2022 Sport Auto All Season Tyre Test

The testing heroes at Sport Auto have answered a question we've all wanted to know the answer to! Just how good are all season tyres in large wheel sizes on a performance vehicle?

To answer this, Sport Auto have tested six of the best all season tyres, and included a NAMED summer and winter tyre, the Bridgestone Potenza Sport UUHP summer tyre, and the test winning Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 winter tyre.

It's a good test.

Dry BrakingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 36.7 MGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 43.9 M
Dry HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 127.3 Km/HBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 120.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingVredestein Quatrac Pro: 30.1 MToyo Celsius AS2: 39.5 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Quatrac Pro: 75.4 Km/HToyo Celsius AS2: 68.5 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Potenza Sport: 8.45 m/sToyo Celsius AS2: 7.58 m/s
Straight AquaToyo Celsius AS2: 75.6 Km/HBridgestone Weather Control A005: 68.7 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningBridgestone Potenza Sport: 2.76 m/sec2Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 1.84 m/sec2
Snow BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 26.1 MBridgestone Potenza Sport: 56.8 M
Snow HandlingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 47.9 Km/HBridgestone Potenza Sport: 17.6 Km/H
Snow SlalomBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 3.49 m/sec2Bridgestone Potenza Sport: 1.23 m/sec2
NoiseVredestein Quatrac Pro: 71.1 dBBridgestone Potenza Sport: 73.9 dB
PriceBridgestone Potenza Sport: 171 Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 240
Rolling ResistanceContinental AllSeasonContact: 7.5 kg / tBridgestone Potenza Sport: 9.8 kg / t

Dry

What can we learn? Naturally the summer tyre wins the dry tests, that's no surprise, but there's quite a big delta in dry braking and a huge difference in dry handling! The winter also places as you'd expect in dry handling, although it does beat the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons G3 in dry braking, which is always a weakness of that all season tyre.

Wet

Wet braking is quite a surprise. The tests were done at 8c, and it's important to remember the Potenza Sport UUHP summer tyre is one of the UUHP tyres that does need a bit of temperature to work, but in this test the summer tyre could only manage mid pack in wet braking and near the bottom during wet handling! The rear star is the winter tyre, beating all the all season tyres are relatively warm winter conditions, apart from the Vredestein Quatrac Pro, which is always outstanding in the wet.

Snow

Fortunately the winter tyre was also the best in all the snow tests and the summer tyre the worst.

As we've seen in other tests, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 is as close to a winter tyre as any all season tyre is.

Environment

Noise is an interesting test, with the summer tyre by far the nosiest and the winter tyre once again only being beat by the Vredestein. Summer tyres are usually closer to all season tyres in noise, this Potenza Sport is particularly noisy.

There was quite a spread in rolling resistance, with the AllSeasonContact proving to be the best of the group.

Interestingly all the all season tyres were priced between the summer and winter tyres.

Results

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1st: Michelin CrossClimate 2

Michelin CrossClimate 2
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/B/71
  • Weight: 9.98kgs
  • Tread: 6.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+1.5 M96.07%
Dry Handling2nd-4.4 Km/H96.54%
Wet Braking7th+5.5 M84.55%
Wet Handling7th-5.5 Km/H92.71%
Wet Circle7th-0.74 m/s91.24%
Straight Aqua5th-4.2 Km/H94.44%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.73 m/sec273.55%
Snow Braking2nd+0.2 M99.24%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.58%
Snow Slalom2nd-0.08 m/sec297.71%
Noise5th+1 dB98.61%
Price6th+37 82.21%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.1 kg / t98.68%
Very good on snow with a high level of grip and a comparatively wide limit range for an all-season. Very short braking distances dry. Good feedback and high grip in dry corners, good safety reserves.
Slightly longer braking distances in the wet and heavy understeer in wet turns, somewhat reduced aquaplaning safety. Weakly audible howling noise between 50 and 30 km/h (determined when the vehicle coasts from 80 km/h)
Test Winner / Very Good.

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2nd: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/B/71
  • Weight: 11.1kgs
  • Tread: 7.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+6.3 M85.35%
Dry Handling4th-4.6 Km/H96.39%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle2nd-0.28 m/s96.69%
Straight Aqua7th-5.5 Km/H92.72%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.83 m/sec269.93%
Snow Braking7th+4.8 M84.47%
Snow Handling7th-4.4 Km/H90.81%
Snow Slalom7th-0.43 m/sec287.68%
Noise1st100%
Price2nd+3 98.28%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.5 kg / t83.33%
Moderate grip on snow, but excellent wet grip with very precise and reliable handling. Reliable performance even in the dry. Very quiet on the outside and inside, comfortable.
Slightly longer braking distances on snow, a bit nervous and sensitive to load changes when cornering. High rolling resistance.
Very Good.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 8.86kgs
  • Tread: 7.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+5.6 M86.76%
Dry Handling6th-5.5 Km/H95.68%
Wet Braking6th+4.4 M87.25%
Wet Handling4th-3.3 Km/H95.62%
Wet Circle4th-0.46 m/s94.56%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.2 Km/H95.77%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.34 m/sec287.68%
Snow Braking3rd+2.7 M90.63%
Snow Handling3rd-1.7 Km/H96.45%
Snow Slalom4th-0.3 m/sec291.4%
Noise7th+2 dB97.26%
Price4th+22 88.6%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Very good traction and easy to control driving behavior on snow, cooperates very well with the ASR/ESP/ABS control systems. Quite safe from aquaplaning, good level of grip and safe handling on dry roads, very low rolling resistance.
Sharp traction break, narrow slip zone on snow. Slightly longer braking distances on wet and dry roads.
Very Good.

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4th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 10.3kgs
  • Tread: 6.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+3.3 M91.75%
Dry Handling3rd-4.5 Km/H96.47%
Wet Braking3rd+2.8 M91.49%
Wet Handling5th-3.7 Km/H95.09%
Wet Circle3rd-0.42 m/s95.03%
Straight Aqua8th-6.9 Km/H90.87%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.92 m/sec266.67%
Snow Braking5th+2.9 M90%
Snow Handling5th-2.8 Km/H94.15%
Snow Slalom6th-0.41 m/sec288.25%
Noise5th+1 dB98.61%
Price3rd+11 93.96%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.8 kg / t90.36%
Quite balanced performance on snow for an all-season, decent grip in the wet, cornering, precise and quite similar to a summer tire in the dry.
Comparatively narrow threshold range on snow, low aquaplaning resistance, faintly audible, humming road noise at low speeds.
Good.

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4th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 235/35 R19 91W
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 10.46kgs
  • Tread: 8.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+6.4 M85.15%
Dry Handling8th-7 Km/H94.5%
Wet Braking2nd+2.6 M92.05%
Wet Handling2nd-1.7 Km/H97.75%
Wet Circle6th-0.48 m/s94.32%
Straight Aqua4th-4.1 Km/H94.58%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.74 m/sec273.19%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Snow Slalom1st100%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price8th+69 71.25%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.1 kg / t87.21%
Reference winter tires with better grip due to the system and wider slip and limit areas on snow. Easily manageable even in critical situations. Good wet grip, decent ride comfort.
Significant deficits when driving fast on winding, dry roads. Sluggish steering response, strong understeer. Very weakly perceptible rolling noise inside the vehicle, increased rolling resistance.

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5th: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/C/72
  • Weight: 9.4kgs
  • Tread: 8.3mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+7.2 M83.6%
Dry Handling7th-5.7 Km/H95.52%
Wet Braking5th+3.4 M89.85%
Wet Handling3rd-2.3 Km/H96.95%
Wet Circle5th-0.47 m/s94.44%
Straight Aqua6th-5.2 Km/H93.12%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.72 m/sec273.91%
Snow Braking4th+2.8 M90.31%
Snow Handling6th-3 Km/H93.74%
Snow Slalom3rd-0.29 m/sec291.69%
Noise4th+0.6 dB99.16%
Price7th+55 75.66%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.5 kg / t83.33%
Decent grip and agile handling on snow, safer and wider limit area on wet. Very manageable on dry roads, but not very dynamic.
Low reserves for spinning wheels on snow. Not very stable when changing loads in the wet. Longer braking distances on dry asphalt, high rolling resistance.
Good.

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6th: Toyo Celsius AS2

Toyo Celsius AS2
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/B/71
  • Weight: 9.92kgs
  • Tread: 7.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+4.2 M89.73%
Dry Handling5th-5.2 Km/H95.92%
Wet Braking8th+9.4 M76.2%
Wet Handling8th-6.9 Km/H90.85%
Wet Circle8th-0.87 m/s89.7%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.18 m/sec293.48%
Snow Braking6th+4 M86.71%
Snow Handling4th-2.7 Km/H94.36%
Snow Slalom5th-0.39 m/sec288.83%
Noise3rd+0.4 dB99.44%
Price5th+31 84.65%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.3 kg / t85.23%
Acceptable braking and cornering grip on snow. Good balanced performance on dry roads, superior aquaplaning safety.
Inharmonious with too small steering angle and slip reserves handling on snow. Deficits in cornering grip and too long braking distances on a wet road (devaluation). Increased rolling resistance. A bit rumbling, howling road noise at 70-50 km/h.
Fair.

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7th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 10.03kgs
  • Tread: 6.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking4th+3.3 M90.12%
Wet Handling6th-4.1 Km/H94.56%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.1 Km/H99.87%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking8th+30.7 M45.95%
Snow Handling8th-30.3 Km/H36.74%
Snow Slalom8th-2.26 m/sec235.24%
Noise8th+2.8 dB96.21%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.3 kg / t76.53%
Reference summer tire with high grip and cornering potential on dry and wet roads. Reliable only at higher road surface temperatures above +10°C.
Insufficient grip on snow. In the wet tests at +8°C, frequent loss of grip and sudden breakaway. Hard, rumbling rolling on edges and joints due to the temperature, comparatively high rolling resistance.

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