2021 ViBilagare Summer Tire Test

For 2021, the testing experts at ViBilagare have tested eight of the latest 225/45 R17 tires, with a surprising result!

The Maxxis Premitra HP5 aced the tire test to finish in first spot overall, ahead of the new Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 in second place and Continental PremiumContact 6 in third. This is a really impressive result for the Maxxis brand, especially when you consider price was NOT taken into account for the final results!

The only caveat worth remembering is wear was not tested in this test. In previous tests where wear results were included, the second placed Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 had a significant advantage over other tires on test, and the Maxxis didn't score too well..

You can find our summary of the data below, but for the full details be sure to head over to the ViBilagare website.

Dry

Dry braking was a close group overall, and was lead by the Continental PremiumContact 6 which stop the car 0.4 meters ahead of the new Landsail Sentury Qirin 990!

The test winning Maxxis Premitra HP5 was the fastest tire across a dry handling lap, edging out Goodyear and Continental in second place.

Wet

Continental also won the wet braking testing, but this time by nearly a full meter over the second placed Nokian Hakka Blue 2, which is a similar tire to the Central European Nokian WetProof.

Continental was also the fastest tire around the wet handling lap, with the budget Hifly again performing poorly.

Nokian and Maxxis led the way in the aquaplaning testing by a large margin!

Environment

ViBilagare are one of the few publications to rate comfort and noise subjectively, which is a really interesting metric.

In the subjective comfort testing, the Nokian and Pirelli had a small advantage over the group of tires, rounding out bumps and road imperfections better than the rivals.

Subjective noise testing showed the Goodyear had an advantage over the group, especially on rough surfaces.

The price (in Euros) chart highlights the huge difference between the cheapest and most expensive tires on test.

And finally, it will be no surprise to regular tire tests viewers to see the Michelin Primacy 4 and Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 leading the way in the rolling resistance testing.

Results

1st: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Origin: China
  • UTQG: 340
  • Weight: 8.9kgs
  • Tread: 7.3mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.2 M96.56%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking4th+2.7 M92.13%
Wet Handling3rd+0.3 s99.57%
Wet Circle3rd+0.06 s99.59%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.4 Km/H99.53%
Subj. Comfort6th-2 Points
Subj. Noise5th-2 Points
Price3rd+10.21 86.48%
Fuel Consumption4th+0.14 l/100km97.46%
Excellent stability and steering response in the dry, good levels of grip in the wet with a neutral wet balance, best aquaplaning resistance on test, well priced.
Mid pack stopping distances, average comfort.

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2nd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  • Origin: Poland
  • UTQG: 360
  • Weight: 9kgs
  • Tread: 8.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.1 M96.84%
Dry Handling2nd+0.4 s99.6%
Wet Braking6th+3 M91.33%
Wet Handling4th+0.5 s99.29%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua6th-4.2 Km/H95.12%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Subj. Noise1st
Price5th+57.75 53.08%
Fuel Consumption2nd+0.07 l/100km98.71%
Responsive and easy to drive in the wet and dry, very good levels of comfort and quietest tire on test.
Average aquaplaning resistance.

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3rd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/45 R17 94Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Origin: France
  • UTQG: 280
  • Weight: 9.5kgs
  • Tread: 7.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd+0.4 s99.6%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle4th+0.11 s99.25%
Straight Aqua4th-3 Km/H96.51%
Subj. Comfort6th-2 Points
Subj. Noise5th-2 Points
Price8th+81.62 44.45%
Fuel Consumption3rd+0.12 l/100km97.81%
Easy to drive, stable rear and slight understeer balance in the dry, fastest around the wet handling lap, shortest braking distances in the dry and wet.
Worse curved aquaplaning resistance on test, low levels of comfort, average noise.

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3rd: Nokian Hakka Blue 2

Nokian Hakka Blue 2
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Origin: Russia
  • UTQG: 300
  • Weight: 10.4kgs
  • Tread: 7.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.6 M95.47%
Dry Handling6th+0.9 s99.11%
Wet Braking2nd+0.9 M97.23%
Wet Handling2nd+0.2 s99.71%
Wet Circle2nd+0.03 s99.8%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise2nd-1 Points
Price6th+75.23 46.47%
Fuel Consumption8th+0.34 l/100km94.05%
Excellent aquaplaning resistance and short wet braking, very good levels of comfort.
Long dry braking, soft and imprecise dry handling.

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5th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • EU Label: B/A/68
  • Origin: Italy
  • UTQG: 340
  • Weight: 9.1kgs
  • Tread: 6.3mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1 M97.12%
Dry Handling5th+0.8 s99.21%
Wet Braking3rd+2.2 M93.49%
Wet Handling5th+1 s98.59%
Wet Circle6th+0.34 s97.73%
Straight Aqua5th-3.4 Km/H96.05%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Subj. Noise5th-2 Points
Price7th+77.49 45.74%
Fuel Consumption1st100%
Good aquaplaning resistance given it's shallow starting tread depth, lowest fuel consumption on test, short braking in the dry and wet.
Average comfort and low lateral wet circle grip.

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6th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
  • 225/45 R17 94Y
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Origin: Russia
  • UTQG: 320
  • Weight: 9.4kgs
  • Tread: 6.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.5 M98.54%
Dry Handling4th+0.6 s99.4%
Wet Braking7th+3.4 M90.29%
Wet Handling6th+1.4 s98.04%
Wet Circle5th+0.24 s98.38%
Straight Aqua3rd-2.6 Km/H96.98%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise2nd-1 Points
Price4th+57.46 53.2%
Fuel Consumption7th+0.26 l/100km95.38%
Good in the dry with the best steering feedback and handling, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise levels ang good comfort.
Long wet braking, difficult wet handling.

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7th: Landsail Qirin 990

Landsail Qirin 990
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • EU Label: B/A/66
  • Origin: China
  • UTQG: 520
  • Weight: 9.5kgs
  • Tread: 7.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.83%
Dry Handling7th+1.5 s98.52%
Wet Braking5th+2.9 M91.59%
Wet Handling7th+2 s97.22%
Wet Circle6th+0.34 s97.73%
Straight Aqua8th-6.6 Km/H92.33%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Subj. Noise2nd-1 Points
Price2nd+0.1 99.85%
Fuel Consumption5th+0.18 l/100km96.76%
Very good dry braking, low noise.
Poor handling in the dry, understeer in the wet, low aquaplaning resistance.

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8th: Hifly HF805

Hifly HF805
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • EU Label: E/E/72
  • Origin: China
  • UTQG: 280
  • Weight: 10.1kgs
  • Tread: 7.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+2.3 M93.61%
Dry Handling8th+2.4 s97.65%
Wet Braking8th+5.5 M85.18%
Wet Handling8th+3.3 s95.49%
Wet Circle8th+0.67 s95.62%
Straight Aqua7th-5.5 Km/H93.6%
Subj. Comfort6th-2 Points
Subj. Noise8th-3 Points
Price1st100%
Fuel Consumption6th+0.23 l/100km95.89%
Cheapest tire on test.
Very poor wet braking, low grip in all conditions, high noise and low levels of comfort.

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