It's central to better mpg, so we look at energy required to turn a tyre
This has become a key factor in our tyre tests, as it’s essential to how efficient a car is. The higher the rolling resistance, the more energy – or in other words, the more fuel – is needed to push the car along.
This also affects motoring costs, as well as the environment. As a rough guide, a six per cent increase in rolling resistance translates into a one per cent consumption rise.
It’s no accident that special tyres are being made for the new generation of eco-cars, as they play a major role in reducing the amount of fuel used. Michelin is at the technological forefront of reducing rolling resistance, and took a clear win from Dunlop and Hankook.
Wanli at last had something to celebrate, finishing ahead of premium brands Bridgestone, Goodyear and Continental. Some of the Goodyear/Dunlop combined technology clearly rubbed off on associate brand Fulda, which was only a fraction behind the PremiumContact 2.
Bringing up the rear were Kumho, Pirelli and Vredestein. Fit these and you could be using up to two per cent more fuel than if you had bought Michelin Primacy HPs.
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 BrakingTo stop quickly on a rain-soaked surface requires a different range of abilities. Which is a wet winner?
- 7Rolling Resistance - currently readingIt'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