With the cost of fuel continuing to go up, and punters eager to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, car makers aren’t the only ones in the industry trying to improve their green credentials.
More and more tyre manufacturers are extolling the environmentally friendly virtues of their products, and while the science is sound, the claimed savings may exceed real-world experience.
We test 18 sets of small car tyres, ranging in price from $84 to $205 per tyre.
We rate tyres for:
- rolling resistance, and
- rolling noise.
On this page, you'll find:
- Brands and models tested
- How we test
For more information about tyres, see Cars.
- Achilles 122 - $95 / tyre
- Bridgestone Ecopia EP25 - $189 / tyre
- Continental ContiEcoContact 3 - $188 / tyre
- Dunlop SP 31 - $175 / tyre
- Falken Ziex ZE 912 - $106 / tyre
- Firestone TZ700 - $119 / tyre
- GoodYear GT3 - $195 / tyre
- GT Radial Champiro Eco - $96 / tyre
- Hankook Optimo H426 - $110 / tyre
- Kumho Solus KH17 - $138 / tyre
- Lassa Atracta - $118 / tyre
- Maxxis MA-P1 - $93 / tyre
- Michelin Energy XM 2 Green X - $205 / tyre
- Nexen CP661 Classe Premiere - $105 / tyre
- Ovation Eco Vision VI-682 - $115 / tyre
- Pirelli Cinturato P1 Ecoimpact - $170 / tyre
- Roadstone N'Blue Eco - $84 / tyre
- Yokohama BluEarth AE01 - $137 / tyre
Cornering Our testers, Peter Horvath and Graham Byrne, assess how well the tyres keep the car in a set lane at speeds of 80kmh and 85kmh in dry, and 70kmh, 75kmh and 80kmh in wet conditions, using a right-hand corner with about a 55m radius. The tyres are tested in random order, and repeated in different random order.
Note: The cornering tests are performed under controlled conditions, by a trained driver, with the traction control system (TCS) disabled. CHOICE does not recommend disabling the TCS under any circumstances.
Braking Using a GPS system, our testers measure the distance it takes to come to a complete standstill in emergency braking tests from driving speeds of 50km/h and 80km/h in both dry and wet conditions.
Rolling resistance Using a GPS system, our testers measure the distance it takes to roll to a stop from a starting speed of 25km/h. This is repeated five times and the shortest and longest measured distance discarded. The three remaining measured distances are then averaged.
Rolling noise Our testers also carry out rolling noise measurements at the driver’s left ear at 50km/h and 80km/h, on the smooth race track and a road with coarse surface. At each speed and on each surface there is at most a 4dB difference between the models, which is noticeable but small. However, while we measure noise at the very end of our harsh performance testing, the tyres are still relatively new and bigger differences may develop with increased wear.
We’d like to thank Morgan Park Raceway
in Warwick, Queensland, for ensuring a smooth test, and Honda Australia
for providing the Jazz test car.