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For this year's Tyre Reviews winter tyre test, we've got nine sets of the most popular winter tyres, half of which are brand new tyres for this year!
As always I'll be testing in the snow, wet and dry, and looking at rolling resistance, noise and comfort, to ensure you get the best overview of all the new winter tyres!
All season tyres are trying to be one tyre for every situation, but as we know no tyre can excel in every category, meaning tyre manufacturers often take away from one area to be better in another.
So, which all season tyre is best for YOUR own needs? To find out Tyre Reviews has ten of the most popular all season tyres on the market, and will be testing them in the snow, dry and wet, noise, comfort and rolling resistance!
The tyre size I'm testing is massively popular 225/45 R17, and while there might not be any new names in the test this year, a different size and different testing location means we're likely to get some interesting results! The Michelin Crossclimate 2 stormed to victory last year in 16", will this year be any different?
In this test we'll be testing nine of the most popular all terrain tyres to see which has the most grip in the dry, wet, AND offroad, and also to see which uses the least gas, and which has the best comfort and lowest noise in the real world. Basically, everything you'll ever need to know about these all terrain tyres!
To find out which of these new ultra high performance tyres are best, I use a VW Golf GTI wearing 225/45 R17 tires and test the dry, wet, comfort, noise and rolling resistance of nine sets of performance tyres, to see if the new PS5 or Asym 6 can retain their crowns, or whether another brand of tyre will prove to be best!
Michelin has just launched the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5, and it looks to be a very interesting, but perhaps not what we expected, update!
First up, some general information to clear up some confusion online. This tyre is not a replacement for the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 AND 4S. The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 (PS5) directly replaces the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (PS4), and while there's been no official announcement about the replacement of the Pilot Sport 4 S (PS4S), it is likely this will be replaced at some point in the future.
The "non-S" version of the Pilot Sport summer tyre range has always been aimed at smaller wheel sizes, and is slightly less performance orientated than the "S version". As an example, in Europe the Pilot Sport 4 was available from 16" to 22" wheel sizes, and aimed at the segment of cars and SUVs which need less ultimate performance, and a little more comfort.
This is the segment of user the PS5 is aimed at.
The Pilot Sport 4 S, in Europe at least, started in 19" for most of its life and went up to 23", offering slightly improved dry and wet grip and handling, at the expense of a little comfort and rolling resistance. The differences were small, but they existed.
North America is a slightly different market, and they had almost no sizes of the PS4 instead having the PS4S in 16" and above. According to the press releases it's likely that North America will have a little more availability of the PS5, especially while we're globally waiting for the replacement of the PS4S.
Tyre Reviews will first be testing the PS5 in March against all it's premium rivals, including the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6, but there are some key things we can learn from the press releases and data floating around online. Or more to the point, some of the lack of data...
It's the 2022 Tyre Reviews Ultra-Ultra High Performance Summer Tyre Test! You can watch the video here, or scroll down for the full write up and data!
In this tyre test, I'll be testing ten of the most popular ultra-ultra high performance tyres on the market to find out exactly what tyre is best at what.
We're going to let the test do the talking for this one. The excellent Swedish testers at ViBilagare have tested eight SUV studless friction winter tyres, included the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V3 using a Volvo V40 wearing 235/55 R18 tires. Fortunately, where the tyre patterns match those in the Tyre Reviews Nordic Winter Tyre Test, the results are very similar!
Sadly here at Tyre Reviews we've not had time to do a studded tyre test for 2022, but fortunately the excellent testers at the Nordic publication Vibilagare have tested eight sets of studded winter tyres to show us which of the studded tyres on the market are the best! While the test size is an SUV size (235/55 R18) and the test vehicle a Volvo XC40, these results should give you an idea of the balance between the tyres in all sizes.
As you would hope, the tyres have been tested in the dry, wet, snow and ice. Which is of course the reason studded tyres exist.
The data is interesting, and in full below, but as we saw in the Tyre Reviews Studless Winter Tyre Test there is a pretty clear inversion between the tyres which priorities wet performance, and the tyres which priorities ice performance.
In this mini test I compare the plus version of the best ultra high performance all season tires on the market, the Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS+, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus, the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 and the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus in the dry, wet and snow to see which is the best tire overall! Can the current champion, the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 retain it's lead? Only one way to find out!
The testing heros at Sport Auto have answered a question we've all wanted to know the answer to! Just how good are all season tyres in large wheel sizes on a performance vehicle?
To answer this, Sport Auto have tested six of the best all season tyres, and included a NAMED summer and winter tyre, the Bridgestone Potenza Sport UUHP summer tyre, and the test winning Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 winter tyre.
It's a good test.
Snow tyres, studless friction tyres, extreme winter tyres, nordic winter tyres. This category of tyre goes by many names, and they have one design goal, to be the very best on snow and ice for harsh winter climates, where studded tyres aren't appropriate, or for people who don't want studs.
To find out which is the best, Tyre Reviews has taken 7 of the most popular tyres available to both the North American and Nordic markets, and will be putting them through a full range of tests, including ice, snow, wet and dry testing to find out which is best at what. Also, to help you understand where these tyres fit in the market, I'm also including the very best of the central european and studded winter tyres, the Continental WinterContact TS870 and the studded Nokian Happapelliita 10.
Following on from the fifty six winter tyre braking shootout, these are the top twenty winter tyres in the full Auto Bild Full Winter Tyre Test!
As with the Auto Bild All Season tyre test, Auto Bild have performed one of the best winter tyre tests of the year, and have even tested wear! Overall the results are going to cause a little confusion, as the Michelin Alpin 6 wins this test overall, after performing relatively poorly in the 2022/23 Tyre Reviews Winter Tyre Test.
While the test sizes are similar, both 17" wheels, it's important to note that the Tyre Reviews test was 225/45 R17 and this test 215/55 R17. This result for the Alpin 6 is far more in line with the norm for the French winter tyre, which makes us further believe there was a problem with the tyres we tested this year. In short, there's no need to avoid the Michelin Alpin 6!
The 2022 Auto Bild SUV tyre test has tested ten sets of performance suv winter tyres in the popular 225/45 R19 size using a BMW X1, and included a reference summer tyre so we can compare the differences.
Auto Bild tests are always amongst the best in the industry, and this year Auto Bild have taken things a step further. Not only did Auto Bild start with 25 all season tyres in the popular 195/55 R16 size and test them in dry and wet braking to get the best 15 for the full test below, they've also tested things Tyre Reviews was unable to test in the Tyre Reviews 2022 all season tyre test, including real world fuel use, the all important wear test, and new for this year, they tracked the abrasion of the tyres to see which tyre gives off the least particulates to the environment, which is separate from projected tyre life!
Once a year, the wonderful people at the German publication Auto Bild take a huge number of all season tyres through a wet and dry braking, to find the very best to include in their full test.
Fortunately, this year is no different, and below you'll find the wet and dry braking results of thirty five all season tyres, and a summer and winter reference tyre, with the top fifteen going through to the full test which will be on the site next week.
The 2022 Auto Zeitung performance winter tyre test has tested eight popular winter tyres in 225/45 R17.
Continental, Bridgestone and Michelin all perform well, with the Continental WinterContact TS870 taking another win in 2022 winter tyre tests thanks to a well balanced performance in all conditions, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 performing extremely well in the dry and wet, and the Michelin Alpin 6 offering good grip in all conditions.
The first winter tyre test for 2022 is here, and it's the Auto Motor Und Sport UHP winter tyre test! This year AMS tested eight patterns in 245/45 R19 using an Audi A6 test vehicle.
There's almost nothing surprising about this test, it's nice when a test makes sense. At the front we have the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 and Continental WinterContact TS870P (two of Tyre Reviews favorite UHP Winter tyres), with the wet masters Vredestein and Bridgestone following them up in third and fourth places overall.
As these tyres are both Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol marked (3PMS), these tyres promise improved winter performance when compared to North American "all season tyres" (which are different from European all season tyres) while still offering outstanding grip in the wet and a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty!
The Bridgestone Turanza 6 has just been announced as the successor to the popular Bridgestone Turanza T005! The T005 is a multiple test winning tyre, often leading in the wet, and the new Turanza 6 promises to improve the wet performance further, while lowering the rolling resistance which should be good news for both IC and EV drivers.
The only details we currently have are from the press release below, but thanks to Bridgestone having the tyre tested by the independent test body TUV, we have some initial data.
TUV tested the tyre in 245/45 R18 using a BMW 5 Series against the Continental PremiumContact 6, Michelin Primacy 4+ and Pirelli Cinturato P7 C2.
The 2022 Auto Bild SUV all season tyre test has tested eleven popular all season tyres in 225/50 R18 tyre size and included a summer and winter tyre as comparison references! 225/50 R18 is a small sidewalled tyre for an SUV, this is aimed at the more compact crossover SUV all season tyre market, with Auto Bild using a BMW X2 for the testing.
The 2022 Auto Express summer tyre test is here! For 2022 Auto Express tested seven ultra high performance summer tyres in the popular 225/40 R18 tyre size!
As always, we will steer you towards the Auto Express website to see the full details of the test, but we do have a few comments to make.
For 2021 EVO magazine tested nine sets of UHP / UUHP tyres in the popular 225/40 R18 size. That size in particular offers some interesting issues as companies like Bridgestone and Goodyear offer their UUHP products in that size, but companies like Continental and Michelin do not.
The test was conducted using an Audi S3 which has a haldex type based four wheel drive system, which is fairly uncommon in tyre testing. EVO spend a lot of time rating the subjective handling, noise and comfort of the tyres on the road and track, which means they put more score weighting on subjective data than any other publication. This makes the results really interesting for those of us who enjoy driving.
If you're lucky enough to own a Porsche vehicle, you're likely aware of the N rating tyre program, and just how confusing tyre buying outside of a Porsche dealer can be.
Fortunately, thanks to a smart update to the N rating system, tyre shopping is about to get a whole lot easier!
If you're a regular reader of Tyre Reviews you'll know we're a big fan of the Continental PremiumContact 6's dynamic handling qualities, so we're super excited to announce the first sizes of the Continental PremiumContact 7 will be launched in the coming months! The only details we have so far can be found in the press release for the PC7 below, but rest assured Tyre Reviews is working on being the first to independently test the new PremiumContact 7.
Auto Express tested seven sets of 235/55 R18 SUV tyres for their 2022 summer tyre test.
The Pirelli Scorpion range of tyres is synonymous with SUV vehicles, and with the market growing faster than any other type of vehicle, it's big news that Pirelli have just released three new products for the segment.
Pirelli is the leading brand in terms of SUV homologations, with 40% more SUVs leaving the factories on Pirelli tyres than any other tyre brand. This means that the starting point for the new Scorpion range of tyres was already at a high place, yet Pirelli have managed to extend the performance of these tyres in all key areas, without sacrificing any aspect of the tyre.
With 2022 seeing the launch of the track day specific Bridgestone Potenza Race, the German publication Auto Bild have decided to see how the new Bridgestone fairs up against its key rivals in the segment, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R, and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport R.
As usual with Auto Bild tests they have been extremely thorough, not just testing the dry track performance of the tyre, but also looking at long run wear, wet grip, and dry and wet braking performance of the track specific rubber.
Hankook are one of the tyre manufacturers leading the charge developing specific ranges of EV (electric vehicle) tyres, with the culmination of their work being the new iON range.
As you would expect, the new iON range of EV specific tyres focus on less energy usage, enabling the driver to go further on a single charge, lower noise levels, with Hankooks sound absorber material inside the tyre, all while keeping excellent performances in the dry and wet.
The new Hankook Ventus iON S and SX (for SUVs) covers the summer range and is available to buy now, with the winter Hankook Winter i*cept iON due later this year. There is also an all season tyre specifically for North America, more on that in the near future.
At time of writing there has been no chance to test the new iON tyre, so instead you can read the press release below, and keep an eye on the site for when Tyre Reviews gets chance to get the new range of tyres.
It doesn't take much to make me happy, but a Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE at Nelson Ledges with five sets of tyres ranging from treadwear 300 to treadwear 100... well that's a very easy place to be happy.
The reason for this test was to see if a lower treadwear value, which is a number the American Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) standards body assign to a tyre based on a basic wear test, really does mean more grip, but it turned out to be a fascinating insight into some of the big hitting tyres used on track in North America.
Watch the video below for the full details.
Michelin have just announced the successor to the hugely popular Michelin CrossClimate SUV all season / all weather tyre, the new Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV!
As with the CrossClimate 2 launch, Michelin are heavily focused on the overall performance of the new SUV four season tyre, claiming to be the leader in braking on snow covered, dry and wet roads, and being the leader in longevity.
Bridgestone have just released their new Bridgestone Potenza Race road-legal semi slick, and according to initial data, it looks to be an exceptional dry weather tyre!
New semi-slick track day tyres are a rare occurrence, with the last major release being the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport R in 2019 and the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect in 2020, so the new Bridgestone has a few years on the existing products. Even considering that advantage, the data looks good!
The independent testing organisation TUV tested the new Potenza Race against the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport R, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R in 245/35 R19 using a Mercedes AMG A45S using the (extremely long) Nardo handling circuit.
The average lap time of three laps was: Bridgestone Potenza Race - 2:35.39, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R - 2:37.62, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect - 2:37.87, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport R - 2:37.89
In 2021 Tyre Reviews tested eight sets of 200tw track day tyres, but sadly due to the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R being discontinued and the replacement RE-71RS not being available in North America at the time, Bridgestone were missing from the test. Many people questioned the omission in the comments, as the RE71R was a much loved tyre, and were disappointed to find out it was no longer available.
Fortunately, Bridgestone have answered all our prayers and have just announced they are bringing the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS to North America! Initially it will be available in 38 sizes in the US and Canada, ranging from smaller 15 inch wheels, all the way to 20 inches!
If like me you've been wondering exactly how low rolling resistance / eco / EV tyres differ from their regular counterparts, this is the test for you!
The wonderful people at the Swedish publication ViBilagare have tested ten sets of tyres in the popular 205/55 R16 size, and included "normal" AND "eco / EV" tyres from Continental, Michelin and Nokian. This means we have the Continental PremiumContact 6 vs EcoContact 6, Michelin Primacy 4 vs e.Primacy and Nokian Hakka Blue 3 vs Green 3 (these are the Nordic specific versions of the Nokian WetProof.)
Why no eco / low rolling resistance / EV tyres from Goodyear and Bridgestone? This test highlights the different approaches of certain tyre manufacturers, and while Tyre Reviews isn't sure on Bridgestones philosophy, Goodyear firmly believe that EV specific tyres aren't needed if you make all your tyres EV Ready, by focusing on low fuel consumption and excellent grip in all conditions for every tyre.
For AutoBild's third summer tyre test for 2022, the German publication tested ten sets of 245/40 R19 tyres using a BMW 5 Series.
The new Goodyear wins overall thanks to excelling in nearly every test, other than aquaplaning (though strangely Auto Bild still said the tyre has good aquaplaning reserves, we're not sure why.)
The SportContact 7 was the fastest tyre in the dry and had the best dry braking, however it couldn't match the stellar wet performance we found in the Tyre Reviews 2022 UUHP Tyre Test.
Autobild are at it again, with the best SUV / mild 4x4 summer tyre test you'll see all year (Tyre Reviews sadly isn't doing one)! The German publication have tested ten leading SUV tyres in the popular 235/55 R18 tyre size using a VW Tiguan, and have managed to test the tyres in the usual range of tests covering the dry and wet performance of the tyres, but also test them on grass, dirt, gravel and even sand!
To add even more awesomeness Autobild included the multiple award winning Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen 3 all season tyre. There's been a number of driver reviews on Tyre Reviews claiming that an all season tyre is actually pretty cabible in certain offroad conditions, and now we get to see!
The 2022 Autobild Sportscars summer tyre test has tested eleven 225/45 R18 sizes using a BMW 3 Series, but has also tested four of the SAME sets in a staggered 225/45 R18 front and 255/4 R18 rear size to compare the two different options.
First up, the main test. Sadly the test was missing Goodyear and Pirelli, and interestingly the testers found the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 not only to be the best, but also to have the sportiest handling, something we're don't see often.
Even more surprising was that the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+ finished joint first, beating every tyre in the wet handling test and ending up with enough points to match the Pilot Sport 4.
It was the test of ties, with the Falken FK510 and Toyo Proxes Sport A finishing joint third and the Bridgestone Potenza Sport and Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 finishing joint fifth.
The 2022 AutoBild summer tyre is here! As usual, the test started out as a wet and dry braking test of fifty sets of tyres in the popular 215/55 R17 size, with the best twenty one moving through to this full test. Not only have AutoBild managed to test the new Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and Kumho Ecsta HS52, they've also put all twenty one sets of tyres through a wear test, and included an (unnamed) all season tyre as a reference in the grip tests!
The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 won the test by combining good grip in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance and the best wear on test. Even though it wasn't the cheapest tyre, when AutoBild divided the purchase price by the projected mileage it also proved to be the best value tyre on test, a very impressive showing from Goodyear.
For summer 2022, Sport Auto tested four sets of UHP tyres, three sets of UUHP and three semi set of slick track day tyres, all in the popular 235/35 R19 size! This is of course very interesting, and in parts a little confusing!
As the Tyre Reviews database doesn't yet have the ability to deal with different types of tyres in the same test gracefully, we'll run over the results below before presenting all the data.
Here at Tyre Reviews we're always excited about new tyres, and you can always guarantee a new tyre in Goodyear's much loved Asymmetric range peaks our excitement.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 was a multiple test winning tyre, including the 2021 Tyre Reviews UHP tyre test, so to learn that the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 promises to improve the outgoing model in the dry and wet, while also lowering the rolling resistance so the tyre is "EV ready" sounds almost too good to be true.
Rest assured, we're working flat out to perform one of the first tests of the new Asymmetric 6 early next year, and for now you can read the press release below. It will be available for purchase January 2022 in popular 17 and 18 inch wheel sides, with more coming across the first half of the year.
2022 is going to be another exciting year for tyre testing.
As you're probably aware, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 launched in Europe this month, and is a big improvement over the outgoing Michelin CrossClimate+ (you can see our review of the Michelin CrossClimate 2 vs CrossClimate+ here!)
The most common question we've had since the tyre launched has been "Is the CrossClimate 2 available in my size?"
To answer this, here's a list of all sizes the Michelin CrossClimate 2 is available in Europe. There's a few more sizes due later this year, and a further expansion in 2022, however this is a really impressive launch list.