It's arguably the most important aspect of a tyre's performance - but just what did our test reveal?
Over timed laps of the dry handling track at Uvalde, only fractionsof a second separated the tyres. But from behind the wheel, the differences canbe huge. The driving experiences revealed so much more than the time gapsbetween our top four.
Top-placed Bridgestone showed its F1 racing pedigree withloads of grip, and allowed us to adjust the car mid-corner.
Continental really attacked the curves with great turn-in andchange of direction, while Dunlop provided lots of grip, albeit without theprecision of the previous two.
Rounding out the top four was Hankook. It let our Audi A3 move around morethan the best here, yet was progressive and easy to control. A few tenths downwas the Michelin, which had trouble holding the line on the power.
The big grooves of wet track stars Goodyear and Vredestein didnot help on the dry tarmac – they were left near the bottom of the top 10,albeit less than a second behind our champ.
Pirelli struggled; it lackedsteering precision and the car moved round a lot, but its performance wasnowhere near as bad as the Wanli’s.
While the rest of the tyres lapped within one second of eachother, the Chinese trailed by a further 1.5 seconds. It lacked grip, requiredplenty of lock and pushed wide each time we got on the throttle.
Finally,Maxxis may have a dry road winner: its M36 was perfectly suited to the Texastarmac, and achieved the only sub-52-second lap time in our test.
|Dry handling results|
In this review
- 1IntroductionOur experts put 12 of Britain's top-selling tyres through their paces. Which is best for your car?
- 2Dry Handling - currently readingIt's arguably the most important aspect of a tyre's performance - but just what did our test reveal?
- 3Wet Handling and CorneringSafety and control are paramount on wet roads - so which rubber was the most reassuring to drive on?
- 4AquaplaningWe rate our tyres' ability to grip a wet road, instead of riding up on the water. Which is the rain master?
- 5Dry BrakingThe heat is on as we put rubber through punishing emergency stops
- 6Wet BrakingTo stop quickly on a rain-soaked surface requires a different range of abilities. Which is a wet winner?
- 7Rolling ResistanceIt's central to better mpg, so we look at energy required to turn a tyre
- 8PriceCost is a key factor, but does it pay to go for the cheapest?
- 9NoiseTyre roar is a big issue - so we look for the quietest choice
- 10ResultsWe've crunched the numbers to reveal Britain's best tyre