Landsail beats Michelin – surprise result in Finnish tyre test

Thursday 12th March 2015 | 0 Comments

 
Tekniikan Maailma’s tyre evaluation was carried out at Test World in Ivalo
Tekniikan Maailma’s tyre evaluation was carried out at Test World in Ivalo

No less than 15 tyres took part in the 2015 summer tyre test carried out by Finnish trade publication Tekniikan Maailma (World of Technology). Size 205/55 R 16 tyres from premium, mid-range and budget manufacturers were fitted to a VW Golf and evaluated by specialists from Test World in Ivalo, Finland and ranked according to performance in a series of wet and dry tests. Continental’s ContiPremiumContact 5 topped the table with a score of 9.5 out of 10 and a rating of five out five stars, however an entry from another premium manufacturer didn’t fare so well.

The testers said the Continental tyre offered good grip in the wet, good grip on dry roads and easy handling in all driving situations, however it was marked down for rolling resistance. Close behind the Continental tyre, the Nokian Hakka Blue and Pirelli Cintuarto P7 Blue shared second place with 9.3 points. The first of these was found to be a quiet tyre with good weather characteristics and low rolling resistance, however the Hakka Blue’s dry braking grip was viewed as average. The Pirelli rubber was found to give good grip on dry road surfaces.

An unexpected outcome was encountered midway through the results list. Tekniikan Maailma placed one budget product – the Landsail LS588 UHP – ahead of the winner of the recent ADAC summer tyre test (16-inch category). The testers considered the Landsail tyre to have good braking grip in the wet and dry but poor dry handling and aquaplaning performance, while the Michelin Primacy 3, despite its reputation as a surefooted tyre, was deemed to have only average wet grip. The Chinese tyre received a total score of 8.3 points and a four-star rating, while the Michelin product had to settle for just three stars and 8.2 points.

More tyre tests and individual results can be found in the tyrepress.com tyre test database.

Scores and rankings - Tekniikan Maailma summer tyre test

Scores and rankings – Tekniikan Maailma summer tyre test

 

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