2021 Auto Bild 19 inch Summer Tire Test

In an unexpected release, Auto Bild have just published their second ultra high performance tire test of 2021, this time testing the popular 235/35 R19 tire size and again putting the new Bridgestone Potenza Sport up against the best from Continental and Michelin. Strangely, Auto Bild have included the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 instead of the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport which would have been a more natural selection for this group, but it's still a really interesting test.

As always, things are close at the top, with Michelin taking a narrow victory, just ahead of Bridgestone and Continental in joint second place.

Read on below for the gritty details, and testers notes on each tire, and be sure to check out the full test on the Auto Bild website.

Dry

Dry braking was led by the often dominant Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, with the Continental SportContact 6 close behind. 

A rather large 5.5 meters separated the best and worst tires on test.

While the new Bridgestone Potenza Sport could only manage fourth in dry braking, it was the fastest around the dry handling lap by a significant margin.

Wet

Wet braking was again led by the impressive Michelin, in a sequence of results extremely similar to the dry braking.

Auto Bild actually tested braking on a high and low grip surface, below is the results of the low grip, you can find the results of the high grip surface on the Auto Bild website. 

The Pirelli P Zero PZ4 was the fastest around the wet handling lap, with an impressive lead ahead of Michelin and Continental. 

The now aging Dunlop SportMaxx RT2 led the way in both aquaplaning tests.

Environment

The external noise test bumped the budget "Berlin Tires" to the top of the group.

The cheapest tires in the group happened to have the lowest rolling resistance, which is a little unusual for such a test.

As usual, the Michelin was the most expensive tire on test, over twice the price of the cheapest tires.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling3rd-1.3 Km/H98.91%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling3rd-3.2 Km/H95.85%
Straight Aqua6th-1.7 Km/H97.74%
Curved Aquaplaning11th-0.45 m/sec283.87%
Noise8th+0.8 dB98.89%
Price15th+380 47.22%
Rolling Resistance8th+0.96 kg / t89.18%
Top performer with precise steering and dynamic handling, shortest wet braking distance, shortest dry braking, good comfort, low rolling resistance.
High Price.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: E/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.2 M96.54%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking4th+3.3 M93.24%
Wet Handling4th-3.3 Km/H95.73%
Straight Aqua5th-1.3 Km/H98.27%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.07 m/sec297.49%
Noise13th+2.2 dB97.01%
Price12th+290 53.97%
Rolling Resistance13th+1.66 kg / t82.65%
New sports pattern with direct steering and balanced handling, excellent dry handling, short wet and dry braking distances.
Slightly higher noise.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Continental Sport Contact 6

Continental Sport Contact 6
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.41%
Dry Handling4th-1.9 Km/H98.41%
Wet Braking2nd+1.3 M97.22%
Wet Handling2nd-3 Km/H96.11%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H99.2%
Curved Aquaplaning12th-0.46 m/sec283.51%
Noise1st100%
Price12th+290 53.97%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.52 kg / t93.83%
Balanced sports tire with secure handling characteristics and precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances, low noises.
Higher price level.
Highly Recommended.

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4th: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1 M97.1%
Dry Handling2nd-0.9 Km/H99.25%
Wet Braking3rd+3.1 M93.62%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua10th-3.7 Km/H95.09%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.36 m/sec287.1%
Noise11th+1 dB98.62%
Price10th+245 58.12%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.99 kg / t79.9%
Convincing handling qualities on wet and dry roads, high grip, precise steering behavior, short dry braking distances.
Higher rolling resistance.
Highly Recommended.

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5th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.4 M95.99%
Dry Handling6th-2.5 Km/H97.91%
Wet Braking7th+5.7 M88.87%
Wet Handling10th-4.8 Km/H93.78%
Straight Aqua7th-2.2 Km/H97.08%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.27 m/sec290.32%
Noise3rd+0.2 dB99.72%
Price9th+205 62.39%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.89 kg / t89.89%
Balanced sports tire with safe handling qualities, precise steering response, good aquaplaning safety, short dry braking distances, well priced.
Slightly extended wet braking.
Recommended.

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5th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: E/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.8 M94.9%
Dry Handling5th-2.1 Km/H98.25%
Wet Braking6th+4.9 M90.28%
Wet Handling5th-3.4 Km/H95.6%
Straight Aqua7th-2.2 Km/H97.08%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.22 m/sec292.11%
Noise5th+0.4 dB99.44%
Price7th+180 65.38%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.99 kg / t79.9%
A well balanced tire with precise handling qualities on wet roads, stable cornering, short dry braking distances, good value for money.
High rolling resistance.
Recommended.

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7th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: E/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.5 M95.71%
Dry Handling7th-2.6 Km/H97.83%
Wet Braking10th+8.7 M83.95%
Wet Handling7th-4.3 Km/H94.43%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.9 Km/H98.8%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.17 m/sec293.91%
Noise10th+0.9 dB98.76%
Price4th+100 77.27%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.43 kg / t84.69%
Well priced with good aquaplaning resistance and safe handling, short dry braking distances, good comfort.
Extended wet braking distances.
Recommended.

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7th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.9 M94.63%
Dry Handling10th-3.2 Km/H97.33%
Wet Braking4th+3.3 M93.24%
Wet Handling9th-4.6 Km/H94.04%
Straight Aqua4th-1.2 Km/H98.41%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.25 m/sec291.04%
Noise7th+0.5 dB99.31%
Price14th+310 52.31%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.05 kg / t88.28%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short wet and dry braking distances, good grip and balanced handling behavior in the wet.
Slight understeer balance in the dry.
Recommended.

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7th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/68
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.8 M94.9%
Dry Handling8th-2.7 Km/H97.74%
Wet Braking8th+6.2 M88.01%
Wet Handling8th-4.5 Km/H94.17%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise4th+0.3 dB99.58%
Price10th+245 58.12%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.8 kg / t90.82%
Sports tires with high performance potential, stable wet and dry handling, good aquaplaning safety, short dry braking distances.
Slightly longer wet braking distances.
Recommended.

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10th: Kleber Dynaxer UHP

Kleber Dynaxer UHP
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: E/A/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+3.3 M91.03%
Dry Handling13th-4 Km/H96.66%
Wet Braking9th+6.3 M87.84%
Wet Handling12th-7.3 Km/H90.54%
Straight Aqua12th-5.4 Km/H92.83%
Curved Aquaplaning14th-0.64 m/sec277.06%
Noise5th+0.4 dB99.44%
Price5th+150 69.39%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.5 kg / t94.05%
Short dry braking distances, low rolling resistance, well priced.
Only average wet performance, understeer in the dry.
Satisfactory.

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11th: Toyo Proxes Sport A

Toyo Proxes Sport A
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: E/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+2.5 M93.06%
Dry Handling9th-3 Km/H97.49%
Wet Braking13th+11.8 M79.41%
Wet Handling6th-4.1 Km/H94.69%
Straight Aqua9th-3.1 Km/H95.88%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.29 m/sec289.61%
Noise8th+0.8 dB98.89%
Price7th+180 65.38%
Rolling Resistance12th+1.57 kg / t83.44%
Dynamic precise wet handling, short dry braking distances, well priced.
Very long wet braking distances, understeer in the dry.
Conditionally Recommended.

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12th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.1 M94.1%
Dry Handling11th-3.7 Km/H96.91%
Wet Braking10th+8.7 M83.95%
Wet Handling11th-6.3 Km/H91.84%
Straight Aqua11th-4.1 Km/H94.56%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.41 m/sec285.3%
Noise12th+1.6 dB97.81%
Price5th+150 69.39%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.35 kg / t85.42%
Stable cornering in the wet,short dry braking distances, well priced.
Long wet braking distances, strong understeer in the wet and dry.
Conditionally Recommended.

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13th: Barum Bravuris 5HM

Barum Bravuris 5HM
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: E/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking14th+3.7 M90.05%
Dry Handling14th-5.4 Km/H95.49%
Wet Braking12th+10.9 M80.67%
Wet Handling13th-8.7 Km/H88.73%
Straight Aqua13th-5.8 Km/H92.3%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.41 m/sec285.3%
Noise15th+2.9 dB96.1%
Price3rd+90 79.07%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.53 kg / t93.72%
Low rolling resistance, low price.
Long wet and dry braking distances, limited lateral grip, spongy steering response.
Conditionally Recommended.

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14th: Syron Premium Performance

Syron Premium Performance
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking12th+3.1 M91.53%
Dry Handling12th-3.9 Km/H96.74%
Wet Braking15th+17.7 M71.99%
Wet Handling15th-12.9 Km/H83.29%
Straight Aqua14th-7.6 Km/H89.91%
Curved Aquaplaning13th-0.52 m/sec281.36%
Noise14th+2.5 dB96.62%
Price2nd+60 85%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Low price, low rolling resistance.
Low grip in the wet, high levels of understeer with spongy handling, loud noise.
Not Recommended.

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15th: Berlin Tires Summer UHP 1

Berlin-Tires Summer UHP 1
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+5.5 M85.9%
Dry Handling15th-6 Km/H94.99%
Wet Braking14th+16.5 M73.39%
Wet Handling14th-10.6 Km/H86.27%
Straight Aqua15th-10.6 Km/H85.92%
Curved Aquaplaning15th-0.95 m/sec265.95%
Noise1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.51 kg / t93.94%
Low noise.
Critical driving characteristics, very long braking distance, poor aquaplaning resistance.
Not Recommended.

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