2024 Summer SUV Tyre Test

In a data-extravaganza, Autobild have taken eleven SUV summer tyres in the popular 235/55 R19 size, and even though this size is an ultrahigh performance fitment, and is fitted to soft-roaders such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Honda CR-V and many others, tested them exhaustively in off-road tests along with the usual dry and wet testing!

Dry BrakingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 33.4 MCeat Sport Drive SUV: 36.3 M
Dry HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 108.6 Km/HCeat Sport Drive SUV: 106.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 49.3 MMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 59.3 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 83.7 Km/HMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 78.1 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Potenza Sport: 20.36 sCeat Sport Drive SUV: 21.75 s
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 93.3 Km/HCeat Sport Drive SUV: 84.2 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 2.74 m/sec2Ceat Sport Drive SUV: 2.3 m/sec2
Gravel HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 88.7 Km/HGiti GitiSport S2 SUV: 85.6 Km/H
Gravel TractionCeat Sport Drive SUV: 8184 NVredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus: 7153 N
Sand TractionMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 11025 NHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 8608 N
Grass TractionMichelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV: 2438 NGiti GitiSport S2 SUV: 1485 N
Mud TractionBridgestone Potenza Sport: 2477 NMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 2099 N
NoisePirelli Scorpion: 68.6 dBKumho Ecsta PS71 SUV: 72.8 dB
Rolling ResistancePirelli Scorpion: 7.2 kg / tBridgestone Potenza Sport: 9.23 kg / t

Dry

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport was the best in dry braking, closely followed by the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6.

The Goodyear also topped the dry handling test with the fastest laptime, narrowly ahead of the Toyo Proxes Sport 2.

Wet

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV was the best in wet braking, with the Bridgestone and Goodyear close behind.

Bridgestone was back at the front for wet handling, with the Goodyear again performing well in second place.

Bridgestone and Goodyear also led the wet circle test.

Michelin was best overall in the straight and curved aquaplaning tests.

Off road

Before getting into these results it's worth noting two things. Firstly, none of these tyres have been developed with any sort of off-roading in mind, and secondly off-road testing is very difficult, which is why you might see results jumping about. 

For example, the Ceat was best in  gravel traction, average in gravel handling and the worse in mud traction, and the Michelin had the best traction on grass, an average performance on gravel and was one of the worst on sand. These are just two examples of many interesting variations in the offroad testing results.

The fastest tyre around the gravel handling lap was the Bridgestone Potenza Sport, a tyre more at home on the race track than lose travel.

The Bridgestone dropped to "below average" for gravel traction, which was led by the Ceat with the Maxxis in a close second place.

Maxxis was again good in sand, with the Kumho and Giti close behind.

Grass traction was led by Michelin and Pirelli.

Bridgestone was back at the front for mud traction.

Comfort

The Pirelli Scorpion was the quietest tyre on test, with the Goodyear and Maxxis following closely.

Value

The Pirelli Scorpion also had the lowest rolling resistance by a good margin.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd33.5 M33.4 M+0.1 M99.7%
Dry Handling1st108.6 Km/H100%
Wet Braking3rd50.4 M49.3 M+1.1 M97.82%
Wet Handling2nd82.8 Km/H83.7 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.92%
Wet Circle2nd20.58 s20.36 s+0.22 s98.93%
Straight Aqua10th86.5 Km/H93.3 Km/H-6.8 Km/H92.71%
Curved Aquaplaning8th2.52 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.22 m/sec291.97%
Gravel Handling2nd87.4 Km/H88.7 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.53%
Gravel Traction6th7734 N8184 N-450 N94.5%
Sand Traction8th9051 N11025 N-1974 N82.1%
Grass Traction4th2017 N2438 N-421 N82.73%
Mud Traction6th2250 N2477 N-227 N90.84%
Noise2nd69.2 dB68.6 dB+0.6 dB99.13%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.73 kg / t7.2 kg / t+0.53 kg / t93.14%
Overall test winner with excellent driving characteristics on any surface, sporty dynamic handling qualities, precise steering response, short wet and dry braking distances, low rolling resistance.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd34.2 M33.4 M+0.8 M97.66%
Dry Handling5th107.3 Km/H108.6 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.8%
Wet Braking1st49.3 M100%
Wet Handling4th82.1 Km/H83.7 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.09%
Wet Circle3rd20.81 s20.36 s+0.45 s97.84%
Straight Aqua1st93.3 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st2.74 m/sec2100%
Gravel Handling3rd87.3 Km/H88.7 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.42%
Gravel Traction4th7820 N8184 N-364 N95.55%
Sand Traction9th8700 N11025 N-2325 N78.91%
Grass Traction1st2438 N100%
Mud Traction8th2238 N2477 N-239 N90.35%
Noise7th70.4 dB68.6 dB+1.8 dB97.44%
Rolling Resistance7th8.25 kg / t7.2 kg / t+1.05 kg / t87.27%
Convincing premium tyre with a balanced high performance level, very good safety reserves against aquaplaning, short wet and dry braking distances.
Moderate sand traction.

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3rd: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st33.4 M100%
Dry Handling3rd107.5 Km/H108.6 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.99%
Wet Braking2nd49.9 M49.3 M+0.6 M98.8%
Wet Handling1st83.7 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st20.36 s100%
Straight Aqua7th86.9 Km/H93.3 Km/H-6.4 Km/H93.14%
Curved Aquaplaning9th2.51 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.23 m/sec291.61%
Gravel Handling1st88.7 Km/H100%
Gravel Traction7th7685 N8184 N-499 N93.9%
Sand Traction5th9495 N11025 N-1530 N86.12%
Grass Traction3rd2197 N2438 N-241 N90.11%
Mud Traction1st2477 N100%
Noise9th71 dB68.6 dB+2.4 dB96.62%
Rolling Resistance11th9.23 kg / t7.2 kg / t+2.03 kg / t78.01%
Premium profile with good driving dynamics, convincing off-road characteristics, precise steering behavior, short wet and dry braking distances.
Increased rolling resistance.

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4th: Kumho Ecsta PS71 SUV

Kumho Ecsta PS71 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th34.9 M33.4 M+1.5 M95.7%
Dry Handling4th107.4 Km/H108.6 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.9%
Wet Braking5th50.9 M49.3 M+1.6 M96.86%
Wet Handling3rd82.2 Km/H83.7 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.21%
Wet Circle6th20.99 s20.36 s+0.63 s97%
Straight Aqua3rd89 Km/H93.3 Km/H-4.3 Km/H95.39%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd2.72 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.02 m/sec299.27%
Gravel Handling6th87 Km/H88.7 Km/H-1.7 Km/H98.08%
Gravel Traction5th7757 N8184 N-427 N94.78%
Sand Traction2nd10525 N11025 N-500 N95.46%
Grass Traction7th1916 N2438 N-522 N78.59%
Mud Traction5th2335 N2477 N-142 N94.27%
Noise11th72.8 dB68.6 dB+4.2 dB94.23%
Rolling Resistance9th8.55 kg / t7.2 kg / t+1.35 kg / t84.21%
Safe driving behavior under all conditions, good off-road qualities, very good traction on sand, short braking distances, moderate price.
Moderate comfort, slightly increased rolling noise.

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5th: Pirelli Scorpion

Pirelli Scorpion
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th34.3 M33.4 M+0.9 M97.38%
Dry Handling10th106.3 Km/H108.6 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.88%
Wet Braking6th51.7 M49.3 M+2.4 M95.36%
Wet Handling5th81.1 Km/H83.7 Km/H-2.6 Km/H96.89%
Wet Circle5th20.92 s20.36 s+0.56 s97.32%
Straight Aqua5th88.7 Km/H93.3 Km/H-4.6 Km/H95.07%
Curved Aquaplaning7th2.55 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.19 m/sec293.07%
Gravel Handling5th87.1 Km/H88.7 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.2%
Gravel Traction3rd7909 N8184 N-275 N96.64%
Sand Traction10th8660 N11025 N-2365 N78.55%
Grass Traction2nd2216 N2438 N-222 N90.89%
Mud Traction3rd2414 N2477 N-63 N97.46%
Noise1st68.6 dB100%
Rolling Resistance1st7.2 kg / t100%
Very good traction on grass and mud, short dry braking distances, convincing rolling comfort, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
Slightly spongy driving behavior on dry roads.

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6th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th35.6 M33.4 M+2.2 M93.82%
Dry Handling6th106.6 Km/H108.6 Km/H-2 Km/H98.16%
Wet Braking4th50.7 M49.3 M+1.4 M97.24%
Wet Handling6th80.6 Km/H83.7 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.3%
Wet Circle7th21.23 s20.36 s+0.87 s95.9%
Straight Aqua9th86.7 Km/H93.3 Km/H-6.6 Km/H92.93%
Curved Aquaplaning10th2.39 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.35 m/sec287.23%
Gravel Handling3rd87.3 Km/H88.7 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.42%
Gravel Traction8th7563 N8184 N-621 N92.41%
Sand Traction11th8608 N11025 N-2417 N78.08%
Grass Traction5th1965 N2438 N-473 N80.6%
Mud Traction7th2242 N2477 N-235 N90.51%
Noise8th70.8 dB68.6 dB+2.2 dB96.89%
Rolling Resistance5th7.83 kg / t7.2 kg / t+0.63 kg / t91.95%
Balanced, safe driving qualities under all road conditions, short wet and dry braking distances, good value for money.
Moderate traction in sand, slight understeer in wet conditions.

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7th: Toyo Proxes Sport 2

Toyo Proxes Sport 2
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th34.4 M33.4 M+1 M97.09%
Dry Handling2nd108 Km/H108.6 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.45%
Wet Braking9th54.2 M49.3 M+4.9 M90.96%
Wet Handling6th80.6 Km/H83.7 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.3%
Wet Circle4th20.91 s20.36 s+0.55 s97.37%
Straight Aqua6th87.3 Km/H93.3 Km/H-6 Km/H93.57%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd2.7 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.04 m/sec298.54%
Gravel Handling8th86.4 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.41%
Gravel Traction10th7379 N8184 N-805 N90.16%
Sand Traction4th9586 N11025 N-1439 N86.95%
Grass Traction10th1711 N2438 N-727 N70.18%
Mud Traction4th2348 N2477 N-129 N94.79%
Noise3rd69.9 dB68.6 dB+1.3 dB98.14%
Rolling Resistance8th8.44 kg / t7.2 kg / t+1.24 kg / t85.31%
Good off-road qualities, short braking distances, and dynamic driving behavior on dry roads, affordable price.
Moderate wet grip, delayed steering response, slightly increased rolling resistance.

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8th: Giti GitiSport S2 SUV

Giti GitiSport S2 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th35.3 M33.4 M+1.9 M94.62%
Dry Handling8th106.4 Km/H108.6 Km/H-2.2 Km/H97.97%
Wet Braking7th53.7 M49.3 M+4.4 M91.81%
Wet Handling6th80.6 Km/H83.7 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.3%
Wet Circle9th21.38 s20.36 s+1.02 s95.23%
Straight Aqua4th88.8 Km/H93.3 Km/H-4.5 Km/H95.18%
Curved Aquaplaning6th2.65 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.09 m/sec296.72%
Gravel Handling11th85.6 Km/H88.7 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.51%
Gravel Traction9th7527 N8184 N-657 N91.97%
Sand Traction3rd10437 N11025 N-588 N94.67%
Grass Traction11th1485 N2438 N-953 N60.91%
Mud Traction9th2191 N2477 N-286 N88.45%
Noise10th71.9 dB68.6 dB+3.3 dB95.41%
Rolling Resistance6th8.15 kg / t7.2 kg / t+0.95 kg / t88.34%
Good sand traction, stable safety margins against aquaplaning, short dry braking distances.
Understeering handling on dusty and dry roads, spongy steering response, moderate comfort.

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9th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th35.4 M33.4 M+2 M94.35%
Dry Handling8th106.4 Km/H108.6 Km/H-2.2 Km/H97.97%
Wet Braking8th53.8 M49.3 M+4.5 M91.64%
Wet Handling9th79.6 Km/H83.7 Km/H-4.1 Km/H95.1%
Wet Circle8th21.37 s20.36 s+1.01 s95.27%
Straight Aqua2nd89.8 Km/H93.3 Km/H-3.5 Km/H96.25%
Curved Aquaplaning5th2.66 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.08 m/sec297.08%
Gravel Handling10th85.7 Km/H88.7 Km/H-3 Km/H96.62%
Gravel Traction11th7153 N8184 N-1031 N87.4%
Sand Traction6th9292 N11025 N-1733 N84.28%
Grass Traction8th1831 N2438 N-607 N75.1%
Mud Traction2nd2438 N2477 N-39 N98.43%
Noise6th70.3 dB68.6 dB+1.7 dB97.58%
Rolling Resistance10th8.85 kg / t7.2 kg / t+1.65 kg / t81.36%
Good traction on muddy terrain, safe aquaplaning characteristics, good comfort.
Significantly understeering driving behavior, limited off-road qualities, increased rolling resistance.

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10th: Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV

Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th36.2 M33.4 M+2.8 M92.27%
Dry Handling6th106.6 Km/H108.6 Km/H-2 Km/H98.16%
Wet Braking11th59.3 M49.3 M+10 M83.14%
Wet Handling11th78.1 Km/H83.7 Km/H-5.6 Km/H93.31%
Wet Circle10th21.59 s20.36 s+1.23 s94.3%
Straight Aqua7th86.9 Km/H93.3 Km/H-6.4 Km/H93.14%
Curved Aquaplaning4th2.67 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.07 m/sec297.45%
Gravel Handling9th86.1 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2.6 Km/H97.07%
Gravel Traction2nd8045 N8184 N-139 N98.3%
Sand Traction1st11025 N100%
Grass Traction6th1926 N2438 N-512 N79%
Mud Traction11th2099 N2477 N-378 N84.74%
Noise4th70 dB68.6 dB+1.4 dB98%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.63 kg / t7.2 kg / t+0.43 kg / t94.36%
Good traction on gravel and sand, low rolling resistance, very affordable price level.
Satisfactory traction in mud, understeering driving behavior, and extended braking distances in wet conditions.

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11th: Ceat Sport Drive SUV

Ceat Sport Drive SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking11th36.3 M33.4 M+2.9 M92.01%
Dry Handling10th106.3 Km/H108.6 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.88%
Wet Braking10th56.5 M49.3 M+7.2 M87.26%
Wet Handling10th78.4 Km/H83.7 Km/H-5.3 Km/H93.67%
Wet Circle11th21.75 s20.36 s+1.39 s93.61%
Straight Aqua11th84.2 Km/H93.3 Km/H-9.1 Km/H90.25%
Curved Aquaplaning11th2.3 m/sec22.74 m/sec2-0.44 m/sec283.94%
Gravel Handling7th86.6 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2.1 Km/H97.63%
Gravel Traction1st8184 N100%
Sand Traction7th9203 N11025 N-1822 N83.47%
Grass Traction9th1751 N2438 N-687 N71.82%
Mud Traction10th2189 N2477 N-288 N88.37%
Noise4th70 dB68.6 dB+1.4 dB98%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.73 kg / t7.2 kg / t+0.53 kg / t93.14%
Good off-road qualities, low rolling resistance, affordable price.
Only satisfactory aquaplaning characteristics, moderate grip on wet roads, understeering driving behavior on both wet and dry roads.

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