By Oliver Hall
Continental tyres have been awarded “highly recommended” accolades in the eagerly awaited results of the summer tyre tests carried out by three leading European motoring organisations.
A total of 36 tyres models were tested, but only five – including the ContiSportContact 3 in the test size 225/45 R 17 and the ContiPremiumContact 2 in the smaller size 185/65 R 15 – were rated as ‘highly recommended’.
These tyres are suitable for a whole range of cars from the Golf class right up to dedicated sports car level, according to the German tyre manufacturer.
The tests were carried out by the German, Austrian and Swiss motoring organisations, the ADAC, ÖAMTC and TCS.
The testers praised the Continental summer tyres above all for their “extremely balanced driving performance on dry roads and their positive characteristics in the wet”.
When it came to assessing their driving characteristics on dry roads, both tyres came top.
The experts also gave the Uniroyal and Semperit summer tyres good marks, whereby the Uniroyal RainSport 2, size 225/45 R 17, was rated as ‘highly recommended’.
In the smaller tyre size the Semperit Comfort-Life – which also falls into the category of so-called ‘quality brands’ – was ‘recommended’.
The new Barum Brillantis 2 made a successful debut – this dedicated tyre for small and compact cars from the budget tyre brand Barum was also rated as ‘recommended’ in its first test.
Seven tyres in all were rated as ‘not recommended’, with four of these bearing the M+S symbol, despite being suitable for summer use only.