Top Continental tyres in shopping by WheelAlignmentReading.co.uk? The Michelin Alpin 5 has now been replaced by the 6, but even the outgoing tyre did particularly well in wet conditions and only just missed the test victory. It came second overall in our winter tyre test 2020. Likewise, the Vredestein Wintrac Pro (third place) is a rain professional, but also offers very high driving safety on dry roads, just like the Nokian WR A4 in sixth place and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 in fifth place. However, both tyres lost points in the tests on snow-covered roads. The fact that the Finn receives no recommendation from us – like the Continental TS 850 P in seventh place overall – is due to the long braking distances in the wet; it was still travelling at around 30kph when the Michelin was stationary.
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Continental is a top tire manufacturing company from German. The products of Continental are ranked just behind those of Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear. Still, Continental manufactures a full line of original and replacement tires. The high-grade tire is harmoniously combined with all three elements: safety, fuel economy and environmental friendliness. In addition to tires, the company is also a leading automotive supplier of interior electronics, automotive safety, brake systems and other vehicle components. The headquarters of the U.S tire operations is located in Lancaster County, S.C. The company sells General and Continental tire brands.
After an eight-year hiatus, Kumho has returned to our tests in impressive fashion. Fourth place is a notable improvement from the ninth spot recorded back then and the Kumho proves itself as the best of the mid-range brands, just ahead of Hankook. Its success was mainly down to an impressive wet-weather performance, with first place for wet cornering and third overall behind Continental and Bridgestone. It felt good from behind the wheel, too, with reassuring balance through long sweeping corners. Even when pushing wide in tight corners, the Kumho tyre felt progressive, and its third-spot in the wet braking tests mean it’s a safe choice. Aquaplaning results were more middling, but tight margins meant it still wasn’t too far off the leaders. Stopping in the dry took around three metres longer than the winner, while the tyres felt a little soft on the dry handling track, with a less positive feel than the winners. This supple construction helped in the noise tests where the Kumho came second, but rolling resistance was only average. Discover even more info on Tyres Reading.
Touring tyres, or highway tyres, are tyres with less focus on sporty handling, and more on comfort, low noise and low fuel use. However, unlike the UHP tyres, we DO have a new challenger for this closely contested segment! Goodyear have released the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2! Sadly, no one in Europe has done a 16″ tyre test this year. I was MEANT to be doing a full 16″ test a few weeks ago, but travelling to france to do the test wasn’t the smartest idea, so that’s been postponed to June. Subscribe for that 🙂 This means for now, we only have a 17″ test, and a TUV test to see how the new Goodyear performs. Of the two, the 16″ TUV test is the most interesting, as it shows the new EfficientGrip Performance 2 wearing 20% better than even the best Michelin can offer, while also having better wet braking performance.
During its development the engineers took into account many years of experience in car racing, provided it with an asymmetric tread design with a wide outside shoulder, continuous rib and deep longitudinal grooves. The sidewalls were additionally strengthened that significantly improved handling, but did not negatively affect comfort. Although such class of tires is more oriented on dry asphalt, on wet roads Goodyear also behaves predictably and safely, due to the use of three different rubber compounds.
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