In a dataextravaganza, Autobild have taken eleven SUV summer tires in the popular 235/55 R19 size, and even though this size is an ultrahigh performance fitment, and is fitted to softroaders such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Honda CRV and many others, tested them exhaustively in offroad tests along with the usual dry and wet testing!
Dry
The Bridgestone Potenza Sport was the best in dry braking, closely followed by the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6.
The Goodyear also topped the dry handling test with the fastest laptime, narrowly ahead of the Toyo Proxes Sport 2.
Wet
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV was the best in wet braking, with the Bridgestone and Goodyear close behind.
Bridgestone was back at the front for wet handling, with the Goodyear again performing well in second place.
Bridgestone and Goodyear also led the wet circle test.
Michelin was best overall in the straight and curved aquaplaning tests.
Off road
Before getting into these results it's worth noting two things. Firstly, none of these tires have been developed with any sort of offroading in mind, and secondly offroad testing is very difficult, which is why you might see results jumping about.
For example, the Ceat was best in gravel traction, average in gravel handling and the worse in mud traction, and the Michelin had the best traction on grass, an average performance on gravel and was one of the worst on sand. These are just two examples of many interesting variations in the offroad testing results.
The fastest tire around the gravel handling lap was the Bridgestone Potenza Sport, a tire more at home on the race track than lose travel.
The Bridgestone dropped to "below average" for gravel traction, which was led by the Ceat with the Maxxis in a close second place.
Maxxis was again good in sand, with the Kumho and Giti close behind.
Grass traction was led by Michelin and Pirelli.
Bridgestone was back at the front for mud traction.
Comfort
The Pirelli Scorpion was the quietest tire on test, with the Goodyear and Maxxis following closely.
Value
The Pirelli Scorpion also had the lowest rolling resistance by a good margin.
Results


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  2nd  33.5 M  33.4 M  +0.1 M  99.7%  Dry Handling  1st  108.6 Km/H    100%  Wet Braking  3rd  50.4 M  49.3 M  +1.1 M  97.82%  Wet Handling  2nd  82.8 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  0.9 Km/H  98.92%  Wet Circle  2nd  20.58 s  20.36 s  +0.22 s  98.93%  Straight Aqua  10th  86.5 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  6.8 Km/H  92.71%  Curved Aquaplaning  8th  2.52 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.22 m/sec2  91.97%  Gravel Handling  2nd  87.4 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  1.3 Km/H  98.53%  Gravel Traction  6th  7734 N  8184 N  450 N  94.5%  Sand Traction  8th  9051 N  11025 N  1974 N  82.1%  Grass Traction  4th  2017 N  2438 N  421 N  82.73%  Mud Traction  6th  2250 N  2477 N  227 N  90.84%  Noise  2nd  69.2 dB  68.6 dB  +0.6 dB  99.13%  Rolling Resistance  3rd  7.73 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +0.53 kg / t  93.14%  Overall test winner with excellent driving characteristics on any surface, sporty dynamic handling qualities, precise steering response, short wet and dry braking distances, low rolling resistance. None mentioned. Read Reviews Buy from £145.76 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  3rd  34.2 M  33.4 M  +0.8 M  97.66%  Dry Handling  5th  107.3 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  1.3 Km/H  98.8%  Wet Braking  1st  49.3 M    100%  Wet Handling  4th  82.1 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  1.6 Km/H  98.09%  Wet Circle  3rd  20.81 s  20.36 s  +0.45 s  97.84%  Straight Aqua  1st  93.3 Km/H    100%  Curved Aquaplaning  1st  2.74 m/sec2    100%  Gravel Handling  3rd  87.3 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  1.4 Km/H  98.42%  Gravel Traction  4th  7820 N  8184 N  364 N  95.55%  Sand Traction  9th  8700 N  11025 N  2325 N  78.91%  Grass Traction  1st  2438 N    100%  Mud Traction  8th  2238 N  2477 N  239 N  90.35%  Noise  7th  70.4 dB  68.6 dB  +1.8 dB  97.44%  Rolling Resistance  7th  8.25 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +1.05 kg / t  87.27%  Convincing premium tire with a balanced high performance level, very good safety reserves against aquaplaning, short wet and dry braking distances. Moderate sand traction. Read Reviews Buy from £171.12 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  1st  33.4 M    100%  Dry Handling  3rd  107.5 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  1.1 Km/H  98.99%  Wet Braking  2nd  49.9 M  49.3 M  +0.6 M  98.8%  Wet Handling  1st  83.7 Km/H    100%  Wet Circle  1st  20.36 s    100%  Straight Aqua  7th  86.9 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  6.4 Km/H  93.14%  Curved Aquaplaning  9th  2.51 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.23 m/sec2  91.61%  Gravel Handling  1st  88.7 Km/H    100%  Gravel Traction  7th  7685 N  8184 N  499 N  93.9%  Sand Traction  5th  9495 N  11025 N  1530 N  86.12%  Grass Traction  3rd  2197 N  2438 N  241 N  90.11%  Mud Traction  1st  2477 N    100%  Noise  9th  71 dB  68.6 dB  +2.4 dB  96.62%  Rolling Resistance  11th  9.23 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +2.03 kg / t  78.01%  Premium profile with good driving dynamics, convincing offroad characteristics, precise steering behavior, short wet and dry braking distances. Increased rolling resistance. Read Reviews Buy from £137.48 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  6th  34.9 M  33.4 M  +1.5 M  95.7%  Dry Handling  4th  107.4 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  1.2 Km/H  98.9%  Wet Braking  5th  50.9 M  49.3 M  +1.6 M  96.86%  Wet Handling  3rd  82.2 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  1.5 Km/H  98.21%  Wet Circle  6th  20.99 s  20.36 s  +0.63 s  97%  Straight Aqua  3rd  89 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  4.3 Km/H  95.39%  Curved Aquaplaning  2nd  2.72 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.02 m/sec2  99.27%  Gravel Handling  6th  87 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  1.7 Km/H  98.08%  Gravel Traction  5th  7757 N  8184 N  427 N  94.78%  Sand Traction  2nd  10525 N  11025 N  500 N  95.46%  Grass Traction  7th  1916 N  2438 N  522 N  78.59%  Mud Traction  5th  2335 N  2477 N  142 N  94.27%  Noise  11th  72.8 dB  68.6 dB  +4.2 dB  94.23%  Rolling Resistance  9th  8.55 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +1.35 kg / t  84.21%  Safe driving behavior under all conditions, good offroad qualities, very good traction on sand, short braking distances, moderate price. Moderate comfort, slightly increased rolling noise. Read Reviews Buy from £130.63 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  4th  34.3 M  33.4 M  +0.9 M  97.38%  Dry Handling  10th  106.3 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  2.3 Km/H  97.88%  Wet Braking  6th  51.7 M  49.3 M  +2.4 M  95.36%  Wet Handling  5th  81.1 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  2.6 Km/H  96.89%  Wet Circle  5th  20.92 s  20.36 s  +0.56 s  97.32%  Straight Aqua  5th  88.7 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  4.6 Km/H  95.07%  Curved Aquaplaning  7th  2.55 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.19 m/sec2  93.07%  Gravel Handling  5th  87.1 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  1.6 Km/H  98.2%  Gravel Traction  3rd  7909 N  8184 N  275 N  96.64%  Sand Traction  10th  8660 N  11025 N  2365 N  78.55%  Grass Traction  2nd  2216 N  2438 N  222 N  90.89%  Mud Traction  3rd  2414 N  2477 N  63 N  97.46%  Noise  1st  68.6 dB    100%  Rolling Resistance  1st  7.2 kg / t    100%  Very good traction on grass and mud, short dry braking distances, convincing rolling comfort, fuelsaving rolling resistance. Slightly spongy driving behavior on dry roads. Read Reviews Buy from £171.98 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  9th  35.6 M  33.4 M  +2.2 M  93.82%  Dry Handling  6th  106.6 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  2 Km/H  98.16%  Wet Braking  4th  50.7 M  49.3 M  +1.4 M  97.24%  Wet Handling  6th  80.6 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  3.1 Km/H  96.3%  Wet Circle  7th  21.23 s  20.36 s  +0.87 s  95.9%  Straight Aqua  9th  86.7 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  6.6 Km/H  92.93%  Curved Aquaplaning  10th  2.39 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.35 m/sec2  87.23%  Gravel Handling  3rd  87.3 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  1.4 Km/H  98.42%  Gravel Traction  8th  7563 N  8184 N  621 N  92.41%  Sand Traction  11th  8608 N  11025 N  2417 N  78.08%  Grass Traction  5th  1965 N  2438 N  473 N  80.6%  Mud Traction  7th  2242 N  2477 N  235 N  90.51%  Noise  8th  70.8 dB  68.6 dB  +2.2 dB  96.89%  Rolling Resistance  5th  7.83 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +0.63 kg / t  91.95%  Balanced, safe driving qualities under all road conditions, short wet and dry braking distances, good value for money. Moderate traction in sand, slight understeer in wet conditions. Read Reviews 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  5th  34.4 M  33.4 M  +1 M  97.09%  Dry Handling  2nd  108 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  0.6 Km/H  99.45%  Wet Braking  9th  54.2 M  49.3 M  +4.9 M  90.96%  Wet Handling  6th  80.6 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  3.1 Km/H  96.3%  Wet Circle  4th  20.91 s  20.36 s  +0.55 s  97.37%  Straight Aqua  6th  87.3 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  6 Km/H  93.57%  Curved Aquaplaning  3rd  2.7 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.04 m/sec2  98.54%  Gravel Handling  8th  86.4 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  2.3 Km/H  97.41%  Gravel Traction  10th  7379 N  8184 N  805 N  90.16%  Sand Traction  4th  9586 N  11025 N  1439 N  86.95%  Grass Traction  10th  1711 N  2438 N  727 N  70.18%  Mud Traction  4th  2348 N  2477 N  129 N  94.79%  Noise  3rd  69.9 dB  68.6 dB  +1.3 dB  98.14%  Rolling Resistance  8th  8.44 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +1.24 kg / t  85.31%  Good offroad qualities, short braking distances, and dynamic driving behavior on dry roads, affordable price. Moderate wet grip, delayed steering response, slightly increased rolling resistance. Read Reviews 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  7th  35.3 M  33.4 M  +1.9 M  94.62%  Dry Handling  8th  106.4 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  2.2 Km/H  97.97%  Wet Braking  7th  53.7 M  49.3 M  +4.4 M  91.81%  Wet Handling  6th  80.6 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  3.1 Km/H  96.3%  Wet Circle  9th  21.38 s  20.36 s  +1.02 s  95.23%  Straight Aqua  4th  88.8 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  4.5 Km/H  95.18%  Curved Aquaplaning  6th  2.65 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.09 m/sec2  96.72%  Gravel Handling  11th  85.6 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  3.1 Km/H  96.51%  Gravel Traction  9th  7527 N  8184 N  657 N  91.97%  Sand Traction  3rd  10437 N  11025 N  588 N  94.67%  Grass Traction  11th  1485 N  2438 N  953 N  60.91%  Mud Traction  9th  2191 N  2477 N  286 N  88.45%  Noise  10th  71.9 dB  68.6 dB  +3.3 dB  95.41%  Rolling Resistance  6th  8.15 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +0.95 kg / t  88.34%  Good sand traction, stable safety margins against aquaplaning, short dry braking distances. Understeering handling on dusty and dry roads, spongy steering response, moderate comfort. Read Reviews 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  8th  35.4 M  33.4 M  +2 M  94.35%  Dry Handling  8th  106.4 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  2.2 Km/H  97.97%  Wet Braking  8th  53.8 M  49.3 M  +4.5 M  91.64%  Wet Handling  9th  79.6 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  4.1 Km/H  95.1%  Wet Circle  8th  21.37 s  20.36 s  +1.01 s  95.27%  Straight Aqua  2nd  89.8 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  3.5 Km/H  96.25%  Curved Aquaplaning  5th  2.66 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.08 m/sec2  97.08%  Gravel Handling  10th  85.7 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  3 Km/H  96.62%  Gravel Traction  11th  7153 N  8184 N  1031 N  87.4%  Sand Traction  6th  9292 N  11025 N  1733 N  84.28%  Grass Traction  8th  1831 N  2438 N  607 N  75.1%  Mud Traction  2nd  2438 N  2477 N  39 N  98.43%  Noise  6th  70.3 dB  68.6 dB  +1.7 dB  97.58%  Rolling Resistance  10th  8.85 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +1.65 kg / t  81.36%  Good traction on muddy terrain, safe aquaplaning characteristics, good comfort. Significantly understeering driving behavior, limited offroad qualities, increased rolling resistance. Read Reviews 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  10th  36.2 M  33.4 M  +2.8 M  92.27%  Dry Handling  6th  106.6 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  2 Km/H  98.16%  Wet Braking  11th  59.3 M  49.3 M  +10 M  83.14%  Wet Handling  11th  78.1 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  5.6 Km/H  93.31%  Wet Circle  10th  21.59 s  20.36 s  +1.23 s  94.3%  Straight Aqua  7th  86.9 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  6.4 Km/H  93.14%  Curved Aquaplaning  4th  2.67 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.07 m/sec2  97.45%  Gravel Handling  9th  86.1 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  2.6 Km/H  97.07%  Gravel Traction  2nd  8045 N  8184 N  139 N  98.3%  Sand Traction  1st  11025 N    100%  Grass Traction  6th  1926 N  2438 N  512 N  79%  Mud Traction  11th  2099 N  2477 N  378 N  84.74%  Noise  4th  70 dB  68.6 dB  +1.4 dB  98%  Rolling Resistance  2nd  7.63 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +0.43 kg / t  94.36%  Good traction on gravel and sand, low rolling resistance, very affordable price level. Satisfactory traction in mud, understeering driving behavior, and extended braking distances in wet conditions. Read Reviews 


Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 
Dry Braking  11th  36.3 M  33.4 M  +2.9 M  92.01%  Dry Handling  10th  106.3 Km/H  108.6 Km/H  2.3 Km/H  97.88%  Wet Braking  10th  56.5 M  49.3 M  +7.2 M  87.26%  Wet Handling  10th  78.4 Km/H  83.7 Km/H  5.3 Km/H  93.67%  Wet Circle  11th  21.75 s  20.36 s  +1.39 s  93.61%  Straight Aqua  11th  84.2 Km/H  93.3 Km/H  9.1 Km/H  90.25%  Curved Aquaplaning  11th  2.3 m/sec2  2.74 m/sec2  0.44 m/sec2  83.94%  Gravel Handling  7th  86.6 Km/H  88.7 Km/H  2.1 Km/H  97.63%  Gravel Traction  1st  8184 N    100%  Sand Traction  7th  9203 N  11025 N  1822 N  83.47%  Grass Traction  9th  1751 N  2438 N  687 N  71.82%  Mud Traction  10th  2189 N  2477 N  288 N  88.37%  Noise  4th  70 dB  68.6 dB  +1.4 dB  98%  Rolling Resistance  3rd  7.73 kg / t  7.2 kg / t  +0.53 kg / t  93.14%  Good offroad qualities, low rolling resistance, affordable price. Only satisfactory aquaplaning characteristics, moderate grip on wet roads, understeering driving behavior on both wet and dry roads. Read Reviews 