Is expensive really better?

Stuttgart, 24 February 2016

In wide parts of Germany seems the summer is not yet in sight, now is the right time to look after the correct tires for the coming summer. The society for technical supervision has tested now 14 summer tires 225/45 R 17 and determines whether you get always a better tire for more money.

Wide product range

14 from different manufacturers were used in the test: Continental SportContact 5, Goodyear Eagle F1, Dunlop sport Maxx RT2, Pirelli P zero, hawks Azensis FK510, Nokian zLine, Bridgestone Turanza T001, Michelin primacy 3, Hankook Ventus S1 evo2, Toyo Proxes T1 sport +, Yokohama advan sport, GT radial sport active, Linglon Greenmax and Westlake sports SA-37. The tires are in a price range from 210 up to 430 euros per set and tested in a BMW 1 series.

Continental WINS

It makes sense, about twice that for a set of summer tires to spend? According to the GTÜ, Yes. In all disciplines slalom, wet circle, hydroplaning, handling, brakes badly underperformed cheap tires, with the expensive products the predicate "very recommended" six including rank. Test winner was the continental SportContact 5 (390 euro per set), which could allow the assembled competition behind especially when wet. The products of Goodyear (410 euro per set) and Dunlop (390 euro per set) completed the podium.

Stay away from Chinese tires

The tires from Chinese production heaped harsh criticism. Radial and land the brands of GT Bayside and Westlake closed on the last three places. Heavily criticized the behavior of the wet. The Westlake tyres (210 euro per set) fell through, for example, when the wet brake completely and received there zero points. For an emergency stop from 100 km/h 66.9 meters, a negative record with the tire even in the evaluation grid was passed, with the West Lake. (mf)