Tyre roar is a big issue - so we look for the quietest choice

It's clear from comments online that many drivers are no longer looking for improved performance from their tyres. Instead, they want patterns which give a quieter and more comfortable ride.

The smoothest, quietest rubber is the Bridgestone, closely followed by Dunlop and Fulda. Continental was a fraction behind. There was then a gap to fifth-placed Vredestein, which was a similar performer to the Goodyear and Hankook, and then the Michelin.

Kumho and Pirelli were way behind, and we didn’t need a noise meter to know we were on the Wanlis. They made their presence known at most speeds. Maxxis would have come third if it was included in our ranking.

Cabin noise results
Bridgestone 100.6
Dunlop 99.7
Fulda 99.6
Continental 99.4
Vredestein 98.9
Goodyear 98.8
Hankook 98.8
Michelin 98.5
Kumho 98.1
Pirelli 98.0
Wanli 97.7

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