Welcome to the review of Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 (205-55-16) review and comparison by default with the former Sunfull SF888 tyres I had. The story of why I replaced them with new EP300 tyres is an interesting tale and can be read on the link.
What I understand about the tyres from their marketing is that the Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 is the latest generation of general use tyres claimed to be a balance of grip to fuel economy. I purchased the EP100 for the Yaris and was ultimately happy with the choice so I felt that the latest generation would do well on the Corolla.
So how much do Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 cost? The EP300 retail pricing is usually around the $150 per tyre which I bought during the 4 for 3 deal. There are special offers a few times a year so it’s often best to plan to purchase at the time. I’ve noticed that sales occur before school holidays and if it wasn’t as successful as planned just after the holiday season. They are not expensive by 2020 standards.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 ride quality: The ride quality of the EP300 is best described as good. Despite being low profile, which I consider any tyre measured under 60 in profile relative to width. It would be logical to presume that any higher profile would result in an even smoother ride. The EP300 cushions the vast majority of bumps on the road and doesn’t thump on the bigger potholes or joining strips or on road reflectors.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 vs Sunfull SF888 ride quality: I prefer the ride quality of the EP300 no question. The Sunfull SF888 ride quality is just acceptable in isolation. However when compared, the SF888 simply feels hard and harsh in comparison to the EP300. Needless to say that there wasn’t any suspension related creaking when the EP300 where fitted.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 handling and grip: The handling and grip of the EP300 is very good. There are no problems on dry or wet roads when travelling at any sensible speed. Accelerating from stand still requires more revs before it will break traction. The EP300 cornering prowess is likewise very good. In fact I notice more understeer coming from the rear end as a result of additional grip – which I find annoying. Although low profile there is still tyre flex in harder concerning but the speeds are higher. I have no complaints after all considering I can actually feel in some way what the tyres are doing. Which is interesting since the tyres are fitted to a Corolla in this instance.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 noise level: The EP300 are not silent tyres nor are they noisy and overall acceptably quiet on most road surfaces. While country roads are noisier it’s not too bad. They are noticeably quieter than the prior tyres I had. I guess the EP300 could be described as having good overall noise levels.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 tyre wear rate: I can confidently report that the Ecopia EP300 tyres will do at least 40,000kms if you maintain them every so often.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300 tyre review conclusion: The EP300 are good affordable tyres for general use. I am happy with the purchase and can recommend them. That said I have only had them for 6 months and 10000kms so they are relatively new.