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Best car tyres: evo performance tyre test - Results

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

Results

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - winner

Delivers the steering feel, grip and instant response in the dry of a true performance tyre and uniquely combines this with good performance in the wet. Not cheap but if you want to get the best out of your high-performance car in all conditions, this is the one.

Blackcircles says... 

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Relatively new, this tyre is already a firm favourite – with an overall score of 4.8 out of 5, it is a high-scoring tyre. Positive customer reviews frequently praise the tyre’s grip, comfort and handling. 

Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric 3 - 2nd

Rated best in the wet; dealt with the tricky wet handling track in a calm, exploitable and effective way it. Scored well enough everywhere else but, like the Dunlop, lacks the crispness of steering and response to engage and reward in the dry.

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Blackcircles says... 

This is a popular tyre amongst our customers – over 2500 reviews have seen it achieve a score of 4.6 out of 5, with reviewers impressed by its dry and wet performance. 

Dunlop SportMaxx RT2 - 3rd

Ran the Goodyear close for second with best results in wet handling, aquaplaning, and rolling resistance. Not as direct and connected as the best in the dry, though, reflected in lap times and subjective scores. Feels more like an all-rounder than a sporty tyre.

Blackcircles says... 

With a review score of 4.6 out of 5 on Blackcircles.com, over 900 motorists have been impressed with the Dunlop. Many cite the tyre’s low noise, smooth performance and reliable grip as its positives.

Continental  SportContact 6 - 4th

If you’re looking for a tyre that excels in the dry and will make your car feel keen and precise, this is a great choice. Fastest and best-rated on the dry track, and felt sportiest on the road. The downside is that in the wet it was off the pace and tricky.

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Blackcircles says... 

The Continental consistently scores well with our customers, with regular comments focusing on the tyre’s good levels of grip, handling and performance. Many state that they would buy this tyre again.

Falken Azenis FR510 - 5th

Scored competitively in the measured wet and dry tests, especially wet braking, and was closer to the pace on the wet and dry handling circuits. Felt reasonably exploitable and grippy in the wet but in the dry lacked a direct, connected steering feel.

Blackcircles says... 

Not as high a seller as some of the other well-known tyres in this test. However, customers who have purchased the Falken are generally pleased with its overall performance.

Toyo Proxes Sport - 6th

The least expensive tyre and it brought up the rear in many tests, though was rarely a long way off the pace. Scored well in the wet, especially in aquaplaning, but was less good in the standard braking tests. Didn’t feel great, though, rarely feeling hooked into the surface.  Blackcircles says... 

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Despite it not coming with the best tyre label scores for fuel efficiency, customers have left mostly positive reviews for the Toyo, mentioning good road-holding and reliable braking performance.

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