By Denna Bowman
Auto Express has published the eagerly-awaited results of its sports utility vehicle tyres test.
The leading auto magazine has put winter-friendly SUV’s through their paces on six top-selling tyres – and the results were surprisingly close.
The tyres were ranked in this order – Goodyear Excellence (H), Continental CrossContact UHP (H), Michelin Latitude Diamaris (H), Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 (W), Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico (V) and finally Hankook Dynapro HP (H).
Auto Express concluded: “Any of the top three will do an excellent job on your car, and drivers can confidently choose a tyre based on individual strengths in the knowledge that they are solid all-round performers.
“Our emphasis on safety means Goodyear takes a narrow victory, thanks to its prowess in the wet.
“Continental proved to be a consistent performer in all areas, while Michelin matched Goodyear in the wet but was narrowly beaten in the other disciplines.
“Kumho edged out premium brand Pirelli to take fourth – a good result for the Korean producer.
“Bringing up the rear was Hankook, which struggled in this company, and needs to do a lot of work to match the standard of the best.”
The tyre size tested by the magazine was 235/55 R17, which can be found on models such as the Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan and the full report is published in the latest issue of Auto Express.
The magazine based the price guide on figures supplied by www.etyres.co.uk, the UKs leading online tyres company, which is widely recognised as offering prices up to 40% cheaper than the leading high street tyre depots.