show us how one of the best all season tyres compared to some of the best summer tyres. The test car was a 280bhp Ford Focus ST which will give the summer tyres a good stress test, let alone the all seasons!
|Dry Braking||▲Continental SportContact 7: 31.6 M||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 35.7 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 098.4 s||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 102.6 s|
|Wet Braking||▲Continental SportContact 7: 38.1 M||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 47.2 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 66.5 s||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 71.9 s|
|Wet Circle||▲Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 13.41 s||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 14.58 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Giti GitiSportS2: 83.3 Km/H||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 75.9 Km/H|
|Noise||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 67 dB||▼Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 72 dB|
|Price||▲Kumho Ecsta PS91: 540||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 975|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 7.20 kg / t||▼Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 9.47 kg / t|
The Continental SportContact 7 and Bridgestone Potenza Sport led the way in wet braking, with a small gap to the third placed Pirelli P Zero PZ4.
The magazine noted the overall group was very close with the worst summer tyre 7.1 meters behind the best... which actually sounds like quite a gap, and the CrossClimate 2 was another half meter behind the best summer tyre. We know from all season tests the CrossClimate 2 isn't the best all season tyre in the wet, so it's fair to assume an all season tyre with higher wet grip could have jumped the Giti.
Wet handling had the Bridgestone back at the top, narrowly beating the Pirelli by just 0.2 seconds. Michelin, Goodyear and Kumho were next in line with the all season tyre again at the back.
The all season tyre again struggled during the aquaplaning tests, with the Giti the best of the summer tyres.
Continental were back at the front for dry braking with the Falken Azenis FK520 and Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tied for second place. The CrossClimate 2, which IS the best all season tyre in dry braking, again couldn't match any of the summer tyres.
The Potenza Sport was back in the lead for dry handling, with the Continental again close behind.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 was the quietest tyre of the group, with the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 posting a rather high external noise figure.
The CrossClimate 2 had a huge advantage during the rolling resistance test, with the Giti GitiSportS2 the best of the summer tyres, 12% off the all season tyre.
There was a significant premium for the all season tyre in the purchase prices.
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1st: Continental SportContact 7
The new Continental SportContact 7 wins with balanced properties that very convincingly solve the balancing act between sportiness and efficiency. Safe when wet.
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1st: Bridgestone Potenza Sport
Outstanding on wet roads, great performance in the dry - this is how the Bridgestone Potenza Sport brought the test win. Slightly more expensive than the Conti with the same points and worse in terms of rolling resistance.
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3rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
Second place for the current, sixth generation of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, which shines as a dynamic all-rounder with remarkable driving comfort. Not a pure racer, but very harmonious.
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3rd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
Once again the Pirelli P Zero, this time in the PZ4 S.C. version, can establish itself at the forefront with its dynamic talents and its meticulously balanced steering characteristics. Level on points with Goodyear.
5th: Michelin Pilot Sport 5
In the end, the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 is only missing a single point for second place. He only performs worse in aquaplaning than the tyre before him. Low rolling resistance, but high price level.
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6th: Falken Azenis FK520
The price-performance tip: Falken Azenis FK520. Although no longer fresh as a dew, the fairly priced tire remains within striking distance of the top products in the dry and masters the wet without any problems.
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7th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
The Nexen N'Fera Sport SU2 doesn't set any highlights, but it delivers decent results and shows no major weaknesses. That's not enough for a good placement, but considering the price it's ok.
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8th: Kumho Ecsta PS91
The Kumho Ecsta PS91 SC doesn't do anything wrong, but it's no longer up to date - a successor is in the works. Currently, however, the low price is the strongest argument for this tire.
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9th: Giti GitiSportS2
Best in aquaplaning, low rolling resistance. But those who opt for the Giti Sport S2 have to accept compromises in wet performance. The latest update is said to offer noticeably more grip.
10th: Michelin CrossClimate 2
The Michelin CrossClimate 2 gets the fewest points. But a direct comparison with UHP summer pros would be unfair, so no placement. But: It is fast, very economical and suitable for winter!
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