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The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
RainSport 5 tyre review
Average based on 222 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
31.08.2022fromSteve Kelly 20 years all types of vehicles
26.12.2021fromRob Great tyre, good in all conditions including heavy rain, cold, also summer conditions. Very good grip, good fuel economy and reasonable tyre wear. Survived a track day without visible wear. This tyre does it all. 235/35 19’s.
12.05.2021fromSteve Coxon I have only ever once lost traction with these tyres in the wet and it was extremely wet and my foot was planted. The Quattro system helps on this of course but they do inspire confidence and rightly so.
18.11.2020fromPhil I bought these on recommendation to alleviate road noise and vibration . As soon as they were fitted this improved immensely . Very quiet and smooth . There is slightly more roll than the old tyres I think the walls are more supple .