Designed for MPVs, minibuses and light trucks, the Van-Life carries a great deal of responsibility. And since these vehicles are often driven by people who primarily use a car, the similarity in performance to that of driving a car is a particularly important benefit. Moreover the tire's outstanding grip in bends, its optimum steering response and efficient water dispersion to combat the risk of aquaplaning are all characteristics which can be of vital importance. With a long service life thanks to the wide, flat belt contour, combined with even wear, this tire is a little economic miracle.
The Semperit quality, provides maximum safety, even under tough conditions. High aquaplaning safety. Fits perfectly for example to Mercedes Sprinter, Fiat Ducato, Opel Movano. Wide, flat belt contour. Lateral grooves that reach well into the centre of the tread, plus wide circumferential channels. Sturdy shoulder lugs and solid central ribs. Numerous lug edges.
High aquaplaning safety. Wide grooves allow high water absorption and improved drainage from the tread pattern. Effect: Improved protection against aquaplaning.
Safe braking performance even at high loads. Wide profile bands for improved road contact and increased power from the profile on the street. Effect: Shorter braking distances even at higher loads.
Good steering response and cornering stability. Optimised, wedge-shaped arrangement of the profile blocks and profile strips guarantee directional stability, driving stability and good braking performance in all driving situations. Effect: Safe driving on straight and narrow winding road.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
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.
Semperit VAN-LIFE tyre review
Average based on 2 test results
Grip in dry conditions
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Internal noise level
15.05.2009 from Roger excellent price, rated for the job, a fine tyre