Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 review
There’s no repeat win this time around, but the EfficientGrip still delivers a balanced performance and impressive fuel economy
This was our winner when we last tested this size in 2020 shortly after its launch, and it was runner-up in this year’s mini test. But it was a bit further away from the PremiumContact this time.
Joint fifth might look like a big drop, but the performance differences behind the Continental are tiny and minor changes have a major effect on the overall ranking. While the position has changed, the EfficientGrip displayed the same qualities as before. It might not have the Continental’s sharpness, but it is still one of the better tyres to drive on the wet handling circuit.
It had more front grip than most, yet needed a little more lock than the winner, while the rear was well controlled. It wasn’t quite as at home in the other wet tests and struggled particularly in aquaplaning. It was mid-pack across the wet tests. In the dry, the EfficientGrip had a good feel, with a little rear movement helping it with the direction changes. But it needed two metres more than the brake-test winner, leaving it last.
The Performance 2 again showed good fuel efficiency, which may be a spin-off of Goodyear’s ambition to increase the tyre’s life over its predecessor’s. It couldn’t match the Bridgestone, but had a clear margin over the rest of the field.
"Rated 4.7/5, this is another customer favourite. Review praise its overall performance, the grip in wet and dry, reduced noise, and good wear."
|Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2|
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe reveal the best tyres you can buy
- 2Continental PremiumContact 7 Following our mini test earlier this year, we knew the Continental was good, and it backed that up with a win against wider opposition
- 3Bridgestone Turanza T005The best tyre, by some margin, for high-mileage drivers, but we can see why better wet grip is a performance target for its successor
- 4Toyo Proxes ComfortToyo has produced an impressively complete, well balanced package across the tests. The Proxes Comfort was pretty good to drive, too
- 5Pirelli Cinturato P7After a troubled beginning, it seems Pirelli is finally getting a handle on the Cinturato P7, and is making the tyre a match for premium rivals
- 6Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 - currently readingThere’s no repeat win this time around, but the EfficientGrip still delivers a balanced performance and impressive fuel economy
- 7Vredestein UltracAn excellent wet-weather performer, particularly in severe conditions, and effective in the dry. Fuel economy needs improvement, however
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- 9Michelin Primacy 4+For a tyre that is focused on performance when it is worn, the Primacy 4+ performed pretty well from new, with a good all-round balance
- 10Hankook Ventus Prime 4Hankook has become known for developing a tyre throughout its life, and it has a good base here, but it’s clear work still needs to be done
- 11Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5By no means a bad tyre, but rivals have moved the game on with their new designs and development since the Premitra’s debut
- 12Falken Ziex ZE310 EcorunA replacement for the Ecorun, on sale since 2017, can’t come soon enough. This is not the performance level we expect from Falken
- 13Tyre test 2023: results by categoryAn in-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2023 tyre test