The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Tops Tyre Test

Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Michelin Pilot Sport 3

The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 car tyre has come out on top in a tyre test conducted by What Car? magazine.

The test took place using a Vauxhall Meriva and was done to highlight the difference in performance between premium and budget brand tyres. The tyres tested alongside the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 were equivalent products from Arrowspeed, Continental, Goodyear, Ovation and Sunew.

While the Michelin tyres led the field in the wet and dry braking, and lateral grip tests it was the poor braking performance of the three budget brands (Arrowspeed, Ovation and Sunew) which was most disturbing.

This extract from What Car? highlights why motorists should think carefully when buying new tyres solely on price: There can't be that much difference in performance can there?

After all, they're all just black bands of rubber, and the cheap tyres wouldn't be sold in the UK if they weren't as good as premium brands, would they?

Think again. We pitted three premium tyres against three budget alternatives in a series of braking tests, and the results were shocking. In the wet, the budget tyres took an average of 14 metres - the length of an articulated lorry - longer than the premium tyres to pull up from 70mph.

In the dry the differences weren't as vast, but the worst budget tyre still took up to five metres longer to stop than the top premium brand. That could easily be the difference between a nasty accident and escaping with just sweaty palms.

Commenting on the test results, Jianni Geras, Michelin Car Tyre Marketing Manager said: "Although we are obviously very pleased that the Pilot Sport 3 was the clear winner in this test, the poor performance of the budget brands is very alarming. It's clear from this that the large investment we make in R&D is hugely beneficial to drivers and this doesn't even take into account the environmental performance of our tyres in terms of improved fuel efficiency and class leading longevity."

13 August 2010 Staff

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