You will soon be able to remove your winter tires and swap them for summer tires. But if your old summer tires don’t last another season, you need a replacement. For this purpose, the ADAC has now examined 34 current models for compact SUVs (215/60 R16 99V) and small cars (185/65 R15 88H). And almost all tires, with the exception of one outlier, are recommended or even particularly recommended.
dr Reinhard Kolke, Head of the ADAC Test and Technology Center says: “The result is very pleasing and shows the result of our almost 50 years of testing practice. The manufacturers follow our tests and continuously improve their products. In this way, ADAC has been helping for decades to make tires ever safer.“
The 18 SUV tires were driven on a Skoda Karoq and the testers were able to give a “good” to Continental and Michelin, but also to Bridgestone, Dunlop and Toyo. These models did not show weaknesses in any of the main criteria. In the dry, the Michelin and the Bridgestone were particularly convincing, while the Continental achieved top marks on the wet road. The Michelin stood out in the criteria of wear and tear and fuel consumption. Although the Toyo ended up on the threshold of “satisfactory” in all the main criteria, it was still able to secure a place in the top five.
Here are the SUV results in detail:
Significant weaknesses in the safety criteria resulted in the Polish cormorant being given a “sufficient” (grade 3.7) in the overall rating – despite its best performance in terms of fuel consumption.
Of the 16 small car tires tested on a VW Polo, there were even six overall grades of “good” and thus the rating “particularly recommendable”. The Goodyear with the highest mileage in the test field is suitable for frequent drivers, Pirelli and Bridgestone impressed with top values in dry and wet performance. The Michelin also scored well with good performance on dry and wet roads as well as wear and showed great balance overall. Dunlop and Giti just achieved good results in these disciplines, adding up to an overall mark of 2.5.
Here are the small car results in detail:
The Continental EcoContact has particularly convincing environmental properties, as it was the only one to perform very well in both the economic and environmental criteria. However, the Continental tire missed out on a better placement due to slight weaknesses on wet roads.
The ADAC recommends that tire buyers check what individual requirements they have for a tire and then compare these with the results of the individual tests. Only those who know their own driving profile can select the right tires. Important: Summer tires should be renewed if the tread depth is less than 3 mm in order to be safe on the road in all weathers.