2020 AutoBild Van All Season Commercial Tyre Test

As motorhome, van and commercial vehicle tyre testing is new to the Tyre Reviews website, we thought we'd start with the best of the best, and cover the 2020 Auto Bild 235/65 R16 C test, which used a VW Crafter van to test eight cargo rated all season tyres, and included a summer and winter tyre as reference!

As this is an all season tyre test, Auto Bild not only tested the dry and wet performance of all eight tyres, but also the snow ability of each pattern. Read on below for the full results of what is, another fascinating test by Auto Bild.

 

Dry

During the dry testing, the Pirelli proved to be the best all season tyre on test, but was still behind the summer tyre in both braking and handling. Of the all season tyres, Falken struggled the most, however it still had an advantage over the dedicated winter pattern.

Wet

The Pirelli also proved to have the best wet braking performance, again behind the summer tyre. Kleber, Falken and Vredestein were all a significant amount behind the best, while the winter tyre stopped the VW a huge 11 meters behind the best all season, and nearly thirteen meters behind the summer tyre!

The wet handling test had the first outright win for an all season tyre, with the Continental VanContact 4S beating the summer tyre!

Straight aquaplaning testing again had just a single all season tyre besting the summer tyre, this time the Maxxis VanSmart AS AL2.

Snow

Due to the unsafe performance of the summer tyre, Auto Bild chose not to run it during snow testing.

Snow braking was narrowly won by the winter tyre, with the Goodyear and Kleber all season tyres just 0.3 meters behind.

Goodyear and Kleber also proved to be the best during snow traction, this time beating the winter tyre!

The winter tyre took back its advantage during snow handling testing, beating Continental and Vredestein.

Environment

The Pirelli Carrier AllSeason was the quietest all season tyre on test, and the only tyre quieter than the summer tyre.

There was a spread of 11.2kgs per set, or a difference of 2.8kg between the lightest and heaviest tyre on test.

The lightest tyre was also the cheapest tyre.

Continental had a significant fuel saving advantage over the rest of the group.

Results

It's worth mentioning, for a climate like the majority of the UK which sees very little snow, the Pirelli Carrier All Season might actually be the best choice of all season tyres as it offers excellent dry and wet performances while being more usable than a summer tyre in the snow.

1st: Continental VanContact 4Season

Continental VanContact 4Season
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+3.6 M92.56%
Dry Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H99.5%
Wet Braking3rd+3 M94.53%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua6th-3.6 Km/H96.19%
Snow Braking3rd+0.7 M97.23%
Snow Traction3rd-140 N96.86%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise6th+2 dB97.24%
Tyre Weight3rd+4.8 Kg92.11%
Price8th+245 61.11%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Excellent all season tyre with impressive grip in the wet and on snow. Good steering precision, very low rolling resistance.
Average comfort, high price.
Test winner.

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2nd: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Cargo

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Cargo
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+4.9 M90.14%
Dry Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H99.5%
Wet Braking2nd+2.5 M95.4%
Wet Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H99.27%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.7 Km/H98.2%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling4th-0.3 Km/H99.33%
Noise5th+1.9 dB97.38%
Tyre Weight6th+9.2 Kg85.89%
Price7th+215 64.17%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.86 kg / t88.09%
All round talent with safe driving qualities in all weather conditions, good grip and short braking in the wet, good comfort.
Average dry braking.
Good.

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3rd: Kleber Transpro 4S

Kleber Transpro 4S
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+5.1 M89.78%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking6th+6 M89.62%
Wet Handling5th-1.4 Km/H97.96%
Straight Aqua5th-3.5 Km/H96.3%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction2nd-50 N98.88%
Snow Handling7th-0.9 Km/H98%
Noise3rd+1.1 dB98.46%
Tyre Weight2nd+3.2 Kg94.59%
Price6th+210 64.71%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.44 kg / t93.53%
Good traction and braking in the snow, stable dry handling, low noise.
Slightly long dry and wet braking, slow steering in the snow.
Satisfactory.

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4th: Maxxis VanSmart AS AL2

Maxxis VanSmart AS AL2
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+3.5 M92.75%
Dry Handling6th-0.8 Km/H98.66%
Wet Braking4th+3.6 M93.5%
Wet Handling5th-1.4 Km/H97.96%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking5th+1.7 M93.54%
Snow Traction6th-430 N90.36%
Snow Handling6th-0.8 Km/H98.23%
Noise6th+2 dB97.24%
Tyre Weight4th+5.6 Kg90.91%
Price2nd+55 87.5%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.87 kg / t87.97%
Well priced all season tyre with a balanced performance. Good winter performance.
Slow steering in the dry, average wet braking, average comfort.
Satisfactory.

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5th: Pirelli Carrier All Season

Pirelli Carrier All Season
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H99.13%
Straight Aqua2nd-1.3 Km/H98.62%
Snow Braking7th+5.3 M82.27%
Snow Traction7th-600 N86.55%
Snow Handling8th-1.2 Km/H97.34%
Noise1st100%
Tyre Weight7th+10 Kg84.85%
Price3rd+125 75.49%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.48 kg / t92.98%
Good grip in the dry and wet, good aquaplaning safety.
Average snow performance, moderate traction and cornering on ice and snow.
Satisfactory.

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6th: Vredestein Comtrac 2 All Season

Vredestein Comtrac 2 All Season
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+5.3 M89.42%
Dry Handling5th-0.7 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking8th+6.2 M89.31%
Wet Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.42%
Straight Aqua4th-1.9 Km/H97.99%
Snow Braking4th+1.1 M95.72%
Snow Traction5th-345 N92.26%
Snow Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.78%
Noise8th+4.2 dB94.38%
Tyre Weight4th+5.6 Kg90.91%
Price5th+200 65.81%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.04 kg / t85.95%
Good winter qualities with balanced safe behavior, good aquaplaning reserves.
Long wet and dry braking, average dry handling.
Satisfactory.

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7th: Hifly All Transit

Hifly All Transit
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.5 M98.9%
Dry Handling7th-0.9 Km/H98.49%
Wet Braking5th+4 M92.83%
Wet Handling8th-3.3 Km/H95.19%
Straight Aqua8th-4.6 Km/H95.13%
Snow Braking8th+5.6 M81.46%
Snow Traction8th-620 N86.1%
Snow Handling5th-0.6 Km/H98.67%
Noise2nd+0.5 dB99.3%
Tyre Weight1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.54 kg / t92.17%
Good snow handling, low noise.
Understeer and long braking distances in the wet, slow steering in the dry.
Satisfactory.

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8th: Falken EuroAll Season Van11

Falken EuroAll Season Van11
  • 235/65 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+5.9 M88.36%
Dry Handling8th-1.5 Km/H97.48%
Wet Braking6th+6 M89.62%
Wet Handling7th-1.9 Km/H97.23%
Straight Aqua7th-4.5 Km/H95.24%
Snow Braking6th+1.9 M92.83%
Snow Traction4th-330 N92.6%
Snow Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.56%
Noise4th+1.8 dB97.51%
Tyre Weight8th+11.2 Kg83.33%
Price3rd+125 75.49%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.85 kg / t88.21%
Good performance in the snow, good aquaplaning reserves.
Limited grip and understeer in the dry and wet.
Satisfactory.

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