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Independent tire tests

Independent tire tests

You’ll notice on our product pages that we refer to tests by automotive testing bodies, auto clubs, and magazines. At Fulda, we value these independent assessments.

The test bodies are independent, so they have no reason to favor any one brand of tire over another. The results of these rigorous tests are a good indicator of the performance you can expect. They can help you choose a tire in your price range that meets your driving needs.

Testers compare the performance of tires within a given performance category and price range. They choose around 15 different characteristics, and assess each one under a range of conditions. They commonly test traction, aquaplaning resistance, wet and dry handling, and wet, dry and winter braking.

The EU tire ratings

The new EU tire ratings rate tires on fuel efficiency, wet grip, and noise. Independent tire testers assess 15 characteristics. Our engineers test every Fulda tire against more than 50 criteria. You can ask your tire dealer about performance characteristics that aren’t addressed by the EU or independent tests.

Main European test bodies

ÖAMTC (Der Österreichische Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club): This not-for-profit body was established in 1896 as the Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club.

Stiftung Warentest: This German-based foundation provides unbiased advice on a wide range of products, rating each on a scale from 0.5 (very good) to 5.5 (unsatisfactory). Their marking system has a significant influence on consumer purchases all across Europe.

Logo of Austria's ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club)
Logo of German consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest

TÜV SÜD (Technischer Überwachungs-Verein)

You’ll see references on the Fulda site to TÜV, a technical inspection body based in Germany. They are a neutral organization dedicated to keeping technologies safe and protecting people and the environment. For more than 140 years, they have been testing products from aerospace to medical equipment.

The safety criteria set out by TÜV are among the strictest in the world. Their safety testing and compliance expertise is so important that every German-registered vehicle must have a certification from TÜV or equivalent before it can be used on a public road.

Test World

This independent body in Lapland, Finland tests tires and cars under winter conditions.

Germany's TÜV (Technischer Überwachungs-Verein) is one of the world's top technical testing bodies
Finland’s Test World specializes in winter tire and car testing