ERJ staff report (DS)
Munich, Germany - ADAC, the influential German motoring club, has released the results of its summer tyre tests. This year the group has tested three sizes, adding an SUV size to the more established T-rated and V-rated tests.
Big-name brands dominate the top ratings, although Apollo and Barum won the coveted top rating in the lower-performance test. At the lower end, most tyres were acceptable, with the exception of a Sava product in the SUV category and an Infinity product in the low-end group which were both classed as unacceptable.
The group tested seven tyres aimed at SUVs in size 215/65 R 16 H. Conti and Pirelli won top honours for the Cross-Contact UHP and the Scorpion Verde respectively. Goodyear, Vredestein, Hankook and Bridgestone tyres were seen as satisfactory. The Sava Intensa SUV was seen as unsatisfactory, due to its poor performance in the wet.
In the low-end tests, ADAC tested 15 tyres in size 165/70 R 14 T. Five tyres won the top-rated, 'Very Good' classification. Conti, Michelin, Pirelli topped the rankings, but Apollo's Amazer 3G Maxx and Barum's Brillantis 2 also achieved the highest rating.
Tyres from Goodyear, Fulda, Yokohama, Dunlop, Hankook, Kumho, Firestone, Semperit and GiTi were seen as satisfactory, while the Infinity Inf-030 was seen as unsatisfactory, due to poor performance in the wet.
Fifteen mid-range tyres in size 205/55 R16V were tested. Five of them - from Conti, Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Semperit were marked as 'Very Good', while all the others were rated as satisfactory.
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Results table (215/65 R 16 H) from ADAC (German language)
Results table (165/70 R 14 T) from ADAC (German language)
Results table (205/55 R16V) from ADAC (German language)