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Best car tyres: evo performance tyre test - Braking and rolling resistance

This year we put the most popular 19in performance tyre, the 235/35 R19, through evo’s uniquely demanding test

Braking and rolling resistance

The most consistently good performer here was the Michelin; it topped the wet braking table by almost half a metre and was a very close second in the dry too. Continental just pipped it there and was fifth in the wet, which is better than it sounds because it needed less than a metre more than the best. Dunlop was a strong performer, a solid third in the dry and joint second in the wet, where it tied with the Falken - one of that tyre’s best results - while in the dry it was some way off the pace, needing 2.5m more than the best. The Goodyear was merely good in both tests, while the Toyo was some way off, needing over three metres more to stop in the dry and a yawning 4.4 metres - a whole car length - more in the wet.

Fuel economy is influenced by rolling resistance and tyre labelling should indicate which are more and less economical. By this information, the Dunlop, Goodyear and Michelin (rated ‘C’) should appear in the top half of the table, the Continental, Falken and Toyo (rated ‘E’) in the bottom. Dunlop and Goodyear produce impressively low numbers and a surprise, strong third is the Toyo.  

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Dry braking

 TyreDistance (metres)%
1Continental34.0100
2Michelin34.199.7
3Dunlop34.997.4
4Goodyear35.695.5
5Falken36.593.2
6Toyo38.488.5

Wet braking

TyreDistance%
1Michelin23.2100
2Dunlop23.698.3
3Falken23.698.3
4Goodyear24.096.7
5Continental24.196.3
6Toyo26.388.2

Rolling resistance

TyreCoefficient%
1Dunlop8.67100
2Goodyear8.8099.5
3Toyo8.9298.2
4Michelin9.1695.6
5Continental9.5791.5
6Falken9.6091.3
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