2015 Off Road SUV 4x4 Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental ContiSportContact 5 SUV
Best tyre for wet roadsNokian zLine SUV
The lowest fuel useNokian zLine SUV
Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV
The quietest tyreGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV
Maxxis M36
The 2015 Off Road Magazine SUV and 4x4 tyre test covered 9 tyres in 225/55 R18 on a Mercedes ML250.

As the tyres on test are "soft road" tyres, not designed to travel offroad, Off Road Magazine only saw fit to test them in the dry and wet, ignoring any potential off road qualities these tyres could have.

The top 5 tyres were all given the "highly recommended" rating, places six to eight being just "recommend", and the Maxxis in ninth being the only tyre to be graded as "Adequate".

The Results

Nokian zLine SUV1st: Nokian zLine SUV
  1. Total: 30
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 9
  4. Rolling Resistance: 9
  5. Noise: 4
Positive: Good handling and braking on dry and wet roads
Negative: Expensive

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Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV2nd: Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 9
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 3
  5. Noise: 1
Positive: Good results on dry and wet surfaces
Negative: High noise level

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Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx3rd: Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 2
  5. Noise: 4
Positive: Very balanced characteristics, short braking distances on wet roads
Negative: Relatively high noise levels, relatively high rolling resistance

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde4th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  1. Total: 15
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Rolling Resistance: 3
  5. Noise: 1
Positive: Good results on dry and wet surfaces
Negative: The highest level of noise

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV5th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV
  1. Total: 22
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Rolling Resistance: 3
  5. Noise: 8
Positive: Highest resistance to aquaplaning, good comfort
Negative: Average handling on dry surfaces

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Kumho Crugen HP916th: Kumho Crugen HP91
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 2
  3. Wet: 3
  4. Rolling Resistance: 7
  5. Noise: 6
Positive: High resistance to aquaplaning, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average handling and long braking distances on wet surfaces

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV7th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport SUV
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 3
  3. Wet: 3
  4. Rolling Resistance: 9
  5. Noise: 3
Positive: Low rolling resistance
Negative: Average handling on dry and wet surfaces

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti8th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  1. Total: 11
  2. Dry: 2
  3. Wet: 1
  4. Rolling Resistance: 1
  5. Noise: 7
Positive: Acceptable results in the dry
Negative: Weak results in the wet

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Maxxis M369th: Maxxis M36
  1. Total: 13
  2. Dry: 1
  3. Wet: 1
  4. Rolling Resistance: 3
  5. Noise: 8
Positive: Low rolling resistance, low noise
Negative: Weak results in the wet

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