2021 Auto Express Summer Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Best tire for wet roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The best tire overallHankook Ventus S1 evo 3
The lowest fuel useBridgestone Turanza T005
The quietest tireAvon ZV7
Auto Express have asked Tire Reviews not to cover too much of their test, so if you'd like to see the full results of this 225/45 R17 summer tire test head over to the Auto Express website!

Here's a very basic overview of the results. One thing to keep in mind is there's a mix of tire types in this test, with more performance bias patterns such as the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 up against touring bias tires such as the Bridgestone Turanza T005 and Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2.

One final note, the scoring is based on percentages against the best in test. Dry and wet are made up of two and five tests respectively which is why they're over 100%.

Results

1st: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  1. Total: 941.4
  2. Dry: 197.2
  3. Wet: 477.1
  4. Rolling Resistance: 68.2
  5. Noise: 98.9
  6. Overall: 100
A deserved win for the Hankook, excelling in wet braking and generally a great all round performance.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  1. Total: 952.4
  2. Dry: 199.3
  3. Wet: 491.7
  4. Rolling Resistance: 63.8
  5. Noise: 98.1
  6. Overall: 99.5
The PS4 continues to be impressive in the wet and dry.

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3rd: Vredestein Ultrac

Vredestein Ultrac
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  1. Total: 945
  2. Dry: 197.5
  3. Wet: 481.1
  4. Rolling Resistance: 67.8
  5. Noise: 99.2
  6. Overall: 99.4
The updated Vredestein Ultrac is impressive, with a consistent performance in all tests.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: B/A/71
  1. Total: 951.1
  2. Dry: 195.6
  3. Wet: 457.2
  4. Rolling Resistance: 100
  5. Noise: 99.1
  6. Overall: 99.2
The T005 has very low rolling resistance but struggled in the wet.

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5th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: D/A/71
  1. Total: 944
  2. Dry: 196.3
  3. Wet: 484.4
  4. Rolling Resistance: 65.7
  5. Noise: 98.8
  6. Overall: 98.8
The Asym 5 had a balanced performance in the we and dry but had a very high rolling resistance.

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6th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  1. Total: 907.8
  2. Dry: 196.8
  3. Wet: 441.8
  4. Rolling Resistance: 71.2
  5. Noise: 99.3
  6. Overall: 98.7
The PremiumContact 6 remains a good tire but is getting on and a replacement is needed to put Continental at the very front.

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7th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  1. Total: 922.6
  2. Dry: 196.3
  3. Wet: 461
  4. Rolling Resistance: 68.2
  5. Noise: 99.4
  6. Overall: 97.7
The PowerProof needs work if it's to match the big names.

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8th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  1. Total: 923.4
  2. Dry: 194.9
  3. Wet: 449.7
  4. Rolling Resistance: 82
  5. Noise: 99.2
  6. Overall: 97.6
The wet weather improvement needs improvement for the P7 C2 to get to the front of testing in this size.

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9th: Avon ZV7

Avon ZV7
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  1. Total: 902.3
  2. Dry: 191.2
  3. Wet: 445
  4. Rolling Resistance: 68.7
  5. Noise: 100
  6. Overall: 97.4
Avon is closing in on its rivals with the ZV7, but there's still a way to go!

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10th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 225/45 R17
  • EU Label: E/A/72
  1. Total: 926.9
  2. Dry: 194.2
  3. Wet: 465.3
  4. Rolling Resistance: 70.9
  5. Noise: 99.9
  6. Overall: 96.6
The worrying wet braking result means a replacement for the RT2 can't come soon enough.

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