We've crunched the numbers to reveal Britain's best tyre
The best all-round tyre money can buy is the Continental. The PremiumContact 2 will perform anywhere, and it deserves to take the crown for the German maker. It only dropped out of the leading pack in our rolling resistance test. But elsewhere, whether the track was wet or dry, the Conti was right up there. It’s a great performer.
Second spot goes to Goodyear. It has a less even-handed approach than the Continental: while it was less capable in the dry, in the wet it was a clear winner. And the dual-compound tread means that performance should be retained, even as it wears.In third is fellow wet road specialist Vredestein, followed closely by F1 star Bridgestone and Dunlop.
Associate brand Fulda makes it three out of the top seven for parent company Goodyear/Dunlop, and it ties with French giant Michelin, which paid the price for a poor performance in the wet.There’s then a big gap to Hankook and outgoing champ Pirelli, and another to Kumho.
While Maxxis showed promise, it’s not happy on wet roads. Chinese maker Wanli is way behind its rivals – you hope the car behind you on a busy, wet motorway is not on the S-1088.
|+ Superb all rounder|
|- Rolling resistance not the best|
|+ Top performer in the rain|
|- Less sure on dry roads|
|+ Super safe in the wet|
|- Fuel economy needs improving|
|+ All rounder like Conti|
|- Dry braking hurt overall result|
|+ Great fuel efficiency|
|- Struggles on wet roads|
|+ No worries in the rain|
|- Dry braking needs work|
|+ Great green credentials|
|- You pay a price in the rain|
|+ Fuel economy cost-cutter …|
|- ...At the expense of ability in the wet|
|+ Competitively priced|
|- Step behind premium rivals|
|+ Good on dry track|
|- Aquaplanes too easily|
|+ Strong rolling resistance|
|- Long way off required standard|
|Superb grip on dry track|
|Poor performer in the wet|
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?
- 9NoiseTyre roar is a big issue - so we look for the quietest choice
- 10Results - currently readingWe've crunched the numbers to reveal Britain's best tyre