2024 Motorhome Summer Tire Test

For 2024 Autobild's motorhome magazine tested ten sets of 225/55 R17 tires using a van like Mercedes Vito Tourer.

The onset of the travel season marks a crucial time for motorhome owners to evaluate the condition and performance of their tires. Autobild’s comprehensive review begins with practical advice on tire inspection, emphasizing the significance of understanding tire age through the DOT code and the necessity of regular checks for wear and damage. Generally speaking, tires which are over five years old are nearing the end of their life, even if they have good tread depth.

As for any of their excellent tire tests, Autobild evaluated key factors such as aquaplaning resistance, handling stability, braking efficiency, and rolling resistance across various tire brands. 

Bridgestone, Continental, Hankook and Michelin finish with strong results,with Bridgestone and Continental actually tying for first place overall and Hankook and Michelin tying for third!

Dry BrakingContinental PremiumContact 7: 36.9 MGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 39.2 M
Dry HandlingContinental PremiumContact 7: 79.2 Km/HToyo Proxes Comfort: 77.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingContinental PremiumContact 7: 39.7 MGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 45.6 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 69.1 Km/HFalken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 67.2 Km/H
Straight AquaContinental PremiumContact 7: 93.9 Km/HGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 91.3 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningGoodride Z 107 ZuperEco: 13.3 m/sec2Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 12.3 m/sec2
NoiseHankook Ventus Prime 4: 71.2 dBBridgestone Potenza Sport: 73.3 dB
Rolling ResistancePirelli Cinturato P7 C2: 7.66 kg / tVredestein Ultrac: 8.86 kg / t

Dry

On dry surfaces, Continental again had the best braking performance, stopping at 36.9 meters from 100 km/h, with Goodride trailing at 39.2 meters.

In the dry handling test, Continental also achieved the highest average speed around the lap of 79.2 km/h, while Toyo was at the bottom with 77.3 km/h.

Wet

Continental again had the shortest braking distance on wet surfaces at 39.7 meters, while Goodride had the longest at 45.6 meters​

For handling on wet surfaces, Bridgestone led with a speed of 69.1 km/h, whereas Falken was the slowest at 67.2 km/h.

In the aquaplaning test, Continental emerged as the top performer with a speed of 93.9 km/h, while Goodride lagged behind at 91.3 km/h.

Bridgestone pipped Continental to the top sport in the curved aquaplaning test.

Comfort

Bridgestone produced the highest noise level at 73.3 dB, while Hankook was the quietest at 71.2 dB during the pass-by noise test​

Value

Pirelli demonstrated the lowest rolling resistance, indicating potential fuel savings, whereas Vredestein had the highest rolling resistance in the test

Results

1st: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 225/55 R17 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd37.6 M36.9 M+0.7 M98.14%
Dry Handling2nd78.9 Km/H79.2 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.62%
Wet Braking2nd40.1 M39.7 M+0.4 M99%
Wet Handling1st69.1 Km/H100%
Straight Aqua5th92.9 Km/H93.9 Km/H-1 Km/H98.94%
Curved Aquaplaning10th12.3 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-1 m/sec292.48%
Noise10th73.3 dB71.2 dB+2.1 dB97.14%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.69 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.03 kg / t99.61%
Premium tires with excellent handling qualities on wet surfaces, high grip level in wet and dry conditions, direct steering response, short wet braking distances, very good safety margins in aquaplaning, fuel-saving rolling resistance, and moderate price level.
Slightly increased rolling noise.

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1st: Continental PremiumContact 7

Continental PremiumContact 7
  • 225/55 R17 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st36.9 M100%
Dry Handling1st79.2 Km/H100%
Wet Braking1st39.7 M100%
Wet Handling2nd68.4 Km/H69.1 Km/H-0.7 Km/H98.99%
Straight Aqua1st93.9 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning9th12.4 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.9 m/sec293.23%
Noise9th72.3 dB71.2 dB+1.1 dB98.48%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.82 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.16 kg / t97.95%
Top-tier tires with a well-balanced high performance potential, dynamic-sporty dry handling, precise steering response with good feedback, very good safety margins in aquaplaning, short wet and dry braking distances, fuel-efficient rolling resistance.
High price level.

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3rd: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
  • 225/55 R17 101W
  • EU Label: B/A/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th38.5 M36.9 M+1.6 M95.84%
Dry Handling7th78 Km/H79.2 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.48%
Wet Braking4th41.9 M39.7 M+2.2 M94.75%
Wet Handling4th67.9 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.26%
Straight Aqua4th93 Km/H93.9 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.04%
Curved Aquaplaning7th12.6 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.7 m/sec294.74%
Noise1st71.2 dB100%
Rolling Resistance6th8.38 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.72 kg / t91.41%
Brand summer tire with convincing driving characteristics on wet and dry roads, good safety margins in aquaplaning, neutral and secure wet and dry handling, quiet pass-by noise, low price level, very good value for money.
Average comfort.

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3rd: Michelin Primacy 4+

Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
  • 225/55 R17 100V
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd38 M36.9 M+1.1 M97.11%
Dry Handling3rd78.8 Km/H79.2 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.49%
Wet Braking5th42.2 M39.7 M+2.5 M94.08%
Wet Handling3rd68.2 Km/H69.1 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.7%
Straight Aqua8th92.3 Km/H93.9 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.3%
Curved Aquaplaning7th12.6 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.7 m/sec294.74%
Noise7th71.8 dB71.2 dB+0.6 dB99.16%
Rolling Resistance7th8.42 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.76 kg / t90.97%
Top summer profile with dynamic and safe handling qualities on wet and dry surfaces, precise steering response with good feedback, short wet and dry braking distances, reliable aquaplaning characteristics, pleasantly quiet rolling comfort.
High price level.

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5th: Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2

Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2
  • 225/55 R17 101Y
  • EU Label: B/A/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th38.5 M36.9 M+1.6 M95.84%
Dry Handling6th78.1 Km/H79.2 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.61%
Wet Braking3rd41.7 M39.7 M+2 M95.2%
Wet Handling6th67.8 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.12%
Straight Aqua2nd93.6 Km/H93.9 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.68%
Curved Aquaplaning6th12.9 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.4 m/sec296.99%
Noise2nd71.3 dB71.2 dB+0.1 dB99.86%
Rolling Resistance1st7.66 kg / t100%
Premium summer profile with stable driving properties on wet and dry surfaces, direct steering response with good feedback, good safety reserves in aquaplaning, especially good comfort, low rolling resistance.
Increased price level, slightly extended dry braking distances.

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5th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
  • 225/55 R17 101W
  • EU Label: A/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th38.3 M36.9 M+1.4 M96.34%
Dry Handling4th78.4 Km/H79.2 Km/H-0.8 Km/H98.99%
Wet Braking7th42.6 M39.7 M+2.9 M93.19%
Wet Handling7th67.7 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.4 Km/H97.97%
Straight Aqua9th91.5 Km/H93.9 Km/H-2.4 Km/H97.44%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd13.1 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.2 m/sec298.5%
Noise5th71.6 dB71.2 dB+0.4 dB99.44%
Rolling Resistance5th8.34 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.68 kg / t91.85%
Balanced, safe handling qualities in wet and dry conditions, stable cornering and good grip, precise steering response, reliable aquaplaning qualities, pleasantly quiet rolling comfort.
Increased price level, slightly longer wet braking distances.

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7th: Vredestein Ultrac

Vredestein Ultrac
  • 225/55 R17 101Y
  • EU Label: B/A/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th38.6 M36.9 M+1.7 M95.6%
Dry Handling9th77.7 Km/H79.2 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.11%
Wet Braking8th42.8 M39.7 M+3.1 M92.76%
Wet Handling9th67.6 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.5 Km/H97.83%
Straight Aqua7th92.4 Km/H93.9 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.4%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd13.1 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.2 m/sec298.5%
Noise3rd71.5 dB71.2 dB+0.3 dB99.58%
Rolling Resistance10th8.86 kg / t7.66 kg / t+1.2 kg / t86.46%
Brand tire with stable cornering and safe driving qualities, good aquaplaning properties, pleasantly quiet rolling comfort, moderate price level.
Slight tendency to understeer on wet and dry surfaces, increased rolling resistance, slightly extended braking distances.

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8th: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun
  • 225/55 R17 101V
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th38.8 M36.9 M+1.9 M95.1%
Dry Handling5th78.3 Km/H79.2 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.86%
Wet Braking6th42.3 M39.7 M+2.6 M93.85%
Wet Handling10th67.2 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.9 Km/H97.25%
Straight Aqua3rd93.1 Km/H93.9 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.15%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd13.2 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.1 m/sec299.25%
Noise3rd71.5 dB71.2 dB+0.3 dB99.58%
Rolling Resistance4th8 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.34 kg / t95.75%
Balanced stable driving behavior on dry surfaces, good safety margins in aquaplaning, low rolling resistance, affordable price level.
Understeering behavior on wet surfaces, delayed steering response, average deceleration on dry surfaces.

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8th: Toyo Proxes Comfort

Toyo Proxes Comfort
  • 225/55 R17 101W
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th38.1 M36.9 M+1.2 M96.85%
Dry Handling10th77.3 Km/H79.2 Km/H-1.9 Km/H97.6%
Wet Braking9th43.3 M39.7 M+3.6 M91.69%
Wet Handling4th67.9 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.26%
Straight Aqua6th92.8 Km/H93.9 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.83%
Curved Aquaplaning5th13 m/sec213.3 m/sec2-0.3 m/sec297.74%
Noise5th71.6 dB71.2 dB+0.4 dB99.44%
Rolling Resistance9th8.85 kg / t7.66 kg / t+1.19 kg / t86.55%
Brand comfort profile with good aquaplaning properties, short dry braking distances, quiet pass-by noise, affordable price level.
Moderate lateral support on wet and dry surfaces, extended wet braking distances, slightly delayed steering response, understeering dry handling.

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10th: Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco

Goodride Z 107 ZuperEco
  • 225/55 R17 101W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th39.2 M36.9 M+2.3 M94.13%
Dry Handling8th77.8 Km/H79.2 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.23%
Wet Braking10th45.6 M39.7 M+5.9 M87.06%
Wet Handling7th67.7 Km/H69.1 Km/H-1.4 Km/H97.97%
Straight Aqua10th91.3 Km/H93.9 Km/H-2.6 Km/H97.23%
Curved Aquaplaning1st13.3 m/sec2100%
Noise8th71.9 dB71.2 dB+0.7 dB99.03%
Rolling Resistance8th8.47 kg / t7.66 kg / t+0.81 kg / t90.44%
Acceptable wet handling, safe aquaplaning properties, low rolling resistance, affordable price level.
Moderate grip and understeering behavior in wet conditions, extended wet and dry braking distances, spongy steering response, wooden rolling comfort.

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