Barely have the first snowdrops of spring started popping up across the UK and already the first summer tyre test results are already in.
And it is good news for Goodyear tyres as GTÜ, the German government-accredited vehicle inspection organisation, has published a comparative test of a dozen tyres in the popular compact class size 205/55 R16, according to Tyres and Accessories.
The clear winner was the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, while other premium brands received a “highly recommended” rating and even the lowest-ranked tyres in the test were given a “conditionally recommended” rating.
The 12 tyres were assessed in several key performance areas, including safety on wet and dry roads and value for money.
Test winner was the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, with the highly recommended Continental ContiPremiumContact 5, Dunlop Sport BluResponse and Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue close behind. According to the testers: “These premium tyres shine with the greatest possible safety on wet and dry roads.”
A “recommended” rating was given to the the Apollo Alnac 4G, Fulda EcoControl HP, Kumho Ecsta HS51, Nexen N’Blue HD Plus, Nokian Line and Toyo Proxes CF2, with GTÜ surmising: All are relatively well-balanced, mid-price segment tyres with only a few rough edges.”
Finally, the Cooper Zeon and Yokohama BluEarth-A AE50 were deemed “conditionally recommended”, which indicates the testers found their overall performance satisfactory, although negative aspects were “poor aquaplaning characteristics and insufficient adhesion on wet road surfaces” which showed the tyres to be, in the testers’ point of view, “not technically state-of-the-art.”