Auto Bild tests are always amongst the best in the industry, and this year Auto Bild have taken things a step further. Not only did Auto Bild start with 25 all season tyres in the popular 195/55 R16 size and test them in dry and wet braking to get the best 15 for the full test below, they've also tested things Tyre Reviews was unable to test in the Tyre Reviews 2022 all season tyre test, including real world fuel use, the all important wear test, and new for this year, they tracked the abrasion of the tyres to see which tyre gives off the least particulates to the environment, which is separate from projected tyre life!
|Dry Braking||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 39.9 M||▼Nokian SeasonProof: 46.3 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Dunlop Sport All Season: 93.7 Km/H||▼Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 91.2 Km/H|
|Wet Braking||▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 44.4 M||▼Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 54.5 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Vredestein Quatrac: 74.5 Km/H||▼Toyo Celsius AS2: 70.9 Km/H|
|Wet Circle||▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 12.01 s||▼Toyo Celsius AS2: 12.60 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 84.9 Km/H||▼Kumho Solus 4S HA32 Plus: 77.0 Km/H|
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 3.83 m/sec2||▼Kumho Solus 4S HA32 Plus: 2.81 m/sec2|
|Snow Braking||▲Nokian SeasonProof: 27.2 M||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 32.0 M|
|Snow Traction||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 2574 N||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 2068 N|
|Snow Handling||▲Nokian SeasonProof: 58.0 Km/H||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 53.0 Km/H|
|Snow Slalom||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 4.60 m/sec2||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 3.64 m/sec2|
|Noise||▲Nokian SeasonProof: 71.5 dB||▼Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 72.9 dB|
|Tyre Weight||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 7518 Kg||▼Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 8935 Kg|
|Wear||▲Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 71951 Km||▼Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 40664 Km|
|Value||▲Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 04.31 Price/1000||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 12.20 Price/1000|
|Price||▲Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 310||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 535|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 7.13 kg / t||▼Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 9.35 kg / t|
|Fuel Consumption||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 5.32 l/100km||▼Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 5.79 l/100km|
|Abrasion||▲Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 14.3 Gram/1000km||▼Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02: 23.5 Gram/1000km|
Starting with wear and abrasion, there's a few surprises. Big surprises.
Firstly, the top three. Goodyear performing well isn't unusual, but Nexen and Toyo having the best projected mileage is very impressive. But more shocking is that the traditional kings of wear, Michelin, performed poorly, finishing third from last, and the Continental AllSeasonContact, which historically has done very well in wear tests, also performed badly.
Knowing the wear and price of the tyres allows us to calculate a value score, based on Euros per 1000km, and given Michelin and Continental are some of the most expensive tyres on test, this is an extremely poor result for both brands, and deranks them heavily in the final results.
The results of this wear test certainly doesn't align with previous tests. If true, it's a big shake up we've not seen before, but there's always a chance it might be specific to this size, or it might be an issue with how the wear tests was measured.
New for 2022 is the abrasion tests, which is measured by weighing the tyre before and after the wear test and seeing how much weight was lost. This doesn't track with wear because some tyres have more void ratio in the tread pattern, and some tyres have narrower profiles overall, both meaning less material in the tyre.
In this test, the Michelin did lose the least amount of weight, which is the best result for the environment. This also shows the Michelin compound is still performing well.
The other new interesting dataset in this test was the real world fuel use, which was measured during the wear test. When we compare this against the bench measured rolling resistance data, there's another surprising inversion with Michelin.
This is harder to explain. Theories in the comments please!
Now we know Michelin and Continental have been deranked due to low value scores, this leaves the top few positions open to a surprise result. Sadly, we don't get one.
The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 continues to be an outstanding all season tyre in nearly all conditions, the Vredestein Quatrac also does very well, and the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 rounds out the top three spots, all tyres which performed well in the 2022 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test. It's always nice to get parity amongst tests.
Fortunately for Michelin the dry braking of the CrossClimate 2 is still class leading, with the Kleber Quadraxer 3 (a Michelin tier 2 brand) placing second.
The Dunlop Sport All Season was the best around the dry handling lap, with the Goodyear and Hankook close behind.
In both dry tests the summer tyre was significantly better than any of the all season tyres, and the winter tyre was narrowly last place.
Bridgestone took the lead in wet braking with the WeatherControl A005 EVO being the only all season tyre able to get close to the summer tyre in braking performance.
Wet handling had the impressive Vredestein Quatrac be the fastest tyre around the lap, with the Goodyear and Dunlop once again performing well.
Goodyear had the best straight aquaplaning performance with the Vector 4Seasons Gen-3.
Snow braking was led by the winter tyre, but the margin was small with the best all season tyre, the Nokian SeasonProof less than a meter behind.
The CrossClimate 2 was the only all season tyre able to offer better snow traction than the dedicated winter tyre!
The winter tyre had an advantage during snow handling, with the Nokian and Hankook Kinergy 4S2 proving to be the best of the all season tyres.
The Nokian had the lowest external noise, but the whole group was spread by just 1.9dB.
The excellent wearing Nexen N Blue 4Season was not only the best wearing tyre on test, but also the cheapest, with the Continental and Michelin the most expensive.
View Results as a single table and adjust the score weighting
1st: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
Test winner with convincing driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic wet and dry handling, precise steering behavior, low wear.
Elevated rolling resistance.
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2nd: Vredestein Quatrac
All-season tires with a well-balanced performance profile, short wet and dry braking distances, agile handling, direct steering, low rolling resistance.
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3rd: Hankook Kinergy 4S2
Winter pro with convincing driving characteristics on snow, short wet and dry braking distances, balanced comfort, well priced.
Average mileage and rolling resistance.
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4th: Kleber Quadraxer 3
Good driving performance on snowy and dry slopes, the best safety reserves in aquaplaning, short dry braking distances, good comfort.
Understeering handling on wet roads
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5th: Kumho Solus 4S HA32+
Stable handling, good traction and short braking distances on snow, high mileage, good economy.
Slightly longer wet/dry braking distances, moderate aquaplaning reserves.
6th: Nokian SeasonProof
Convincing driving characteristics on ice and snow, good aquaplaning qualities, stable dry handling, quiet passing noise.
Extended braking distances on wet and dry roads.
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7th: Dunlop Sport All Season
All-rounder with dynamic handling in the wet, good safety reserves when aquaplaning in curves, best comfort.
Understeering snow handling, slightly longer dry braking distance.
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8th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
Good traction and short braking distances on snow, safe aquaplaning qualities, high mileage.
Slightly understeering snow and wet handling, increased rolling resistance, longer dry braking distance.
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9th: Michelin CrossClimate 2
Very good snow properties, short dry braking distances, precise steering behavior, good ride comfort.
Moderate cornering in the wet, low mileage, low value.
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10th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season
Convincing winter qualities, exemplary mileage, cheap price level.
Understeering handling on wet and dry slopes, longer wet braking distances, increased rolling resistance.
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11th: Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02
Short snow and wet braking distances, high mileage, lower rolling resistance.
Moderate cornering on snow, low safety reserves in curved aquaplaning, extended dry braking distance.
11th: Toyo Celsius AS2
High mileage, very good price-performance ratio, good aquaplaning reserves.
Understeering handling and delayed steering response on wet roads, extended wet braking distance.
13th: Continental AllSeasonContact
Best winter qualities, stable wet handling, low rolling resistance.
Understeering handling and longer braking distances on dry roads, limited mileage and economy.
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14th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
Very good aquaplaning qualities, low price.
Delayed steering response, understeering handling in all weather conditions, limited mileage and economy.
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15th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO
Short wet braking distances, low rolling resistance.
Only satisfactory ride qualities on snow and ice, delayed steering response and understeering snow handling, average mileage.
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