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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.
EcoBlue 4S tyre review
Average based on 9 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
Kilometers driven 18,811
16.01.2022 from Adam h Very bad grip on wet roads, car keeps understeering even going at low speeds. Will not buy again.
04.07.2020 from Stewart Dalzell Only had these on 2 days but seem very very good considering the price point, on greasy wet summer roads etc, the are very linear and let you know when they are going to lose grip although seem very grippy considering the C wet rating, with a finger nail to the rubber it is quite soft therefore I don't expect a lot of mileage out them. I only use the van as a basic camper or for mountain biking, so we'll see what the winter performance is like and once there is more wear on there. In conclusion, if you need a cheap quick fix for an all season tyre that won't lead you into a ditch straight away then I'd say give them a go. :)