2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roads Pirelli P Zero
Best tyre for wet roads Continental Premium Contact 6
The best tyre overall Continental Premium Contact 6
Michelin Pilot Sport 4
The lowest fuel use Rotalla RU01 S Pace
Sava Intensa UHP 2
The lowest wear Continental Premium Contact 6
Cooper Zeon CS Sport
Rotalla RU01 S Pace
Falken Azenis FK510
Sava Intensa UHP 2
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
Maxxis Victra Sport 5
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Michelin Pilot Sport 4
The quietest tyre Rotalla RU01 S Pace
Maxxis Victra Sport 5
Nokian PowerProof

While ADAC doesn't provide its readers with raw data from their testing, their yearly tyre tests are some of the most influential in the world. This year they've tested sixteen 225/40 R18 car tyres, and twelve 235/55 R17 crossover SUV sizes. For the 225/40 R18 test, there are few surprises.

Continental and Michelin tie for first place with the PremiumContact 6 and Pilot Sport 4, two tyres we've historically seen perform extremely well in testing. It's worth noting that the Continental and Michelin both scored the same in the wear testing, again showing Continental have got on top of wear.

The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 and Maxxis Victra Sport 5 finish a tied third place overall. While it's not unusual to see the Goodyear near the top, the latest range of Maxxis tyres are proving to be really strong in testing.

The "best of the rest" spot was awarded to the Nexen N'Fera Sport, with tyres from Sava, Vredestein, Falken, Bridgestone, Kumho, Nokian, Pirelli and Toyo all close behind. The Pirelli in particular is an interesting result as it was the best in every category during dry testing, but still finished relatively poorly overall.

We'd also love to see more data from the wear testing, as most of the tyres on test were given the same scores, but we'll have to wait for the Auto Bild test due soon for actual numbers.

The full results are below, feel free to ask any questions in the comments, and be sure to come back to Tyre Reviews in the coming weeks for more of the latest summer tyre tests!

Results

ADAC applied the following score weighting to the overall results - Dry 20% / Wet 40% / Noise 10% / Fuel 10% / Wear 20%

2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

  • Total: 44.2
  • Dry: 7.2
  • Wet: 8.6
  • Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  • Noise: 4.8
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Positive: Top marks in the wet (especially in brakes and handling)
    Negative: A little noisy, a little weak in the dry compared to the best
    Overall: Highly Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

  • Total: 46.4
  • Dry: 8.2
  • Wet: 8
  • Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  • Noise: 6.2
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Positive: Very balanced, very good in the dry and wet, low fuel consumption
    Negative: None mentioned
    Overall: Highly Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 3rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

  • Total: 45.6
  • Dry: 8.6
  • Wet: 7.4
  • Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  • Noise: 5.8
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Positive: Very balanced, particularly good in the dry, low fuel consumption
    Negative: None mentioned
    Overall: Highly Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 3rd: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

  • Total: 44.8
  • Dry: 8
  • Wet: 7.6
  • Rolling Resistance: 7.2
  • Noise: 6.4
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Positive: Very balanced, good in the dry and wet, quiet
    Negative: None mentioned
    Overall: Highly Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 5th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

  • Total: 43
  • Dry: 7.6
  • Wet: 6.8
  • Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  • Noise: 5.8
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Positive: Good in the dry, low fuel consumption
    Negative: Slightly weak in the wet
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 6th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

  • Total: 41.6
  • Dry: 7
  • Wet: 6.6
  • Rolling Resistance: 7.2
  • Noise: 6.2
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Positive: Good in the dry
    Negative: Slightly weak in the wet
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 6th: Sava Intensa UHP 2

  • Total: 44.2
  • Dry: 8.4
  • Wet: 6.6
  • Rolling Resistance: 8.8
  • Noise: 5.8
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Positive: Lowest fuel use, very good in the dry
    Negative: Slightly weak in the wet

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 8th: Falken Azenis FK510

  • Total: 41.6
  • Dry: 6.2
  • Wet: 7.2
  • Rolling Resistance: 8
  • Noise: 6
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 6.2
  • Positive: Good in the wet
    Negative: Relatively weak in the dry
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 9th: Toyo Proxes Sport

  • Total: 40.6
  • Dry: 8
  • Wet: 6.4
  • Rolling Resistance: 8
  • Noise: 6.2
  • Wear: 6
  • Overall: 6
  • Positive: Good in the dry
    Negative: Slightly weak in the wet, relatively high wear
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 9th: Pirelli P Zero

  • Total: 42.6
  • Dry: 9.4
  • Wet: 8.4
  • Rolling Resistance: 6.6
  • Noise: 6.2
  • Wear: 6
  • Overall: 6
  • Positive: Best in dry, good in the wet
    Negative: Relatively high wear and high rolling resistance
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 9th: Nokian PowerProof

  • Total: 40.8
  • Dry: 7.2
  • Wet: 7.2
  • Rolling Resistance: 8
  • Noise: 6.4
  • Wear: 6
  • Overall: 6
  • Positive: Good in the dry and wet, relatively quiet
    Negative: Relatively high wear
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 9th: Kumho Ecsta PS71

  • Total: 40
  • Dry: 7.2
  • Wet: 7.4
  • Rolling Resistance: 8
  • Noise: 5.4
  • Wear: 6
  • Overall: 6
  • Positive: Good in the wet
    Negative: Relatively high wear
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 9th: Bridgestone Potenza S001

  • Total: 40.4
  • Dry: 8.6
  • Wet: 6
  • Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  • Noise: 5
  • Wear: 7
  • Overall: 6
  • Positive: Very good in the dry
    Negative: Relatively weak in the wet
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 14th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

  • Total: 40.2
  • Dry: 8
  • Wet: 5.8
  • Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  • Noise: 5.2
  • Wear: 7
  • Overall: 5.8
  • Positive: Good in the dry, low fuel consumption
    Negative: Relatively weak in the wet
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 15th: Cooper Zeon CS Sport

  • Total: 39.4
  • Dry: 8
  • Wet: 5.4
  • Rolling Resistance: 7
  • Noise: 5.6
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 5.4
  • Positive: Good in the dry
    Negative: Relatively weak in the wet
    Overall: Recommended

    2020 ADAC 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test 16th: Rotalla RU01 S Pace

  • Total: 39
  • Dry: 6.2
  • Wet: 4.8
  • Rolling Resistance: 8.8
  • Noise: 6.4
  • Wear: 8
  • Overall: 4.8
  • Positive: Low fuel consumption
    Negative: Relatively weak on dry and wet roads
    Overall: Conditionally Recommended

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