Auto Bild 2022: Large Summer Tire Test R17

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In the new Auto Bild test, only three tires were able to score an «Exemplary» verdict, many of the contestants ruining their overall score due to short mileage.

List of models tested:

To make it into the final round of the large Auto Bild test of summer tires, the contestants were to prove their ability to quickly bring the car to a standstill on dry and wet pavement. In 2022, this task has been achieved by 21 tires out of 50, and, as always, they were to compete in such disciplines as dry and wet handling performance, hydroplaning resistance, noise emission, etc. In addition, the AB experts evaluated expected mileage, which is something that is not done very often by motoring magazines.

Qualification round of the 215/55 R17 summer tire test
Place Brand and Model Wet Braking Dry Braking Total
1 Bridgestone Turanza T005 (94 W) 27,5 35,8 63,3
2 Hankook Ventus Prime 4 (94 W) 27,8 35,8 63,6
3 Kumho Ecsta HS52 (98 W) 28,6 35,7 64,3
4 Vredestein Ultrac (94 W) 28,2 36,1 64,3
5 Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun (98 W) 27,9 36,5 64,4
6 Nokian Powerproof (98 W) 28,9 35,7 64,6
7 Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 (98 W) 28,8 36,4 64,9
8 Michelin Primacy 4 (94 W) 29,3 36,2 65,5
9 Toyo Proxes Comfort (98 W) 29,6 35,9 65,5
10 Nexen N'Fera Primus (98 W) 28,6 37,2 65,8
11 Fulda SportControl 2 (98) 29,4 36,5 65,9
12 Kleber Dynaxer HP4 (94 W) 29,9 36,2 66,1
13 Sava Intensa UHP 2 (98 W) 29,8 36,3 66,1
14 Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5 (94 W) 28,9 37,3 66,2
15 Debica Presto UHP 2 (98 W) 29,8 36,5 66,3
16 Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance 2 (94 W) 29,7 36,8 66,5
17 GT Radial FE2 SUV (94 W)  29,7 37,0 66,7
18 BF Goodrich Advantage (98 W) 31,0 36,3 67,3
19 Laufenn S Fit EQ+ (98 W) 31,9 36,5 68,4
20 Goodride Zuper Ace SA-S7 (98 W) 31,3 37,3 68,6
21 Continental EcoContact 6 (98 W) 32,7 36,4 69,1
22 Mirage MR-182 (98 W) 31,8 37,7 69,5
23 Yokohama BluEarth-GT AE51 (98 W) 32,2 37,7 69,9
24 Tomket Sport 3 (94 W)  32,8 37,2 70,0
25 Cooper Zeon C58 (98 W) 31,3 39,1 70,4
26 Infinity Ecomax (98 W) 32,7 37,7 70,4
27 Starman Ultra Sport ST760 (98 W) 32,9 37,5 70,4
28 Firestone Roadhawk (94 W) 32,8 37,7 70,5
29 Hifly HF805 (98 W) 32,0 38,5 70,5
30 Tyfoon Successor 5 (98 W) 32,1 38,5 70,6
31 Roadstone Eurovis Sport 04 (94 W) 32,6 38,7 71,3
32 Mazzini Eco 605 Plus (98 W) 32,4 39,0 71,4
33 Delinte DH2 (98 W) 32,6 39,1 71,7
34 Uniroyal RainSport 5 (98 W) 33,5 38,4 71,9
35 General Tire Altimax One S (98 W) 32,9 39,3 72,2
 36 Kormoran Ultra High Performance (98 W) 34,9 37,3 72,2
 37 Platin RP420 Summer (98 Y) 33,7 38,5 72,2
 38 Zeetex HP2000 VFM (98 W) 33,9 38,9 72,8
 39 Aplus A607 (98 W) 33,9 39,0 72,9
 40 Novex Super Speed A3 (98 W) 33,5 39,4 72,9
 41 Semperit Speed-Life 3 (98 W) 33,1 40,0 73,1
 42 Tracmax X-Privilo TX3 (98 W) 34,3 38,9 73,2
 43 Viking ProTech NewGen (98 W) 33,4 39,8 73,2
 44 Barum Bravuris 5HM (94 W) 33,3 40,0 73,3
  45  Lassa Driveways (94 W) 34,9 39,0 73,9
 46 Tomason Sportrace (98 W) 34,7 39,2 73,9
 47 Imperial Ecosport 2 (98 W) 33,8 40,3 74,1
  48  Rotalla Setula S-Race RU01 (98 W) 35,1 39,8 74,9
 49 Firemax FM601 (98 W) 36,0 39,8 75,8
 50 Atlas Sport Green 2 (98 W) 36,6 39,5 76,1

The most durable tire — the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 — was eventually pronounced to be the best in a wide range of conditions as well, its only limitation being the expensive price. The second line of the tournament bracket was scored by the Hankook Ventus Prime4, which can also outlast a lot of tires, and was good on both wet and dry pavement, but delivered «average ride comfort», which came as a surprise because Hankook tires of this family are designed with a specific focus on comfort. Third placed was the Michelin Primacy 4, which demonstrated well-balanced performance (and came second in the mileage test), all of the top three tires securing an «Exemplary» verdict.

Dry braking

Kumho
35.7
Nokian
35.7
Bridgestone
35.8
Hankook
35.8
Toyo
35.9
Dunlop
36.1
Vredestein
36.1
Kleber
36.2
Michelin
36.2
BFGoodrich
36.3
Sava
36.3
Continental
36.4
Debica
36.5
Falken
36.5
Fulda
36.5
Laufenn
36.5
Goodyear
36.8
GT Radial
37.0
Nexen
37.2
Goodride
37.3
Maxxis
37.3
All-Season
40.9

Info! Dry braking in meters. (100-0 km/h)


The «Good» verdict was this time bestowed on seven tire models: Bridgestone Turanza T005, Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun, Kumho Ecsta HS52, Sava Intensa UHP 2, Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2, BF Goodrich Advantage, and Fulda Sport Control 2. Bridgestone tires have been doing very well in the European tire tests this year, but this time around, just as Sava, for example, they were failed by limited mileage, while the Falken model had increased rolling resistance, and the Kumho and Dunlop tires devalued their overall scores due to delayed response to the driver’s actions. The BFGoodrich model was pretty good on dry pavement, but it had issues with wet performance, including braking, while the Fulda tire quickly stops the car in any conditions, but falls short of the leaders in terms of mileage and handling response.

Result summary. 2022 Auto Bild Large Summer Tire Test — 215/55R17 Places 1–10
Result summary. 2022 Auto Bild Large Summer Tire Test — 215/55R17 Places 1–10. (click to enlarge)

Then came the tires with a «Satisfactory» verdict; the 11th line of the tournament bracket was occupied by the Toyo Proxes Comfort, which had a good handling response, wet and dry alike, but had low hydroplaning resistance and reduced tread life. A line still lower was scored by the Debica Presto UHP 2, which, conversely, is very good at combating the hydroplaning effect, but is at the same time prone to understeer on dry pavement. Next came the Kleber Dynaxer HP4, which demonstrated a relatively weak wet grip.

The Vredestein Ultrac, which not so long ago won silver in the Auto Zeitung test, came only 14th this time, the reason for that being that the AZ test did not include assessing tread life, and the AB test showed that with Vredestine’s tread life is almost half of that of Goodyear’s. Otherwise, there were no complaints about the Ultrac tires, which cannot be said about the relatively inexpensive Laufenn S Fit EQ+ and Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5 — the former combines limited tread life with a relatively long wet braking distance, and the latter falls short of the leaders in terms of mileage and has an increased rolling resistance, which makes it somewhat similar to the Nexen N’Fera Primus.

Wet braking

Bridgestone
43.0
Hankook
43.5
Falken
43.6
Vredestein
44.0
Kumho
44.7
Nexen
44.7
Dunlop
45.0
Maxxis
45.2
Nokian
45.2
Michelin
45.8
Fulda
45.9
Toyo
46.3
Goodyear
46.4
GT Radial
46.4
Debica
46.5
Sava
46.5
Kleber
46.7
BFGoodrich
48.5
Goodride
48.9
Laufenn
49.9
All-Season
51.0
Continental
51.1

Info! Wet braking in meters. (100-0 km/h)


Line 18 was occupied by the cheap Goodride SA57, which came the last-but-one in the mileage test and had a long wet braking distance; a line still lower was scored by the Continental EcoContact 6 eco tire, which has a very low rolling resistance (tangibly lower than that of all the other tires on test) and a long tread life, but had a poor wet traction.

Line 20 was occupied by the GT Radial FE2 SUV tire, which was prone to understeer, while the only tire to score the «Conditionally Recommended» verdict was the Nokian Powerproof, which had a good wet handling response but was not as good on dry pavement and became the worst by the price/mileage ratio, i.e. a kilometer on these tires will be the most expensive of all.

Fuel efficiency

Continental
5.69
Michelin
6.83
Bridgestone
6.94
Goodyear
7.10
Hankook
7.35
Laufenn
7.80
Debica
7.96
BFGoodrich
8.19
Sava
8.19
GT Radial
8.24
Fulda
8.37
Vredestein
8.42
Kleber
8.43
Kumho
8.51
Nokian
8.55
Toyo
8.56
All-Season
8.80
Maxxis
8.84
Nexen
8.93
Dunlop
8.96
Goodride
8.98
Falken
9.38

Info! Rolling resistance, kg/t.


The main part of the test could potentially have involved two Chinese tire models — Linglong Sport Master and Sailun Atrezzo Elite — but, since they were submitted directly by the manufacturers, and the experts had no chance of comparing them to tires bought retail prior to publication, they were deleted from the competitors list. At the same time in AB they promised that they, most likely, will appear in one of the future tests.

In the tournament bracket, the combined «Cost Savings» parameter included the expected mileage, the price/mileage ratio, and the tire’s rolling resistance.

Result summary. 2022 Auto Bild Large Summer Tire Test — 215/55R17 Places 11–21
Result summary. 2022 Auto Bild Large Summer Tire Test — 215/55R17 Places 11–21. (click to enlarge)

1st place: Goodyear / EfficientGrip Performance 2

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

Price/Quality Wet Performance Comfort Dry Performance Handling Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Goodyear / EfficientGrip Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 63
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Toyota Yaris Cross XP210 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW iX [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Very long tread life
  • Low rolling resistance
  • High price
  • Exemplary

2nd place: Hankook / Ventus Prime 4 K135

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Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135

  • This tire model has not been officially released yet
  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Hankook Ventus Prime 4 K135

  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Long tread life
  • Good price/quality ratio
  • Average riding comfort
  • Exemplary

3rd place: Michelin / Primacy 4

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Comfort Dry Performance Wet Performance Price/Quality Handling Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Mexico, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Oceania
Michelin Primacy 4

  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Precise steering response
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Very long tread life
  • High price
  • Exemplary

4st place: Bridgestone / Turanza T005

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Bridgestone Turanza T005

Price/Quality Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 236
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A7 4K8 [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Tiguan
    • • Volkswagen Caddy V [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Skoda Superb
    • • Volkswagen Transporter
    • • Jeep Renegade
    • • Renault Captur
    • • Nissan Juke
    • • Ford Kuga
    • • Nissan Micra
    • • Volkswagen T-Roc I (A11/AC7) [2017 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 1 Series
    • • BMW 3 Series
    • • BMW 8 Series
    • • MINI Clubman
    • • Audi A6
    • • Audi A3
    • • Audi SQ2 GA [2019 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A1
    • • Audi A4
    • • Audi A5
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
    • • MINI Countryman
    • • BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
    • • Lexus LC Z100 [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Lexus LS
    • • Lexus ES
    • • Mazda Mazda6
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
    • • Toyota Camry
    • • Volkswagen Polo
    • • Volkswagen Golf
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Oceania
Bridgestone Turanza T005

  • Short braking distance and very good handling response on dry and wet pavement
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Precise steering response
  • Limited mileage
  • Good

5th place: Falken / Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

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Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear Wet Performance Price/Quality
  • Available Sizes in Line: 131
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A1 citycarver GB [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Audi Q3 F3 [2018 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Low noise emission
  • Attractive price
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Good

6th place:Kumho / Ecsta HS52

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  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Kumho Ecsta HS52

  • Well-balanced performance
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Good price/quality ratio
  • Delayed steering response
  • Good

7th place: Sava / Intensa UHP 2

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Dry Performance Comfort Handling Wet Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Sava Intensa UHP 2

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response in the dry
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low price
  • Limited mileage
  • Good

8th place: Dunlop / Sport Maxx RT2

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Dry Performance Comfort Wet Performance Handling Price/Quality Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Dunlop / Sport Maxx RT
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 139
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • MINI Clubman F54 [2015 .. 2019]
    • • MINI Clubman F54 Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) [2016 .. 2020]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 6 Series III LCI (F06/F12/F13) [2015 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class X253 [2015 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class X253 Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Great handling response in the wet
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Fair price
  • Delayed steering response on dry pavement
  • Good

9th place: BFGoodrich / Advantage

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Comfort Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Middle East
BFGoodrich Advantage

  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Prone to understeer and long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Good

10th place: Fulda / SportControl 2

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Comfort Price/Quality Handling Wet Performance Dry Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Fulda SportControl 2

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Good price/quality ratio
  • Tangibly delayed steering response
  • Average tread life
  • Good

11th place: Toyo / Proxes Comfort

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  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Toyo Proxes Comfort

  • Great handling response in the wet and in the dry
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Average tread life
  • Satisfactory

12th place: Debica / Presto UHP 2

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Comfort Dry Performance Price/Quality Handling Wet Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Debica Presto UHP 2

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Great handling response in the wet
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Low price
  • Delayed steering response
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Average tread life
  • Satisfactory

13th place: Kleber / Dynaxer HP4

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Price/Quality Comfort Dry Performance Wet Performance Treadwear Handling
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Kleber Dynaxer HP4

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low noise emission
  • Insufficient grip on wet pavement
  • Delayed steering response
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Satisfactory

14th place: Vredestein / Ultrac

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Dry Performance Comfort Handling Wet Performance Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Vredestein / Ultrac Satin
  • Available Sizes in Line: 46
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A1 GB [2018 .. 2023]
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Vredestein Ultrac

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike
  • Very short tread life
  • Satisfactory

15th place: Laufenn / S FIT EQ+

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Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, Middle East, North Africa
Laufenn S FIT EQ+

  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low price
  • Average grip and a long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Average tread life
  • Satisfactory

15th place: Maxxis / Premitra 5 HP5

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Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: Mexico, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, Japan, China, Middle East, South Africa, Oceania
Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on wet pavement
  • Low price
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Tangibly reduced tread life
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Satisfactory

15th place: Nexen / N'Fera Primus

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Comfort Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 92
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Hyundai Tucson IV (NX4) [2020 .. 2023]
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Nexen N'Fera Primus

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet pavement
  • Low price
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Tangibly reduced tread life
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Satisfactory

18th place: Goodride / SA57

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N/A 31
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Goodride SA57

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Low noise emission
  • Low price
  • Prone to understeer and long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Very short tread life
  • Satisfactory

19th place: Continental / EcoContact 6

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Continental EcoContact 6

Dry Performance Comfort Price/Quality Handling Wet Performance Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire has been replaced by Continental / EcoContact 6Q
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiEcoContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 175
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Volvo XC40 I [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Passat Variant B8 Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Jaguar XE X760 Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volvo V60 II [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Fiesta VII [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Focus IV (C519) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Focus Active IV [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Puma II (J2K) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Kuga III (CX482) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 4 Series G22/G23/G26 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Peugeot 2008 II (P24) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Opel Mokka II [2020 .. 2023]
    • • DS DS 3 Crossback EMP1 [2018 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Middle East, South Africa, Oceania
Continental EcoContact 6

  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Very low rolling resistance
  • Very long tread life
  • Poor hydroplaning resistance
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Delayed steering response
  • Prone to understeer
  • Satisfactory

20th place: GT Radial / Champiro FE2 SUV

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  • This tire replaced ⛔ GT Radial / Champiro FE1 SUV
  • Available Sizes in Line: 15
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
GT Radial Champiro FE2 SUV

  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Good braking efficiency
  • Low noise emission
  • Tangibly reduced tread life
  • Delayed steering response
  • Prone to understeer
  • Satisfactory

21st place: Nokian / Powerproof

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Treadwear Handling Comfort
  • Available Sizes in Line: 80
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Nokian Powerproof

  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Very good handling response in the wet
  • Excellent braking performance
  • Delayed steering response and insufficient lateral stability on dry pavement
  • Very short tread life
  • High price
  • Conditionally recommended

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