2021 Motor Summer Tire Test

Published a later than usual due to covid travel restrictions, the Polish magazine "Motor" have tested ten 225/55 R17 summer tires in the usual array of wet and dry testing.

The 17 inch size tested can be found on a wide range of vehicles, such as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes E-Class, smaller vehicles like the BMW 3-Series and Mini Countryman, crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and Skoda Karoq, and even minivans / people carriers like the Chrysler Voyager, Fiat Scudo and Opel Vivaro. 

Motor Magazine used a BMW 5 Series for the testing.

Dry

As with most tests including the Continental PremiumContact 6, the German tire did exceptionally well in the dry, having the shortest dry braking, fastest dry handling lap and the best subjective dry handling feeling. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 kept the Continental honest in the braking and the timed lap, and the Nokian PowerProof, Bridgestone Turanza T005 and Laufenn S Fit EQ+ performed well.

Unfortunately while the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue was rated as one of the best tires in the dry subjectively, it had a lack of grip in braking and handling.

Wet

The wet grip tests had a very similar order to dry, with the Continental tire leading the Goodyear in both braking and handling tests, the Nokian and Bridgestone also performing well, and the Pirelli having a surprisingly disappointing result for a premium tire.

The deep water straight aquaplaning test had a surprise win for the Imperial EcoSport 2 budget tire, where as the Goodyear proved best in curved aquaplaning.

On balance, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 had the best balance between the shallow and deep water testing.

Environment

As we've found in the Tire Reviews tests, the Nokian Powerproof and Continental PremiumContact 6 sit at opposite ends of the external noise tests.

The rolling resistance test perhaps highlights why Pirelli struggled in the grip tests, as the P7 Blue has a significantly lower rolling resistance than even the Bridgestone Turanza T005, which usually has the lowest rolling resistance on test.

Unsurprisingly the budget tire is the cheapest tire on test, with the Pirelli tire offsetting it's low fuel use with a very high purchase price!

Results

1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua8th-4.09 Km/H95.83%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.79 m/sec276.97%
Noise10th+2.3 dB96.84%
Price9th+338 40.91%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.36 kg / t82.91%
High level of safety and comfort, stable dry behavior, high grip and good wet stability.
Relatively low resistance to aquaplaning.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.85%
Dry Handling2nd+0.1 s99.82%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-0.6 Points
Wet Braking2nd+1.2 M97.57%
Wet Handling2nd+1.3 s98.53%
Straight Aqua4th-3.3 Km/H96.64%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise7th+0.7 dB99.02%
Price6th+274 46.06%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.25 kg / t74.58%
Good handling and short braking distances on dry and wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance.
High rolling resistance.

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3rd: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.8 M97.73%
Dry Handling5th+0.9 s98.42%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-0.5 Points
Wet Braking3rd+2.2 M95.63%
Wet Handling5th+3.2 s96.46%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.16 Km/H96.78%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.16 m/sec295.34%
Noise1st100%
Price5th+218 51.77%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.58 kg / t80.68%
Good performance on dry and wet surfaces, low noise level, well priced.
High rolling resistance.

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4th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1 M97.18%
Dry Handling3rd+0.7 s98.77%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.45 Points
Wet Braking4th+3.1 M93.95%
Wet Handling4th+2.8 s96.89%
Straight Aqua4th-3.3 Km/H96.64%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.21 m/sec293.88%
Noise9th+1.4 dB98.06%
Price8th+312 42.86%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.52 kg / t92.7%
Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, low rolling resistance.
High externa noise.

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5th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1 M97.18%
Dry Handling6th+1.1 s98.08%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-0.5 Points
Wet Braking6th+3.8 M92.68%
Wet Handling3rd+2.5 s97.21%
Straight Aqua2nd-2.91 Km/H97.03%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.04 m/sec298.83%
Noise8th+0.9 dB98.74%
Price7th+291 44.57%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.6 kg / t80.49%
Good handling in all conditions (light understeer appears in high-speed corners on wet surfaces, but overall the tires provide a fairly high level of grip), good level of comfort, high resistance to aquaplaning.
High rolling resistance.

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6th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.6 M95.57%
Dry Handling6th+1.1 s98.08%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-0.5 Points
Wet Braking5th+3.2 M93.76%
Wet Handling5th+3.2 s96.46%
Straight Aqua6th-3.7 Km/H96.23%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.34 m/sec290.09%
Noise3rd+0.2 dB99.72%
Price3rd+142 62.23%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.52 kg / t81.28%
Good balance of performance, good handling on dry and wet surfaces (although there is a slight tendency to understeer), well priced.
Long dry braking.

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7th: Debica Presto UHP2

Debica Presto UHP2
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.1 M96.91%
Dry Handling9th+1.5 s97.4%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-0.75 Points
Wet Braking8th+5.7 M89.41%
Wet Handling5th+3.2 s96.46%
Straight Aqua7th-3.99 Km/H95.93%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.26 m/sec292.42%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price4th+156 60%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.16 kg / t85.05%
Acceptable performance on dry and wet surfaces, good balance of performance, low noise level, low rolling resistance
Slow dry handling lap.

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8th: Laufenn S Fit EQ+

Laufenn S Fit EQ Plus
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.4 M96.1%
Dry Handling4th+0.8 s98.59%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Points
Wet Braking7th+5.6 M89.57%
Wet Handling8th+6.4 s93.16%
Straight Aqua10th-5.81 Km/H94.08%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.65 m/sec281.05%
Noise6th+0.5 dB99.3%
Price2nd+85 73.35%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.16 kg / t85.05%
Acceptable dry results, relatively low rolling resistance.
Long wet braking, poor aquaplaning resistance.

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9th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue

Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.6 M92.99%
Dry Handling9th+1.5 s97.4%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Points
Wet Braking9th+8.3 M85.28%
Wet Handling10th+7.6 s91.98%
Straight Aqua9th-5.28 Km/H94.62%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.61 m/sec282.22%
Noise4th+0.3 dB99.58%
Price10th+408 36.45%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Very low rolling resistance.
Long braking distances and poor handling on dry and wet surfaces, relatively low resistance to aquaplaning, high price.

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10th: Imperial Ecosport 2

Imperial Ecosport 2
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+4.6 M88.24%
Dry Handling8th+1.2 s97.91%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-0.6 Points
Wet Braking10th+9.4 M83.65%
Wet Handling9th+7.4 s92.18%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.16 m/sec295.34%
Noise4th+0.3 dB99.58%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.25 kg / t74.58%
Very low price, good wet performance, low noise level.
Poor dry performance, high rolling resistance.

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