Summer tire test: big differences in mileage – up to 14.000 kilometers

Before changing to summer tires, one should inform oneself thoroughly

It is slowly but surely approaching spring – time to think about suitable summer tires. The ADAC has extensively tested two tire sizes.

  • The automobile club ADAC has tested summer tires
  • Size of the test candidates: 225/40 R 18 and 235/55 R 17
  • Extreme differences especially in mileage

New tires are an expensive purchase – especially for large and powerful vehicles. Therefore, it is advisable to thoroughly research before buying. The Automobile club ADAC has now tested summer tires*: In the dimensions 225/40 R 18 (for lower mid-size vehicles) and 235/55 R 17 (for mid-size SUVs and vans). Differences the testers could especially for mileage determine. A blooper afforded only the Hankook subsidiary Laufenn.

ADAC test category 1: summer tires in the dimension 225/40 R 18

The good news at the beginning: As far as the quality of the tires is concerned, hardly any of the test candidates made a gross blunder. Of the 16 tested UHP tires (ultra-high performance) of the Dimension 225/40 R 18 awarded the ADAC four times the rating “good” and eleven times the mark “satisfactory. The first place is shared by two tires: the “PremiumContact 6” from Continental (grade: 2.1) and the “Pilot Sport 4” from Michelin (grade: 2.1). On the second place landed likewise equal two tires with the same mark: the “Eagle F1 Asymetric 5” from Goodyear (grade: 2.2) and the “Victra Sport 5” of Maxxis (grade: 2.2). With the company Maxxis is, by the way, a Continental that is still relatively unknown to us Taiwanese manufacturer.

As the ADAC has found out in its summer tire test for the dimension 225/40 R 18 are the four with the mark “good” rated tires the best all-rounders. At predicted wear there were however big differences among the test candidates: On the last three places landed the “P Zero” from Pirelli (25.500 km), the “Powerproof” from Nokian (27.900 km) and the “Ecsta PS71” from Kumho (28.200 km). The ADAC testers predicted the longest service life for the following three tires: “Eagle F1 Asymetric 5” of Goodyear (39.600 km) “PremiumContact 6 from Continental (39.200 km) and “Azenis FK510” from Falken (38.500 km).

Dimension 225/40 R 18: All results of the ADAC summer tire test

PlaceManufacturerProduct namePriceTest scoreRunning performance(predicted)
1. Continental PremiumContact6 120 Euro 2,1 39.200 km
1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 128 euro 2,1 38.200 km
2. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymetric 5 116 euro 2,2 39.600 km
2. Maxxis Victra Sport 5 92 Euro 2,2 36.100 km
3. Nexen N’Fera Sport 98 Euro 2,6 36.500 km
4. Sava Intensa UHP 2 84 euros 2,7 36.800 km
4. Vredestein Ultrac Vorti 106 Euro 2,7 36.100 km
5. Falken Azenzis FK510 101 Euro 2,9 38.500 km
6. Bridgestone Potenza S001 111 Euro 3,0 33.700 km
6. Kumho Ecsta PS71 92 euros 3,0 28.200 km
6. Nokian Powerproof 97 Euro 3,0 27.900 km
6. Pirelli P Zero 120 Euro 3,0 25.500 km
6. Toyo Proxes Sport 104 euros 3,0 33.400 km
7. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 105 Euro 3,1 35.800 km
8. Cooper Zeon CS-Sport 90 euro 3,3 38.200 km
9. Rotalla Setulla S-Pace RU01 81 euro 3,6 36.100 km

ADAC test category 2: 235/55 R 17 summer tires

While all test candidates for lower mid-range tires received at least a “satisfactory were achieved in the 235/55 R 17 tires (for mid-size SUVs and vans) a total failure: The “S-Fit EQ” from the Hankook subsidiary Laufenn received a “poor” rating from ADAC. On dry road it could stillconvince, with wet however the tire showed large weaknesses: He showed little grip and a poor balance, let only direct itself imprecisely over the course. Apparently the manufacturer has noticed this: the model has been replaced by a successor (EQ+).

Den Victory in the ADAC summer tire test of the 235/55 R17 dimension drove the “Primacy 4” from Michelin a – it received from ADAC the test mark good (1,9). Among other things, it impressed with its predicted mileage (46.700 km). The top-ranked “Turanza T005” tires also performed well from Bridgestone (41.400 km) “Premitra 5” from Maxxis (37.000 km) and Cinturato P7 from Pirelli (35.000 km). According to the ADAC testers, the top quartet also scored with good performance on both dry and wet roads – fuel consumption was also convincing.

PlaceManufacturerProduct namePriceTest gradeRunning performance(predicted)
1. Michelin Primacy 4 164 euro 1,9 46.700 km
2. Bridgestone Turanza T005 147 Euro 2,1 41.400 km
3. Maxxis Premitra 5 103 euros 2,3 37.100 km
3. Pirelli Cinturato P7 149 Euro 2,3 35.000 km
4. Hankook Ventus Prime 3 133 Euro 2,7 41.200 km
4. Semperit Speed-Life 2 SUV 151 Euro 2,7 47.000 km
4. Yokohama BluEarth RV-02 140 Euros 2,7 38.400 km
5. Continental Eco Contact 6 158 Euro 2,8 48.300 km
5. Esa+Tecar Spirit Pro 108 euros 2,8 48.000 km
6. Kumho Ecsta HS51 122 Euro 3,0 34.500 km
7. Glue Dynaxer HP 3 133 Euro 3,3 40.500 km
8. Laufenn S-Fit EQ 103 euros 5,0 37.000 km

But be careful: You should not put on summer tires too early* – if wintry conditions do occur, you could be fined.

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