Independent tyre tests

Independent tyre tests

At Dunlop, we test our tyres rigorously against lots of performance parameters. We call it our 360° Quality Test approach, and by testing them ourselves, we can be confident that independent tyre testers will also see the incredible performance of Dunlop tyres.

We also frequently refer to independent testing bodies, magazines and auto clubs which we have listed below. 

Tyre Testing Criteria

The criteria for testing tyres can change depending on who is performing the test and what kind of tyre is being tested. Each tyre will go through a series of tests that typically include:

  • Wet handling
  • Dry handling
  • Cornering grip
  • Durability
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Internal Noise
  • Aquaplaning 
VW car, Dunlop Tyres on wet track

Main test bodies

ÖAMTC (Der Österreichische Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club)

The Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club was founded in 1896 and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. 

Auto Express

This influential car magazine specialises in providing readers with unbiased reviews on cars and aftermarket products, including annual summer, winter and all-season tyre tests.

Stiftung Warentest

This is a consumer foundation, based in Germany and dedicated to providing unbiased advice on all types of products. Their ratings have a tremendous influence on consumer purchases across Europe.

Test World

Based in Lapland, Finland, this independent organisation specialises in winter tyre and car testing under winter conditions.

Other tyre ratings

EU Standardised tyre label

EU Tyre Label ratings evaluate a tyre based on three performance characteristics: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise as well as now including snow and ice performance.

Dunlop engineers’ internal testing

Our own tests, run by Dunlop engineers, test tyres against more than 50 performance parameters.

Summer Tyre Tests

Sport Maxx RT2

The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 took first place in the What Tyre UHP Tyre of the Year 2021 awards, commended for it's impressive performance across a wide range of tests. The tyre won due to its "very good grip on wet reads with low rolling resistance" as well as being championed for low tyre noise at a measurement of 64dB - one of the quietest in the test line up. 

Sport BluResponse

German vehicle inspection organisation GTU, motoring organisation ACE and Austrian motoring organisation ARBÖ crowned the Dunlop Sport BluResponse second place in the 2019 Summer Tyre Test thanks to a confiedent dry test performance and no issues in lateral hydroplaning - an outstanding choice in summer tyre. 

ACE 2019 Summer Tyre Test - Second Place for Dunlop Sport BluResponse

The Sport BluResponse also made it the podium in the 2019 ACE Summer Tyre Test remarked as being "almost faultless". Rated best for safety and high aquaplaning resistance as well as offering excellent low rolling resistance. 

Winter Tyre Tests

Winter Sport 5

Auto Zeitung 2020 Winter Tyre Test Highly Recommended Dunlop Winter Sport 5

The latest winter pattern in the Dunlop portfolio was rated highly recommended in the 2020 Auto Zeitung Winter Tyre Test - scoring highly in snow braking, rolling resistance and subjective comfort. 

Scoring highly recommended across the board, the Winter Sport 5 rated highly in the 2020 ÖAMTC Winter Tyre Test. The tyre took the title thanks to its exceptional wear, performance across a range of snow, dry and wet winter conditions as well as providing lowest fuel consumption over competitors. 

Auto Zeitung 2019 Winter Tyre Test Highly Recommended Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Similarly to the 2020 test, the Winter Sport 5 was rated highly recommended in the Auto Zeitung 2019 Winter Tyre Test, receiving high praise for performance and safety across a wide range of winter terrain conditions.

Winter Response 2

Winner of the ADAC 2019 Winter Tyre Test, the Dunlop Winter Response 2 took the crown thanks to its "dependable grip in snow and wet conditions" as well as showing its fuel efficiency with one of the lowest fuel consumptions in the test. 

The Winter Response 2 took the highly recommended title in the 2019 ÖAMTC Winter Tyre Test scoring top marks for performance in snow conditions and optimum fuel consumption.

SUV Tyre Tests

Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV takes second place in the Auto Bild 2020 Summer 4x4 Tyre Test

Taking second place in the 2020 Auto Bild Summer 4x4 Tyre Test, the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 SUV performed well across the tests - esepcially in high precision steering and braking in both wet and dry conditions. 

Winter Sport 5 SUV

Auto Bild 2018 Winter SUV Tyre Test - Dunlop Winter Sport 5 takes Good Award

The Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV was rated "good" in the Auto Bild 2018 Winter SUV Tyre Test, noted as offering "dynamic, sporty wet handling, short wet braking distances and high aquaplaning safety".

Off Road Winter SUV TYre Test 2018 rated the Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV Good

The Winter Sport 5 SUV takes the title of "Very Recommendable" in the Off Road Magazine Winter Tyre Test against 5 other competitors, rated for its commendable performance in wintery conditions.

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