The next summer will surely come. But because the warm temperatures are already tempting in spring, it will be high time – according to the old car rule of thumb – from Easter to swap winter tires for corresponding summer tires.
And if the old rubbers are no longer suitable for the coming warm period, the rims must be replaced. It is best to use a replacement that is also recommended and has been tested accordingly. For this reason, ACE, together with the GTÜ and the Austrian partner ARBÖ, tests various summer tires for the compact and middle class every year. The results for 2021 have now been published.
A total of nine summer tires in size 225/45 R 17 were compared with the eighth generation VW Golf as the test vehicle. This tire size is suitable for many compact and mid-range cars such as: Audi A3 and A4, BMW 1, 2, 3, Honda Civic, Mercedes A, B and C class, Opel Astra, Peugeot 308, Seat Leon , Škoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla and some other models.
The tires tested were: BF Goodrich Advantage, Continental Premium Contact 6, Falken Azenis FK510, Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2, Laufenn S Fit EQ +, Maxxis Premitra 5, Michelin Primacy 4, Nexen N’fera Sport SU2 and Nokian Wetproof.
All tires achieved very good results in the test on dry roads. In the brake test from 100 km / h, the Continental Premium Contact 6 won with a braking distance of 34.5 meters. Even the tires with the longest braking distances in the test, Goodyear and Maxxis, came to a standstill after 36.1 meters.
The driving and braking test in the wet shows greater differences. During the braking test on a wet road, the Michelin tire comes to a stop after 48 meters; the test vehicle with the Maxxis tire only came to a standstill after 56.9 meters – that’s a significant 8.6 meters more.
In the environmental evaluation, the Goodyear and the Michelin stood out with very good results, while the remaining tires all achieved medium ratings. No tire attracted attention due to its particularly negative properties. When it came to the noise of passing by, all tires clearly showed a need for improvement. In terms of price, all of the tires tested range between 77 and 114 euros per piece.
You can find the test results here:
With 157 out of a total of 190 points, the Nexen N’fera Sport SU2 tire achieved the highest total number of points in the test and is the best of the nine summer tires tested in 2021. Nokian (153), Maxxis, Falken (both 152) and Michelin ( 151) form the middle field. The tires from Continental, Laufenn (both 146), BF Goodrich (144) and Goodyear (143), which were poorly placed in the test, also achieved the rating “recommended”.
Although the zero-defect tire does not yet exist in this test, all the tires are very close to one another in the assessment. The overall winner can now call himself the best of nine consistently decent summer tires 2021 in the test.