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Why opt for premium tires this summer?

Elevate safety, driving experience and long-term savings with premium summer tires. Learn how you get the most out of them.

As winter tire regulations come to an end in March across many European countries, drivers must think of choosing the right tires for safe, comfortable, and economical summer driving.  

With a large variety of tire choices available on the market, it's crucial for drivers to recognize the significant performance disparities among them. The choice of tires can dramatically affect braking distances, with disparities of up to 15 meters on wet roads at 80 km/h and seven meters on dry surfaces at 100 km/h 1. While the upfront cost of investing in high-quality summer tires may appear significant, the long-term benefits encompass not only improved performance and comfort but also substantial savings. 3 


Drive twice the kilometers 

The German automotive publication Auto Bild compared the mileage of 20 summer tires, ranking the premium Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 first with 63,200 km. This is more than double the km you can drive with the tire ranked last in the test. 2    

Auto Bild also compared the price/1,000 km mileage of 20 summer tires, with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 being the cheapest tire for € 8.70/1,000 km. That is around 50% less than the average of the price/1,000 km of the last seven ranked tires (€ 16.14). 3 

This translates to a saving of around 50% for every 1,000 km travelled. 


Ready for electric vehicles  

Modern high-quality summer tires are also optimized for the special needs of electric vehicles. In fact, all Goodyear tires are designed to be suitable for use with both electric vehicles (EVs) and traditional combustion engine vehicles. 

The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 summer tire incorporates innovative features to manage the increased weight and higher torque typical of EVs, while an innovative noise-cancelling tread pattern reduces cabin noise.4 


Superb comfort 

Goodyear’s SoundComfort Technology can half interior car noise (up to 4 dB),4 making the tire a perfect fit for EVs as tire and road noises are the dominant interior sounds in most EVs.  

In addition, drivers benefit from outstanding comfort provided by cutting-edge features like the Goodyear’s SealTech technology which seals tread penetrations up to 5 mm in diameter. Selected sizes of the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 are available with this additional attribute. 


Award-winning performance boosts driving experience 

The Goodyear summer tire Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 has achieved numerous awards. In 2023, Auto Bild awarded the tire ‘Eco-Master’, and Goodyear ‘Top Manufacturer of Summer Tires’ for the second consecutive year.

Additionally, Auto Bild allrad recently crowned the tire test winner.7 

The tire features cutting-edge advancements such as the Dry Contact Plus Technology helping the tire adapt to the style of driving and vehicle demands and improving performance on dry roads.4 In wet weather conditions, the Wet braking Pro Technology, building on Goodyear’s racing experience, allows the tire to have more micro-contact with the road surface, giving drivers improved handling and braking. 4 

Sonia Leneveu, Director Marketing Consumer Europe: “Goodyear builds on more than 125 years shaping the future of mobility and developing market leading tires. This summer, we are proud to offer an even larger range of our awarded Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 which offers an outstanding driving experience as well as excellent efficiency and economic benefits for drivers, no matter the car they drive.” 


Summer tires are recommended in summer instead of winter tires 

When the temperatures rise in spring Goodyear recommends drivers changing to a summer equipment for their cars. Latest tests prove that wet braking from 80 km/h at 15°C with winter tires results in around two meters of extra braking distance compared to summer tires.  

Also, the German ADAC recommends replacing winter tires with summer tires at summer temperatures because of the increased risk of accidents.6 

“The warmer the temperature, the larger the performance difference”, Laurent Colantonio, Regional Technology Director EMEA, Goodyear explains. “Driving with winter tires in summer causes differences in the dynamic behavior of the vehicle, while the specific compounds and design used in summer tires guarantee an optimal wear rate, with positive impact on mileage, efficiency and sustainability.” 


Tire maintenance tips  

Only with the right maintenance drivers get the most out of their premium tires and can even save money in the long run. 

  • Inspect tires regularly for damage and ensure they meet the minimum legal tread depth required. Worn tires particularly suffer in wet conditions as the tread designed to evacuate water is worn away. 
  • Pressure checks should be conducted once a month. Underinflated tires will not only cause your vehicle to use more fuel, but also increase wear and, in extreme cases, cause tire failure. Always follow manufacturer guidance on tire pressure. This information can be found in the car’s handbook. Never use tires below the recommended load index. 
  • Avoid contact with kerbs and potholes where possible. Furthermore, finding the most efficient route and smooth driving will increase tire life and boost fuel economy. 




  1. AutoBild summer tire test 2023, comparing 50 summer tires on braking on wet at 80 km/h, braking on dry at 100 km/h, tire size 225/45R18, test car BMW 3 series. 
  1. AutoBild summer tire test 2023, comparing 20 summer tires on mileage.   
  1. AutoBild summer tire test 2023, comparing 20 summer tires on price/1,000 km. 
  1. Compared to predecessor Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 
  1. GY internal test, wet braking at 80 km/h Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 compared to Goodyear UltraGrip Performance 3 at 15°C, tire size 225/45R17, test car Golf 8, Mireval 2024. 
  1. Auto Bild issue 11/2024, summer tire test 2024, comparing 11 summer tires in the size 235/55R19