2024 EV Tyre Test

The Auto Bild 2024 summer tyre test for electric vehicles (EVs) in the 235/55 R19 size aimed to compare the performance of standard and specialized EV tyres to determine if EV-specific tyres offer significant advantages over their conventional counterparts. The test included eight tyre models: the Continental PremiumContact 7, Falken e.Ziex [ev specific], Hankook iON evo SUV [ev specific], Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6, GT Radial SportActive 2 EV [ev specific], Bridgestone Potenza Sport, and Goodride ZuperEco Z-107.

Dry BrakingHankook iON evo SUV: 33 MGT-Radial Sport Active 2 EV: 37.9 M
Dry HandlingContinental PremiumContact 7: 71.3 Km/HGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 67.1 Km/H
Wet BrakingContinental PremiumContact 7: 37.7 MGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 48.1 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 59.2 Km/HGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 54.3 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Potenza Sport: 12.88 sGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 13.95 s
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 95.5 Km/HFalken e.Ziex: 92.1 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 3.28 m/sec2GT-Radial Sport Active 2 EV: 2.64 m/sec2
NoiseHankook iON evo SUV: 68.6 dBMichelin Pilot Sport EV: 71.3 dB
WearContinental PremiumContact 7: 36885 KMBridgestone Potenza Sport: 18530 KM
ValueGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 14.55 Price/1000Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 38.32 Price/1000
Rolling ResistanceFalken e.Ziex: 5.55 kg / tBridgestone Potenza Sport: 9.1 kg / t
Energy ConsumptionFalken e.Ziex: 18.28 kWh/100kmGT-Radial Sport Active 2 EV: 20.82 kWh/100km
AbrasionContinental PremiumContact 7: 1069 gBridgestone Potenza Sport: 2093 g

Interestingly, Michelin decided not to officially enter their EV-specific tyre, the Pilot Sport EV, or their e-Primacy model in the test, opting instead for the Pilot Sport 4 SUV from their sports tyre segment. Despite this, the discontinued Pilot Sport EV was still tested alongside the other contenders, providing an opportunity to compare its performance against both standard and EV-specific tyres.

The tyres were evaluated on a Kia EV6 electric vehicle across three main categories: Wet Performance (40% weightage), Dry Performance (40% weightage), and Cost (20% weightage). Wet Performance tests included aquaplaning, curved aquaplaning, handling, steering response, and braking. Dry Performance assessed handling, braking, rolling comfort, and pass-by noise. The Cost category considered mileage, price per mileage, rolling resistance, and electricity consumption.

In the final results, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV emerged as the overall winner, receiving an "Exemplary" rating. The Continental PremiumContact 7 and Hankook iON evo SUV tied for second place, also with "Exemplary" ratings. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 followed closely in fourth place. The test demonstrated that while specialized EV tyres like the Hankook iON evo SUV can offer benefits, high-quality standard tyres such as those from Continental and Michelin can also provide excellent performance on electric vehicles.

As for the Michelin Pilot Sport EV, although it wasn't officially part of the test, its performance in the measured categories suggests it would have likely placed in the lower half of the rankings. The tyre struggled in wet conditions, placing 7th in braking and 8th in both aquaplaning tests. It fared slightly better in dry handling, securing 6th place. However, without complete data across all test criteria, it's difficult to determine its exact position in the final order.

The Auto Bild 2024 summer tyre test for EVs showcases the importance of considering a balance of safety, performance, and efficiency when selecting tyres for electric vehicles. While EV-specific tyres can offer some advantages, the test proves that high-quality standard tyres can also rise to the challenge of providing excellent performance on these technologically advanced vehicles.

Dry

The Hankook iON evo SUV showcased the best dry braking performance, stopping just short of the Continental PremiumContact 7. The GT Radial SportActive 2 EV and Goodride ZuperEco Z-107 required the longest distances to come to a halt.

Continental PremiumContact 7 demonstrated the most agile and precise handling on dry roads, closely followed by the Michelin's Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Bridgestone Potenza Sport. The Goodride ZuperEco Z-107 and GT Radial SportActive 2 EV struggled to keep up with the leaders in this discipline.

Wet

In wet braking tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 outperformed the competition, with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV not far behind. The Goodride ZuperEco Z-107 had the longest braking distance on wet surfaces.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV displayed the best handling characteristics on wet roads, while the Goodride ZuperEco Z-107 was again last.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV had the highest resistance to aquaplaning in straight-line conditions, with most tires performing similarly well. The Falken e.Ziex was the first to lose grip on the water-covered surface.

Comfort

The Hankook iON evo SUV proved to be the quietest tire, whereas the Bridgestone Potenza Sport produced the most noise.

Value

The Continental PremiumContact 7 demonstrated the lowest wear rate, promising the highest mileage. The Bridgestone Potenza Sport had the highest wear, just half of the Continental.

The rolling resistance and energy consumption tests yielded intriguing results, particularly for the Bridgestone Potenza Sport and GT Radial SportActive 2 EV tires. In the rolling resistance test, the Bridgestone Potenza Sport had the highest rolling resistance, while the GT Radial SportActive 2 EV performed well, ranking second only to the Falken e.Ziex.

However, the real-world efficiency test revealed a different picture. The GT Radial SportActive 2 EV, despite its low rolling resistance in the lab test, consumed the most energy during real-world testing. This discrepancy highlights the importance of conducting both laboratory and real-world assessments to gain a comprehensive understanding of a tire's performance.

The article does not provide specific theories to explain this discrepancy, but it is possible that other factors, such as the tire's construction, compound, or interaction with the road surface, may have contributed to the GT Radial SportActive 2 EV's higher energy consumption in real-world conditions.

The Continental PremiumContact 7 produced the least amount of tire abrasion, suggesting a more environmentally friendly performance. The Bridgestone Potenza Sport had the highest abrasion rate, which may lead to increased tire particulate emissions.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
  • 235/55 R19 105Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 12.95kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 840.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th34.1 M33 M+1.1 M96.77%
Dry Handling2nd70.9 Km/H71.3 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.44%
Wet Braking3rd39.2 M37.7 M+1.5 M96.17%
Wet Handling2nd58.5 Km/H59.2 Km/H-0.7 Km/H98.82%
Wet Circle3rd12.93 s12.88 s+0.05 s99.61%
Straight Aqua1st95.5 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd3.25 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.03 m/sec299.09%
Noise2nd70 dB68.6 dB+1.4 dB98%
Wear2nd35865 KM36885 KM-1020 KM97.23%
Value7th23.42 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+8.87 Price/100062.13%
Rolling Resistance8th7.99 kg / t5.55 kg / t+2.44 kg / t69.46%
Energy Consumption4th19.17 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+0.89 kWh/100km95.36%
Abrasion3rd1211 g1069 g+142 g88.27%
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is a sports tyre that delivers impressive performance on both wet and dry surfaces. It exhibits dynamic handling qualities, precise steering response, short braking distances, and high mileage.
The tyre has slightly increased rolling resistance.

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2nd: Continental PremiumContact 7

Continental PremiumContact 7
  • 235/55 R19 105Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 11.95kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 745.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd33.2 M33 M+0.2 M99.4%
Dry Handling1st71.3 Km/H100%
Wet Braking1st37.7 M100%
Wet Handling4th57.6 Km/H59.2 Km/H-1.6 Km/H97.3%
Wet Circle1st12.88 s100%
Straight Aqua7th93.4 Km/H95.5 Km/H-2.1 Km/H97.8%
Curved Aquaplaning6th2.96 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.32 m/sec290.24%
Noise5th70.3 dB68.6 dB+1.7 dB97.58%
Wear1st36885 KM100%
Value4th20.2 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+5.65 Price/100072.03%
Rolling Resistance4th6.64 kg / t5.55 kg / t+1.09 kg / t83.58%
Energy Consumption2nd18.46 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+0.18 kWh/100km99.02%
Abrasion1st1069 g100%
The Continental PremiumContact 7 is a standard tyre that offers outstanding mileage and exemplary sustainability. It delivers the shortest wet and dry braking distances, precise dry handling, and a pleasantly quiet ride. The tyre also showcases low rolling resistance, reduced tyre abrasion, and minimal electricity consumption.
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2nd: Hankook iON evo SUV

Hankook iON evo SUV
  • 235/55 R19 105Y
  • EU Label: A/A/69
  • Weight: 13.35kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 690.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st33 M100%
Dry Handling5th70.2 Km/H71.3 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.46%
Wet Braking4th39.4 M37.7 M+1.7 M95.69%
Wet Handling5th57.1 Km/H59.2 Km/H-2.1 Km/H96.45%
Wet Circle6th13.11 s12.88 s+0.23 s98.25%
Straight Aqua4th94.4 Km/H95.5 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.85%
Curved Aquaplaning5th2.99 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.29 m/sec291.16%
Noise1st68.6 dB100%
Wear3rd35695 KM36885 KM-1190 KM96.77%
Value2nd19.33 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+4.78 Price/100075.27%
Rolling Resistance5th6.88 kg / t5.55 kg / t+1.33 kg / t80.67%
Energy Consumption3rd18.83 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+0.55 kWh/100km97.08%
Abrasion2nd1141 g1069 g+72 g93.69%
The Hankook iON evo SUV is a new EV summer tyre that provides a well-balanced, high-performance package. It offers stable and secure handling, short wet and dry braking distances, low noise emissions, excellent mileage, and good overall value.
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4th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 235/55 R19 105Y
  • EU Label: B/A/69
  • Weight: 13.08kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 695.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd33.9 M33 M+0.9 M97.35%
Dry Handling4th70.4 Km/H71.3 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking2nd39.1 M37.7 M+1.4 M96.42%
Wet Handling3rd58.3 Km/H59.2 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.48%
Wet Circle5th13.01 s12.88 s+0.13 s99%
Straight Aqua3rd94.6 Km/H95.5 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.06%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd3.27 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.01 m/sec299.7%
Noise2nd70 dB68.6 dB+1.4 dB98%
Wear5th33015 KM36885 KM-3870 KM89.51%
Value5th21.05 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+6.5 Price/100069.12%
Rolling Resistance6th7.51 kg / t5.55 kg / t+1.96 kg / t73.9%
Energy Consumption6th20.02 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+1.74 kWh/100km91.31%
Abrasion6th1234 g1069 g+165 g86.63%
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 is a sports tyre that offers convincing performance on dry and wet roads. It provides good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances, and good overall value.
The tyre has a slightly elevated rolling resistance.

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5th: Falken e.Ziex

Falken e.Ziex
  • 235/55 R19 105V
  • EU Label: A/A/69
  • Weight: 11.79kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 630.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th34.7 M33 M+1.7 M95.1%
Dry Handling7th69.6 Km/H71.3 Km/H-1.7 Km/H97.62%
Wet Braking6th42.4 M37.7 M+4.7 M88.92%
Wet Handling6th56.3 Km/H59.2 Km/H-2.9 Km/H95.1%
Wet Circle7th13.39 s12.88 s+0.51 s96.19%
Straight Aqua9th92.1 Km/H95.5 Km/H-3.4 Km/H96.44%
Curved Aquaplaning7th2.94 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.34 m/sec289.63%
Noise4th70.2 dB68.6 dB+1.6 dB97.72%
Wear6th27375 KM36885 KM-9510 KM74.22%
Value6th23.01 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+8.46 Price/100063.23%
Rolling Resistance1st5.55 kg / t100%
Energy Consumption1st18.28 kWh/100km100%
Abrasion7th1244 g1069 g+175 g85.93%
The Falken e.Ziex is an EV tyre that delivers short dry braking distances, extended range, low rolling resistance, and a very attractive price point.
The tyre has a satisfactory mileage and a tendency to understeer.

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6th: GT Radial Sport Active 2 EV

GT-Radial Sport Active 2 EV
  • 235/55 R19 105V
  • EU Label: A/A/69
  • Weight: 12.89kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 680.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th37.9 M33 M+4.9 M87.07%
Dry Handling8th67.6 Km/H71.3 Km/H-3.7 Km/H94.81%
Wet Braking8th46 M37.7 M+8.3 M81.96%
Wet Handling8th55.2 Km/H59.2 Km/H-4 Km/H93.24%
Wet Circle8th13.45 s12.88 s+0.57 s95.76%
Straight Aqua6th94.1 Km/H95.5 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.53%
Curved Aquaplaning9th2.64 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.64 m/sec280.49%
Noise6th70.5 dB68.6 dB+1.9 dB97.3%
Wear4th34905 KM36885 KM-1980 KM94.63%
Value3rd19.48 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+4.93 Price/100074.69%
Rolling Resistance2nd6.17 kg / t5.55 kg / t+0.62 kg / t89.95%
Energy Consumption8th20.82 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+2.54 kWh/100km87.8%
Abrasion5th1222 g1069 g+153 g87.48%
The GT Radial SportActive 2 EV is an EV tyre that offers high mileage, quiet rolling comfort, low rolling resistance, and an affordable price.
The tyre exhibits understeering in both wet and dry handling and has extended wet braking distances.

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7th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 235/55 R19 105Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 13.48kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 710.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th34 M33 M+1 M97.06%
Dry Handling3rd70.7 Km/H71.3 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.16%
Wet Braking4th39.4 M37.7 M+1.7 M95.69%
Wet Handling1st59.2 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st12.88 s100%
Straight Aqua4th94.4 Km/H95.5 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.85%
Curved Aquaplaning4th3.24 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.04 m/sec298.78%
Noise8th71.2 dB68.6 dB+2.6 dB96.35%
Wear8th18530 KM36885 KM-18355 KM50.24%
Value8th38.32 Price/100014.55 Price/1000+23.77 Price/100037.97%
Rolling Resistance9th9.1 kg / t5.55 kg / t+3.55 kg / t60.99%
Energy Consumption7th20.66 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+2.38 kWh/100km88.48%
Abrasion8th2093 g1069 g+1024 g51.08%
The Bridgestone Potenza Sport is a sports tyre that provides dynamic driving behavior on wet and dry surfaces, short braking distances, and good aquaplaning resistance.
The tyre has limited mileage, very high rolling resistance, increased fuel consumption, and a less comfortable ride.

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8th: Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco

Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco
  • 235/55 R19 105V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 13.10kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
  • Price: 395.00
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th37.2 M33 M+4.2 M88.71%
Dry Handling9th67.1 Km/H71.3 Km/H-4.2 Km/H94.11%
Wet Braking9th48.1 M37.7 M+10.4 M78.38%
Wet Handling9th54.3 Km/H59.2 Km/H-4.9 Km/H91.72%
Wet Circle9th13.95 s12.88 s+1.07 s92.33%
Straight Aqua2nd94.7 Km/H95.5 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.16%
Curved Aquaplaning1st3.28 m/sec2100%
Noise6th70.5 dB68.6 dB+1.9 dB97.3%
Wear7th27155 KM36885 KM-9730 KM73.62%
Value1st14.55 Price/1000100%
Rolling Resistance7th7.71 kg / t5.55 kg / t+2.16 kg / t71.98%
Energy Consumption5th19.88 kWh/100km18.28 kWh/100km+1.6 kWh/100km91.95%
Abrasion3rd1211 g1069 g+142 g88.27%
The Goodride ZuperEco Z-107 is an eco-friendly tyre available at a budget-friendly price, offering good aquaplaning resistance.
The tyre has limited lateral grip and extended braking distances on wet surfaces, understeering handling, and moderate mileage.

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9th: Michelin Pilot Sport EV

Michelin Pilot Sport EV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th35 M33 M+2 M94.29%
Dry Handling6th70.1 Km/H71.3 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.32%
Wet Braking7th43.3 M37.7 M+5.6 M87.07%
Wet Handling7th56.2 Km/H59.2 Km/H-3 Km/H94.93%
Wet Circle4th12.95 s12.88 s+0.07 s99.46%
Straight Aqua8th93.2 Km/H95.5 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.59%
Curved Aquaplaning8th2.7 m/sec23.28 m/sec2-0.58 m/sec282.32%
Noise9th71.3 dB68.6 dB+2.7 dB96.21%
Rolling Resistance3rd6.55 kg / t5.55 kg / t+1 kg / t84.73%
As a tyre specifically designed for electric vehicles, the Michelin Pilot Sport EV likely offers some performance benefits tailored to the unique demands of EVs. Although not officially part of the test, the Pilot Sport EV was included in some of the assessments, allowing for a partial comparison with the other contenders.
Based on the available results, the Michelin Pilot Sport EV struggled in wet conditions, with relatively poor performances in wet braking, aquaplaning, and curved aquaplaning tests. The tyre's dry handling performance was moderate, placing 6th among the tested tyres.

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