2021 All Road SUV Summer Tire Test

The 2021 Auto Bild All Rad SUV test has tested ten SUV tires in the popular 215/60 R17 size. While the German publication used a Jeep Renegade for testing, this size is also fitted to vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai, VW Transporter, Renault Kadjar, Toyota C HR and many other popular crossover SUVs.

As always Auto Bild have done a great job testing, as not only have they tested in the dry and wet, they've also conducted FIVE off-road tests. Given these sort of vehicles rarely see any activity outside of the school run, the tests have a low weighting in the overall results, but it's certainly excellent data if you ever plan to take your crossover SUV on grass, gravel, sand or mud!

As usual with these complex tests, there's no one tire that does everything well, however the top three tires had the fewest weaknesses overall.

The test winning Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV wasn't the very best in the dry or wet, but it was close enough in every test to secure it first place, with Auto Bild only negative noted based on its purchase price.

The Michelin Primacy 4 placed a strong second. While it didn't win a single test, it's only weakness was traction on sand (and again it's price) so it was also highly recommend, while the third placed Bridgestone Turanza T005 struggled on grass rather than sand, but was good enough in other areas to also be "highly recommended".

For all the test details, be sure to keep reading below!

Dry

The top three tires in dry braking were three of the top four tires overall, with only the Goodyear slipping behind the leaders.

The Goodyear improved on its dry braking performance which meant the fastest four tires around the dry handling lap were the top four tires overall.

Wet

The Continental PremiumContact 6 had a significant advantage during wet braking, stopping the Jeep over a meter sooner than the next best tire. The new Toyo Proxes Comfort, and the usually impressive Maxxis Premitra HP5 couldn't beat the Imperial budget tire, all performing poorly in wet braking.

The PremiumContact 6 was also the best tire during the wet handling lap.

Maxxis, and the budget Imperial time did perform better in deeper water, winning the straight aquaplaning test.

Off-Road

Auto Bild only tested the handling of the tires on gravel, opting for objective traction tests for the other surfaces.

The new Goodyear was the fastest tire around the gravel handling lap, with a relatively close group overall.

Nokian took its first test win for the WetProof SUV during the gravel traction testing.

The Goodyear proved to have the highest traction on grass, confirming it's multi-surface ability.

BFGoodrich took its first win during the mud traction testing, which is a difficult test to do reliably.

And the cheapest tire on test performed well in the sand, just beating the Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV to the top spot.

Environment

The Goodyear continued its impressive results by having the lowest external noise on test at both speeds tested (50 km/h and 80 km/h.)

As usual, the Bridgestone Turanza T005 has the lowest rolling resistance, with the Michelin Primacy 4 in second place. The cheapest tire on test might be a false economy, as it had the highest fuel use of the group.

There was a 260 euro difference between the cheapest and most expensive tires on test, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the most expensive tires on test were also the best.

Results

1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV

Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.2 M96.72%
Dry Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H99.51%
Wet Braking2nd+2.4 M95.24%
Wet Handling4th-0.3 Km/H99.52%
Straight Aqua7th-3.9 Km/H95.54%
Gravel Handling1st100%
Gravel Traction6th-626 N93.32%
Sand Traction2nd-20 N99.76%
Grass Traction1st100%
Mud Traction5th-107 N97.33%
Noise1st100%
Price8th+235 53%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.56 kg / t92.59%
Test winner, with exemplary driving qualities on all surfaces, sporty dry handling, precise steering, short wet and dry braking and low rolling resistance.
High price.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: B/A/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.44%
Dry Handling4th-1.1 Km/H98.93%
Wet Braking4th+4.4 M91.6%
Wet Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.68%
Straight Aqua4th-1.8 Km/H97.94%
Gravel Handling6th-0.7 Km/H98.95%
Gravel Traction2nd-312 N96.67%
Sand Traction10th-938 N88.64%
Grass Traction3rd-171 N95.63%
Mud Traction6th-125 N96.89%
Noise2nd+0.7 dB99%
Price10th+260 50.48%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.32 kg / t95.63%
Top performer in the wet and dry with precise handling, short dry braking distance, good aquaplaning resistance.
Average traction on sand, high price.
Highly Recommended.

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3rd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: B/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking6th+5.4 M89.89%
Wet Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.84%
Straight Aqua10th-8 Km/H90.85%
Gravel Handling4th-0.3 Km/H99.55%
Gravel Traction4th-545 N94.18%
Sand Traction4th-497 N93.98%
Grass Traction10th-831 N78.78%
Mud Traction2nd-19 N99.53%
Noise5th+1.5 dB97.87%
Price7th+230 53.54%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Dynamic handling with high steering precision in the wet and dry, good off road, short dry braking distances, very low rolling resistance.
Average grass traction, high price.
Highly Recommended.

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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.4 M98.88%
Dry Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H99.42%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua9th-5.4 Km/H93.82%
Gravel Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction9th-1609 N82.83%
Sand Traction6th-528 N93.61%
Grass Traction8th-751 N80.83%
Mud Traction7th-242 N93.97%
Noise8th+2.4 dB96.64%
Price8th+235 53%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.39 kg / t83.43%
A balanced summer tire with great handling on all surfaces, precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances.
Average traction on grass and gravel.
Recommended.

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5th: Nokian Wetproof SUV

Nokian Wetproof SUV
  • 215/60 R17 100V
  • EU Label: C/A/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2 M94.65%
Dry Handling5th-1.2 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking5th+4.9 M90.74%
Wet Handling6th-0.6 Km/H99.04%
Straight Aqua5th-2.3 Km/H97.37%
Gravel Handling5th-0.5 Km/H99.25%
Gravel Traction1st100%
Sand Traction5th-519 N93.72%
Grass Traction2nd-74 N98.11%
Mud Traction8th-262 N93.47%
Noise3rd+1 dB98.57%
Price6th+175 60.23%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.78 kg / t79.73%
Good aquaplaning resistance, high traction on grass and gravel, short wet and dry braking distances.
High rolling resistance, slow steering.
Recommended.

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6th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/67
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.1 M96.99%
Dry Handling8th-1.5 Km/H98.54%
Wet Braking7th+6.4 M88.24%
Wet Handling5th-0.4 Km/H99.36%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.7 Km/H98.05%
Gravel Handling7th-0.8 Km/H98.8%
Gravel Traction10th-1698 N81.88%
Sand Traction7th-640 N92.25%
Grass Traction4th-258 N93.41%
Mud Traction10th-369 N90.8%
Noise6th+1.8 dB97.46%
Price4th+155 63.1%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.89 kg / t78.74%
Good aquaplaning resistance, stable safe wet cornering, short dry braking distances.
Average traction on gravel and mud, high rolling resistance.
Recommended.

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7th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 215/60 R17 96H
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.1 M96.99%
Dry Handling7th-1.3 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking10th+9.9 M82.9%
Wet Handling8th-1 Km/H98.4%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Gravel Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction3rd-491 N94.76%
Sand Traction8th-679 N91.78%
Grass Traction5th-503 N87.16%
Mud Traction3rd-60 N98.5%
Noise7th+2.2 dB96.91%
Price2nd+120 68.83%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.44 kg / t82.94%
Best aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking distance, good comfort, low price.
Slow steering and understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking.
Satisfactory.

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8th: BFGoodrich Advantage SUV

BFGoodrich Advantage SUV
  • 215/60 R17 96V
  • EU Label: B/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.7 M95.42%
Dry Handling10th-3.3 Km/H96.79%
Wet Braking3rd+3.6 M93.02%
Wet Handling7th-0.9 Km/H98.56%
Straight Aqua8th-4.1 Km/H95.31%
Gravel Handling8th-1.2 Km/H98.21%
Gravel Traction5th-547 N94.16%
Sand Traction9th-798 N90.34%
Grass Traction5th-503 N87.16%
Mud Traction1st100%
Noise9th+2.6 dB96.37%
Price4th+155 63.1%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.64 kg / t91.62%
High traction on gravel and mud, low rolling resistance, good comfort.
Low traction on sand, understeer in the wet and dry, limited steering feedback and precision.
Satisfactory.

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9th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 215/60 R17 100V
  • EU Label: C/A/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.5 M95.93%
Dry Handling5th-1.2 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking8th+9.6 M83.33%
Wet Handling8th-1 Km/H98.4%
Straight Aqua6th-2.5 Km/H97.14%
Gravel Handling9th-1.7 Km/H97.46%
Gravel Traction7th-664 N92.91%
Sand Traction3rd-223 N97.3%
Grass Traction8th-751 N80.83%
Mud Traction9th-331 N91.75%
Noise4th+1.1 dB98.43%
Price3rd+135 66.25%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.45 kg / t82.84%
High traction in gravel and sand, safe aquaplaning resistance, good comfort.
Weak off-road suitability, slow steering response and understeer in the wet, long wet braking.
Satisfactory.

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10th: Imperial EcoSport SUV

Imperial EcoSport SUV
  • 215/60 R17 100V
  • EU Label: C/C/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+4.3 M89.17%
Dry Handling9th-2.4 Km/H97.67%
Wet Braking9th+9.7 M83.19%
Wet Handling10th-1.9 Km/H96.96%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H99.43%
Gravel Handling10th-1.8 Km/H97.31%
Gravel Traction8th-1025 N89.06%
Sand Traction1st100%
Grass Traction7th-649 N83.43%
Mud Traction4th-101 N97.48%
Noise9th+2.6 dB96.37%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.98 kg / t77.95%
Safe aquaplaning resistance, low price.
Very weak when wet with unbalance oversteer and low grip, long wet and dry braking.
Not Recommended.

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