2019 Auto Bild All Season SUV Tyre Test

Dry BrakingMichelin CrossClimate SUV: 38.9 MNokian WeatherProof SUV: 43.6 M
Dry HandlingMichelin CrossClimate SUV: 95.2 Km/HGripmax Status AllClimate: 92 Km/H
Wet BrakingVredestein Quatrac 5: 55.6 MGripmax Status AllClimate: 88.5 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Quatrac 5: 80 Km/HGripmax Status AllClimate: 66.8 Km/H
Straight AquaFalken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 76.4 Km/HGripmax Status AllClimate: 68.5 Km/H
Snow BrakingNokian WeatherProof SUV: 23.5 MGripmax Status AllClimate: 28.5 M
Snow HandlingContinental AllSeasonContact: 47.3 Km/HGripmax Status AllClimate: 43 Km/H
NoiseGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV: 72.1 dBGripmax Status AllClimate: 73.8 dB
PriceGripmax Status AllClimate: 480 Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 830
Rolling ResistanceContinental AllSeasonContact: 6.73 kg / tNokian WeatherProof SUV: 8.55 kg / t
Earlier this year Auto Bild published their 2019 SUV all season tyre test, using an Audi Q3 wearing the popular 235/55 R19 all season tyre size.

As usual, all seven tyre patterns were tested in the dry, wet and snow, and as a reference Auto Bild included a premium summer and winter tyre.

All Season vs Summer vs Winter

As we've seen before, the balance of all season vs summer tyres follows a general trend. Summer tyres do the best in the wet and dry, but cannot perform in snowy conditions. 

When it comes to comparing all season tyres against winter tyres, things get a little more muddled. In this test the unnamed premium winter tyre only won the aquaplaning test. It was strong in the snow, but not the strongest on test, and while it was weaker in the dry and wet than most of the all season tyres, it wasn't the worst. It just goes to show, the range of all season tyres abilities can span from dry optimised, like the Michelin Crossclimate to a winter tyre beating all season tyre, like the Nokian Weatherproof.

Dry

The dry braking results yielded no big surprises, with the summer tyre and Michelin CrossClimate leading the pack. The Continental was the best of the rest, with the winter bias Nokian Weatherproof struggling to stop the SUV in dry conditions.

The dry handling results were similar to the dry braking, with the summer and Michelin leading the pack.

Wet

During wet braking, the Vredestein and Continental were closest to the summer tyres distances, just 0.1 meters off. The Nokian, Falken struggled compared to the best on test, and the budget GripMax was shockingly bad.

As with the dry handling results, the wet handling results showed a similar order to wet braking.

The straight aquaplaning results had the reference winter tyre winning the test, with the summer in the middle of the all season tyres.

Snow

The winter bias Nokian all season tyre won snow braking, stopping in a shorter distance than even the full winter tyre! Continental Did a great job of mixing dry, wet and snow results by finishing second.

The Continental and Nokian were again the strongest tyres during snow handling, besting the full winter tyre. The summer tyre could not complete a lap of snow handling, so didn't set a time.

Environment

The Goodyear was the only tyre to match the low noise of the summer tyre.

The Continental and Michelin had the lowest rolling resistance on test, but were some of the most expensive tyres to purchase at the time of test.

Results

1st: Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd40.5 M38.9 M+1.6 M96.05%
Dry Handling2nd95 Km/H95.2 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.79%
Wet Braking1st55.6 M100%
Wet Handling1st80 Km/H100%
Straight Aqua6th72.2 Km/H76.4 Km/H-4.2 Km/H94.5%
Snow Braking3rd25 M23.5 M+1.5 M94%
Snow Handling4th45.7 Km/H47.3 Km/H-1.6 Km/H96.62%
Noise6th73.1 dB72.1 dB+1 dB98.63%
Price2nd650 480 +170 73.85%
Rolling Resistance6th8.27 kg / t6.73 kg / t+1.54 kg / t81.38%
An excellent all season tyre with great performance in all weather conditions. Good balance and precise steering, short wet and snow braking, well priced.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate SUV

Michelin CrossClimate SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st38.9 M100%
Dry Handling1st95.2 Km/H100%
Wet Braking3rd58.5 M55.6 M+2.9 M95.04%
Wet Handling4th78.6 Km/H80 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.25%
Straight Aqua4th74 Km/H76.4 Km/H-2.4 Km/H96.86%
Snow Braking6th27.2 M23.5 M+3.7 M86.4%
Snow Handling3rd45.9 Km/H47.3 Km/H-1.4 Km/H97.04%
Noise4th72.8 dB72.1 dB+0.7 dB99.04%
Price7th830 480 +350 57.83%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.37 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.64 kg / t91.32%
A strong allrounder with sport dynamic handling in the dry, and good in the snow and wet. Low rolling resistance.
Expensive.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd40.1 M38.9 M+1.2 M97.01%
Dry Handling5th93.9 Km/H95.2 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.63%
Wet Braking4th58.6 M55.6 M+3 M94.88%
Wet Handling1st80 Km/H100%
Straight Aqua2nd75.1 Km/H76.4 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.3%
Snow Braking2nd24.7 M23.5 M+1.2 M95.14%
Snow Handling1st47.3 Km/H100%
Noise2nd72.2 dB72.1 dB+0.1 dB99.86%
Price5th770 480 +290 62.34%
Rolling Resistance1st6.73 kg / t100%
Excellent in the snow, dynamic wet handling, good comfort levels, low noise, best rolling resistance on test.
Understeer in the dry.

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4th: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th42 M38.9 M+3.1 M92.62%
Dry Handling4th94.1 Km/H95.2 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.84%
Wet Braking1st55.6 M100%
Wet Handling3rd78.8 Km/H80 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.5%
Straight Aqua3rd74.5 Km/H76.4 Km/H-1.9 Km/H97.51%
Snow Braking4th25.5 M23.5 M+2 M92.16%
Snow Handling6th44.6 Km/H47.3 Km/H-2.7 Km/H94.29%
Noise1st72.1 dB100%
Price6th810 480 +330 59.26%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.51 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.78 kg / t89.61%
Short snow and wet braking distances, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Average snow cornering, understeer in the dry.

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4th: Nokian WeatherProof SUV

Nokian WeatherProof SUV
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th43.6 M38.9 M+4.7 M89.22%
Dry Handling6th92.2 Km/H95.2 Km/H-3 Km/H96.85%
Wet Braking5th61.4 M55.6 M+5.8 M90.55%
Wet Handling5th78.5 Km/H80 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.13%
Straight Aqua4th74 Km/H76.4 Km/H-2.4 Km/H96.86%
Snow Braking1st23.5 M100%
Snow Handling2nd47.1 Km/H47.3 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.58%
Noise3rd72.4 dB72.1 dB+0.3 dB99.59%
Price4th710 480 +230 67.61%
Rolling Resistance7th8.55 kg / t6.73 kg / t+1.82 kg / t78.71%
Strong winter abilities, good aquaplaning result, low noise.
Extended wet and dry braking, understeer in the dry.

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6th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th40.6 M38.9 M+1.7 M95.81%
Dry Handling3rd94.3 Km/H95.2 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.05%
Wet Braking6th62 M55.6 M+6.4 M89.68%
Wet Handling6th77.2 Km/H80 Km/H-2.8 Km/H96.5%
Straight Aqua1st76.4 Km/H100%
Snow Braking5th27.1 M23.5 M+3.6 M86.72%
Snow Handling5th45.2 Km/H47.3 Km/H-2.1 Km/H95.56%
Noise5th73 dB72.1 dB+0.9 dB98.77%
Price2nd650 480 +170 73.85%
Rolling Resistance5th7.98 kg / t6.73 kg / t+1.25 kg / t84.34%
Good aquaplaning result.
Slow steering, understeer and long braking distances in the wet, average comfort.

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7th: Gripmax Status AllClimate

Gripmax Status AllClimate
  • 235/55 R19
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th42.1 M38.9 M+3.2 M92.4%
Dry Handling7th92 Km/H95.2 Km/H-3.2 Km/H96.64%
Wet Braking7th88.5 M55.6 M+32.9 M62.82%
Wet Handling7th66.8 Km/H80 Km/H-13.2 Km/H83.5%
Straight Aqua7th68.5 Km/H76.4 Km/H-7.9 Km/H89.66%
Snow Braking7th28.5 M23.5 M+5 M82.46%
Snow Handling7th43 Km/H47.3 Km/H-4.3 Km/H90.91%
Noise7th73.8 dB72.1 dB+1.7 dB97.7%
Price1st480 100%
Rolling Resistance4th7.69 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.96 kg / t87.52%
Low rolling resistance, low price.
Very poor grip in the wet and snow, very long wet braking distances, poor dry handling.

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