The various tests were relatively standard (speed, braking, comfort, etc.) with half of the final score for wet performance and the other half for dry performance.
Price, a fairly reliable indicator
If the Nankang AS1 is by far the cheapest tyre of this comparison test, it is also the one delivering the lowest level of performance. With this tyre, Auto Zeitung’s Skoda Superb Combi needs 22.7 metres more than the best tyre to come to a standstill in wet conditions. Also, it is almost 10 seconds behind the best tyre in wet trackhandling tests, and is at the limit of losing control on this surface. If the difference is less in dry track handling tests, the Nankang AS1 is still the least efficient of the 10 tyres tested.
The Kumho Ecsta HS51, the second cheapest tyre, is not as reliable and is unable to imitate the best tyres. In wet conditions, its braking distance is 18.5 metres longer than the best tyre and is behind in wet track handling tests. However, it has the best aquaplaning resistance of the comparison test.
The Apollo Aspire XP also has a good resistance to aquaplaning, but braking distances are too long, especially in wet conditions, where it needs 11 metres more to come to a standstill than the best tyre. It performs quite well in dry and wet track handling tests despite its poor lateral grip due to soft sidewalls.
The surprise of this comparison test comes from the Michelin CrossClimate + which is the most expensive tyre tested. Despite the fact that it is an all season tyre which is a compromise solution between a summer tyre and a winter tyre, it manages to deliver a good level of performance. Auto Zeitung also obtains the shortest wet braking distance with this tyre. But logically, it is outperformed by most of the other tyres in tests conducted in dry conditions.
Well balanced, the Yokohama BluEarth AE50 does a good job for Auto Zeitung. If the Japanese tyre manufacturer is not the best in aquaplaning tests, it is relatively efficient in wet braking and wet handling tests. It is also quite comfortable and economical thanks to its low rolling resistance.
Despite relatively long wet braking distances, 11 metres more than the best tyre, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 compensates with its very good performances in dry conditions. Very efficient in aquaplaning tests, it also has a very low rolling resistance.
The Pirelli Cinturato P7 shows no real weakness according to Auto Zeitung. Quite well balanced, it obtains good results in braking tests, particularly in wet conditions. On the handling track, the difference is less than one second with the best tyre.
Although one of the cheapest tyres, the Maxxis Premitra HP5 also delivers good performance, to the surprise of Auto Zeitung who did not expect it to rank as high. It finishes 2nd in dry braking tests at only 40 cm from the first tyre. On the track, it finishes in the top 3 in each test, whether in wet or dry conditions. Performances which allow it to rank amongst the best tyres of this comparison test.
The most expensive tyre after the CrossClimate +, the Michelin Primacy 4 delivers good results in the wet. But it is most at ease in dry conditions with a 3rd place in braking tests and a 2nd place in dry track handling tests. Without any real weaknesses, it has the lowest rolling resistance of the tyres tested.
But, according to Auto Zeitung, the best 2019 summer tyre for family and passenger cars is the Continental Premium Contact 6. It finishes 1st in dry braking, dry track handling and wet track handling tests. In wet braking tests, it is the first summer tyre and is only beaten by the Michelin CrossClimate + all season tyre. Very comfortable, it has a high price tag in line with the performance it promises.
Continental Premium Contact 6
Best tyre in dry and wet conditions
Michelin Primacy 4
Good dry handling, high price
Maxxis Premitra HP5
Very good price performance ratio
Pirelli Cinturato P7
Good overall results, average wet handling
Bridgestone Turanza T005
Good handling performance, relatively long wet braking distances
Yokohama BluEarth AE50
Well balanced, less efficient against aquaplaning
Best wet braking distance, not as good in dry conditions
Apollo Aspire XP
Good aquaplaning resistance, relatively long wet braking distances
Kumho Ecsta HS51
Good aquaplaning resistance, long braking distances
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