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Tyre test 2019: results by category

Focus on SUVs brings in new victor

It’s been some time since we ventured beyond saloon and hatchback sizes for our tyre test, and the switch to SUV tyres has certainly shaken up the usual competitive order. We’ve also seen characteristics that we expect from certain brands fail to materialise.

At the bottom of the table, Michelin’s ‘good-on-fuel, less-good-in-wet’ result was a surprise because its recent tyres have been much more balanced. Sharing last place is Cooper, although it is showing its age, particularly on fuel economy.

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Hankook did its usual solid job, while Continental did not: there’ll be questions asked in Hanover. Goodyear and Dunlop were closely matched, while our top two were also hard to split. Nokian takes its first summer-tyre win from Falken, but both are ideally suited to the demands of SUVs.

Results by Category

Overall
1stNokian100%
2ndFalken99.80%
3rd=Dunlop99.50%
3rd=Goodyear99.50%
5thContinental99.10%
6thHankook99%
7th=Cooper98.30%
7th=Michelin98.30%
Wet handling
1stNokian100%
2nd=Falken98.80%
2nd=Goodyear98.80%
4thDunlop99.50%
5thHankook9.40%
6thContinental98.30%
7thCooper97.70%
8thMichelin97%
Wet braking
1stNokian100%
2ndDunlop99.50%
3rdGoodyear99.10%
4thHankook99.00%
5thFalken98.60%
6th=Continental95.50%
6th=Michelin95.50%
8thCooper91.70%
Wet cornering
1stNokian100%
2ndCooper99.10%
3rdFalken98.80%
4thGoodyear98.60%
5thDunlop97.90%
6thHankook97.30%
7thContinental96.50%
8thMichelin94.90%
Straight aquaplaning
1stHankook100%
2nd=Dunlop99.00%
2nd=Goodyear99.00%
4thMichelin98.70%
5thNokian98.00%
6thFalken96.20%
7thContinental94.10%
8thCooper93.30%
Curved aquaplaning
1stGoodyear100%
2ndHankook97.60%
3rdDunlop94.10%
4thNokian89.70%
5thMichelin88.80%
6thFalken85.50%
7thContinental83.60%
8thCooper79.80%
Rolling resistance
1stContinental100%
2ndMichelin94.30%
3rdNokian86.10%
4thDunlop81.80%
5thHankook80.40%
6thFalken79.40%
7thGoodyear78.30%
8thCooper75.40%
Dry handling
1stFalken100%
2ndContinental99.60%
3rdNokian99.50%
4thCooper99.30%
5thDunlop98.90%
6thGoodyear98.80%
7thMichelin98.80%
8thHankook98.70%
Dry braking
1stFalken100%
2ndDunlop99.20%
3rdNokian98.50%
4thContinental98.10%
5thGoodyear97.80%
6thMichelin97.50%
7thCooper97.40%
8thHankook94.60%
Cabin noise
1stHankook100%
2ndFalken99.70%
3rdGoodyear99.70%
4thDunlop99.30%
5thContinental99.10%
6thMichelin98.80%
7thCooper98.20%
8thNokian97.90%
Price
1stCooper£115.50
2ndHankook£120.44
3rdDunlop£131.88
4thFalken£133.79
5thContinental£134.70
6thNokian£152.40
7thGoodyear£156.47
8thMichelin£161.99

Nokian Powerproof

Tyre Test 2019 - side tracking

It’s not quite as economical or quiet as its rivals, but the Powerproof is great to drive on, and a sound all-round choice for UK roads.

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