2022 Auto Bild SUV All Season Tyre Test

The 2022 Auto Bild SUV all season tyre test has tested eleven popular all season tyres in 225/50 R18 tyre size and included a summer and winter tyre as comparison references! 225/50 R18 is a small sidewalled tyre for an SUV,  this is aimed at the more compact crossover SUV all season tyre market, with Auto Bild using a BMW X2 for the testing.

There will be no surprise at the winners of the test, with the products from Michelin, Hankook, Continental and Goodyear all performing well across the important dry, wet and snow tests.

The included reference summer and winter tyres made for some interesting data, especially when the winter tyre didn't perform best in all the snow tests, and some of the all season tyres ahead of the summer tyre in the wet! Read on for all the stats.

Dry

Naturally the summer tyre led the way in dry braking, with the Michelin CrossClimate SUV and Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3 close behind. 

Bridgestone managed to jump up the order for dry handling proving to be the fastest tyre, and almost matching the summer tyre around the lap! Goodyear was best of the rest, which is always a surprise given its lack of ability in dry braking, but it seems to be a trend consistent across many tests. 

The winter tyre managed to be better than the worst all season tyre, which was the Toyo Celsius AS2.

Wet

The summer tyre was also the best in wet braking with the Michelin again performing well. The Goodride All Season Elite Z401 had dangerously long wet braking, stopping the BMW nearly 20 meters after the summer tyre!

The top four tyres were very close around the wet handling lap, with the winter tyre making a surprise midpack appearance!

The Michelin proved to be the best in the deeper water of the straight aquaplaning test.

Snow

The winter tyre had an impressive advantage during snow braking.

But the winter tyre couldn't match the best, or even second best all season tyre during snow traction testing.

The winter won back its lead during snow handling, but the Continental AllSeasonContact had a very fast lap to almost match its average speed.

Environment

The Maxxis was significantly noisier than the other tyres on test at 80 km/h. The winter tyre did prove to be even noisier than all the all season tyres on test, however this isn't a normal trend, winter tyres can be just as quiet as all season tyres, especially internally.

The Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 EVO had the lowest rolling resistance, with Maxxis and Falken costing you the most at the pumps.

The trend of getting what you pay for in terms of price vs overall results tracks almost perfectly, apart from the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 X coming in at a very reasonable price for its performance level, and the Bridgestone comparatively overpriced.

Results

1st: Michelin CrossClimate SUV

Michelin CrossClimate SUV
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st35.6 M100%
Dry Handling4th109.6 Km/H110.7 Km/H-1.1 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking1st43.4 M100%
Wet Handling6th83.2 Km/H84.3 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.7%
Wet Circle6th16.15 s15.8 s+0.35 s97.83%
Straight Aqua1st85.1 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning4th3.49 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.2 m/sec294.58%
Snow Braking8th26.9 M25.1 M+1.8 M93.31%
Snow Traction7th2507 N2678 N-171 N93.61%
Snow Handling3rd56.3 Km/H57.2 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.43%
Snow Slalom5th4.09 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.15 m/sec296.46%
Noise1st71.9 dB100%
Price11th800 290 +510 36.25%
Rolling Resistance5th7.97 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.71 kg / t91.09%
Exemplary all-season tyre with impressive ride qualities in all weather conditions, good aquaplaning safety, short wet and dry braking distances.
High price.
Exemplary.

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2nd: Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X

Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th37.6 M35.6 M+2 M94.68%
Dry Handling4th109.6 Km/H110.7 Km/H-1.1 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking4th44.4 M43.4 M+1 M97.75%
Wet Handling5th83.6 Km/H84.3 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.17%
Wet Circle5th16.02 s15.8 s+0.22 s98.63%
Straight Aqua3rd82.5 Km/H85.1 Km/H-2.6 Km/H96.94%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd3.65 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.04 m/sec298.92%
Snow Braking1st25.1 M100%
Snow Traction2nd2663 N2678 N-15 N99.44%
Snow Handling4th55.6 Km/H57.2 Km/H-1.6 Km/H97.2%
Snow Slalom3rd4.15 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.09 m/sec297.88%
Noise7th72.5 dB71.9 dB+0.6 dB99.17%
Price5th615 290 +325 47.15%
Rolling Resistance7th8.02 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.76 kg / t90.52%
All-round talent with balanced performance, strong winter performance, stable handling in all weathers, short braking distances, low price.
Moderate ride comfort.
Exemplary.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th38.7 M35.6 M+3.1 M91.99%
Dry Handling8th108.8 Km/H110.7 Km/H-1.9 Km/H98.28%
Wet Braking3rd43.9 M43.4 M+0.5 M98.86%
Wet Handling2nd84.2 Km/H84.3 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.88%
Wet Circle1st15.8 s100%
Straight Aqua4th82 Km/H85.1 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.36%
Curved Aquaplaning1st3.69 m/sec2100%
Snow Braking3rd25.3 M25.1 M+0.2 M99.21%
Snow Traction3rd2599 N2678 N-79 N97.05%
Snow Handling1st57.2 Km/H100%
Snow Slalom1st4.24 m/sec2100%
Noise3rd72 dB71.9 dB+0.1 dB99.86%
Price8th700 290 +410 41.43%
Rolling Resistance4th7.65 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.39 kg / t94.9%
Balanced premium tyre with the best winter qualities, dynamic wet handling, good safety reserves for aquaplaning, low rolling resistance.
Slightly understeering dry handling.
Good.

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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 SUV

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 SUV
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th39.5 M35.6 M+3.9 M90.13%
Dry Handling2nd110 Km/H110.7 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.37%
Wet Braking7th45.4 M43.4 M+2 M95.59%
Wet Handling1st84.3 Km/H100%
Wet Circle4th15.96 s15.8 s+0.16 s99%
Straight Aqua8th79.9 Km/H85.1 Km/H-5.2 Km/H93.89%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd3.52 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.17 m/sec295.39%
Snow Braking1st25.1 M100%
Snow Traction1st2678 N100%
Snow Handling2nd56.4 Km/H57.2 Km/H-0.8 Km/H98.6%
Snow Slalom4th4.13 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.11 m/sec297.41%
Noise7th72.5 dB71.9 dB+0.6 dB99.17%
Price9th715 290 +425 40.56%
Rolling Resistance9th8.06 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.8 kg / t90.07%
A proven all-season tyre with balanced high performance potential, stable handling, precise steering behavior, quiet passing noise, good comfort.
Slightly longer dry braking distances.
Good.

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5th: Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2

Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd36.8 M35.6 M+1.2 M96.74%
Dry Handling3rd109.9 Km/H110.7 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.28%
Wet Braking8th46.2 M43.4 M+2.8 M93.94%
Wet Handling9th82.2 Km/H84.3 Km/H-2.1 Km/H97.51%
Wet Circle8th16.3 s15.8 s+0.5 s96.93%
Straight Aqua2nd82.8 Km/H85.1 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.3%
Curved Aquaplaning7th3.34 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.35 m/sec290.51%
Snow Braking3rd25.3 M25.1 M+0.2 M99.21%
Snow Traction4th2595 N2678 N-83 N96.9%
Snow Handling5th55.5 Km/H57.2 Km/H-1.7 Km/H97.03%
Snow Slalom2nd4.18 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.06 m/sec298.58%
Noise1st71.9 dB100%
Price7th695 290 +405 41.73%
Rolling Resistance6th8 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.74 kg / t90.75%
An all-rounder with convincing driving characteristics on snowy and dry roads, very good snow traction, dynamic dry handling.
Average lateral grip on wet roads.
Good.

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5th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th39 M35.6 M+3.4 M91.28%
Dry Handling6th109.3 Km/H110.7 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking2nd43.8 M43.4 M+0.4 M99.09%
Wet Handling4th84 Km/H84.3 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.64%
Wet Circle3rd15.88 s15.8 s+0.08 s99.5%
Straight Aqua10th77.7 Km/H85.1 Km/H-7.4 Km/H91.3%
Curved Aquaplaning10th3.06 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.63 m/sec282.93%
Snow Braking5th25.7 M25.1 M+0.6 M97.67%
Snow Traction6th2557 N2678 N-121 N95.48%
Snow Handling7th54.1 Km/H57.2 Km/H-3.1 Km/H94.58%
Snow Slalom6th3.95 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.29 m/sec293.16%
Noise4th72.1 dB71.9 dB+0.2 dB99.72%
Price6th650 290 +360 44.62%
Rolling Resistance8th8.04 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.78 kg / t90.3%
All-season tyres with good snow qualities, stable handling and short braking distances on wet surfaces, low rolling noise.
Limited aquaplaning resistance.
Good.

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7th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th38.5 M35.6 M+2.9 M92.47%
Dry Handling9th108.6 Km/H110.7 Km/H-2.1 Km/H98.1%
Wet Braking6th44.9 M43.4 M+1.5 M96.66%
Wet Handling3rd84.1 Km/H84.3 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.76%
Wet Circle2nd15.84 s15.8 s+0.04 s99.75%
Straight Aqua7th81 Km/H85.1 Km/H-4.1 Km/H95.18%
Curved Aquaplaning6th3.36 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.33 m/sec291.06%
Snow Braking7th26.8 M25.1 M+1.7 M93.66%
Snow Traction8th2443 N2678 N-235 N91.22%
Snow Handling7th54.1 Km/H57.2 Km/H-3.1 Km/H94.58%
Snow Slalom10th3.68 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.56 m/sec286.79%
Noise7th72.5 dB71.9 dB+0.6 dB99.17%
Price4th600 290 +310 48.33%
Rolling Resistance11th8.49 kg / t7.26 kg / t+1.23 kg / t85.51%
Dynamic handling with precise cornering and short braking distances in the wet, good aquaplaning qualities, low price.
Understeer behavior on snowy and dry roads.
Good.

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8th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO

Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th37.1 M35.6 M+1.5 M95.96%
Dry Handling1st110.7 Km/H100%
Wet Braking5th44.5 M43.4 M+1.1 M97.53%
Wet Handling8th82.4 Km/H84.3 Km/H-1.9 Km/H97.75%
Wet Circle8th16.3 s15.8 s+0.5 s96.93%
Straight Aqua9th79.8 Km/H85.1 Km/H-5.3 Km/H93.77%
Curved Aquaplaning8th3.29 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.4 m/sec289.16%
Snow Braking5th25.7 M25.1 M+0.6 M97.67%
Snow Traction8th2443 N2678 N-235 N91.22%
Snow Handling9th53.5 Km/H57.2 Km/H-3.7 Km/H93.53%
Snow Slalom8th3.75 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.49 m/sec288.44%
Noise5th72.3 dB71.9 dB+0.4 dB99.45%
Price10th725 290 +435 40%
Rolling Resistance1st7.26 kg / t100%
Dry specialist with precise handling and short dry braking distances, low rolling resistance.
Moderate steering precision and understeer on snow and wet roads.
Adequate.

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9th: Toyo Celsius AS2

Toyo Celsius AS2
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th37.7 M35.6 M+2.1 M94.43%
Dry Handling11th107.4 Km/H110.7 Km/H-3.3 Km/H97.02%
Wet Braking9th48.1 M43.4 M+4.7 M90.23%
Wet Handling10th80.7 Km/H84.3 Km/H-3.6 Km/H95.73%
Wet Circle10th16.4 s15.8 s+0.6 s96.34%
Straight Aqua6th81.1 Km/H85.1 Km/H-4 Km/H95.3%
Curved Aquaplaning5th3.48 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.21 m/sec294.31%
Snow Braking8th26.9 M25.1 M+1.8 M93.31%
Snow Traction10th2281 N2678 N-397 N85.18%
Snow Handling6th55.3 Km/H57.2 Km/H-1.9 Km/H96.68%
Snow Slalom7th3.87 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.37 m/sec291.27%
Noise6th72.4 dB71.9 dB+0.5 dB99.31%
Price3rd590 290 +300 49.15%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.33 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.07 kg / t99.05%
Good snow and aquaplaning qualities, pleasantly quiet comfort, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
Average grip in the wet, with understeer in the wet and dry.
Adequate.

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10th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd36.7 M35.6 M+1.1 M97%
Dry Handling7th109.1 Km/H110.7 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.55%
Wet Braking10th49.1 M43.4 M+5.7 M88.39%
Wet Handling7th82.7 Km/H84.3 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.1%
Wet Circle7th16.19 s15.8 s+0.39 s97.59%
Straight Aqua5th81.2 Km/H85.1 Km/H-3.9 Km/H95.42%
Curved Aquaplaning9th3.23 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-0.46 m/sec287.53%
Snow Braking11th33 M25.1 M+7.9 M76.06%
Snow Traction11th1984 N2678 N-694 N74.09%
Snow Handling11th50.8 Km/H57.2 Km/H-6.4 Km/H88.81%
Snow Slalom11th3.36 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.88 m/sec279.25%
Noise11th74.3 dB71.9 dB+2.4 dB96.77%
Price2nd540 290 +250 53.7%
Rolling Resistance10th8.37 kg / t7.26 kg / t+1.11 kg / t86.74%
Short dry braking distances, low price.
Bad winter performance, clearly limited grip and understeering handling on ice and snow, longer wet braking distances.
Not recommended.

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11th: Goodride All Season Elite Z 401

Goodride All Season Elite Z 401
  • 225/50 R18
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking11th40.9 M35.6 M+5.3 M87.04%
Dry Handling10th107.5 Km/H110.7 Km/H-3.2 Km/H97.11%
Wet Braking11th59.5 M43.4 M+16.1 M72.94%
Wet Handling11th77.5 Km/H84.3 Km/H-6.8 Km/H91.93%
Wet Circle11th17.38 s15.8 s+1.58 s90.91%
Straight Aqua11th75.1 Km/H85.1 Km/H-10 Km/H88.25%
Curved Aquaplaning11th2.48 m/sec23.69 m/sec2-1.21 m/sec267.21%
Snow Braking10th27.4 M25.1 M+2.3 M91.61%
Snow Traction5th2585 N2678 N-93 N96.53%
Snow Handling10th53.3 Km/H57.2 Km/H-3.9 Km/H93.18%
Snow Slalom9th3.73 m/sec24.24 m/sec2-0.51 m/sec287.97%
Noise10th72.9 dB71.9 dB+1 dB98.63%
Price1st290 100%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.55 kg / t7.26 kg / t+0.29 kg / t96.16%
Low rolling resistance, low price level.
Dangerously extended wet braking distances, limited wet grip, spongy driving behavior, delayed steering response in all weathers.
Not recommended.

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