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Best car tyres: evo performance tyre test

John Barker
30 Jan 2018

We test the most popular performance tyre size of all, the 225/40 R18, with 9 tyres put through the toughest objective and subjective tests

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This is all about everything performance; steering feel in normal driving, and ride comfort and refinement over a variety of common and more testing surfaces. The Michelin tops the table, essentially because it gives steering character that’s appealing and which suits the car, the Golf feeling connected and keen to turn, effortlessly agile. This is backed up with quietness and rounded comfort, especially at slower, town speeds.

The Continental was a good performer and not far behind, offering good ride refinement and having clean, direct steering – characteristics shared with the Hankook. The Pirelli was good too, with slightly better noise suppression than the Michelin and similarly impressive comfort, but it was marked down for steering, the Golf feeling decidedly less keen and non-linear.

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The Dunlop and Goodyear were equally good at isolating road imperfections but both were let down by steering that felt dull and lacking in immediate response. Although it had better steering feel, the Bridgestone’s brightness was also apparent in its surface sensitivity, with a hollow, ringing sound over sharp impacts. The Falken and Toyo, meanwhile, were the least refined and comfortable of all, being generally the noisiest and reacting sharply to ridges and both raised and sunken manhole covers.

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Tyre Points Score
1 Michelin 22.5 100
2 Continental 22.0 97.8
3= Dunlop 21.0 93.3
3= Hankook 21.0 93.3
3= Pirelli 21.0 93.3
6 Goodyear 20.5 91.1
7 Bridgestone 19.5 86.7
8 Falken 18.0 80.0
9 Toyo 17.0 75.6

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