32 summer tyre test: Tops and flops

Munich, 25 February 2016

The Automobile Club ADAC has published its year's summer tyre test. Scrutinized were 185/65 R15 tires in sizes like for example for small cars such as the Audi A1, mini, Renault Clio and VW Polo and 225/45 R17 3, Opel Astra or Skoda Octavia mounted for example in Audi A3, BMW can be. The result is mixed: from 32 tested models, eleven with "good" cut off 18 with "satisfactory", two received a 'sufficient' and of a 'poor'. These total scores are calculated from the individual reviews for wear, fuel consumption, noise, and the behavior on dry and wet road surface.

Optimal moisture behaviour difficult to realize

That with "satisfactory" tires assessed points lost in almost all cases on wet surfaces. The Automobile Club sees the reason in it in the conflict of objectives in the development: optimal moisture behaviour goes mostly to the detriment of all other performance characteristics and vice versa. To prevent a floating of the vehicle in wet conditions, for example, deep longitudinal grooves in the tires, however, affect the stability of curves on dry pavement.

One gets a "poor"

Disappointed in the small car dimension 185/65 R15 Nankang Green-sports-Eco2 +, which shows only a weak performance in addition to the highest fuel consumption when wet. He gets only a 'sufficient'. The GT radials Champiro VP1 however still worse: he shows clear weaknesses when dry road. On wet weather tyres is not competitive, which is why he as only a 'poor' receives. Taillight in the larger dimension 225/45 R17 is the Maxxis Victra sports VS01 estimated due to unsatisfactory properties on moisture and here due to poor guide with a 'sufficient'.

Continental and Vredestein points

Leader in the small car tyre is the Vredestein Sportrac 5, which boasts the best grade on wet surfaces. In the larger dimension, the continental ContiSportContact 5 leads the list, who shines both on dry and wet surfaces with top marks. (hd)