The best summer tyres 195/65 R15 V for 2014

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Tyres in size 195/65 R15 V are most often found on mind-range and compact vehicles. In this article you should find out how best to select the moist suitable tyres and learn which are the best models in this size.
 
Choosing the best tyres for a particular type of vehicle might have a substantial effect on safety and comfort. One model can perform better on a small city car, while another may give much better results on a sports vehicle.  Here we will help you, to find out on which tyre models in size 195/65 R15V  perform best on the cars for which they are created. This article contains a range of useful advice when buying tyres, and the best products in the size are listed on the basis of the ADAC tests of summer tyres for 2014.

How to choose summer tyres

1. Tyre size. You can find information about this parameter on a sticker placed close to the car door , on the side of your tyres, or on the fuel tank flap, or in the vehicle manual.

2. How many tyres to replace – two or four? The best driving parameters, and the highest level of safety, are obtained by using every tyres of the same type.. The car behaves less predictably and brakes less well, while manoeuvres at high speed cannot be performed as confidently as in the case where four identical tyres are fitted. Two pairs of different tyres mean different braking distances, unequal resistance to aquaplaning, and uneven grip.

3. Vehicle power , class of tyres , driving style and distances travelled. Some vehicles have more power than others, and drivers differ in driving style (some drive in a relaxed or moderate fashion, while others have a more dynamic and confident style) what has a direct influence on the classes of tyres which are recommended for particular drivers and their cars. The best tyres are those in the premium class. These are products for those who travel a great deal  and for powerful vehicles or drive dynamically . Mid-range tyres are a compromise between premium and economy tyres. Tyres in the economy class are recommended for smaller cars and for those who drive mainly in town and with a more relaxed style.

4. Tread type. Popular summer tyres include both asymmetric and directional models -whereas winter tyres are mostly of the directional type.  A directional tread has a V-shaped or herringbone pattern. The greatest strengths of tyres of this type are short braking distance , efficient expulsion of water, and good reaction to acceleration.

Asymmetric tyres have a tread divided into an outer and inner part where the inner part is responsible for rapidly expelling water when driving in the wet  and the outer part provide safe and stable driving on straight roads and turns when the surface is dry. Tyres with an asymmetric tread provide comfort and economy.

One of the most important parameters of summer  tyres is their grip in the wet.

Who needs 195/65 R15 V summer tyres?

The 195/65 R15 tyre size is one of the most popular. It is not possible to list all of the vehicle models that take tyres in this size, but the most common  include:

Ford Focus Opel Astra Opel Meriva Opel Vectra
VW Golf              VW Passat VW Bora Seat Leon
Seat Toledo Kia Cee'd Rover 75 Peugeot 307
Saab 9-5 Skoda Octavia Renault Laguna Mercedes C Class
NB. Remember that tyres of size 195/65 R15 V are only one of the options that can be fitted on the above-mentioned vehicles. The use of a particular tyre size depends on the generation of the vehicle, the engine power and capacity ,its year of production, and the equipment options chosen. Find the exact tyre size that’s ideal   for you by using our configuration tool:  CHOOSE  TYRES FOR YOUR VEHICLE.

What cars travel on 195/65 R15 V tyres?

The vehicle models listed above most often belong to segments C and D (medium and large cars).

Segment C is the most expanded and competitive segment of the car market. It includes vehicles with a compact design, in which four passengers can travel in comfortable conditions with an average amount of luggage. Cars of this type perform great both in the city and on longer roads. It is an intermediate class between large and small vehicles. Small crossovers and minivans are produced based on segment C cars, as well as Compact cars include hatchbacks suited to town driving, also  larger saloons and estates, which can be used as low-budget limos.

Segment D - Includes the biggest and most comfortable family cars. These are larger than those in the compact class. They allow five people to travel comfortably on long routes, and also have quite large luggage space. However they are not so well equipped as cars in segment E.
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The best tyre in the test – Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance.

What type of tyres to choose for these vehicles?

Segment C and D cars have quite a wide range of uses, and that’s why their tyres should offer balanced performance. The chosen tyres should perform well in different types of weather, both in the city and on longer routes, and ought to provide a comfortable drive.

To help make your choice of this type of tyres, you may consult the results of the tests conducted in 2014 by the German ADAC organization.

Of tyres in size 195/65 R15 V, ADAC recommends the following
(which gained a “good” rating in the test):
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, Dunlop Sport BluResponse, Hankook Kinergy Eco K425, Fulda EcoControl HP, Nokian Line, Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde, Vredestein Sportrac 5


A total of 17 tyre models wee tested (lised here in the order in which they were ranked):

Tyre model See users’ opinions about the tyre
1. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
2. Dunlop Sport Bluresponse Dunlop Sport Bluresponse
3. Hankook Kinergy ECO K425 Hankook Kinergy ECO K425
4. Fulda EcoControl HP Fulda EcoControl HP
5. Nokian Line Nokian Line
6. Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde
7. Vredestein Sportrac 5 Vredestein Sportrac 5
8. Semperit Speed-Life Semperit Speed-Life
9. Kumho KH27 Kumho KH27
10. Yokohama BluEarth AE01 Yokohama BluEarth AE01
11. Michelin Energy Saver+ Michelin Energy Saver+
12. Bridgestone Turanza T001 Bridgestone Turanza T001
13. Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 Continental ContiPremiumContact 5
14. Nexen n'Blue HD Nexen n'Blue HD
15. High Performer Sport HS3 High Performer Sport HS3
16. Apollo Alnac 4G Apollo Alnac 4G
17. Federal Formoza FD2 Federal Formoza FD2

Best tyres by tested feature

Dry surface Hankook Kinergy Eco K425, Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde, Vredestein Sportrac 5, Michelin Energy Saver+, Bridgestone Turanza T001, Continental ContiPremiumContact 5
Wet surface Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, Dunlop Sport BluResponse, Hankook Kinergy Eco K425, Fulda EcoControl HP, Nokian Line, Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde, Vredestein Sportrac 5, Bridgestone Turanza T001, Continental ContiPremiumContact 5, Apollo Alnac 4G
Noise level The following were ranked highest, with a “satisfactory” rating: Dunlop Sport BluResponse, Hankook Kinergy ECO K425, Fulda EcoControl HP, Kumho KH27, Yokohama BluEarth AE01, Michelin Energy Saver+, Bridgestone Turanza T001, Continental ContiPremiumContact 5, Apollo Alnac 4G, Federal Formoza FD2
Fuel efficiency All tyres scored similarly, with a “good” rating
Resistance to wear Michelin Energy Saver+

The ADAC testing methodology

A tyre’s final score in the ADAC test is based on weighted scores in special categories. ADAC assigns the greatest importance to adhesion on a wet surface (which has a weighting of 40%). The next determinants considered are adhesion on a dry surface (20%) and tread wear (20%). Also taken into account are level of noise (10%) and fuel consumption (10%). Tyres are given a final rating of “very good”, “good”, “satisfactory”, “adequate” or “defective”. None of the tested models obtained the “very good” rating. Rated as “good” were seven of the above-mentioned tyres (the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, Dunlop Sport BluResponse, Hankook Kinergy Eco K425, Fulda EcoControl HP, Nokian Line, Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde and Vredestein Sportrac 5). Bringing up the rear were the Apollo Alnac 4G (“adequate”) and the Federal Formoza FD2 (“defective”). The other tyre models were rated as satisfactory.

Comparison with other tests

We have also prepared a list of the best tyres in size 195/65 R15 according to our users. They include three models out of those that performed best in the ADAC test: the Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse, Nokian Line and Fulda EcoControl HP.

This shows that the tyres recommended by ADAC enjoy a high level of popularity among users.

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