Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Our winner of this tyre test in 2011 has to settle for joint fourth this time around, giving best to the new tyres from Continental and Dunlop and tying with test newcomer Hankook.
Our winner of this tyre test in 2011 has to settle for joint fourth this time around, giving best to the new tyres from Continental and Dunlop and tying with test newcomer Hankook. But it was close, with the top five separated by just 1.5 per cent and all a step ahead of the rest. The Goodyear Eagle F1 is one of the most efficient choices.
It finished a close second to its stablemate from Dunlop in our rolling resistance tests, with the two tyres having a clear margin over rivals.
However, that was the only time the Goodyear troubled the podium. Dry handling was the one significant blot on an otherwise solid midfield performance across the remaining tests. It just didn’t hook up like other designs, pushing wide on turns, and with some juddering at the limit.
The tyre lacked the sharpness on turn-in of rivals like the Vredestein and Yokohama, too. It fared better on the wet handling track, narrowly missing out on a podium place, as it was less prone to run wide than some of its rivals and had decent grip under hard acceleration. There was some rear movement in the faster sweeps, but it was all controllable and progressive.
It was a similar story in wet braking, where it was in the thick of the action behind the runaway leader. Equal fourth and sixth in the aquaplaning assessments meant it was fifth overall among the wet tests, which account for half the final results. But good scores in cabin noise and fuel economy were never going to be enough to overcome that wet track disadvantage.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe test the best tyres for your car
- 21st Continental ContiSportContact 5The new ContiSportContact 5 scored a victory on its tyre test debut, albeit by a very narrow margin. Key to this success were our braking tests.
- 32nd Michelin Pilot Sport 3 New designs dominated our top six this year, but the exception is this Michelin, which is the best of the 17-inch tyres we last tested in 2011.
- 43rd Dunlop Sport Maxx RTHigh-mileage drivers would do well to consider the Sport Maxx RT.
- 5=4th Hankook Ventus S1 evo2Korean tyres are fast gaining credibility against premium brands: Nexen finished third in last year’s tyre test, and Hankook flies the flag again with a fine showing to come joint fourth in 2013.
- 6=4th Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 - currently readingOur winner of this tyre test in 2011 has to settle for joint fourth this time around, giving best to the new tyres from Continental and Dunlop and tying with test newcomer Hankook.
- 76th Yokohama Advan Sport V105The V105 is new for 2013, and you can clearly see Yokohama’s track roots in the tyre, which replaced the popular V103 at the top of the brand’s road range.
- 87th Bridgestone Potenza S001Yet again, Bridgestone found it tough in our tyre test, finishing last among its premium rivals.
- 98th Vredestein Ultrac VortiVredestein was the star of the dry handling circuit.
- 109th Pirelli P Zero
- 1110th GT Radial Champiro HPYChinese company GT Radial makes its Auto Express tyre test debut this year, and its Champiro HPY undercut rivals here by a comfortable margin – buy four, and you’d save around £100 over an equivalent set from a premium brand.