2022 AZ SUV Tire Test

We are very late in the season for this one, so we're not going to write too much on this. For 2022 Auto Zeitung tested ten crossover SUV tire sizes in 215/55 R17 using a Ford Puma.

The excellent testers at AZ were obviously happy with the majority of the tires tested as they gave out seven awards to the top seven tires! It's also worth noting the Continental tire in this test was the ultra low rolling resistance EcoContact 6, not the PremiumContact 6 you'd expect.

Sadly AZ didn't get the chance to do any offroad testing, not that these tires are intended for much offroad use, but if you would like to see how these sorts of tires perform on dirt and grass you can check out the Tire Reviews SUV test here.

Dry

The new Vredestein Ultrac and Maxxis Premitra HP5 led the way in dry braking, in a close set of results.

Dry handling had the Michelin Primacy 4 as the fastest tire around the lap, but with the top nine tires separated by just 0.7 seconds, it was again very close.

Wet

Maxxis also led the way during wet braking, with the Primacy 4 best of the rest.

Vredestein was back at the front in wet handling.

Vredestein also offered the best straight aquaplaning resistance.

Environment

Unusually there was no fraction of numbers in the noise results.

The eco bias Continental EcoContact 6 had much lower rolling resistance than the rest of the tires.

As usual, the Michelin was the most expensive set of tires on test.

Results

1st: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 215/55 R17 94W
  • EU Label: B/A/71
  • Weight: 9kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M98.64%
Dry Handling4th+0.3 s99.51%
Wet Braking3rd+0.3 M99.36%
Wet Handling3rd+2.3 s97.45%
Straight Aqua5th-4 Km/H95.04%
Noise6th+2 dB97.22%
Price7th+150 70%
Rolling Resistance2nd+1.15 kg / t84.01%
The Bridgestone Turanza T005 is number one in this test. Longitudinal wet grip, cornering, aquaplaning, the key to this success are top scores in all safety-related criteria - regardless of whether it's raining or the road is dry.

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2nd: Vredestein Ultrac

Vredestein Ultrac
  • 215/55 R17 98Y
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Weight: 9.5kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling4th+0.3 s99.51%
Wet Braking10th+3.7 M92.63%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise6th+2 dB97.22%
Price3rd+100 77.78%
Rolling Resistance7th+2.42 kg / t71.39%
Second place for the new Ultrac from Vredestein, which shines in the wet but misses out on overall victory due to long wet braking distances. Good performance overall, especially on dry roads.

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3rd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 215/55 R17 94W
  • EU Label: B/A/69
  • Weight: 9.1kgs
  • Tread: 8.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.8 M95.26%
Dry Handling2nd+0.1 s99.84%
Wet Braking4th+0.4 M99.15%
Wet Handling4th+2.5 s97.23%
Straight Aqua7th-6 Km/H92.57%
Noise1st100%
Price8th+170 67.31%
Rolling Resistance2nd+1.15 kg / t84.01%
Third place for the Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance 2, it offered high levels of grip in the wet and dry and also has particularly low noise.

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3rd: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 215/55 R17 94W
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Weight: 9.3kgs
  • Tread: 6.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.9 M97.57%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.2 M99.57%
Wet Handling6th+3.9 s95.75%
Straight Aqua6th-4.1 Km/H94.92%
Noise3rd+1 dB98.59%
Price10th+200 63.64%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.32 kg / t82.07%
The Primacy 4 has balanced grip in the dry and wet, focusing on safety qualities rather than dynamic driving.

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5th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 215/55 R17 94W
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 9.6kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling8th+0.5 s99.19%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling2nd+0.7 s99.21%
Straight Aqua4th-1.5 Km/H98.14%
Noise6th+2 dB97.22%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance9th+3.11 kg / t66.01%
The Maxxis Premitra 5, which has already won two awards in our tire tests, is highly recommended. In the wet it is extremely grippy and safe, but this comes at the expense of efficiency.

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6th: Nokian WetProof

Nokian WetProof
  • 215/55 R17 94V
  • EU Label: C/A/68
  • Weight: 10.2kgs
  • Tread: 8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.3 M99.18%
Dry Handling7th+0.4 s99.35%
Wet Braking7th+1.1 M97.69%
Wet Handling5th+3.1 s96.59%
Straight Aqua2nd-1 Km/H98.76%
Noise3rd+1 dB98.59%
Price5th+110 76.09%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.49 kg / t70.81%
The Nokian Wetproof is excellent in the wet and solid in the dry. Not a clear recommendation however the limit of wet handling can be tricky.

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7th: Continental EcoContact 6

Continental EcoContact 6
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: A/A/72
  • Weight: 9.1kgs
  • Tread: 6.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.8 M95.26%
Dry Handling2nd+0.1 s99.84%
Wet Braking6th+1 M97.89%
Wet Handling8th+6.6 s93.01%
Straight Aqua10th-9.8 Km/H87.86%
Noise1st100%
Price9th+180 66.04%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
With a top value for rolling resistance, the Continental Eco Contact 6 confirmed its label efficiency rating in seventh place. Grippy in the wet, but significant aquaplaning weaknesses.

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8th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Weight: 10.6kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.2 M96.79%
Dry Handling4th+0.3 s99.51%
Wet Braking8th+2.7 M94.51%
Wet Handling7th+4.6 s95.02%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.4 Km/H98.27%
Noise6th+2 dB97.22%
Price2nd+50 87.5%
Rolling Resistance10th+3.27 kg / t64.88%
The ZE-310 has safe handling however it has high rolling resistance and average comfort.

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9th: BFGoodrich Advantage

BFGoodrich Advantage
  • 215/55 R17 94W
  • EU Label: E/A/70
  • Weight: 10kgs
  • Tread: 6.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.9 M97.57%
Dry Handling9th+0.7 s98.87%
Wet Braking5th+0.6 M98.73%
Wet Handling9th+6.7 s92.91%
Straight Aqua9th-7.1 Km/H91.2%
Noise6th+2 dB97.22%
Price3rd+100 77.78%
Rolling Resistance6th+2.32 kg / t72.25%
The BF Goodrich Advantage struggled in the wet to finish in 9th place.

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10th: Yokohama BluEarth GT AE51

Yokohama BluEarth GT AE51
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: B/A/71
  • Weight: 10.4kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.8 M95.26%
Dry Handling10th+1.1 s98.24%
Wet Braking9th+3.6 M92.81%
Wet Handling10th+9.8 s89.96%
Straight Aqua8th-6.3 Km/H92.19%
Noise3rd+1 dB98.59%
Price6th+130 72.92%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.33 kg / t81.95%
Bottom in the wet, lacking grip when it matters. The Yokohama BluEarth-GT AE-51 is better in the dry, although there is no connection to the road and the rolling resistance is too high.

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