2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test

The 2024 summer tyre test conducted by Sport Auto magazine compared five premium-category summer tyres against an all-season tyre on a Hyundai i20 N. The test aimed to determine if the all-season tyre could compete with the best summer tyres had to offer during warm (approximately 25c / 77f air temperature) conditions.

Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 5: 35.5 MGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 43.2 M
Dry HandlingContinental PremiumContact 7: 105.3 Km/HGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 101.4 Km/H
Wet BrakingContinental PremiumContact 7: 29.8 MGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 35.6 M
Wet HandlingContinental PremiumContact 7: 80.2 Km/HGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 76.6 Km/H
Wet CircleContinental PremiumContact 7: 8.72 m/sGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 8.07 m/s
Straight AquaBridgestone Turanza T005: 77.2 Km/HGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 71.2 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningContinental PremiumContact 7: 8.45 m/sec2Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 5.32 m/sec2
NoiseGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 71 dBMichelin Pilot Sport 5: 72.2 dB
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 7.8 kg / tMaxxis Victra Sport 5: 9.2 kg / t

Including an all-season tyre in a summer tyre test, which is something we will be doing towards the end of 2024, provides an interesting insight into the performance differences between dedicated summer tyres and all-season options. It highlights the performance gap between summer and all-season tyres under conditions where summer tyres are expected to excel. This can help consumers understand the trade-offs involved in opting for an all-season tyre, particularly in terms of grip, braking, and handling on both wet and dry surfaces.

The all season tyre chosen was the Goodyear Vector 4-Season Gen-3, which has won many all season tyres tests, including the 2023 Tyre Reviews all season tyre test. However, when compared to the summer tyres in the Sport Auto test, showed that it could not match the performance of summer-specific tyres, particularly in wet conditions and handling aspects.

Wet Performance: The all-season tyre had significantly longer braking distances in the wet compared to the best-performing summer tyres. This indicates a clear disadvantage in wet grip, which is a critical safety aspect in rainy conditions.

Dry Performance: While the all-season tyre may have offered adequate performance on dry roads, it still fell short of the summer tyres' capabilities, particularly in terms of handling and braking distances. Summer tyres exhibited better grip, shorter braking distances, and more dynamic handling on dry asphalt.

Aquaplaning Resistance: The all-season tyre showed weaker performance in aquaplaning resistance. The summer tyres, with their specialized tread patterns, were more effective at water displacement, reducing the risk of aquaplaning on wet roads.

Handling and Stability: In dynamic handling tests, the all-season tyre was found to be less responsive and offered less stability compared to summer tyres. The summer tyres demonstrated superior lateral support and more precise steering on both wet and dry tracks.

While the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 all-season tyre provided a versatile option suitable for varied conditions, it did not perform on par with summer tyres in the test, especially in critical areas like wet grip and handling. This performance gap underscores the trade-offs of using all-season tyres in conditions where summer tyres are optimized to excel.

Finally, it's worth noting that the Bridgestone Turanza T005 was the AO marked (Audi original) tyre, which will have been optimised for the Audi A1. We're not quite sure why this was in a test on a Hyundai, as a rule we do not test OE tyres.

Data

Michelin and Continental led the group, stopping the vehicle in 35.5 meters from 100km/h. The worst summer tyre, the Dunlop, took 37.1 meters and the all season tyre took 43.2 meters. The Goodyear has never been the best all season tyre in dry braking, but that's a significant gap.

It was a similar story in dry handling with the Continental and Michelin leading the group, and the all season tyre slowest.

Wet

Continental again led wet braking, this time with Bridgestone being the next best tyre.

Continental was again best during the wet handling and wet circle tests.

The all season tyre continued to struggle in the deeper water of aquaplaning.

Comfort

The all season tyre did have the lowest pass by noise, it's only test win.

Value

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 had the lowest rolling resistance, something the OE would tune the tyre towards.

Results

1st: Continental PremiumContact 7

Continental PremiumContact 7
  • 215/40 R18 89Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 8.26kgs
  • Tread: 6.7mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st35.5 M100%
Dry Handling1st105.3 Km/H100%
Wet Braking1st29.8 M100%
Wet Handling1st80.2 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st8.72 m/s100%
Straight Aqua4th76.4 Km/H77.2 Km/H-0.8 Km/H98.96%
Curved Aquaplaning1st8.45 m/sec2100%
Noise5th71.9 dB71 dB+0.9 dB98.75%
Rolling Resistance3rd8.2 kg / t7.8 kg / t+0.4 kg / t95.12%
Extremely controllable in wet conditions, great steering precision, high protection against aquaplaning. Agile on dry surfaces, stable in tracking, very safe.
Minor comfort compromises with the rear axle.
Very grippy on wet and dry roads, very balanced and safe to drive.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

Michelin Pilot Sport 5
  • 215/40 R18 89Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 8.8kgs
  • Tread: 6.6mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st35.5 M100%
Dry Handling2nd105.1 Km/H105.3 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.81%
Wet Braking3rd30.8 M29.8 M+1 M96.75%
Wet Handling2nd79.6 Km/H80.2 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.25%
Wet Circle2nd8.71 m/s8.72 m/s-0.01 m/s99.89%
Straight Aqua3rd76.7 Km/H77.2 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.35%
Curved Aquaplaning5th7.76 m/sec28.45 m/sec2-0.69 m/sec291.83%
Noise6th72.2 dB71 dB+1.2 dB98.34%
Rolling Resistance3rd8.2 kg / t7.8 kg / t+0.4 kg / t95.12%
Excellent controllability thanks to very high grip level on wet and dry tracks, shortest dry braking distances. Rolling resistance and pass-by noise are low.
Moderate aquaplaning protection in curves, partially somewhat bouncy ride.
Balanced and very safe to drive on both wet and dry roads.

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3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 215/40 R18 89Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 8.72kgs
  • Tread: 7.3mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th36.4 M35.5 M+0.9 M97.53%
Dry Handling5th103.5 Km/H105.3 Km/H-1.8 Km/H98.29%
Wet Braking2nd30.6 M29.8 M+0.8 M97.39%
Wet Handling3rd79.1 Km/H80.2 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.63%
Wet Circle4th8.68 m/s8.72 m/s-0.04 m/s99.54%
Straight Aqua1st77.2 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd7.96 m/sec28.45 m/sec2-0.49 m/sec294.2%
Noise4th71.8 dB71 dB+0.8 dB98.89%
Rolling Resistance1st7.8 kg / t100%
The Turanza T005 AO, optimised for the Audi A1, is grippy on dry roads and when it rains. It has low rolling resistance, good rolling comfort, and high protection against longitudinal aquaplaning.
The rear axle is more susceptible to load changes at the limit.
Generally grippy and easy-rolling. Could be more balanced.

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4th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 215/40 R18 89Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 9.3kgs
  • Tread: 7.5mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd35.9 M35.5 M+0.4 M98.89%
Dry Handling3rd103.8 Km/H105.3 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.58%
Wet Braking4th31.5 M29.8 M+1.7 M94.6%
Wet Handling3rd79.1 Km/H80.2 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.63%
Wet Circle2nd8.71 m/s8.72 m/s-0.01 m/s99.89%
Straight Aqua5th76.3 Km/H77.2 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.83%
Curved Aquaplaning4th7.95 m/sec28.45 m/sec2-0.5 m/sec294.08%
Noise3rd71.5 dB71 dB+0.5 dB99.3%
Rolling Resistance6th9.2 kg / t7.8 kg / t+1.4 kg / t84.78%
High lateral support in wet conditions, spontaneous steering response, precise in switchback curves. Dynamic dry handling with high lane change safety.
Fairly long braking distances in the wet, somewhat delayed steering response in dry conditions, high rolling resistance.
Dynamic handling, but long braking distances in the wet.

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5th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 215/40 R18 89W
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 9.11kgs
  • Tread: 7.7mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th37.1 M35.5 M+1.6 M95.69%
Dry Handling4th103.7 Km/H105.3 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.48%
Wet Braking5th32 M29.8 M+2.2 M93.13%
Wet Handling5th78.1 Km/H80.2 Km/H-2.1 Km/H97.38%
Wet Circle5th8.54 m/s8.72 m/s-0.18 m/s97.94%
Straight Aqua2nd76.8 Km/H77.2 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.48%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd8.15 m/sec28.45 m/sec2-0.3 m/sec296.45%
Noise2nd71.4 dB71 dB+0.4 dB99.44%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.9 kg / t7.8 kg / t+0.1 kg / t98.73%
Helps save fuel due to low rolling resistance, good water displacement during longitudinal driving through puddles.
Braking in wet conditions not at top level, sluggish in wet handling, partially unharmonious in dry conditions.
Low rolling resistance, but minor grip deficits – both wet and dry.

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6th: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
  • 215/40 R18 89W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 8.52kgs
  • Tread: 8.9mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th43.2 M35.5 M+7.7 M82.18%
Dry Handling6th101.4 Km/H105.3 Km/H-3.9 Km/H96.3%
Wet Braking6th35.6 M29.8 M+5.8 M83.71%
Wet Handling6th76.6 Km/H80.2 Km/H-3.6 Km/H95.51%
Wet Circle6th8.07 m/s8.72 m/s-0.65 m/s92.55%
Straight Aqua6th71.2 Km/H77.2 Km/H-6 Km/H92.23%
Curved Aquaplaning6th5.32 m/sec28.45 m/sec2-3.13 m/sec262.96%
Noise1st71 dB100%
Rolling Resistance5th8.8 kg / t7.8 kg / t+1 kg / t88.64%
Quiet pass-by noise, high lane change safety on dry asphalt, good rolling comfort.
Almost six meters longer braking distance in wet conditions compared to the best summer tyre, poor aquaplaning resistance, low dry grip.
On dry surfaces: quiet, stable during lane changes, comfortable. Insufficient grip in wet conditions.

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