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Test 14 Inch Summer Tires. Old Song About New


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Test 14 Inch Summer Tires. Old Song About New
Test 14 Inch Summer Tires. Old Song About New

Today we introduce you to the test results of summer tires of dimension 185 / 60R14 with a speed index of "N" (210 km / h). But first, a few words about the equipment, without which full-fledged tests would have been impossible.

The magazine has written more than once about the features of alloy wheels (more correctly, wheels, but tradition!). Now let's look at them from the point of view of tire testers. For ten years now, we have been mounting test tires on aluminum alloy wheels. First, the production of K & K, then “Vikom”, and now wheels of the RW brand have come into our view. But why do we prefer alloy?

Try to mount-unmount the tire several times on a regular steel disk. Even with professional tire fitting equipment, scratches at the edges of the rim cannot be avoided. Over time, these places will be decorated with corrosion, and every year or two discs will have to be cleaned, primed and painted.

The second reason: alloy wheels are made, as a rule, much more accurate, so with them less measurement error during tire tests.

The third reason: alloy wheels better remove heat from the brake mechanisms through the hub part - therefore, with multiple braking on the verge of use or using ABS, the results are more stable.

The next criterion is that the discs are more convenient for washing. It is one thing to wash four wheels and sixty is another.

Fifth trick - we choose disks with a flat hub part or with the smallest wells for fixing bolts - otherwise it is inconvenient to make them. And although now we are replacing the bolts with studs and nuts on a carrier vehicle, we still avoid deep wells.

Over the years of intensive operation, we did not find flaws in the K&K and Vic drives. We hope that RW will be on top. In any case, at the first, summer stage, there were no complaints against them.

The test methodology has also undergone minor changes. Firstly, to the traditional braking with locked wheels (domestic cars, unfortunately, do not have ABS yet), we added braking on the verge of use: on dry asphalt - at a speed of 100 km / h, on wet - at 80 km / h.

The second addition - at the request of readers, they introduced an assessment of the performance of tires on a dirt road. This indicator is not included in the overall classification, it serves only as additional information for those whose routes pass not only on asphalt.

The tests were carried out on a Kalina hatchback (VAZ-11193), which should be available this year.

The general impressions of the transition from 13 inches to 14 are as follows: controllability has improved - it is no coincidence that its grades are generally higher than last year’s 175 / 75R13 tire test. However, there is also a minus - the tires with increased dimensions are harder and noisier - the low (less energy-intensive) sidewall and wide contact patch are affected. However, it is thanks to the latter feature that braking on these tires is more effective.

Those who only plan to put 14 instead of 13 inches for the summer should keep in mind that they will pay for improved grip by lowering their comfort, first of all, their ride. In addition, tires and wheels “by 14” are significantly more expensive.


We summarize the results and based on them we try to analyze the situation in the tire market. An interesting observation - Bridgestone begins to lag behind well-known brands such as Michelin, Continental and Pirelli. Even "Yokohama" and "Toyo" gradually overtake the famous compatriot. It is also obvious that the Finnish Nokian is at the forefront. Russian manufacturers are slowly but surely improving their summer products. Amtel is the leader in the home market.

Imported tires are mainly focused on cars with ABS, so they are less willing to slow down. Nevertheless, there are those that effectively slow down in any way.

All tire manufacturers, including Russian, are fighting for stability of adhesion properties and their proximity on dry and wet surfaces. But not everyone has the same achievements. There is another trend noted last year. Improved grip on asphalt leads to their deterioration on dirt roads and grass. Mushroom pickers, berry growers and summer residents living in the outback should take a closer look at the tires of the “m + s” category.

13th place

Taganca M-238 Leader

Manufacturer - Russia (MSHZ)

793 points

Tread Depth - 7.5 mm

Tire weight - 7.0 kg

The price in Moscow is 900 rubles.

Value for Money - 1.13

Features - asymmetric tread pattern

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Taganca M-238 Leader

Manufacturer -

Russia (MSHZ)

793 points



[/ caption] The only tire that did not score 800 points in the test. It showed only good fuel efficiency. The situation is contradictory with comfort - the ride is almost good, but the noise is the strongest, like from studded winter tires. Manageability is tolerable only on dry pavement, on wet Kalina unexpectedly breaks into a deep drift, which only a well-trained driver can handle. The brakes are frankly weak.

A feature of these tires is a sharp drop in grip on wet surfaces. Drive off the asphalt with an eye out - “Leader” can slip into a slip even on a dry primer.

Good fuel efficiency, decent ride.

Low grip on wet surfaces, poor brakes and directional stability, loud noise.

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