2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

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Dry BrakingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 36.2 MVredestein Quatrac Pro: 40 M
Dry HandlingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 101.04 sCooper Discoverer All Season: 103.43 s
Subj. Dry HandlingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 9.5 PointsNexen N Blue 4 Season: 8.5 Points
Wet BrakingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 36.5 MCooper Discoverer All Season: 41.2 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 70.72 sCooper Discoverer All Season: 73.91 s
Subj. Wet HandlingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 9.5 PointsCooper Discoverer All Season: 7 Points
Straight AquaContinental AllSeasonContact: 84.28 Km/HNexen N Blue 4 Season: 71.98 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningCooper Discoverer All Season: 2.319 m/sec2Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 1.787 m/sec2
Snow BrakingGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 23.75 MCooper Discoverer All Season: 26.7 M
Snow TractionGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 21.56 sCooper Discoverer All Season: 28.03 s
Snow HandlingGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 80.21 sCooper Discoverer All Season: 92.98 s
Subj. Snow HandlingGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 8 PointsVredestein Quatrac Pro: 5 Points
Subj. ComfortBridgestone Weather Control A005: 10 PointsMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 9 Points
NoiseVredestein Quatrac Pro: 57.3 dBCooper Discoverer All Season: 59.1 dB
Rough NoiseNexen N Blue 4 Season: 66.5 dBMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 68.4 dB
PriceGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 66.4 Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 96.6
Rolling ResistanceGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 7.96 kg / tCooper Discoverer All Season: 9.72 kg / t
With the promise of one tyre to work in all conditions, all season tyres are a rapidly growing market segment.

To find out which of these all season tyres is best, and whether they can match a summer and winter tyre, the 2020 Tyre Reviews all season tyre test has tested nine of the best 225/45 R17 all season tyres on the market, and included a summer and winter tyre as reference.

Each set of tyres will be tested for their levels of grip in the dry, wet and snow, have their noise and comfort levels assessed, and their rolling resistance measured, meaning this test should be a complete overview of a tyres performance.

Unfortunately we were unable to conduct wear testing for this test, but it's something we will be working on for next years testing. 

The overall score weighting was based on 30% wet, 25% dry, 25% snow, 10% noise and comfort, and 10% rolling resistance. Further details of the breakdown can be found in the video.

 

 

Dry

The biggest negative quality of any all season tyre is usually the dry performance, as a softer compound combined with more blocks and sipes means less grip, and this has proven to be the case again.

The "summer optimised" Michelin CrossClimate+ delivered on its promise and proved to be the best of the all season tyres in the dry, both objectively and subjectively, but still stopped the VW Golf 1.2 meters behind the summer tyre during dry braking testing.

Another 1.4 meters back was the next best all season tyre, totalling 2.6 meters behind the summer tyre. 

The summer tyre also had a significant lead during dry handling, being the only tyre to break the 100 second mark. The rest of the all season tyres were extremely close to each other, with just 1.4 seconds separating the group.

Subjectively, the summer tyre felt the best during dry handling.

Wet

Wet braking is a key safety quality for an all season tyre, and three of them proved to be more effective than the summer tyre, even at the high test temperatures.

The Bridgestone, Hankook and Goodyear all stopped the car within 0.4 meters of each other, with the next best all season tyre 1.4 meters further on.

Wet handling returned the advantage to the summer tyre, but the margin was small, with the Bridgestone, Hankook and Goodyear trio staying in the top three places.

While the Michelin couldn't match the grip of the best all season tyres, it did feel excellent subjectively.

Continental, Hankook and Cooper all performed well in the deep water aquaplaning testing.

Snow

The snow testing really highlighted just how poor a summer tyre is in adverse weather, with the summer tyre performing dangerously in all three tests.

While none of the all season tyres could match the winter tyre on snow, the Giti, Continental and Goodyear all performed extremely well during snow braking.

Goodyear, Continental and Giti confirmed their straight grip advantage by also claiming the top three for snow traction.

Pleasingly, the snow handling test kept the Giti, Goodyear and Continental in the top three, but the winter tyre could really show its design advantage, offering much more grip when cornering and beating the all season tyres by a significant margin.

Comfort

The subjective comfort of all the tyres on test was extremely close, with only Bridgestone having a small advantage over the group.

All the all season tyres proved to have higher comfort levels than the summer tyre, which is well regarded as a comfortable summer tyre.

Noise testing was conducted on two surfaces, at different speeds, with the dB curves averaged out.

Cost

The new Goodyear narrowly beat the Bridgestone for the lowest rolling resistance of the all season tyres, however if rolling resistance is your priority, the summer tyre  has a significant advantage.

The premium summer tyre was cheaper than the cheapest all season tyre, with the Michelin proving to be the most expensive.

Results

1st: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • Production: 5019
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th39.2 M36.2 M+3 M92.35%
Dry Handling3rd101.22 s101.04 s+0.18 s99.82%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd9 Points9.5 Points-0.5 Points94.74%
Wet Braking3rd36.9 M36.5 M+0.4 M98.92%
Wet Handling2nd70.83 s70.72 s+0.11 s99.84%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd9.2 Points9.5 Points-0.3 Points96.84%
Straight Aqua5th79.03 Km/H84.28 Km/H-5.25 Km/H93.77%
Curved Aquaplaning5th1.988 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.33 m/sec285.73%
Snow Braking3rd23.87 M23.75 M+0.12 M99.5%
Snow Traction1st21.56 s100%
Snow Handling2nd81.35 s80.21 s+1.14 s98.6%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd7 Points8 Points-1 Points87.5%
Subj. Comfort4th9.5 Points10 Points-0.5 Points95%
Noise3rd57.6 dB57.3 dB+0.3 dB99.48%
Rough Noise4th67 dB66.5 dB+0.5 dB99.25%
Price7th87 66.4 +20.6 76.32%
Rolling Resistance1st7.96 kg / t100%
Good in the dry, excellent in the wet, excellent in snow, lowest rolling resistance on test and good levels of comfort.
Average dry braking.
The new Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-3 earns a win in its first test, proving to have the most rounded ability of all the all season tyres included.


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2nd: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Hankook Kinergy 4S2
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • Production: 5219
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd37.9 M36.2 M+1.7 M95.51%
Dry Handling5th101.36 s101.04 s+0.32 s99.68%
Subj. Dry Handling4th8.8 Points9.5 Points-0.7 Points92.63%
Wet Braking2nd36.8 M36.5 M+0.3 M99.18%
Wet Handling3rd71.08 s70.72 s+0.36 s99.49%
Subj. Wet Handling1st9.5 Points100%
Straight Aqua2nd82.91 Km/H84.28 Km/H-1.37 Km/H98.37%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd2.146 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.17 m/sec292.54%
Snow Braking4th24.73 M23.75 M+0.98 M96.04%
Snow Traction6th24.17 s21.56 s+2.61 s89.2%
Snow Handling4th81.92 s80.21 s+1.71 s97.91%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd7 Points8 Points-1 Points87.5%
Subj. Comfort2nd9.8 Points10 Points-0.2 Points98%
Noise5th58.4 dB57.3 dB+1.1 dB98.12%
Rough Noise5th67.1 dB66.5 dB+0.6 dB99.11%
Price6th85.34 66.4 +18.94 77.81%
Rolling Resistance5th8.57 kg / t7.96 kg / t+0.61 kg / t92.88%
An extremely balanced all season tyre which works well in almost every category on test.
Average snow traction.
The Kinergy 4S2 is a hugely impressive tyre with no real weakness.


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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 225/45 R17 94V
  • Production: 4919
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th39.1 M36.2 M+2.9 M92.58%
Dry Handling6th101.59 s101.04 s+0.55 s99.46%
Subj. Dry Handling4th8.8 Points9.5 Points-0.7 Points92.63%
Wet Braking4th38.3 M36.5 M+1.8 M95.3%
Wet Handling4th71.62 s70.72 s+0.9 s98.74%
Subj. Wet Handling6th9 Points9.5 Points-0.5 Points94.74%
Straight Aqua1st84.28 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd2.058 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.26 m/sec288.75%
Snow Braking2nd23.84 M23.75 M+0.09 M99.62%
Snow Traction2nd21.95 s21.56 s+0.39 s98.22%
Snow Handling3rd81.43 s80.21 s+1.22 s98.5%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd7.5 Points8 Points-0.5 Points93.75%
Subj. Comfort8th9.2 Points10 Points-0.8 Points92%
Noise5th58.4 dB57.3 dB+1.1 dB98.12%
Rough Noise8th67.9 dB66.5 dB+1.4 dB97.94%
Price8th92.6 66.4 +26.2 71.71%
Rolling Resistance3rd8.48 kg / t7.96 kg / t+0.52 kg / t93.87%
High levels of grip in the wet and on snow, very high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Average grip in the dry, increased noise levels.
The AllSeasonContact is a very well balanced all season tyre, and works well in all conditions.


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4th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • Production: 4719
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd37.6 M36.2 M+1.4 M96.28%
Dry Handling4th101.35 s101.04 s+0.31 s99.69%
Subj. Dry Handling4th8.8 Points9.5 Points-0.7 Points92.63%
Wet Braking1st36.5 M100%
Wet Handling1st70.72 s100%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd9.2 Points9.5 Points-0.3 Points96.84%
Straight Aqua7th73.99 Km/H84.28 Km/H-10.29 Km/H87.79%
Curved Aquaplaning6th1.961 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.36 m/sec284.56%
Snow Braking7th25.75 M23.75 M+2 M92.23%
Snow Traction7th24.98 s21.56 s+3.42 s86.31%
Snow Handling8th88.51 s80.21 s+8.3 s90.62%
Subj. Snow Handling8th5 Points8 Points-3 Points62.5%
Subj. Comfort1st10 Points100%
Noise3rd57.6 dB57.3 dB+0.3 dB99.48%
Rough Noise2nd66.9 dB66.5 dB+0.4 dB99.4%
Price5th83.28 66.4 +16.88 79.73%
Rolling Resistance2nd8.01 kg / t7.96 kg / t+0.05 kg / t99.38%
Good in the dry, best on test in the wet, very low rolling resistance, highest levels of comfort, low noise.
Low grip in the snow for an all season tyre, average aquaplaning resistance.
The WeatherControl A005 excels in the dry and wet, and has the highest levels of comfort. It is the all season tyre to pick if you live in a climate which sees very little snow.


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5th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • Production: 4919
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st36.2 M100%
Dry Handling1st101.04 s100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st9.5 Points100%
Wet Braking6th38.8 M36.5 M+2.3 M94.07%
Wet Handling6th72.12 s70.72 s+1.4 s98.06%
Subj. Wet Handling1st9.5 Points100%
Straight Aqua6th75.66 Km/H84.28 Km/H-8.62 Km/H89.77%
Curved Aquaplaning8th1.797 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.52 m/sec277.49%
Snow Braking6th25.15 M23.75 M+1.4 M94.43%
Snow Traction5th22.74 s21.56 s+1.18 s94.81%
Snow Handling5th83.22 s80.21 s+3.01 s96.38%
Subj. Snow Handling5th6.8 Points8 Points-1.2 Points85%
Subj. Comfort9th9 Points10 Points-1 Points90%
Noise7th58.9 dB57.3 dB+1.6 dB97.28%
Rough Noise9th68.4 dB66.5 dB+1.9 dB97.22%
Price9th96.6 66.4 +30.2 68.74%
Rolling Resistance6th8.77 kg / t7.96 kg / t+0.81 kg / t90.76%
Best on test in the dry with good handling and short dry braking.
Average wet braking, most expensive tyre on test, higher levels of noise.
The CrossClimate+ excels in the dry and is fine in the snow, but couldn't match the latest generation of all season tyres in the wet. The CrossClimate 2 will be coming to market in 2021.


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6th: Giti GitiAllSeason AS1

Giti GitiAllSeason AS1
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • Production: 0120
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th40 M36.2 M+3.8 M90.5%
Dry Handling7th102.2 s101.04 s+1.16 s98.86%
Subj. Dry Handling8th8.5 Points9.5 Points-1 Points89.47%
Wet Braking8th40.4 M36.5 M+3.9 M90.35%
Wet Handling8th72.94 s70.72 s+2.22 s96.96%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd9.2 Points9.5 Points-0.3 Points96.84%
Straight Aqua4th79.68 Km/H84.28 Km/H-4.6 Km/H94.54%
Curved Aquaplaning4th2.007 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.31 m/sec286.55%
Snow Braking1st23.75 M100%
Snow Traction3rd22.48 s21.56 s+0.92 s95.91%
Snow Handling1st80.21 s100%
Subj. Snow Handling1st8 Points100%
Subj. Comfort4th9.5 Points10 Points-0.5 Points95%
Noise8th59.1 dB57.3 dB+1.8 dB96.95%
Rough Noise7th67.7 dB66.5 dB+1.2 dB98.23%
Price1st66.4 100%
Rolling Resistance4th8.54 kg / t7.96 kg / t+0.58 kg / t93.21%
Best in snow, low rolling resistance, good aquaplaning resistance, well priced.
Low grip in the wet, long dry braking, high noise levels.
The GitiAllSeason is the most winter like all season tyre in the test and wins the snow testing, however struggles in the dry and wet.

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7th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

Nexen N Blue 4 Season
  • 225/45 R17 94V
  • Production: 5119
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th39.3 M36.2 M+3.1 M92.11%
Dry Handling8th102.72 s101.04 s+1.68 s98.36%
Subj. Dry Handling8th8.5 Points9.5 Points-1 Points89.47%
Wet Braking7th39.5 M36.5 M+3 M92.41%
Wet Handling7th72.6 s70.72 s+1.88 s97.41%
Subj. Wet Handling6th9 Points9.5 Points-0.5 Points94.74%
Straight Aqua9th71.98 Km/H84.28 Km/H-12.3 Km/H85.41%
Curved Aquaplaning9th1.787 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.53 m/sec277.06%
Snow Braking5th24.91 M23.75 M+1.16 M95.34%
Snow Traction4th22.62 s21.56 s+1.06 s95.31%
Snow Handling6th83.87 s80.21 s+3.66 s95.64%
Subj. Snow Handling6th6 Points8 Points-2 Points75%
Subj. Comfort2nd9.8 Points10 Points-0.2 Points98%
Noise2nd57.5 dB57.3 dB+0.2 dB99.65%
Rough Noise1st66.5 dB100%
Price1st66.4 100%
Rolling Resistance8th9.32 kg / t7.96 kg / t+1.36 kg / t85.41%
Good snow traction, very low levels of noise, good levels of comfort, well priced.
Low grip in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.
The N'Blue 4Season is a quiet and comfortable tyre, but lacks the grip of the best all season tyres on test.

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8th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 225/45 R17 94Y
  • Production: 3919
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th40 M36.2 M+3.8 M90.5%
Dry Handling1st101.04 s100%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd9.2 Points9.5 Points-0.3 Points96.84%
Wet Braking5th38.6 M36.5 M+2.1 M94.56%
Wet Handling5th71.75 s70.72 s+1.03 s98.56%
Subj. Wet Handling8th8.5 Points9.5 Points-1 Points89.47%
Straight Aqua8th72.91 Km/H84.28 Km/H-11.37 Km/H86.51%
Curved Aquaplaning7th1.816 m/sec22.319 m/sec2-0.5 m/sec278.31%
Snow Braking8th26.64 M23.75 M+2.89 M89.15%
Snow Traction8th27.05 s21.56 s+5.49 s79.7%
Snow Handling7th86.15 s80.21 s+5.94 s93.11%
Subj. Snow Handling8th5 Points8 Points-3 Points62.5%
Subj. Comfort4th9.5 Points10 Points-0.5 Points95%
Noise1st57.3 dB100%
Rough Noise6th67.2 dB66.5 dB+0.7 dB98.96%
Price4th78.6 66.4 +12.2 84.48%
Rolling Resistance7th9.26 kg / t7.96 kg / t+1.3 kg / t85.96%
Excellent dry handling for an all season tyre, low noise averages, well priced.
Long dry braking, low aquaplaning resistance, low levels of grip in the snow, high rolling resistance.
The Quatrac Pro is the only asymmetric pattern all season tyre in the test, and that seems to have hindered it in all key all season tests.

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9th: Cooper Discoverer All Season

Cooper Discoverer All Season
  • 225/45 R17 94W
  • Production: 2819
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th38.5 M36.2 M+2.3 M94.03%
Dry Handling9th103.43 s101.04 s+2.39 s97.69%
Subj. Dry Handling4th8.8 Points9.5 Points-0.7 Points92.63%
Wet Braking9th41.2 M36.5 M+4.7 M88.59%
Wet Handling9th73.91 s70.72 s+3.19 s95.68%
Subj. Wet Handling9th7 Points9.5 Points-2.5 Points73.68%
Straight Aqua3rd81.96 Km/H84.28 Km/H-2.32 Km/H97.25%
Curved Aquaplaning1st2.319 m/sec2100%
Snow Braking9th26.7 M23.75 M+2.95 M88.95%
Snow Traction9th28.03 s21.56 s+6.47 s76.92%
Snow Handling9th92.98 s80.21 s+12.77 s86.27%
Subj. Snow Handling6th6 Points8 Points-2 Points75%
Subj. Comfort4th9.5 Points10 Points-0.5 Points95%
Noise8th59.1 dB57.3 dB+1.8 dB96.95%
Rough Noise2nd66.9 dB66.5 dB+0.4 dB99.4%
Price3rd67.9 66.4 +1.5 97.79%
Rolling Resistance9th9.72 kg / t7.96 kg / t+1.76 kg / t81.89%
Well priced, good aquaplaning resistance, good in dry braking.
High rolling resistance, low grip in the wet, low grip in snow.
The Discoverer All Season is a well priced all season tyre, however it lacks grip in all conditions compared to the best on test.

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