Matador MP 47 Hectorra 3

The Matador MP 47 Hectorra 3 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 80%
Wet Grip 66%
Road Feedback 74%
Handling 76%
Wear 73%
Comfort 79%
Buy again 68%

Tyre review data from 28 tyre reviews averaging 74% over 173,251 miles driven.

The MP 47 Hectorra 3 is ranked 79th of 143 Summer Ultra High Performance tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Summer Tyre Market Overview - 35th of 48 tyres

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2022 ADAC Summer Tyre Test - 15 Inch - 16th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Relatively low fuel consumption.
  • Negative - Weak in the dry and wet.
  • Overall - Overall, the Matador MP47 Hectorra 3 does not get more than a satisfactory rating. On a dry road it even ends up at the end of the test field, on a wet road it just barely misses a good rating. Overall, the tire is recommended.
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2020 Tyre Market Overview Braking Test - 33rd of 49 tyres

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2023 Tyre Tests

  • 35th: 2023 Summer Tyre Market Overview (225/45 R18)
  • 2022 Tyre Tests

  • 16th: 2022 ADAC Summer Tyre Test - 15 Inch (185/65 R15)
  • 2020 Tyre Tests

  • 33rd: 2020 Tyre Market Overview Braking Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 36th: 2019 Summer 53 Tyre Braking Shootout (225/45 R17)
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    Top 3 Matador MP 47 Hectorra 3 Reviews

    Given 90% while driving a Opel ASTRA H 1.6 TURBO (225/45 R17 W) on mostly town for 500 easy going miles
    First time on non-premium tyres (€ 72,00 per corner fitted) replacing a set of excellent PIRELLI P ZERO ROSSO ASIMETRICO (bargain price at € 95.00 per corner fitted 4 years ago - nice wear lasting already 60.000 km after an axle change at 40.000 km - great dry and wet grip as new - vast diminuation after 15.000 km). So far excellent dry grip (braking and acceleration comparable to new Pirellis' and factory's ContiSportContact2) and an improvement on comfort compared to both of them, probably because of claimed softer sidewalls (fine ride and acceptable noise up to 100 km/h).
    Re-review after several thousands of kilometres on both wet and dry, curious to see cornering abilities. Not yet scoring for wet grip - road feedback, progressivenes, wear and buy again.
    Helpful 273 - tyre reviewed on January 18, 2016
    Given 100% while driving a Mercedes Benz E Class (245/35 R18 W) on for 5,000 miles
    Perfect tyres
    Helpful 89 - tyre reviewed on November 4, 2018
    Given 47% while driving a Dacia Sandero 1.4 (185/65 R15) on mostly town for 15,000 average miles
    Bought these 3 years ago and yeah I probably have to do a geometery on my car but I can see very excessive wear on the outside while there is absolutely no wear on my winter Nokian tyres. Also those Michelins I had before these Matadors lasted 9 years with almost no wear at all, only that the rubber started to crack already. I should mention that my Matador tyres were made in Portugal. Just don't save the money so hard, you won't save them anyway. Even though those made somewhere else than Portugal might be a better quality.
    Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on December 11, 2022
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    Latest Matador MP 47 Hectorra 3 Reviews

    Given 50% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Mk7 1.6 TDI Bluemotion (225/40 R17) on mostly motorways for 18,000 easy going miles
    Its an average budget tyre. It has an expected and slightly below average level of wet grip and dry grip. It wears as expected for a budge tyre too. I will go back to a hankook ventus s3 after this cost cutting and mildly disappointing experience.
    Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on February 14, 2023
    Given 84% while driving a Honda Accord CTDi (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 350 average miles
    I think these are the best tyres I have had soo far. They are really good in wet conditions even cornering and setting off the grip is really good. And even better in the dry. I would buy these tyres again.
    Helpful 20 - tyre reviewed on November 30, 2022
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    Given 29% while driving a SEAT Leon Cupra 280 (235/35 R19) on mostly country roads for 3,000 spirited miles
    Probably the worst tyres I ever had, barely grips in the dry and even worse in the rain.
    Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on November 17, 2021
    Given 81% while driving a Skoda (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1 average miles
    Bought these for my 2006 Skoda Fabia 1.2 (not exactly a car to set the world alight with so-called power). These tyres were a welcome upgrade from the cheap things that were on it when I purchased the car. These tyres were very good in the dry and made the car feel very planted on the road, however, in the wet they'd be absolutely hopeless as they'd be very prone to spin when setting off at the likes of roundabouts. I'd only buy these again if they were better in the wet.
    Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on September 30, 2021
    Given 73% while driving a BMW 2013 320i (255/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
    Fitted to A BMW 3 series having had Pirelli P Zero before and to be honest the only difference I have noticed is the money left in my wallet
    Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on July 13, 2021
    Given 70% while driving a Chevrolet Orlando (225/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 7,000 average miles
    I have driven around 10k km on these tyres and I have mixed feelings. GOOD: - very good dry grip - tyres are really quiet - decent handling and road feedback - perfect price BAD: - average wear - everything gets worse when it starts raining, tyres have absolutely no grip o wet! (compare to other tyres I had like Dunlop Bluresponse or even very average Bridgestone Turanza ER300) - surprisingly when it rains more they have good aquaplaning resistance NOTE: - based on size they can be made in Slovakia, France, Germany etc. I have feeling that those from Western Europe are different, my parents in law have 205/55/16 from Germany and when you touch the rubber it feels different
    Helpful 36 - tyre reviewed on October 10, 2020
    Given 57% while driving a Skoda Fabia 1.2 (165/70 R14) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
    Matador tyres are very popular budget brand in my country (Slovakia). Therefore pricing on these is really attractive and only reason for which I would consider them again. These tyres are decent in the dry, but in rainy weather they get slippery, especially in colder conditions (7-15 C as it is still a summer tyre). They are so bad in the wet that I am always looking forward to my Sava Eskimo hp2 when the autumn starts. and it does tell you something about a summer tyre when it gives the driver less confidence then economy winter tyre on the wet. Another complaint about these tyres is the soft side wall, so I would strongly advise against these for a sporty drive. I regularly drive on these also in 205/50 R15 size, and they are slightly more bearable.
    Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on May 30, 2020
    Given 47% while driving a BMW 530i (265/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Wery bad on water
    Helpful 42 - tyre reviewed on April 3, 2020
    Given 87% while driving a Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi (215/50 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 25,000 average miles
    After 40000 km it is time to change the mp47. The verdict. Very good traction in wet and dry conditions, good traction in snow and very good wear and definitely I would buy them again. For the price or even for a premium brand it is a very good deal!
    Helpful 37 - tyre reviewed on September 2, 2019
    Given 64% while driving a Subaru Legacy IV (BP) 2.0i wagon (205/55 R16 V) on mostly town for 12,000 spirited miles
    I had these on the back of my four wheel drive estate. They lasted 12,000 miles through summer and never lost grip in the wet or dry, but it would be more interesting to try them on the front next time. Aside from average wear resistance, the only issue I have with them is the necessity to inflate the tyres slightly over recommended/other brands to make them sit comfortably. I think for the right price these can be a good middle range tyre. They DID loose grip when heavily worn in the wet, actually quite considerably. Not a problem when new/moderately worn.
    Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on August 19, 2019
    Given 84% while driving a Fiat Bravo (205/55 R16 H) on mostly motorways for 35,000 average miles
    I have 35000 km with this tyres it's fantastic
    Helpful 43 - tyre reviewed on May 17, 2019
    Given 84% while driving a Nissan Almera 1.6 saloon (195/55 R16 H) on mostly motorways for 1,000 average miles
    First 1000km and only positive things to say. First time buying low budget tyres and i think i'll do it again. Previous tyres bridgestone TURANZA ER300. Very happy with those too, but expensive and harder sidewalls and noisy above 110-120 km
    Helpful 51 - tyre reviewed on March 19, 2019