2019 Auto Bild All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMaxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 39.5 M
Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2: 44.4 M
Dry HandlingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 85.7 Km/H
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 82.5 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 46.3 M
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 52.6 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Quatrac Pro: 72.6 Km/H
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 66.2 Km/H
Straight AquaMaxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 74.3 Km/H
Continental AllSeasonContact: 68.9 Km/H
Snow BrakingGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2: 23.6 M
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 27.1 M
Snow HandlingGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2: 56.9 Km/H
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 54.8 Km/H
NoiseNexen N Blue 4 Season: 71.3 dB
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 73.7 dB
WearMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 70800 Km
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 39000 Km
ValueNexen N Blue 4 Season: 05.34 Price/1000
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 10.26 Price/1000
PriceNexen N Blue 4 Season: 320
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 450
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Weather Control A005: 08.45 kg / t
Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 11.02 kg / t
For the first time in 2020, Tyre Reviews will be performing its own all season tyre test, but until then, the Auto Bild all season tyre test is the best you can get! Testing ten sets of all season tyres in 225/45 R17 using a BMW 1 Series, and including a summer and winter tyre as reference, Auto Bild have done as thorough a job as ever for their 2019 all season tyre test.

The most notable performances follow the trends other tests have shown during 2019. The new Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 couldn't deliver on the foundations laid by the strong wet and dry braking performance in the shootout test, finishing ninth overall due to a very average snow performance, but more importantly for UK drivers, very high wear.

The Vredestein Quatrac Pro again impressed, beating the established excellent all season tyres from Goodyear and Continental to second place, with a sporty handling feel in all conditions, coupled with good dry and wet grip.

It's no surprise that the Michelin CrossClimate+ won another test, but it was a surprise the "summer optimised" all season tyre from the French manufacturer was second in snow handling. Apparently, it is now a tyre that can do everything.

As this is a German tyre test, they put more weighting on snow performance than we perhaps would in the UK, however the top four places are all excellent all season tyres, with the Goodyear the best if you expect to experience a lot of snow and ice, and the other three patterns having slightly different blends of dry, wet and snow performances.

As always, check out all the glorious data below to decide which tyre is the best for your own personal driving circumstances.

Dry

Due to very strong performances by the new comers from Maxxis and Bridgestone, the usual dry weather braking king, the Michelin CrossClimate+ had to settle for third overall. As usual, all ten all season tyres struggled to match the reference summer tyre, with the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 the worst of the all seasons, tying with the reference winter tyre.

Michelin asserted it's dry dominance during dry handling, with the Vredestein Quatrac Pro the best of the rest. Both tyres were reported to have a sporty handling feel when compared to other all season tyres on test.

Wet

The wet braking test showed the summer tyre having an even bigger advantage. The Bridgestone A005 continued its run of excellent wet braking results to stop the car ahead of all the other all season tyres, and the new Vredestein Quatrac Pro again impressed.

The Vredestein Quatrac Pro was the only all season tyre to beat the summer tyre during wet handling, with the Continental, Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone all closely matched.

Dry braking and aquaplaning are often opposing qualities, so it was surprising Maxxis also won the aquaplaning testing! Vredestein, Michelin and Continental were the worst in testing, which highlights the deemphasis of aquaplaning results in new premium designs.

Snow

 The winter reference tyre had a narrow advantage over the best all season tyres, with the summer reference tyre performing as expected.

Goodyear again won the snow handling test, with a surprisingly strong second placed for the dry-optimised Michelin CrossClimate+. 

Value

It's no surprise Michelin won the wear testing, the French manufacturer consistently has the best wearing tyres in the market. Continental again prove they've fixed their wear issues with the latest generation of products, wearing nearly as well as the Michelin, and proving better value overall thanks to a lower purchase price.

The cheaper tyres on test had the best mileage / purchase price balance, with the Continental, Michelin and Goodyear performing well.

Environment

The Bridgestone and Continental had very low rolling resistance results.

Nexen had a significant advantage in external noise testing.

Results

1st: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.4 M99%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking4th+2.3 M95.27%
Wet Handling3rd-1.6 Km/H97.8%
Straight Aqua9th-4.3 Km/H94.21%
Snow Braking5th+1.8 M92.91%
Snow Handling5th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.65%
Noise10th+2.4 dB96.74%
Wear1st100%
Value4th+1.02 Price/100083.96%
Price10th+130 71.11%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.93 kg / t90.09%
Convincing all round performance with sporty driving characteristics in all conditions. Precise steering, short wet and dry braking, lowest wear and good comfort.
None mentioned.
Test winner.

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2nd: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3.4 M92.07%
Dry Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H99.3%
Wet Braking2nd+0.2 M99.57%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua8th-3.9 Km/H94.75%
Snow Braking4th+1.3 M94.78%
Snow Handling4th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling6th-1 Km/H98.24%
Noise5th+0.8 dB98.89%
Wear6th-18800 Km73.45%
Value8th+1.87 Price/100074.06%
Price6th+55 85.33%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.41 kg / t85.7%
Excellent year round tyres with impressive qualities on ice and snow, sport handling on wet and dry roads, precise steering response with good feedback, short braking distances in the wet.
Average wear.
Exemplary.

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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+4.9 M88.96%
Dry Handling8th-2.4 Km/H97.2%
Wet Braking3rd+1.2 M97.47%
Wet Handling4th-1.7 Km/H97.66%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.4 Km/H98.12%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling1st0%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise4th+0.7 dB99.03%
Wear3rd-6700 Km90.54%
Value5th+1.06 Price/100083.44%
Price8th+90 78.05%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.9 kg / t90.37%
An excellent all season tyre with strong winter characteristics, safe handling and a good balance int he wet, good comfort, good mileage, good price to wear ratio.
Slow steering in the dry.
Good.

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4th: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+3.1 M92.72%
Dry Handling4th-1.3 Km/H98.48%
Wet Braking6th+3.6 M92.79%
Wet Handling2nd-1.4 Km/H98.07%
Straight Aqua10th-5.4 Km/H92.73%
Snow Braking2nd+0.6 M97.52%
Snow Handling2nd-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling5th-0.9 Km/H98.42%
Noise7th+1.4 dB98.07%
Wear2nd-3100 Km95.62%
Value3rd+1.01 Price/100084.09%
Price9th+110 74.42%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.19 kg / t97.8%
A balanced all season tyre with sporty wet handling, low wear, short braking distances and stable cornering on ice and snow, good price / performance ratio, low rolling resistance.
Slightly extended wet braking.
Good.

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5th: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Hankook Kinergy 4S2
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+2.5 M94.05%
Dry Handling3rd-1.1 Km/H98.72%
Wet Braking8th+4.5 M91.14%
Wet Handling6th-2 Km/H97.25%
Straight Aqua4th-2.1 Km/H97.17%
Snow Braking3rd+1.2 M95.16%
Snow Handling3rd-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H99.47%
Noise8th+1.5 dB97.94%
Wear7th-20300 Km71.33%
Value7th+1.59 Price/100077.06%
Price3rd+30 91.43%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.02 kg / t89.23%
Strong winter performance, good traction and dynamic handling on snow, good aquaplaning safety, good wet and dry handling, good price to performance ratio.
Slightly extended wet braking.
Good.

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6th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

Nexen N Blue 4 Season
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+2.8 M93.38%
Dry Handling7th-2.3 Km/H97.32%
Wet Braking7th+4.1 M91.87%
Wet Handling7th-2.6 Km/H96.42%
Straight Aqua6th-3.3 Km/H95.56%
Snow Braking8th+2.1 M91.83%
Snow Handling8th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling4th-0.8 Km/H98.59%
Noise1st100%
Wear4th-10900 Km84.6%
Value1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.57 kg / t76.68%
Low priced all season tyres with a safe balance in all weathers, stable cornering and short braking in the snow, low wear, good price to performance ratio, low noise.
Slightly extended wet braking, high rolling resistance.
Good.

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7th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling6th-1.5 Km/H98.25%
Wet Braking9th+4.7 M90.78%
Wet Handling9th-3.9 Km/H94.63%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking9th+2.7 M89.73%
Snow Handling9th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling7th-1.2 Km/H97.89%
Noise2nd+0.5 dB99.3%
Wear9th-22700 Km67.94%
Value9th+2.04 Price/100072.36%
Price4th+35 90.14%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.43 kg / t85.53%
A new all season tyre form a Chinese manufacturer with safe handling on snow and dry roads, good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking distances.
Average grip in the wet, long wet braking, average wear.
Good.

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8th: Kumho Solus HA31

Kumho Solus HA31
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+4.3 M90.18%
Dry Handling9th-2.6 Km/H96.97%
Wet Braking5th+3.2 M93.54%
Wet Handling8th-3.3 Km/H95.45%
Straight Aqua7th-3.8 Km/H94.89%
Snow Braking6th+2 M92.19%
Snow Handling6th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling8th-1.8 Km/H96.84%
Noise3rd+0.6 dB99.17%
Wear5th-11200 Km84.18%
Value2nd+0.62 Price/100089.6%
Price4th+35 90.14%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.61 kg / t84%
Good aquaplaning properties, low wear, short braking distances on snow, low noise.
Average snow handling, slightly extended wet and dry braking distances, soft dry handling, average comfort.
Average.

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9th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.5%
Dry Handling4th-1.3 Km/H98.48%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling5th-1.8 Km/H97.52%
Straight Aqua5th-2.8 Km/H96.23%
Snow Braking10th+3.5 M87.08%
Snow Handling10th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling10th-2.1 Km/H96.31%
Noise9th+1.8 dB97.54%
Wear10th-31800 Km55.08%
Value10th+4.92 Price/100052.05%
Price7th+80 80%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Short braking distances and sport handling in the wet and dry, good aquaplaning reserves, low rolling resistance.
Average performance in the snow, very poor wear.
Average.

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10th: Cooper Discoverer All Season

Cooper Discoverer All Season
  • 225/45 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.7 M95.87%
Dry Handling10th-3.2 Km/H96.27%
Wet Braking10th+6.3 M88.02%
Wet Handling10th-6.4 Km/H91.18%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H99.19%
Snow Braking6th+2 M92.19%
Snow Handling6th-23.6 s0%
Snow Handling9th-1.9 Km/H96.66%
Noise6th+1.1 dB98.48%
Wear8th-20700 Km70.76%
Value6th+1.35 Price/100079.82%
Price2nd+15 95.52%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.47 kg / t85.18%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances in the snow and on dry roads, low price.
Poor cornering and long braking distances in the wet, slow steering and poor balance in the dry.
Not Recommended.

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