2022 AutoBild SUV 4x4 Summer Tire Test

Dry BrakingFalken FK510 SUV: 34.4 MImperial EcoSport SUV: 37.7 M
Dry HandlingFalken FK510 SUV: 101.1 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 099.4 Km/H
Wet BrakingFalken FK510 SUV: 45.8 MImperial EcoSport SUV: 55.8 M
Wet HandlingFalken FK510 SUV: 89.4 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 86.4 Km/H
Wet CircleMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 20.35 sImperial EcoSport SUV: 21.53 s
Straight AquaNexen N Fera Sport SUV: 86.5 Km/HMichelin Primacy 4: 78.1 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningNexen N Fera Sport SUV: 3.01 m/sec2Michelin Primacy 4: 2.72 m/sec2
Gravel HandlingMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 65.9 Km/HImperial EcoSport SUV: 64.4 Km/H
Gravel TractionHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 13331 NPirelli Scorpion Verde: 11304 N
Sand TractionFalken FK510 SUV: 09999 NMaxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV: 08618 N
Grass TractionHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 3868 NToyo Proxes Comfort: 3414 N
Mud TractionHankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV: 1515 NFalken FK510 SUV: 1125 N
NoiseGoodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV: 62.8 dBFalken FK510 SUV: 64.3 dB
PriceImperial EcoSport SUV: 370 Michelin Primacy 4: 590
Rolling ResistanceMichelin Primacy 4: 6.83 kg / tFalken FK510 SUV: 9.00 kg / t
Autobild are at it again, with the best SUV / mild 4x4 summer tire test you'll see all year (Tire Reviews sadly isn't doing one)! The German publication have tested ten leading SUV tires in the popular 235/55 R18 tire size using a VW Tiguan, and have managed to test the tires in the usual range of tests covering the dry and wet performance of the tires, but also test them on grass, dirt, gravel and even sand!

To add even more awesomeness Autobild included the multiple award winning Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen 3 all season tire. There's been a number of driver reviews on Tire Reviews claiming that an all season tire is actually pretty cabible in certain offroad conditions, and now we get to see!

How do All Season Tires Perform Off-Road?

We've seen plenty of all season tire tests with a summer tire as a reference, so it will be no surprise that the all season tire struggled in the dry, especially dry braking where the sipes and soft compound needed for snow performance really struggle.

It was a similar story in the wet, although the all season tire did have excellent aquaplaning resistance. The exciting new data comes from the off-road testing.

The all season tire performed well in gravel traction, but not so well in gravel handling, but it didn't have a disastrous performance in either test. It did seem to struggle in mud, but having tried mud testing previously, mud is very unreliable to test properly.

Where the all season tire did excel is on grass and especially in sand, where the tire had a huge advantage over the summer tires. Obviously the directional tread pattern and siping work well on both those surfaces.

This is good data for people in the UK who tow things like horseboxes in fields, but there's probably a limited use case for sand!

AutoBild summed up the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-3 as: 

Strengths: Legally approved for winter use, high traction on grass, gravel and sand, good safety reserves for aquaplaning, low rolling resistance. 

Weaknesses: Understeering wet performance and dry runway, delayed steering response, extended Wet and dry braking distances, high price level.

Once again, thank you to AutoBild for performing such interesting tests each year!

Onto the results of the summer SUV / 4x4 tires.

Dry

The Falken Azenis FK510 SUV was the best tire in both dry tests with sharp handling and good grip. It was however a very close group amongst the top six sets of tires!

The Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 SUV was second best overall in both braking and handling.

Wet

Falken and Hankook were back at the front for wet braking!

And Falken remained in the lead in wet handling, with the Toyo Proxes Comfort finishing second.

Nexen led the way in aquaplaning resistance.

Off-Road

Gravel handling had the Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV leading the way.

Hankook took another top spot during the gravel traction test.

Grass traction proved to be another strong performance for Hankook.

Hankook also led the way in mud!

Falken was back at the front for the sand traction test.

Environment

The Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV took its first win in the external noise testing.

The Michelin Primacy 4 had the lowest rolling resistance.

But the michelin was also the most expensive tire by a large margin.

Results

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1st: Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV

Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1 M97.18%
Dry Handling7th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling5th-0.6 Km/H99.41%
Wet Braking4th+1.7 M96.42%
Wet Handling5th-1.5 Km/H98.32%
Wet Circle4th+0.19 s99.07%
Straight Aqua6th-3.4 Km/H96.07%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.12 m/sec296.01%
Gravel Handling7th-0.9 Km/H98.63%
Gravel Traction4th-1154 N91.34%
Sand Traction6th-514 N94.86%
Grass Traction3rd-49 N98.73%
Mud Traction4th-105 N93.07%
Noise1st100%
Price8th+140 72.55%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.34 kg / t95.26%
Convincing premium tires with very good driving characteristics on all surfaces, harmonious wet and dry handling, short wet and dry braking distances, good ride comfort, low rolling resistance.
None mentioned.

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1st: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.85%
Dry Handling2nd-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.7%
Wet Braking2nd+0.5 M98.92%
Wet Handling6th-1.6 Km/H98.21%
Wet Circle7th+0.59 s97.18%
Straight Aqua8th-5.7 Km/H93.41%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.2 m/sec293.36%
Gravel Handling4th-0.4 Km/H99.39%
Gravel Traction1st100%
Sand Traction2nd-295 N97.05%
Grass Traction1st100%
Mud Traction1st100%
Noise4th+0.7 dB98.9%
Price5th+115 76.29%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.92 kg / t88.13%
Top driving performance off-road and on dry slopes, good traction on loose gravel and muddy terrain, dynamic dry handling, short wet and dry braking distances, well priced.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Falken FK510 SUV

Falken FK510 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st0%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle2nd+0.14 s99.32%
Straight Aqua6th-3.4 Km/H96.07%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.12 m/sec296.01%
Gravel Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.85%
Gravel Traction3rd-660 N95.05%
Sand Traction1st100%
Grass Traction9th-294 N92.4%
Mud Traction10th-390 N74.26%
Noise10th+1.5 dB97.67%
Price7th+130 74%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.17 kg / t75.89%
Good tires with convincing driving characteristics on wet and dry roads, dynamic handling, precise steering behavior, short braking distances.
Moderate mud traction, high rolling resistance.

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4th: Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV

Maxxis Victra Sport VS5 SUV
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M98.57%
Dry Handling4th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling4th-0.5 Km/H99.51%
Wet Braking8th+4.6 M90.87%
Wet Handling3rd-1 Km/H98.88%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.1 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.11 m/sec296.35%
Gravel Handling1st100%
Gravel Traction7th-1484 N88.87%
Sand Traction10th-1381 N86.19%
Grass Traction5th-72 N98.14%
Mud Traction2nd-37 N97.56%
Noise9th+1.4 dB97.82%
Price4th+110 77.08%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.64 kg / t80.64%
Stable safe driving behavior, short dry braking distances.
Moderate Traction on sand, longer wet braking distances, increased rolling resistance.

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4th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M98.57%
Dry Handling4th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling3rd-0.4 Km/H99.6%
Wet Braking7th+4.1 M91.78%
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H99.44%
Wet Circle5th+0.2 s99.03%
Straight Aqua2nd-1.7 Km/H98.03%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.06 m/sec298.01%
Gravel Handling7th-0.9 Km/H98.63%
Gravel Traction8th-1700 N87.25%
Sand Traction8th-545 N94.55%
Grass Traction10th-454 N88.26%
Mud Traction6th-186 N87.72%
Noise6th+1.1 dB98.28%
Price5th+115 76.29%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.12 kg / t85.91%
Excellent wet grip and high resistance to aquaplaning, precise wet and dry handling, short dry braking distances, good ride comfort, well priced.
Moderate traction on wet grass.

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4th: Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.85%
Dry Handling2nd-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling6th-0.8 Km/H99.21%
Wet Braking5th+2.4 M95.02%
Wet Handling8th-2.2 Km/H97.54%
Wet Circle8th+0.64 s96.95%
Straight Aqua10th-8.4 Km/H90.29%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.29 m/sec290.37%
Gravel Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.7%
Gravel Traction9th-1796 N86.53%
Sand Traction9th-623 N93.77%
Grass Traction3rd-49 N98.73%
Mud Traction6th-186 N87.72%
Noise3rd+0.6 dB99.05%
Price10th+220 62.71%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Premium profile with balanced performance potential, short dry braking distances, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
Average aquaplaning qualities, expensive.

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4th: Nexen N Fera Sport SUV

Nexen N Fera Sport SUV
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+0.8 M97.73%
Dry Handling6th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling7th-0.9 Km/H99.11%
Wet Braking6th+2.6 M94.63%
Wet Handling4th-1.2 Km/H98.66%
Wet Circle3rd+0.17 s99.17%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Gravel Handling6th-0.6 Km/H99.09%
Gravel Traction5th-1181 N91.14%
Sand Traction7th-542 N94.58%
Grass Traction8th-252 N93.49%
Mud Traction3rd-94 N93.8%
Noise5th+1 dB98.43%
Price2nd+60 86.05%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.71 kg / t79.98%
Best safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning, excellent handling in the wet, short braking distances when dry, low price.
Average traction on wet grass, increased rolling resistance.

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8th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde

Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.4 M93.48%
Dry Handling9th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling7th-0.9 Km/H99.11%
Wet Braking9th+5.9 M88.59%
Wet Handling7th-1.8 Km/H97.99%
Wet Circle6th+0.57 s97.28%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.1 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.11 m/sec296.35%
Gravel Handling4th-0.4 Km/H99.39%
Gravel Traction10th-2027 N84.79%
Sand Traction5th-465 N95.35%
Grass Traction6th-164 N95.76%
Mud Traction5th-116 N92.34%
Noise2nd+0.5 dB99.21%
Price9th+155 70.48%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.72 kg / t90.46%
Balanced handling off-road and on wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance.
Extended wet braking distance, delayed steering response, slightly understeering dry handling.

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9th: General Grabber GT+

General Grabber GT Plus
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.3 M96.36%
Dry Handling8th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling9th-1.4 Km/H98.62%
Wet Braking3rd+1.3 M97.24%
Wet Handling9th-2.6 Km/H97.09%
Wet Circle9th+0.86 s95.95%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.1 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.11 m/sec296.35%
Gravel Handling9th-1 Km/H98.48%
Gravel Traction2nd-368 N97.24%
Sand Traction3rd-440 N95.6%
Grass Traction7th-250 N93.54%
Mud Traction8th-205 N86.47%
Noise8th+1.3 dB97.97%
Price3rd+100 78.72%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.11 kg / t86.02%
High traction on loose gravel, short wet and dry braking distances.
Average grass traction, understeering handling on wet and dry slopes, moderate ride comfort.

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10th: Imperial EcoSport SUV

Imperial EcoSport SUV
  • 235/55 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+3.3 M91.25%
Dry Handling10th-101.1 s0%
Dry Handling10th-1.7 Km/H98.32%
Wet Braking10th+10 M82.08%
Wet Handling10th-3 Km/H96.64%
Wet Circle10th+1.18 s94.52%
Straight Aqua9th-6.1 Km/H92.95%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.21 m/sec293.02%
Gravel Handling10th-1.5 Km/H97.72%
Gravel Traction6th-1367 N89.75%
Sand Traction4th-462 N95.38%
Grass Traction2nd-25 N99.35%
Mud Traction9th-285 N81.19%
Noise6th+1.1 dB98.28%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.94 kg / t87.9%
Good traction on grass and gravel, low price.
Only limited wet suitability, dangerously long wet braking distances, inharmonious understeering handling on all surfaces.

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