Goodyear triumphs in Auto Express tyre test

13th September 2012

Goodyear's EfficientGrip tyres have seen off the competition to be crowned number one in Auto Express' latest tyre test.

The Goodyear tyre scored a cool 100 per cent overall and was declared 'a good all-rounder that proved a star performer in the wet' by the car site.

Auto Express explained that the rubber was superior on wet surfaces and also held its own on dry tarmac when it came to braking and handling.

The EfficientGrip was also the quietest product in the assessment's cabin noise test, and was helped to overall victory by its low price.

This year's tyre test saw Auto Express get to grips with the first wave of 205/55R16 compounds featuring the EU's new label, which displays fuel efficiency, capability on wet surfaces and noise levels.

With manufacturers eager to gain high ratings, their latest tyres are likely to be adjusted accordingly to emphasise these qualities – Auto Express confirmed makers have 'updated their ranges' in its review, with a number of the models they tested currently not on sale.

Dunlop also fared well, taking fourth place with their SP Sport FastResponse tyres by virtue of their excellent performance on the wet.

Continental's ContiEcoContact 5 was praised for its exceptional standard of dry breaking, while the Michelin Energy Saver+ delivered on its promise of top fuel efficiency.

Auto Express stated that the new labelling system means manufacturers are keen to shine in the EU's three criteria, meaning differences in performance have closed across the range.

This can only be good news for the average motorist. However, the trade off between fuel efficiency and performance on the wet remains a key issue, with both factors requiring consideration from drivers when buying new tyres.

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Posted by Danielle Barge