Question: Does it make sense to base the decision on the results for the 175/65 R14 size? (Or maybe 205/55?)
In other words, could it happen that a tire that ranks well in those results, performs significantly worse in another size? (Of course, I'm aware that it could get say at place 2, instead of place 1, and that's fine. What I'm really asking is, if it could happen that say a tire that is in the top 3-4 in the size 175/65 could be at the bottom for the size for 185/65, because it is so much worse?)
To put it differently, I'm expecting either an answer along the lines of "yes, the performance of a tire of a given size is a good (enough) indicator of how the same model of different size will perform", or "no, you can absolutely not make conclusions based a tire of a different size".
(In case it matters): what is most important for me is safety (low noise and consumption are nice to have too, but safety is the absolute priority -- i.e. if the tire would get a lower ranking just for higher noise or consumption, I would still consider that.)
I know that the this specific size (185/65) was tested in 2016. Still, the general question is valid (i.e., if we can or not make conclusions based on a tire of the same model, but a different size). Also, this creates a second question: am I better off using the results of 2016 for deciding (which are for the exact same size, but two years old), or the results of 2018 (which are for a slightly different size, but recent)?