2023 Auto Zeitung All Season Tyre Test

The 2023 Auto Zeitung All Season Tyre Test has tested nine popular all season tyres in 215/55 R17.

Dry BrakingMichelin CrossClimate 2: 36 MUniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2: 41.8 M
Dry HandlingHankook Kinergy 4S2: 83.5 sKleber Quadraxer 3: 85.5 s
Wet BrakingPirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 40.8 MNexen N Blue 4Season 2: 49 M
Wet HandlingFirestone MultiSeason Gen 02: 94.4 sKleber Quadraxer 3: 102.8 s
Wet CircleGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 15.6 sKleber Quadraxer 3: 16.4 s
Straight AquaUniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2: 84.2 Km/HNexen N Blue 4Season 2: 74.2 Km/H
Snow BrakingKleber Quadraxer 3: 24.9 MPirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 26.5 M
Snow TractionMichelin CrossClimate 2: 2727 NPirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 2442 N
Snow HandlingMichelin CrossClimate 2: 51.5 sUniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2: 57 s
Snow SlalomMichelin CrossClimate 2: 3.99 m/sec2Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2: 3.51 m/sec2
Subj. ComfortPirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 12 PointsNexen N Blue 4Season 2: 6 Points
NoisePirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 64 dBNexen N Blue 4Season 2: 69 dB
Rolling ResistanceMichelin CrossClimate 2: 6.73 kg / tPirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 8.75 kg / t

Dry

The test measures the stopping distance of tyres on a dry surface. The Michelin CrossClimate 2 performed the best with a braking distance of 36m, while the Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert had the longest distance at 41.8m, indicating a variance in dry braking performance among different tyre brands​.

Evaluating the handling characteristics under dry conditions, the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 and Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 performed similarly with times around 83.5s and 83.6s respectively, whereas the Kleber Quadraxer 3 lagged at 85.5s.

Wet

In wet conditions, the braking distances ranged from 40.8m for the Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 to 49m for the Nexen N Blue 4Season 2, showing a notable difference in wet braking efficiency among the tyres tested.

This test assessed the tyres' handling performance on a wet track. Michelin CrossClimate 2 and Kleber Quadraxer 3 were on the higher end with times over 101s, while Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02 had a better time at 94.4s​.

Tyres were tested on a wet circular track with times ranging from 15.6s for Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 and Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02 to 16.4s for Kleber Quadraxer 3 and Nexen N Blue 4Season 2, depicting a small variance in performance.

The test measures aquaplaning resistance, with Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2 achieving the highest speed of 84.2 Km/H, contrasting with Nexen N Blue 4Season 2 and Vredestein Quatrac Pro Plus which were below 75 Km/H.

Snow

Snow braking distances ranged from 24.9m for Kleber Quadraxer 3 to 26.5m for Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2, indicating the tyres' varying efficiency in snowy conditions.

The force required to move the tyres on snow varied, with Michelin CrossClimate 2 requiring 2727N and Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 requiring only 2442N, showing a difference in snow traction among the tyres.

In snow handling, Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02 had the longest time at 56.9s, while Michelin CrossClimate 2 and Kleber Quadraxer 3 performed better with times around 51.5s and 51.8s respectively.

This test evaluated the tyres' agility in snowy conditions, with Michelin CrossClimate 2 achieving the highest value of 3.99m/sec^2, contrasting with Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2 at 3.51m/sec^2.

Comfort

The comfort ratings were subjective, with Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 scoring 12 points, the highest among the tyres, and Nexen N Blue 4Season 2 scoring the lowest at 6 points.

Noise levels varied with Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 being the quietest at 64dB and Nexen N Blue 4Season 2 being the loudest at 69dB, indicating a difference in noise comfort among the tyres.

Value

Lower rolling resistance indicates better fuel efficiency. The Michelin CrossClimate 2 had the lowest rolling resistance at 6.73kg/t, while Pirelli had the highest at 8.75kg/t. It's important to note that the Pirelli tyre was the SEAL inside puncture resistant version which is a heavier tyre with higher rolling resistance than the standard tyre.

Results

1st: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: B/B/70
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th38.5 M36 M+2.5 M93.51%
Dry Handling2nd83.6 s83.5 s+0.1 s99.88%
Wet Braking3rd43.5 M40.8 M+2.7 M93.79%
Wet Handling2nd98.5 s94.4 s+4.1 s95.84%
Wet Circle1st15.6 s100%
Straight Aqua5th80 Km/H84.2 Km/H-4.2 Km/H95.01%
Snow Braking2nd25.1 M24.9 M+0.2 M99.2%
Snow Traction3rd2666 N2727 N-61 N97.76%
Snow Handling4th53.5 s51.5 s+2 s96.26%
Snow Slalom3rd3.72 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.27 m/sec293.23%
Subj. Comfort4th9 Points12 Points-3 Points75%
Noise8th69 dB64 dB+5 dB92.75%
Rolling Resistance2nd7 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.27 kg / t96.14%
Consistent strong performance across all criteria. No compromises required. Test winner.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate 2

Michelin CrossClimate 2
  • 215/55 R17 94W
  • EU Label: B/B/71
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st36 M100%
Dry Handling5th84.3 s83.5 s+0.8 s99.05%
Wet Braking5th43.6 M40.8 M+2.8 M93.58%
Wet Handling6th101.6 s94.4 s+7.2 s92.91%
Wet Circle6th16.2 s15.6 s+0.6 s96.3%
Straight Aqua4th81.1 Km/H84.2 Km/H-3.1 Km/H96.32%
Snow Braking3rd25.2 M24.9 M+0.3 M98.81%
Snow Traction1st2727 N100%
Snow Handling1st51.5 s100%
Snow Slalom1st3.99 m/sec2100%
Subj. Comfort2nd11 Points12 Points-1 Points91.67%
Noise2nd65 dB64 dB+1 dB98.46%
Rolling Resistance1st6.73 kg / t100%
Excellent in snow and dry conditions. Moderate wet performance but has low rolling resistance. Efficient.

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3rd: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Hankook Kinergy 4S2
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th37.5 M36 M+1.5 M96%
Dry Handling1st83.5 s100%
Wet Braking2nd43 M40.8 M+2.2 M94.88%
Wet Handling4th99.9 s94.4 s+5.5 s94.49%
Wet Circle4th16 s15.6 s+0.4 s97.5%
Straight Aqua7th76.9 Km/H84.2 Km/H-7.3 Km/H91.33%
Snow Braking5th25.5 M24.9 M+0.6 M97.65%
Snow Traction5th2562 N2727 N-165 N93.95%
Snow Handling5th54.4 s51.5 s+2.9 s94.67%
Snow Slalom6th3.67 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.32 m/sec291.98%
Subj. Comfort3rd10 Points12 Points-2 Points83.33%
Noise6th68 dB64 dB+4 dB94.12%
Rolling Resistance8th8.02 kg / t6.73 kg / t+1.29 kg / t83.92%
Older model but performs well on wet and dry roads. Cost-effective, securing a strong third place.

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4th: Kleber Quadraxer 3

Kleber Quadraxer 3
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd37.2 M36 M+1.2 M96.77%
Dry Handling9th85.5 s83.5 s+2 s97.66%
Wet Braking8th46.1 M40.8 M+5.3 M88.5%
Wet Handling9th102.8 s94.4 s+8.4 s91.83%
Wet Circle8th16.4 s15.6 s+0.8 s95.12%
Straight Aqua3rd81.7 Km/H84.2 Km/H-2.5 Km/H97.03%
Snow Braking1st24.9 M100%
Snow Traction2nd2687 N2727 N-40 N98.53%
Snow Handling2nd51.8 s51.5 s+0.3 s99.42%
Snow Slalom2nd3.98 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.01 m/sec299.75%
Subj. Comfort6th8 Points12 Points-4 Points66.67%
Noise4th67 dB64 dB+3 dB95.52%
Rolling Resistance4th7.4 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.67 kg / t90.95%
Exceptional on snow, strong on dry roads. Significant weaknesses in wet conditions, not recommended.

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5th: Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2

Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/A/68
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd36.7 M36 M+0.7 M98.09%
Dry Handling7th84.5 s83.5 s+1 s98.82%
Wet Braking1st40.8 M100%
Wet Handling3rd98.6 s94.4 s+4.2 s95.74%
Wet Circle1st15.6 s100%
Straight Aqua2nd81.8 Km/H84.2 Km/H-2.4 Km/H97.15%
Snow Braking9th26.5 M24.9 M+1.6 M93.96%
Snow Traction9th2442 N2727 N-285 N89.55%
Snow Handling6th55.3 s51.5 s+3.8 s93.13%
Snow Slalom4th3.71 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.28 m/sec292.98%
Subj. Comfort1st12 Points100%
Noise1st64 dB100%
Rolling Resistance9th8.75 kg / t6.73 kg / t+2.02 kg / t76.91%
Note: This was the SEAL version of the tyre which gave it a higher than usual rolling resistance.

Unbeatable on wet roads, but weak in snow. High rolling resistance lands it in fifth place.

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6th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro+

Vredestein Quatrac Pro Plus
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: CB/72
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th39.4 M36 M+3.4 M91.37%
Dry Handling5th84.3 s83.5 s+0.8 s99.05%
Wet Braking3rd43.5 M40.8 M+2.7 M93.79%
Wet Handling5th100.8 s94.4 s+6.4 s93.65%
Wet Circle4th16 s15.6 s+0.4 s97.5%
Straight Aqua8th74.3 Km/H84.2 Km/H-9.9 Km/H88.24%
Snow Braking8th25.7 M24.9 M+0.8 M96.89%
Snow Traction6th2557 N2727 N-170 N93.77%
Snow Handling3rd53.3 s51.5 s+1.8 s96.62%
Snow Slalom8th3.62 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.37 m/sec290.73%
Subj. Comfort7th7 Points12 Points-5 Points58.33%
Noise6th68 dB64 dB+4 dB94.12%
Rolling Resistance5th7.52 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.79 kg / t89.49%
Balanced but not exceptional. Could improve on wet grip and braking power.

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7th: Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02

Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th39.5 M36 M+3.5 M91.14%
Dry Handling4th84.2 s83.5 s+0.7 s99.17%
Wet Braking7th44 M40.8 M+3.2 M92.73%
Wet Handling1st94.4 s100%
Wet Circle1st15.6 s100%
Straight Aqua6th77.4 Km/H84.2 Km/H-6.8 Km/H91.92%
Snow Braking4th25.3 M24.9 M+0.4 M98.42%
Snow Traction4th2639 N2727 N-88 N96.77%
Snow Handling8th56.9 s51.5 s+5.4 s90.51%
Snow Slalom7th3.65 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.34 m/sec291.48%
Subj. Comfort7th7 Points12 Points-5 Points58.33%
Noise4th67 dB64 dB+3 dB95.52%
Rolling Resistance7th8 kg / t6.73 kg / t+1.27 kg / t84.13%
Balanced performance in all areas, but notably weak in lateral aquaplaning and dry braking.

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8th: Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2

Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/C/72
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th41.8 M36 M+5.8 M86.12%
Dry Handling8th85.3 s83.5 s+1.8 s97.89%
Wet Braking6th43.7 M40.8 M+2.9 M93.36%
Wet Handling7th101.8 s94.4 s+7.4 s92.73%
Wet Circle7th16.3 s15.6 s+0.7 s95.71%
Straight Aqua1st84.2 Km/H100%
Snow Braking5th25.5 M24.9 M+0.6 M97.65%
Snow Traction7th2514 N2727 N-213 N92.19%
Snow Handling9th57 s51.5 s+5.5 s90.35%
Snow Slalom9th3.51 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.48 m/sec287.97%
Subj. Comfort4th9 Points12 Points-3 Points75%
Noise3rd66 dB64 dB+2 dB96.97%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.14 kg / t6.73 kg / t+0.41 kg / t94.26%
Excellent for those concerned about aquaplaning. Limited on snow and long dry braking distance.

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9th: Nexen N Blue 4Season 2

Nexen N Blue 4Season 2
  • 215/55 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • 3PMSF: yes
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th37.9 M36 M+1.9 M94.99%
Dry Handling3rd84 s83.5 s+0.5 s99.4%
Wet Braking9th49 M40.8 M+8.2 M83.27%
Wet Handling8th102.5 s94.4 s+8.1 s92.1%
Wet Circle8th16.4 s15.6 s+0.8 s95.12%
Straight Aqua9th74.2 Km/H84.2 Km/H-10 Km/H88.12%
Snow Braking7th25.6 M24.9 M+0.7 M97.27%
Snow Traction8th2493 N2727 N-234 N91.42%
Snow Handling7th56.5 s51.5 s+5 s91.15%
Snow Slalom5th3.69 m/sec23.99 m/sec2-0.3 m/sec292.48%
Subj. Comfort9th6 Points12 Points-6 Points50%
Noise8th69 dB64 dB+5 dB92.75%
Rolling Resistance6th7.8 kg / t6.73 kg / t+1.07 kg / t86.28%
Affordable, acceptable in snow but lacks grip on wet roads.

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