2019 Auto Bild 4x4 All Season Tyre Test

Dry BrakingMichelin CrossClimate SUV: 38.6 MKleber Citilander: 45.9 M
Dry HandlingMichelin CrossClimate SUV: 111.4 Km/HNankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 108.2 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 46.9 MPirelli Scorpion Verde All Season: 59.7 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 72.5 Km/HNankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 65.8 Km/H
Straight AquaMichelin CrossClimate SUV: 94.8 Km/HNankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 78.6 Km/H
Snow BrakingHankook Kinergy 4S 2 X: 23.8 MPirelli Scorpion Verde All Season: 29.9 M
Snow TractionContinental AllSeasonContact: 3429 NPirelli Scorpion Verde All Season: 2494 N
Snow HandlingContinental AllSeasonContact: 52.5 Km/HKleber Citilander: 49.3 Km/H
NoiseHankook Kinergy 4S 2 X: 70.6 dBKleber Citilander: 75.8 dB
PriceNankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 450 Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 610
Rolling ResistanceContinental AllSeasonContact: 6.17 kg / tToyo Celsius: 8.52 kg / t
In their second SUV / 4x4 all season tyre test of 2019, Auto Bild have tested ten all season tyres in 235/65 R17, and included the usual summer and winter tyre as benchmarks.

In this test, the new Bridgestone Weather Control A005 matchs the Michelin CrossClimate SUV overall, drawing for first place. Both tyres offered an excellent balance of qualities, but it's worth noting that there was no wear testing in this test, which is where the Michelin often excels and the new A005 has struggled.

Third place was again a tie, with the Continental AllSeasonContact drawing with the new Hankook Kinergy 4S2X. Like the Michelin and Continental, both tyres performed well in nearly all categories, but had slightly longer dry braking than the best on test.

Read on below for the full data and results.

 

Dry

While the summer tyre had its usual advantage in dry braking, the Bridgestone Weather Control A005 kept the Michelin CrossClimate SUV honest, stopping 0.8 meters behind its French rival.

The top three remained the same during the dry handling testing, with the new Hankook matching the Bridgestone.

Wet

During the wet braking testing the Bridgestone once again proved it is a class leading wet braking tyre, and was the only tyre to beat the summer tyre. Third to fifth places were covered by less than a meter.

The summer tyre took back the advantage during wet handling, but the Bridgestone was again the best all season tyre. Interestingly, the reference winter tyre also out performed most of the all season tyres.

The Michelin CrossClimate isn't usually a strong tyre in aquaplaning testing, but in this size it seems to perform extremely well, winning straight aquaplaning.

Snow

The reference winter tyre was the best in the snow, and when compared to the summer tyre all the all season tyres were extremely capable.

The Continental AllSeasonContact won the snow handling test, with the Michelin CrossClimate unusually finishing second.

Snow traction testing continued the trend of Continental, Michelin and Hankook performing well in the snow.

Environment

The Continental had an impressive advantage in fuel usage.

The Hankook and Michelin were the quietest on test.

Unsurprisingly, some of the best tyres on test were also the most expensive. You get what you pay for, especially in the all season / winter segment.

Results

1st: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd39.4 M38.6 M+0.8 M97.97%
Dry Handling2nd110.8 Km/H111.4 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.46%
Wet Braking1st46.9 M100%
Wet Handling1st72.5 Km/H100%
Straight Aqua3rd90 Km/H94.8 Km/H-4.8 Km/H94.94%
Snow Braking7th25.1 M23.8 M+1.3 M94.82%
Snow Traction4th3346 N3429 N-83 N97.58%
Snow Handling4th50.8 Km/H52.5 Km/H-1.7 Km/H96.76%
Noise3rd71.3 dB70.6 dB+0.7 dB99.02%
Price7th530 450 +80 84.91%
Rolling Resistance2nd6.91 kg / t6.17 kg / t+0.74 kg / t89.29%
A solid allrounder with high grip in all conditions, precise steering and dynamic behaviour on wet surfaces, short wet and dry braking distances.
None mentioned

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1st: Michelin CrossClimate SUV

Michelin CrossClimate SUV
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st38.6 M100%
Dry Handling1st111.4 Km/H100%
Wet Braking4th51.1 M46.9 M+4.2 M91.78%
Wet Handling4th69.9 Km/H72.5 Km/H-2.6 Km/H96.41%
Straight Aqua1st94.8 Km/H100%
Snow Braking8th25.4 M23.8 M+1.6 M93.7%
Snow Traction2nd3427 N3429 N-2 N99.94%
Snow Handling2nd51.7 Km/H52.5 Km/H-0.8 Km/H98.48%
Noise2nd70.8 dB70.6 dB+0.2 dB99.72%
Price9th610 450 +160 73.77%
Rolling Resistance4th7.2 kg / t6.17 kg / t+1.03 kg / t85.69%
Exemplary all Season with stunning qualities on ice and snow, dynamic and sporty behaviour on dry handling, highest safety for aquaplaning, precise steering.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th42.5 M38.6 M+3.9 M90.82%
Dry Handling4th110.6 Km/H111.4 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.28%
Wet Braking2nd50.5 M46.9 M+3.6 M92.87%
Wet Handling2nd70.3 Km/H72.5 Km/H-2.2 Km/H96.97%
Straight Aqua6th86.7 Km/H94.8 Km/H-8.1 Km/H91.46%
Snow Braking2nd23.9 M23.8 M+0.1 M99.58%
Snow Traction1st3429 N100%
Snow Handling1st52.5 Km/H100%
Noise4th72 dB70.6 dB+1.4 dB98.06%
Price9th610 450 +160 73.77%
Rolling Resistance1st6.17 kg / t100%
All-rounder with best winter characteristics, agile and sporty wet handling, precise steering with good feedback, very fuel-efficient.
Slightly long dry braking.

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3rd: Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X

Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th42.7 M38.6 M+4.1 M90.4%
Dry Handling2nd110.8 Km/H111.4 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.46%
Wet Braking5th51.7 M46.9 M+4.8 M90.72%
Wet Handling2nd70.3 Km/H72.5 Km/H-2.2 Km/H96.97%
Straight Aqua2nd92.1 Km/H94.8 Km/H-2.7 Km/H97.15%
Snow Braking1st23.8 M100%
Snow Traction3rd3395 N3429 N-34 N99.01%
Snow Handling3rd51.2 Km/H52.5 Km/H-1.3 Km/H97.52%
Noise1st70.6 dB100%
Price3rd465 450 +15 96.77%
Rolling Resistance7th7.98 kg / t6.17 kg / t+1.81 kg / t77.32%
Well priced with good winter qualities, high aquaplaning resistance, dynamic wet handling, low noise.
Slightly long dry braking.

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5th: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th42.6 M38.6 M+4 M90.61%
Dry Handling5th110.3 Km/H111.4 Km/H-1.1 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking3rd50.8 M46.9 M+3.9 M92.32%
Wet Handling5th69.7 Km/H72.5 Km/H-2.8 Km/H96.14%
Straight Aqua4th89.3 Km/H94.8 Km/H-5.5 Km/H94.2%
Snow Braking4th24.8 M23.8 M+1 M95.97%
Snow Traction9th3212 N3429 N-217 N93.67%
Snow Handling7th50.1 Km/H52.5 Km/H-2.4 Km/H95.43%
Noise6th72.5 dB70.6 dB+1.9 dB97.38%
Price8th570 450 +120 78.95%
Rolling Resistance6th7.75 kg / t6.17 kg / t+1.58 kg / t79.61%
Very balanced all season tyre, stable handling in all conditions, good comfort levels.
Slightly long dry braking.

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6th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th41.9 M38.6 M+3.3 M92.12%
Dry Handling7th109.9 Km/H111.4 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.65%
Wet Braking6th55.2 M46.9 M+8.3 M84.96%
Wet Handling6th68.9 Km/H72.5 Km/H-3.6 Km/H95.03%
Straight Aqua5th88.7 Km/H94.8 Km/H-6.1 Km/H93.57%
Snow Braking4th24.8 M23.8 M+1 M95.97%
Snow Traction7th3281 N3429 N-148 N95.68%
Snow Handling6th50.3 Km/H52.5 Km/H-2.2 Km/H95.81%
Noise9th74.8 dB70.6 dB+4.2 dB94.39%
Price4th470 450 +20 95.74%
Rolling Resistance8th8.04 kg / t6.17 kg / t+1.87 kg / t76.74%
High traction and short braking distances on snow, good aquaplaning resistance.
Understeer in the wet and dry, slightly long wet braking.

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7th: Toyo Celsius

Toyo Celsius
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th44.7 M38.6 M+6.1 M86.35%
Dry Handling8th109.4 Km/H111.4 Km/H-2 Km/H98.2%
Wet Braking7th55.8 M46.9 M+8.9 M84.05%
Wet Handling7th68.8 Km/H72.5 Km/H-3.7 Km/H94.9%
Straight Aqua9th79.8 Km/H94.8 Km/H-15 Km/H84.18%
Snow Braking4th24.8 M23.8 M+1 M95.97%
Snow Traction6th3322 N3429 N-107 N96.88%
Snow Handling5th50.6 Km/H52.5 Km/H-1.9 Km/H96.38%
Noise8th73 dB70.6 dB+2.4 dB96.71%
Price5th480 450 +30 93.75%
Rolling Resistance10th8.52 kg / t6.17 kg / t+2.35 kg / t72.42%
Good snow performance.
Average grip with understeer in the wet and dry, slow steering, high fuel use.

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8th: Kleber Citilander

Kleber Citilander
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th45.9 M38.6 M+7.3 M84.1%
Dry Handling9th108.4 Km/H111.4 Km/H-3 Km/H97.31%
Wet Braking8th57.1 M46.9 M+10.2 M82.14%
Wet Handling9th66.3 Km/H72.5 Km/H-6.2 Km/H91.45%
Straight Aqua7th82.5 Km/H94.8 Km/H-12.3 Km/H87.03%
Snow Braking9th25.9 M23.8 M+2.1 M91.89%
Snow Traction8th3222 N3429 N-207 N93.96%
Snow Handling9th49.3 Km/H52.5 Km/H-3.2 Km/H93.9%
Noise10th75.8 dB70.6 dB+5.2 dB93.14%
Price2nd460 450 +10 97.83%
Rolling Resistance5th7.68 kg / t6.17 kg / t+1.51 kg / t80.34%
Good snow performance, good comfort.
Average in the dry and wet, slow steering, floaty dry handling, long wet braking.

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9th: Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV

Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th44 M38.6 M+5.4 M87.73%
Dry Handling10th108.2 Km/H111.4 Km/H-3.2 Km/H97.13%
Wet Braking9th59.3 M46.9 M+12.4 M79.09%
Wet Handling10th65.8 Km/H72.5 Km/H-6.7 Km/H90.76%
Straight Aqua10th78.6 Km/H94.8 Km/H-16.2 Km/H82.91%
Snow Braking3rd24.5 M23.8 M+0.7 M97.14%
Snow Traction5th3339 N3429 N-90 N97.38%
Noise5th72.4 dB70.6 dB+1.8 dB97.51%
Price1st450 100%
Rolling Resistance3rd6.92 kg / t6.17 kg / t+0.75 kg / t89.16%
Good in the snow, low price.
Low grip in the dry and wet, very long wet braking distances, spongy wet and dry handling.

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10th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
  • 235/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd41.2 M38.6 M+2.6 M93.69%
Dry Handling6th110.1 Km/H111.4 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking10th59.7 M46.9 M+12.8 M78.56%
Wet Handling8th67.1 Km/H72.5 Km/H-5.4 Km/H92.55%
Straight Aqua8th80.5 Km/H94.8 Km/H-14.3 Km/H84.92%
Snow Braking10th29.9 M23.8 M+6.1 M79.6%
Snow Traction10th2494 N3429 N-935 N72.73%
Snow Handling7th50.1 Km/H52.5 Km/H-2.4 Km/H95.43%
Noise7th72.8 dB70.6 dB+2.2 dB96.98%
Price6th485 450 +35 92.78%
Rolling Resistance9th8.46 kg / t6.17 kg / t+2.29 kg / t72.93%
Low noise, low price.
Average snow and wet grip, understeer in the wet, very long wet braking distances.

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