2020 ADAC SUV SUMMER TYRE TEST: BETWEEN SAFETY AND LONGEVITY
Like every other year, the German ADAC, in partnership with the Swiss Touring Club, has compared current summer tyres on safety and longevity. The automobile associations have compared 12 tyres in the size 235/55 R17 suitable for use on SUVs or vans.
This size is also suitable for medium-sized SUVs, vans for private use, and even high performance vehicles: Audi A7, Q3, Ford Kuga (test vehicle), S-Max, Jaguar XF, Mercedes S-Class, V-Class, Volvo S60, V60, XC60, Volkswagen Tiguan and T6.
The test include 6 categories: dry handling, wet handling, noise, fuel consumption; wear and rolling resistance with the first 2 categories accounting for 60% of the final score.
One tyre fails the test
While almost half of the van tyres tested last year were “not recommended”, only the Laufenn S-Fit EQ falls wide of the mark. The fault was performances which were way below ADAC standards in wet conditions, even although the tyre is good in all other categories. The Hankook sub-brand has just launched its replacement, the S-Fit EQ+.
Tyres between performance and longevity
Wet braking tests are the most meaningful when comparing this year’s review with the one conducted on van tyres last year: this year the Maxxis Premitra 5 had the longest braking distance on this surface, requiring 41 metres to brake from 80 to 20 km/h. But compared with last year’s winner, the Apollo Altrust and its 47 metres, its braking distance is even shorter.
This is undoubtedly a guarantee of safety which prevails over longevity. Between 34,500 km and 48,300 km this year compared with tyres which can last up to 81,000 km for certain van versions.
So, safety or longevity for drivers who have this type of vehicle? At least the choice exists. The 3 longest wearing tyres of this comparison test, the Semperit Speed-Life 2 SUV, the Esa+Tecar Spirit Pro and the Continental Eco Contact 6, miss the “highly recommended” rating due to their weak performances in wet conditions.
They are copied by the Kleber Dynaxer HP 3 and Yokohama BluEarth RV-02 which show the same weaknesses on wet surfaces while the Hankook Ventus Prime 3 and Kumho Ecsta HS51 are less efficient in dry conditions.
Four tyres highly recommended
Without any real weaknesses, the Maxxis Premitra 5 and Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres obtain the same final score and tie for 3rd place in the ranking. They both obtain very similar results in wet conditions, for fuel consumption and for noise. If the Pirelli tyre is better in dry conditions, the Maxxis tyre comes very close with its slightly longer wear life.
The Bridgestone Turanza T005 takes 2nd place with a very balanced performance. Always highly ranked in all categories, it shows no weaknesses but is never the best in a specific area.
And finally, Michelin wins. The Primacy 4 is the only tyre with a wear life , it is even the best tyre of the comparison test.