Bridgestone Turanza T005 review

A winner at the pumps from the Bridgestone Turanza T005

Alongside the run-flat DriveGuard this is Bridgestone’s tyre for the touring market, which available for a broad 14 to 21-inch wheel range. 

When we tried it in 18-inch form back in 2018 we felt it was more of a tyre for smaller sizes, where drivers were looking more for comfort over driving dynamics. And the result in this year’s test goes some way to supporting that view, because it finished a few percentage points closer to our winner. 

There is little to choose between fourth to sixth place here, but the T005 is the one you want if you cover high mileages, because the Turanza will cut fuel bills by around four per cent compared with the Maxxis or Laufenn. And that hasn’t been achieved by totally compromising wet grip – the natural performance trade-off. It topped the times on the handling circuit with good traction through longer turns, although it had no sporty feeling. 

You pay for that economy in the wet, because it needed nearly five metres more to stop than our winner. Dry braking was more respectable, but the lack of sharpness was back on the dry track where it would push wide on the throttle, yet it was still good enough for joint fifth.

Blackcircles.com says…

“Well liked by our customers, this model has a good overall customer rating of 4.6/5. Buyers often praise the tyre’s low noise levels and the ability to perform in wet and dry conditions.”

Figures

Bridgestone Turanza T005 
Overall 99.20%5th
Price£74.32 
Wet handling 100%1st
Wet braking 88.70%10th
Straight aquaplaning95.70%7th
Curved aquaplaning82.50%8th
Dry handling99.10%=5th
Dry braking 99.30%=3rd
Rolling resistance 99.50%2nd
Cabin noise 98.80%7th

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