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.
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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 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?
- 9Noise - currently readingTyre roar is a big issue - so we look for the quietest choice
- 10ResultsWe've crunched the numbers to reveal Britain's best tyre