Goodyear Pleased with “Fourth Auto Express Accolade in Five Years”
Having been named the winner of the Auto Express light SUV test, Goodyear was pleased to note that it was the fourth such award that the UK weekly magazine had sent its way in the past five years. The Goodyear Excellence tyre was declared outright winner, adding to the ‘recommended’ rating awarded to the Goodyear OptiGrip in the magazine’s test of family car tyres published in September. The Excellence follows Auto Express tyre test successes for the company’s HydraGrip, OptiGrip and Eagle F1 tyre in other vehicle test categories.
Kim Adams, Auto Express product test editor, praised the Excellence, noting with a studied lack of astonishment: “It’s no surprise to see Goodyear at the top of these results as the US giant really knows how to build tyres that are good in the wet.” Adams described the importance of wet weather safety in the test: “When driving on wet roads, the grooves on the tyre act like a pump, shifting water from under the rubber. Aquaplaning occurs when the tread is overwhelmed and the tyre rides up onto the water”.
The aquaplaning test saw Goodyear perform particularly well alongside Michelin’s Latitude Diamaris. The Goodyear was given a proportional performance rating of 7 per cent better than the bottom placed Pirelli Scorpion in straight aquaplaning, while it was 24 per cent higher than the bottom-placed Scorpion in curved aquaplaning, a test in which it only lost out to the Michelin.
While the Goodyear was named test winner, Auto Express noted that there was very little to separate the top three, which also included the Continental CrossContact UHP and the aforementioned Michelin.