How Efficient Is Your Grip?


Published on August 2nd, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


How Efficient Is Your Grip?

This is the question every tire buyer will ask at some point and Goodyear wants to answer this question with a resounding “We have the best Grip for your SUV” and maybe even your MPV.

Now comes the 2nd generation EfficientGrip SUV tyres from Goodyear and we travel to the impressive Chang International Race Circuit in the northern Thailand city of Buriram.

Goodyear has 3 pillars to prove the values of its new EfficientGrip SUV tyres;

  1. EfficientGrip SUV tyres are now quieter from the outside as well from inside the cabin.
  2. EfficientGrip SUV tyres provides better wet weather handling over its immediate competitors. Five tyre competitors in question and they have made sure this new tyre stops in a shorter distance than the competition.
  3. Finally, EfficientGrip SUV tyres provides more comfort on the drive.

Now comes the test.

At stage 1, a Mercedes GLA with competitor tyres was driven along the circuit and its tarmac sound was recorded and saved. Then the same Mercedes GLA had its tyres removed and a new set of EfficientGrip SUV tyres fitted. The same run was done on the tarmac and the sound recorded. The final results were a quieter sound recorded for the EfficientGrip SUV tyres. A quite marginal lower sound at 2.2dB against Continental tyres.

At stage 2, a Mercedes GLA was fitted with competitors tyres and driven on a section of the tarmac that was covered with water. The stopping distance was recorded and then the same Mercedes GLA had its tyres replaced with EfficientGrip SUV tyres and the same run was done and the Mercedes stopped almost 1 meter shorter. This was immediately impressive. In day to day driving this is important as driving in heavy traffic in the rain you need to stop as short as possible to prevent a bumper to bumper crash. This has become very important in ASEAN countries with traffic getting heavier and constant rain.

The Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV tyres which we have been informed works just as well with MPV’s will stop shorter in the wet, produce less tyre roar on the road and provides a more comfortable ride. Also, before we forget, this EfficientGrip SUV tyres also has a 3-4% better rolling resistance thus reducing your fuel usage…not much….but still there is a saving.

Available sizes immediately at all Goodyear and Good tyre shops:

  • 215/70 R16 100H
  • 225/60 R17 99V
  • 225/65 R17 102H
  • 235/65 R17 108H XL
  • 265/65 R17 112H
  • 225/60 R18 100H
  • 235/50 R18 97V
  • 235/60 R18 107V XL
  • 255/55 R18 109V XL
  • 235/55 R19 105V

The features:

QuietTred Technology
Advance tread and carcass design provides improved noise performances as the tyre wears for a quieter, more comfortable ride.

High Grip Design
High number of biting edges offers greater blade density for superior braking and better control in wet driving conditions.

Responsive Tread and Carcass Design
Responsive structure that reacts to driver steering for crisp handling behaviour.

Fuel Efficient Construction
High loaded silica blend compound reduces intra-molecular friction to provide a measurable reduction in fuel consumption.

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