The Polish Motor Magazine recently conducted a premium touring tyre test. The test included eight different tyre brands, all in the popular size of 205/55 R16, which is commonly used in compact and some larger car models. The brands tested were Continental, Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook, Pirelli, Michelin, and Vredestein. The test was comprehensive, covering various aspects of tyre performance including wet and dry handling, rolling resistance, noise, and comfort.
|▲Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.6 M
|▼Dunlop Sport BluResponse: 39.6 M
|▲Continental PremiumContact 7: 55.2 s
|▼Vredestein Ultrac: 56.8 s
|▲Continental PremiumContact 7: 51.1 M
|▼Dunlop Sport BluResponse: 64.6 M
|▲Continental PremiumContact 7: 83.8 s
|▼Dunlop Sport BluResponse: 88.2 s
|▲Vredestein Ultrac: 80.6 Km/H
|▼Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 74 Km/H
|▲Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2: 64 dB
|▼Vredestein Ultrac: 65.3 dB
|▲Vredestein Ultrac: 6250
|▼Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2: 7000
|▲Bridgestone Turanza T005: 0.665 kg / t
|▼Vredestein Ultrac: 0.888 kg / t
In the wet braking test, the Continental PremiumContact 7 stood out with the shortest braking distance from 100 km/h.
The Continental was also the fastest around the wet handling lap.
The Vredestein had the highest resistance to aquaplaning in deeper water.
When it came to dry, Continental again took the lead, providing the best performance in terms of handling and braking. Goodyear and Dunlop also showed strong performance in dry handling, but lost a little during the braking test.
The Goodyear had the lowest external noise on test.
In terms of rolling resistance, Bridgestone outperformed its rivals, which translates to better fuel efficiency.
The Vredestein was the cheapest tyre on test.
This tyre emerged as the clear winner of the test, scoring the highest points in both wet and dry conditions. It offered the shortest braking distances on both wet and dry surfaces and was the fastest on the track in all conditions. The tyre also demonstrated excellent handling precision and the highest level of safety.
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2nd: Michelin Primacy 4+
Although it didn't win any test category, its consistent high-level performance across all tests allowed it to secure the second place. It is a well-balanced tyre that ensures a high level of safety in all conditions.
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Securing the third place, this tyre confirmed the high quality of Bridgestone products. It stood out for its excellent rolling resistance score, which translates into noticeable fuel savings. It is a stable tyre with very good handling precision.
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This tyre narrowly missed the podium, scoring just 0.2 points less than Bridgestone. Interestingly, Pirelli achieved better results than its competitor in tests conducted on both dry and wet tracks. The final ranking was decided by its lower rolling resistance score.
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With a very good point score, it secured the fifth place. It slightly lags behind Pirelli on both dry and wet asphalt, while having slightly better rolling resistance. Goodyear is a well-balanced tyre that provides a comparable high level of safety in all conditions.
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6th: Vredestein Ultrac
This tyre lost the competition with Goodyear by only 0.1 point, showing that a good class tyre from the middle segment can compete with premium rubber. Interestingly, Vredestein performed much better than Goodyear on wet surfaces, but lost due to lower scores for dry competitions and high rolling resistance.
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This tyre does not lag behind in quality from premium segment products. It is the cheapest tyre in the set, and it provides a decent level of safety. It only noticeably lags behind in aquaplaning tests, but it is not dangerous in these conditions. It receives a low score for rolling resistance.
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This tyre achieves a final result that lags behind its competitors, even those from the middle segment. It loses the most points for poor braking distance on wet asphalt. In other competitions, it performs well and ensures the required level of safety. It has a reasonable price and a good rolling resistance coefficient.
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