To stop quickly on a rain-soaked surface requires a different range of abilities. Which is a wet winner?
If you need to stop in a hurry, regardless of theconditions, then you’ll want to be driving on PremiumContact 2s. TheContinentals repeated their dry braking win on our flooded road, stopping in35.7 metres.
The margin of victory was much smaller here, though, withonly 30cm separating the German tyre from wet track specialists Vredestein and Goodyear.So close was the result that the top seven products were covered by well undera metre.
Pirelli returned to form, matching the Goodyear result, andfrench opponent Michelin trailed by a further 10cm. Just behind these were theFulda and Hankook.
Motorsport giants Dunlop and Bridgestone stopped in under 38metres, with Kumho just over that mark. No prizes for guessing which brandbrought up the rear: our Chinese contender took a huge 46.5 metres.
If a car fitted with Wanli tyres did an emergency stopbehind one running on Continentals, it would still be travelling at 30mph at thepoint of collision. Scary!
Maxxis again showed its dislike of wet conditions, taking 42.4metres to bring the A4 to a haltfrom 50mph. That’s not as bad as the Wanli, but still a long way behind itsother rivals.
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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 BrakingThe heat is on as we put rubber through punishing emergency stops
- 6Wet Braking - currently readingTo 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