The heat is on as we put rubber through punishing emergency stops
The clear winner here – with an impressive stopping distance of 38.2metres – was Continental. And the PremiumContact 2 enjoyed a half-metreadvantage over Michelin. This meant the French company made its first appearancenear the top of the result sheet, snatching second from Dunlop’s Fastresponse.
Dry track victor Bridgestone was a further metre behind. Therewas little to choose between wet road specialist Vredestein, Hankook, Fulda andKumho, which were separated by only centimetres.
Pirelli had another result it would probably like to forget,and those big water-pumping channels did the Goodyear no favours, either. Inthis test, the emphasis is on having a stiff tread pattern and rubber on the road– that counted against theOptiGrip, and bosses won’t be pleased to be nearly four metres off the winner.
The Goodyear’s problems were nothing compared to the Wanli,though, which yet again brought up the rear, a long way off the standard set bythe rest. It took more than five metres longer to stop – a car’s length. Thatmeans when a vehicle with the Conti rubber has come to a halt, one wearing theWanlis will still be doing 20mph-plus.
The new Maxxis showed its dry handling performance was not aone-off, stopping in just under 40 metres. That would have been enough for fourth.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionOur experts put 12 of Britain's top-selling tyres through their paces. Which is best for your car?
- 2Dry HandlingIt'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 Braking - currently readingThe 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