BMW 530D Tyres

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Tyre Reviewed Dry Grip Wet Grip Feedback Handling Wear Comfort
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (155) 94% 87% 88% 87% 80% 85%
Michelin Pilot Super Sport (142) 94% 84% 89% 86% 82% 81%
Continental PremiumContact 7 (12) 95% 95% 89% 86% 84% 77%
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (405) 92% 89% 85% 85% 80% 87%
Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (237) 91% 88% 87% 85% 79% 85%
Nokian NRY (2) 70% 90% 85% 85% 90% 75%
Hankook Icebear W440 (5) 82% 86% 80% 78% 82% 88%
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 (38) 83% 85% 78% 78% 87% 84%
Kumho Ecsta HS52 (10) 91% 81% 85% 85% 82% 64%
Falken Azenis FK510 (140) 89% 88% 82% 82% 72% 78%
Continental Premium Contact 6 (111) 89% 85% 83% 85% 75% 79%
Sailun Iceblazer Alpine Evo (6) 90% 85% 70% 84% 84% 77%
Barum Bravuris 2 (127) 85% 78% 79% 71% 75% 80%
Bridgestone Turanza T005 RFT (6) 88% 78% 87% 83% 58% 77%
Hankook Ventus V12 evo k110 (114) 84% 75% 76% 78% 74% 79%
Avon ZV5 (112) 84% 78% 77% 77% 71% 77%
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme (64) 83% 86% 82% 77% 87% 86%
Continental Sport Contact 6 (86) 91% 87% 82% 83% 52% 77%
Continental Sport Contact 3 (244) 88% 80% 81% 77% 62% 74%
Michelin Primacy HP (198) 85% 75% 77% 74% 77% 76%
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 (80) 84% 76% 76% 79% 67% 72%
Rotalla RU01 S Pace (25) 83% 72% 71% 70% 71% 78%
Nexen N8000 (78) 79% 74% 68% 66% 68% 79%
Continental Sport Contact 5 (208) 87% 82% 79% 76% 51% 73%
Continental ContiSportContact 5 P (106) 85% 78% 76% 75% 55% 73%
Fulda Carat Exelero (16) 74% 79% 69% 73% 72% 69%
Continental Sport Contact 2 (229) 85% 75% 76% 72% 61% 66%
Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance (12) 83% 83% 68% 75% 82% 80%
Pirelli P 7 (84) 79% 69% 71% 69% 74% 66%
Goodyear Eagle NCT5 (91) 75% 61% 68% 61% 78% 69%
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (161) 79% 69% 69% 67% 63% 64%
Wanli S1063 (80) 74% 58% 63% 61% 77% 65%
Sonar SX2 (12) 69% 58% 60% 56% 85% 68%
Bridgestone Turanza ER300 RFT (11) 66% 57% 67% 67% 70% 65%
Dunlop SP Sport 9000 (60) 75% 64% 64% 61% 65% 62%
Falken Azenis FK453 Runflat (3) 67% 63% 47% 70% 60% 70%
Constancy LY566 (2) 55% 55% 65% 50% 70% 75%
Infinity INF 050 (19) 66% 47% 59% 54% 78% 51%
Nordexx NS9000 (12) 67% 50% 55% 51% 68% 55%
Primewell PZ900 (59) 72% 58% 54% 57% 57% 50%
Dunlop SP Sport 01 ROF (9) 71% 60% 60% 57% 49% 46%
Haida HD921 (37) 59% 40% 46% 45% 50% 38%
Minerva IcePlus S210 (6) 53% 20% 45% 45% 46% 72%

BMW 530D Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Continental Premium Contact 6 given 81% (235-45-17-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 15000 average miles
Amazing bite on dry roads. My 3 litre diesel provides a lot of torque but these tyres manage it very well. Never had a problem with wet and dry braking, even under harsh braking the tyres wouldn’t slip. The car really feels glued to the road. I certainly recommend these tyres for vehicles with higher spec engines. Great handling feedback all around. After one year and 20k km the tyres have slightly more wear than I would expect, this may be due to my driving style. However the excellent grip compensates the wear.
tyre reviewed on 2023-11-28 17:25:11
Writing about the Bridgestone Turanza T005 RFT given 39% (245-40-19-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 5000 average miles
I have had to replace 2 front tyres in 5,000 miles due to tyre ruptures from potholes on motorways. Fortunately, the tyres protected the rims which did not need replacement.
tyre reviewed on 2023-08-26 05:43:48
Writing about the Sailun Iceblazer Alpine Evo given 89% (225-50-17-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 1000 average miles
Amazing tyres, I changed them from weared out Michelin X-ice xi3(soft rubber) to these(harder rubber) and what I can say they are amazing, in average I would give Michelin 7 stars and 9 stars to Sailun. I drove my car with Michelin for 6 years, It was average for ice, but not very good for very snowy or wet roads. Sailun was amazing in rough rainy and very snowy roads when driving was very difficult, so they are much better. For ice i would say they are same. I would recommend to choose Sailun, they are very good at their price. I only drived 1 year with Sailuns, so I can't discuss about wearing as Michelins lasted 6 years in average snow/rain performance.. :) I would choose these tyres again 100%
tyre reviewed on 2023-06-16 18:43:47
Writing about the Continental PremiumContact 7 given 91% (245-45-18-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 2000 average miles
Bmw 530d is a heavy powerful rwd car. In the wet, I can floor it and the rear will just not let go. Quite amazing in the wet. Very quiet at speed. Dry handling up with the best. Too early for life, but if I see 15000 miles out of rear, I'll be happy. Buy them!
tyre reviewed on 2023-03-29 08:49:53
Writing about the Falken Azenis FK510 given 80% (275-35-18-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 12000 average miles
Falken fk510 front axle nothing wrong. On rear axle it,s only last 4.8 mm after 18 000 km !
tyre reviewed on 2022-11-03 17:35:25
Writing about the Rotalla RU01 S Pace given 60% (245-40-19-)
Driving on mostly town for 1000 average miles
These tyres would be good if correctly manufactured but what a NIGHTMARE. Out of 6 tyres, 2 of them were not perfectly round and the cars would wobble (especially in front). I had to throw them away and buy other tyres. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BRAND NEW TYRES. NEVER AGAIN!
tyre reviewed on 2022-07-20 22:00:18
Writing about the Kumho Ecsta HS52 given 75% (225-55-16-)
Driving on mostly country roads for 200 spirited miles
First of all, I'm comparing these primarily to the Kumho HM KH 31 (older HP summer tire), Bridgestone Turanza T005, Nexen N'fera SU4 and Continental WinterContact TS850P (winter), which all have been fitted to the same car before. The new Kumho Ecsta HS52 have been fitted to the car for only about 200 miles now, which were mostly windy country roads (in the dry and wet), but also a bit of motorway and town, no city driving so far. Of course, I have no idea how these will last over the long term, but I'd like to give some first impressions on this fairly new tire. The Kumho Ecsta HS52, at least in 225/55R16 for the European Market, are made in China, and this is the first set of tires out of Chinese production (that I've driven), that I would definitely buy again and recommend without doubt to everyone looking for a good set of balanced summer touring tires (on a low to mid budget) ready for some spirited interludes. All of the following statements are, of course, just my own subjective impressions and are based on a comparison with the tires mentioned above: [Dry grip] The grip in the dry, laterally und longitudinally, appears to be upper mid class. Especially laterally, the tire feels close to a HP tire, which I assume is due to the quite wide strip of positive tread on the outer edge, that most touring tire don't have to offer. [Wet grip] The grip in the wet is about mid class, which is all you could wish for at the price. However, the relation between the maximum possible lateral and longitudinal acceleration changes compared to dry grip. Now, while the lateral grip is, as mentioned, mid class, the longitudinal grip exceeds the lateral. While this phenomenon is quite common, especially among touring tires (and tuned like that on purpose by the manufacturer), on this tire, it seems to be a lot more distinct in the wet. So, this tire seems to ensure the ability to come to a sudden stop in an emergency, even when under intermediate lateral acceleration. Kamm’s friction circle mutates to a rounded rectangle, if you know what I mean, which gives you a lot of extra safety in the wet. I don’t have a lot of information about aqua planing yet, as I only found a few puddles in the last days, but so far they seem to behave well enough. All in all, wet grip is comparable neither to the wet performance of a real cheap budget tire on the low end, nor to an expensive premium tire on the top end. So, they still cannot compete with the likes of a Bridgestone or Continental here, keep that in mind. [Steering] Something, that Kumho is good on, and what I really liked about the HS52, is a quite nimble and precise feel in the steering (for a touring tire, but even compared to some HP tires at 55% HTW ratio). Every small steering input will immediately result in a change of direction, which gives you a good track guidance on the highway/motorway, and which is a real joy to cut corners with. Steering response is relatively strong, talking about lateral forces, but feedback from the road surface or potholes is neither too intense nor precise. [Lateral feel] Cornering at the limit, there is a fair amount of understeer. The warning about reaching the limits sets in in form of low frequent vibrations induced in the vehicle body, maybe also a bit in the steering column. The warning happens quite early (lateral acceleration approx. 5-6 m/s^2) and lasts until the real limits are reached. Then, the reactions are easily controllable at every time. That said, the tires still never really feel soft, and maintain a relatively high lateral stiffness (again, for a touring tire). That’s why I did not perceive the “understeer budget” the vehicle is given as annoying or disappointing, because it’s only prevalent at higher Lateral accelerations you usually don’t reach on the road, and it doesn’t feel any soft before. That might be a different case with a FWD vehicle that has more load on the front and no need for a high understeer budget. Lateral tread shift also feels to remain small, so generation of overturning torque is a very small issue here. [Longitudinal feel] On the brakes, the car always feels safe and settled. There is very low noise or vibrations on a full braking maneuver (as opposed to the vibrations when cornering), the whole chassis remains relatively quiet and calm, the tires just do their job to stop it. As for braking distances, again, subjectively these feel like upper mid class, cannot compete with specialized tires like UHP, track or rain tires, but for what they are, they didn’t disappoint me so far. Like in lateral direction, the longitudinal stiffness also appears to be quite high (for a thin-walled touring tire), so trailing arm bushings have a lot to absorb when applying the brakes, coming to a stop, or hitting bumps on the road. Especially for owners of older BMWs: Tested on a 2003 530d E39 sedan, I felt like the characteristics of these tire are as close at gets to the ones BMW tuned and adjusted the behavior of the ESC (DSC) with in these days. The same goes for the ABS. On all tires I’ve driven this car before, I never liked the tuning of the system, killing the “joy of use” by intervening a lot too early, but not hard enough if really needed, and for too long on some instances, when one axle lost traction. With the Kumho Ecsta HS52, it’s a completely different story, the control unit has a real idea about the characteristics of the tires, the inventions are on point, safe, and don’t prevent you from having some fun…. [Comfort] You could guess from the distinct stiffness in both, longitudinal and lateral direction, that these tires are not the most comfortable ones. So, also vertical stiffness is relatively high. At least, suspension comfort does not seem to be worse than on some older Kumhos, so they’re working on it. Having a really comfortable suspension of the BMW E39 sedan as a basis, I can’t complain, but would not recommend fitting these tires to a vehicle with stiffer suspension for travelling or the daily commute, unless you really want to feel the road. Noise comfort, measured subjectively, is very good, which stands opposed to the EU-label stating barely average noise comfort at 72dB. I may add, that I evaluated noise comfort not only based on straight-line rolling noise, but also based on “cornering whine” and “full braking squeal”, which both barely seem to exist on the HS52. [Miscellaneous] Tread depth on a new tire in 225/55R16 is not that much at 6,9…7,0 mm, but on par with many competitors in the segment, so lets see how long these will last. There is no sidewall or rim protection at all, but from previous incidents with older Kumhos I can tell that the sidewalls themselves are quite durable when mated with a curb even at higher speeds, so I’m optimistic about these as well….. I wasn’t able to really test rolling resistance, but judged by the speed loss when coasting and the heat they generate on the highway, it seems to be okay and the EU-label “C” could be correct (Which should be axiomatic, but I experienced some major increases of rolling resistance when tires came from different production sites/countries than originally tested for the label, especially from Asia). Fuel consumption on the long term will tell about that a bit more precisely, I hope. I do not have any experiences on reliability, wear pattern and absolute wear by now. All in all, a great mid-class tire, suited for the daily commute, touring, and even some spirited drives on country roads, that gives you anything you could ask for, given the price tag.
tyre reviewed on 2022-04-08 22:08:48
Writing about the Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 given 64% (255-40-17-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 9000 average miles
Fitted on the rear. Very good levels of grip in dry and wet, absolutely no complaints about that. As a drawback, the wear was terrible. After 13k kilometers I had slicks in the rear. I drive 120km a day and most of the time on a highway. Sometimes I hit the throttle but most of the I cruise very relaxed. Disappointed in the fast wear at this size.
tyre reviewed on 2020-11-28 20:13:33
Writing about the Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 given 64% (255-40-17-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 9000 average miles
Fitted on the rear. Very good levels of grip in dry and wet, absolutely no complaints about that. As a drawback, the wear was terrible. After 13k kilometers I had slicks in the rear. I drive 120km a day and most of the time on a highway. Sometimes I hit the throttle but most of the I cruise very relaxed. Disappointed in the fast wear at this size.
tyre reviewed on 2020-11-28 20:08:31
Writing about the Falken Azenis FK510 given 76% (275-35-19-W)
Driving on mostly country roads for 21000 average miles
Probably the best value run flat on he market, 20'000+miles. Just as good as Dunlop sport max £60 cheaper.
tyre reviewed on 2020-10-09 21:00:46
Writing about the Falken Azenis FK510 given 91% (275-35-18-W)
Driving on mostly country roads for 6000 spirited miles
Great traction on dry and wet, did not push to the limits on wet tho. Lasted about i have them on the car for the last 10 000km and am very happy but have to say wears a bit more then i expected. At 10k km there is like 20-30% left in them. Probably will buy new set of rear next spring.
tyre reviewed on 2020-09-29 15:36:29
Writing about the Continental Premium Contact 6 given 63% (225-50-17-H)
Driving on mostly country roads for 15 average miles
Theese came with my e61 bmw 530xd. Never wanted continental but lets try them out, since they were almost brand new. They are upper market premium tyres, not sporty tyres, but overall good...they claim. Looks: pattern looks modern and effective. Tyre sidewall has to bee some of the worst design ever. Makes the car look bad. This alone wants me to change to something like pilot sport 4s or Hankook S1 evo, wich both have very stylish sidewalls. Dry grip; more than i will need. 1800kg car and you really feel the tyre give under pressure, but still remains grip. Wet grip: Never have i tried better tires in wet grip. Remarcable, given this is not a performance-sport tire. Comfort/drive quality: Theese tyres are very noisy! Took off studded winter tyres, and the summer contis are the same if not more noisy. Very dissapointed, given the soft rubber and premium image to the brand. I can barely stand it. Think Falken FK510 should be my next tire because of lower noise level. Driving feel is ok, but no responce from the steering. I can forgive that, this beeing a comfort orientated tyre, but not when it is this noisy. Ride comfort is very good. It eases out any roughness in the road. Wear: Good for a Conti tyre, wich are prown to wear out after 1-2 summer seasons (for me that is 1. april to 1. November) I feel pc6 will last longer. After 15.000km they are worn down from 7mm from new, to 4.7mm. So if they last 15.000km more, that beeing a total of 30.000km, i'm happy. Will buy again?; NO! The road noise and awful lokking sidewalls are what puts me off. Price is not an issue when i buy tyres. Next time i will try Pilot Sport 4s og FK510.
tyre reviewed on 2020-04-01 02:14:30
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