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Energy Saver+: Longevity test

New tyres Published the 09/08/2012 by Jack

How good is the Energy Saver+ after 18 500 miles? To find out, Michelin, who has made its consistent performance a competitive advantage, asked Dekra to conduct a longevity test. The certification body compared the evolution of the tyre’s performances mile after mile with those of its main competitors. For Michelin, the results speak for themselves.

Michelin Performance Tour Spring 2012 Copyright © : Michelin

Michelin Performance Tour Spring 2012

Michelin Performance Tour Spring 2012 by rezulteo-tyres

Test protocol

The longevity test performed on the Michelin Energy Saver+ was entirely managed by Dekra, an independent certification body, from purchasing the tyre to fitting it, including the measurements and the methodology definition.

The test objective was to drive 18 500 miles in normal driving condition (300 miles / day). The convoy, made up of 7 vehicles, travelled through 25 countries.

The vehicles chosen for the test were Golf 6 TDi 105’s fitted with 195/65 R 15H tyres. They were strictly identical, with the same settings and the same weight (a 150 lbs dummy was placed in the passenger seat to ballast the vehicle.

The Michelin Energy Saver+ was compared with the following competitors:

It's a pity that Continental was not represented with its latest, and more efficient ContiPremiumContact 5.  Dekra assures us that the tyre was not available in the selected size when the tyres were purchased.

Test results

  Pirelli Bridgestone  Goodyear  Continental  Average
Wet braking
(in m)
+ 0.1
+ 0.6+ 2.3+ 1.6+ 1.2
(in km)
- 8 200
- 8 300 - 9 200  - 11 700  - 9 300
Fuel consumption
(in l)
 + 14  + 39  + 24  + 7  + 21 

Wet braking

The test was conducted at Berlin after driving 11 000 miles. The measurements indicate the difference compared with the braking distance for the Energy Saver+.


It corresponds to the number of miles driven to reach the legal limit for wear. It is obtained by extrapolating the level of wear after 18 500 miles. The numbers indicate the difference compared with the mileage longevity for the Energy Saver +.


It was measured for the duration of the test. Fuel economy is calculated based on the mileage longevity of the Energy Saver +. The measurements indicated the additional fuel consumed by the vehicles fitted with competitors tyres.

Photos of the Michelin Performance Tour Spring 2012

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