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Tyre test: results by category

An in-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2023 tyre test

Our tests are often close and, behind our champion, it was particularly tight. A tweak in weighting would mean several tyres would swap places, so it is key to look at the percentage ratings rather than just overall position. It is hard to separate second through to eighth or ninth, so your choice will depend on your individual preferences.

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In the last two spots we have two makers we know can do better with tyres that are probably due to be replaced. Hankook needs to do its usual development job on the Prime 4. A test of part-worn tyres would better suit the Primacy 4+ but it still works from new. Kumho needs to work on its wet performance, while fuel economy must be a concern for Vredestein. No such worries for Goodyear, but it has lost its overall advantage. 

Development has much improved the Pirelli Cinturato P7, while the Bridgestone T005’s last hurrah showed it’s still number one for fuel economy. Joint runner-up spot for Toyo was a welcome surprise for a tyre that gets a lot right.

Winner: Continental PremiumContact 7

We knew the Continental was good, so it was no surprise that it won this test, but the margin was surprising. This latest PremiumContact is back at the front of the pack, following some below-par performances for its predecessor. It might be there for some time, too.

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Results by Category

Overall  
1stContinental100%
=2ndBridgestone98.9%
=2ndToyo98.9%
4thPirelli98.6%
=5thGoodyear98.5%
=5thVredestein98.5%
7thKumho98.4%
8thMichelin98.3%
9thHankook98.0%
10thFalken97.4%
11thMaxxis97.1%
Price  
1stKumho£66.44
2ndMaxxis£68.00
3rdToyo£68.80
4thBridgestone£81.95
5thFalken£83.42
6thHankook£84.42
7thGoodyear£86.41
8thVredestein£90.80
9thPirelli£91.32
10thContinental£97.25
11thMichelin£111.56
Wet braking  
1stContinental100%
=2ndHankook96.0%
=2ndPirelli96.0%
=4thKumho95.5%
5thMichelin95.5%
6thGoodyear94.0%
7thToyo93.3%
8thVredestein92.6%
9thBridgestone92.2%
10thMaxxis90.8%
11thFalken90.4%
Wet handling  
1stContinental100%
2ndVredestein99.4%
3rdGoodyear98.9%
4thToyo98.8%
=5thBridgestone98.5%
=5thMichelin98.5%
7thFalken98.2%
=8thHankook98.1%
=8thPirelli98.1%
10thKumho97.7%
11thMaxxis96.6%
Wet cornering  
1stKumho100%
2ndContinental99.8%
=3rdFalken99.5%
=3rdVredestein99.5%
5thToyo99.3%
6thHankook98.8%
7thGoodyear98.7%
8thBridgestone98.3%
9thPirelli98.1%
10thMaxxis98.0%
11thMichelin97.7%
Rolling resistance  
1stBridgestone100%
2ndGoodyear85.2%
3rdToyo78.5%
4thMichelin76.3%
5thContinental74.2%
6thHankook73.6%
7thPirelli73.1%
8thKumho71.6%
9thFalken70.7%
10thMaxxis69.8%
11thVredestein67.7%
Curved aquaplaning  
1stVredestein100%
2ndMaxxis93.6%
3rdContinental92.4%
4thMichelin92.3%
5thFalken87.1%
6thPirelli86.6%
7thBridgestone86.4%
8thGoodyear86.2%
9thToyo85.7%
10thKumho78.4%
11thHankook70.8%
Straight aquaplaning  
1stVredestein100%
=2ndFalken95.5%
=2ndMichelin95.5%
4thContinental94.6%
5thMaxxis94.4%
6thBridgestone94.3%
7thPirelli93.9%
8thToyo93.7%
9thGoodyear93.5%
10thKumho93.2%
11thHankook89.0%
Dry braking  
1stContinental100%
2ndToyo99.6%
3rdBridgestone99.3%
4thKumho98.2%
5thPirelli97.4%
6thHankook96.7%
7thVredestein96.4%
8thMaxxis95.2%
9thMichelin95.1%
10thFalken94.6%
11thGoodyear94.4%
Dry handling  
1stKumho100%
2ndToyo99.7%
3rdVredestein99.5%
=4thHankook99.4%
=4thContinental99.4%
=4thGoodyear99.4%
7thPirelli99.0%
8thBridgestone98.9%
9thMichelin98.8%
10thFalken98.5%
11thMaxxis98.1%
Cabin noise  
1stPirelli100%
2ndContinental99.7%
3rdFalken99.6%
4thKumho99.4%
5thBridgestone99.3%
=6thGoodyear99.2%
=6thMaxxis99.2%
8thToyo99.0%
9thMichelin98.7%
10thHankook98.5%
11thVredestein98.1%
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Kim has worked for Auto Express for more than three decades and all but a year of that time in the Products section. His current role as products editor involves managing the section’s content and team of testers plus doing some of the tests himself. 

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