2020 Auto Bild SUV and 4x4 summer tyre test: the best tyres for a BMW X5
German magazine Auto Bild has tested and compared 10 tyres for SUVs and 4x4s in the size 255/55 R18. Dry, wet, gravel, sand, grass… Discover the best tyres for this type of vehicle capable of driving on all surfaces.
10 tyres tested on all surfaces
After its huge test of 50 summer tyres for sporty sedans, Auto Bild is back with a more restricted comparison test in terms of the tyres selected, but no less qualitative. This time, the German magazine has tested 10 tyres for SUV and 4x4 all-wheel drive vehicles. The selected size, 255/55 R18, is approved for the BMW X5 test vehicle, but also for other 4x4s such as the Mercedes GLE, the Audi Q7 or the Volkswagen Touareg. For this test, the German magazine has focused on three surfaces on which 4X4s can drive: dry roads, wet roads and off road tracks.
The best 2020 4x4 and SUV tyres according to Auto Bild?
The more expensive, the better the tyre?
As is often the case in comparison tests, Michelin is the most expensive tyre of those tested. In general, it is justified and this latest test is no exception to the rule. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is by far the most efficient tyre. Auto Bild even underlines the fact that it dominates all other tyres, in all of the test categories. Yet, you still have to be able or even want to pay as much.
The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV and Vredestein Ultrac Satin tyres also figure in the Top 3 of this comparison test. The first is exemplary with its dynamic handling at the expense of high fuel consumption. The second offers the best price / performance ratio for the German magazine, particularly thanks to its balanced performance and a low rolling resistance.
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The Pirelli Scorpion Verde and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV tyres are considered to be “good”, but start to show their limits when driving off-road. These two tyres belong to the previous generation, and undoubtedly when their range is renewed they will finish higher in this ranking established by Auto Bild.
At the bottom of this ranking; the Lexani LX-Thirty, a sub-brand of the South Korean tyre manufacturer Nexen. It is the only tyre of those tested that is “not recommended and for good reason: in wet conditions, it requires 22 metres more than the Michelin tyre to come to a standstill. No other tyre is worse, which obliges Auto Bild to relegate this tyre.