The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Fulda EcoControl tyre review
Average based on 1,838 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
10.11.2012 from Martin K. A great all round tyre, this is my second set, much cheaper than the Michelins but very much on a par with them. Will continue to use and would recommend as a very good alternative to all the more expensive brands.
04.10.2012 from panik Very good tyres for the price. Excellent grip and fuel economy and well designed and made. Compare easily with much higher spec tyres. Once there is snow, however, grip goes dramatically.
28.09.2012 from black a round My best tyres ever!
16.11.2011 from Tim Excellent tyres. Beats the top brands hands-down. Decent feedback through steering wheel. Very quiet tyre. Checked tread depth after 1200 miles and only 0.1mm wear. Excellent. Highly recommended.