Tyre test 2018

We name the best rub­ber for your car

Auto Express - - Contents - Kim Adams prod­ucts@au­to­ex­press.co.uk @Ae_­con­sumer

THE pace of tyre de­vel­op­ment is fre­netic as driv­ers and car mak­ers de­mand ever more per­for­mance. That shorter de­vel­op­ment cy­cle can be seen in this year’s tyre test, where not one of the 10 con­tenders took part last time we tested the big-sell­ing 225/45R17 size. To find out which of the cur­rent crop is best for your car, we re­turned to Con­ti­nen­tal’s prov­ing ground at Uvalde, Texas, with 10 top brands.

Tyre la­belling is driv­ing this rapid de­vel­op­ment. It lets own­ers com­pare key per­for­mance fac­tors – wet grip, fuel econ­omy and pass-by noise – at a click of a mouse. And all mak­ers are chas­ing the tyre la­belling holy grail: top A rat­ings in fuel econ­omy and wet grip.

But our test cov­ers nine cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing a more driver-rel­e­vant cabin noise rat­ing, dry grip and a range of wet road tests. Auto Ex­press driv­ers car­ried out all tests apart from aqua­plan­ing, which re­quires spe­cial train­ing. Rolling re­sis­tance was rated at Con­ti­nen­tal’s Hanover R&D cen­tre in Ger­many.

Once again, mak­ers were asked to nom­i­nate a tyre, in­clud­ing speed and weight rat­ings, and we pur­chased it to en­sure we test the tyres you can buy.

Over the next eight pages, we re­veal which 17-inch tyres are best for you.

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