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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.
SportControl2 tyre review
Average based on 302 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
07.01.2023fromWilliam I originally picked Fulda Sport Control 2 because they had the lowest noise rating of any tyre I could find in comparisons. Some other tyres have a low noise rating but quieter tyres are hard to find. Fulda are a German manufactured brand which puts them in a different league from the tyres made in 3rd world countries in terms of quality but they're also middle priced so you're getting a good tyre for a good price. I've now had these all round on 3 cars and driven them over many years and 10s of thousands of miles and unless something better comes along I'll be sticking with them for the moment. Aside from being quiet I can't fault them on grip and wear although if they were less grippy or faster wearing I'd be prepared to accept that in return for the quieter running. A lot of modern cars have wheels which are far too large and the Fulda Sport Control 2 helps to mitigate the noise created by wide low profile tyres making the car much nicer to drive.
17.01.2020fromWasim It's a fine set of tyres. I don't push the car so can't really comment on its braking abilities and I haven't taken enough statistics to confirm any fuel efficiency differences from the manufacturer-provided tyres. However I can confirm that the moment I drove away from the garage with the new tyres, it was noticeably quieter, enough that some in my family noticed.
Since buying the tyres the main roads to work have been torn up and the current temporary roads are really quite bad and will probably tear up the tyres far faster than normal roads would... who knows how bad the noise in the car would have been with the old ones.
04.12.2019fromBarry A great performing tyre for the cost. Only area of concern is on damp roads and losing grip under hard acceleration (front wheel drive car, with lots of diesel torque). Very quiet compared to my last factory fitted Michelin.
25.09.2019fromDavid Excellent tyre. Solid performance in wet and dry at high speed