Updated 13 Jan 2014

Bridgestone

Ecopia PZ-XC (175/65 R14)

Bottom line: This asymmetric tyre has good dry grip and excellent fuel efficiency — but only just OK wet grip. It has a 210km/h speed rating.

Ecopia PZ-XC (175/65 R14)
Consumer score
59
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Test results

Overall score
OK
59
Dry cornering
OK
6.0/10
Wet cornering
Just OK
4.5/10
Dry braking
Excellent
9.0/10
Wet braking
Just OK
5.0/10
Rolling resistance
Excellent
9.0/10

Good points

  • OK at dry cornering.
  • Excellent at dry braking.
  • Excellent fuel efficiency.

But

  • Just OK at wet cornering.
  • Just OK at wet braking.

How we test

Our tests examine the difference in performance between tyres in extreme conditions. In daily driving you probably won’t notice it, but how your tyres perform in an emergency or wet conditions is when the difference really counts. Our tests are performed by a trained driver under controlled conditions on a closed track.

Overall score is calculated from wet cornering (30%), wet braking (30%), dry cornering (20%) and dry braking (20%).

Cornering assesses how well the tyres keep the test car in a set lane at speeds of 80km/h and 85km/h in dry conditions, and 75km/h and 80km/h in wet conditions. We use a right-hand corner with a radius of 55m. The tyres are tested twice in differing orders.

Braking measures the distance it takes to come to a complete standstill in emergency braking tests from driving speeds of 50km/h and 80km/h in both dry and wet conditions.

Rolling resistance measures the distance it takes to roll to a stop from a starting speed of 25km/h. This is completed 5 times, and the shortest and longest measured distances are discarded. The 3 remaining measured distances are then averaged.

Noise (where listed) is measured at head level while driving on coarse-chip seal. Where 2 measures are given, they are at 50km/h and 80km/h.

Price is per tyre (including fitting and balancing). The price guide is drawn from online prices, RRPs and quotes from tyre fitters.

Key data

Model

Price range
High

Specifications

Size
175/65 R14
Speed rating
210km/h
Type
Asymmetric tread pattern
Noise (dBA)
68/72

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Notes

Some 175/65 R14 tyre test results are EECA funded and free to non-members. Others are available to Consumer members only. This size of tyre suits cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit/Jazz, Mazda2, Nissan Note and Toyota Yaris. It also fits many older small or medium cars.

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