Results

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.

BEST BUY
Continental
100.0
+ Superb all rounder
- Rolling resistance not the best
 
RECOMMENDED
Goodyear
99.7
+ Top performer in the rain
- Less sure on dry roads
 
Vredestein
99.2
+ Super safe in the wet
- Fuel economy needs improving
 
Bridgestone
98.9
+ All rounder like Conti
- Dry braking hurt overall result
 
Dunlop
98.6
+ Great fuel efficiency
- Struggles on wet roads
 
Fulda
98.2
+ No worries in the rain
- Dry braking needs work
 
Michelin
98.2
+ Great green credentials
- You pay a price in the rain
 
Hankook
97.5
+ Fuel economy cost-cutter …
- ...At the expense of ability in the wet
 
Pirelli
97.4
+ Competitively priced
- Step behind premium rivals
 
Kumho
96.8
+ Good on dry track
- Aquaplanes too easily
 
Wanli
92.3
+ Strong rolling resistance
- Long way off required standard
 
Maxxis
95.1
Superb grip on dry track
Poor performer in the wet
 

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