Auto Express - Best car tyres 2020

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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2020 has been a year of unpredictability, however we can always rely on a yearly tyre review from Auto Express. This year 10 new tyres have been extensively tested through a range of different conditions to give us 2020's best tyre! In this article we are going to tell you which tyre is top dog and the reasoning behind this, giving you an insight when looking for your brand new tyres. 

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What tyres are being tested?

Before revealing the contenders for this year’s tyre test it is important to address that the tyres tested are all summer tyres. 

The tyres being tested are -

How are the tyres tested?

Tyre brands were asked to give a tyre from their range with no restrictions on weight or speed ratings. The tests were conducted over 3 different countries and ranged from practical performance tests such as braking, handling, aquaplaning tests and rolling resistance to more practical features of the tyre such as noise, price and fuel economy. To make the test more realistic all of the tests were carried out in wet and dry conditions. 

The 3 test locations are- 

To choose a winner the results were converted to percentages that accurately reflect the tyre’s performance, the results were then added together to get the final result.

1st Place: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 

This year the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 has taken the top spot and deservedly so! The tyre put forward by Goodyear is claimed to be 50% more durable than its predecessor. This point has been proven with the Goodyear tyre outperforming the Michelin Primacy 4, which is an achievement in itself with Michelin's record for durable, long lasting tyres.  

 Full results:

  • Overall: 1st                        

  • Wet handling: 5th

  • Wet braking: 4th                                                                 

  • Straight aquaplaning: 9th

  • Curved aquaplaning: 9th

  • Dry handling: 1st

  • Dry braking: 3rd

  • Rolling resistance: 1st

  • Cabin noise: 1st

As we can see from these results the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 is an excellent all round summer tyre showing that it is capable of assisting in maximum driving performance. This can be seen with excellent dry handling and dry braking and respectable wet handling and wet braking ensuring good driving performance in wet and dry conditions. The tyre also provides added benefits such as low rolling resistance and the lowest cabin noise making a quiet and economic ride.  

The rest of the results 

2nd: Michelin Primacy 4

3rd: Nokian Wetproof

4th: Maxxis Premitra 5

5th: Bridgestone Turanza T005 

6th: Laufenn S Fit EQ

7th: Continental PremiumContact 6

8th: Dunlop Sport BluReonse

9th: Pirelli Cinturato P7

9th: Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun

Most of the summer tyres tested by Auto Express can be found at with other alternatives such as Avon, Sailun and Yokohama tyres.

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