Although tyre tests cover many criteria, a tyre’s ability to bring a vehicle to a safe stop can’t be underestimated. Motoring magazine Auto Bild agrees, and uses braking results to determine which tyres to further examine in its tyre tests.
Auto Bild has now ranked the wet and dry braking results from five recent tests in its main and specialist titles to determine its ‘Manufacturer of the Year -Summer 2019’. It took the combined result of both braking tests from summer tyre tests published in Auto Bild, Auto Bild Allrad and Auto Bild Sportscars as well as the all-season tests that appeared in Auto Bild Allrad 5/2018 and Auto Bild 39/2019.
Tyre brands that participated in at least three tests received an average percentage value for all individual braking test results. Michelin led the table with 107.3 per cent, and was therefore the best in braking overall. Next came Pirelli (107.0 per cent) in second place and Goodyear (,106.9 per cent) in third. Continental (106.3 per cent) finished fourth ahead of joint fifth finishers Hankook and Vredestein (104.0 per cent).