2018 Auto Express All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
Best tyre for snowContinental WinterContact TS 860
The best tyre overallContinental WinterContact TS 860
The lowest fuel useNokian WeatherProof
The quietest tyreContinental WinterContact TS 860
As always, we keep our coverage of the Auto Express tyre tests to a minimum, instead encouraging you to go and see the full article on the Auto Express website (link in comments), but there is one aspect of the test we'd like to mention.

For 2018, Auto Express have tested six 225/45 R17 all season tyres, and included a summer and winter tyre pattern for comparison. This in itself isn't unusual, but unlike many European tyre tests who don't tell you what the reference tyres are, Auto Express have named the summer and winter reference tyres they've used, and they're the multiple test winning Continental WinterContact TS860, and the brand new Continental Premium Contact 6. These are two of the very best summer and winter tyres money can buy, which makes for an insightful comparison.

The Reference Tyres

So, how did they stack up? Well, pretty much exactly as you would expect. The summer tyre was best in the dry and wet but failed in the snow, and the winter tyre was best in the snow and worse during dry braking.

When you start to look further into the results, things get a little more interesting. Not only was the reference winter tyre best in the snow, the Continental WinterContact TS860 also beat the all season tyres in the wet, stopping a huge 5% better than the best all season tyre (Michelin) during wet braking, and held its own in dry handling, finishing mid pack. Its only blemish was dry braking, but it still beat the Falken all season tyre and almost matched the Nokian.

The summer tyre was naturally useless in the snow, but had a bigger than usual advantage in the dry, stopping the car 10.9% better than the best all season tyre (Michelin), which was already 5% ahead of the second best all season tyre. If you take the  average all season tyre, the summer tyre was 20% better, which is a huge difference.

Are All Season Tyres Right for You?

What can we conclude from this? All season and winter tyres obviously have huge benefits in the snow, but even the best all season tyre on test can't get close to the best summer tyres during dry braking, a key safety quality. As we've recommended before on Tyre Reviews, consider your own driving patterns as to whether you'd be best of running a summer tyre year round, an all season tyre year round, or switching between a dedicated summer / winter setup.

Results

1st: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1183.9
  2. Dry: 195.1
  3. Wet: 297.6
  4. Snow: 398.5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 93.5
  6. Noise: 99.2
  7. Overall: 100
A very well balanced all season tyre with no obvious flaws.

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1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1016.7
  2. Dry: 212.4
  3. Wet: 320.3
  4. Snow: 196.5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 88.1
  6. Noise: 99.2
  7. Overall: 100.2
By far the best tyre in the dry and wet, but not suitable for snow use.

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1st: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1186.4
  2. Dry: 184.9
  3. Wet: 309.3
  4. Snow: 404
  5. Rolling Resistance: 87.5
  6. Noise: 100.2
  7. Overall: 100.5
A remarkable performance mixing strong snow ability with an excellent wet and dry performance.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1169.6
  2. Dry: 200
  3. Wet: 296.2
  4. Snow: 385.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 89.8
  6. Noise: 99.2
  7. Overall: 99
A great all rounder, with a big advantage in the dry compared to other all season tyres.

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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1156.6
  2. Dry: 189.2
  3. Wet: 295.3
  4. Snow: 386.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 87
  6. Noise: 100
  7. Overall: 98.9
A good all round performance, very strong in the wet, and quietest tyre on test.

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4th: Nokian WeatherProof

Nokian WeatherProof
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1155.9
  2. Dry: 185.8
  3. Wet: 289.1
  4. Snow: 383.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 100
  6. Noise: 99.6
  7. Overall: 97.8
Lowest fuel use on test, best snow braking, but a poor dry performance.

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5th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS200

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS200
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1121.3
  2. Dry: 181.2
  3. Wet: 276.6
  4. Snow: 390.3
  5. Rolling Resistance: 78.2
  6. Noise: 99.7
  7. Overall: 95.3
Excellent in the snow, but lacking in the dry and wet.

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6th: Tristar Ecopower 4S

Tristar Ecopower 4S
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 1075.2
  2. Dry: 190.7
  3. Wet: 234.6
  4. Snow: 379.7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 79.2
  6. Noise: 99.7
  7. Overall: 91.3
Good in the dry, but a dangerous performance in the wet.

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