2021 AZ All Season Tire Test

The 2021 Auto Zeitung all season tire test tested nine all season tires in the popular 205/55 R16 size.

While this test doesn't have the new Michelin CrossClimate 2 or Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2, it does have the new Vredestein Quatrac, and even more interestingly, it tested at multiple temperatures. We didn't get precise temperature data, but the magazine did detail that the cooler temperature was under 10c, and the warmer temperature over 20c.

As there's a huge amount of data generated from this test, we've chosen not to database some of the different temperature tests we felt weren't important, such as aquaplaning and noise.

The other caveat is that the split temperature tests were conducted on different proving grounds, with different circuits and grip surfaces so the results aren't directly comparable.

If you'd like to see the full data, head over to the Auto Zeitung website, or there's the key data below. 

Dry

The Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 EVO led the way in the cooler dry braking test, and performed well in the warmer dry braking test. The Vredestein Quatrac also performed well at both temperatures, but the Michelin CrossClimate couldn't match its usual dry braking dominance at cooler temperatures, finishing sixth overall. Normal service resumed for the Michelin as the temperature increased, where it led the group.

Nokian, Goodyear and Falken performed poorly at both temperatures.

On average, Goodyear and Michelin performed best in the two dry handling tests, with Vredestein also posting a consistent result. Once again, the Nokian SeasonProof struggled at both temperatures.

Wet

Wet braking was led by Bridgestone, which had a significant lead in the cooler temperatures. Michelin, Continental and Vredestein again did well.

Wet handling closely matched wet braking, other then the Falken Euroall Season AS210 having a surprise result, winning the wet handling at warmer temperatures when it was nearly last in the cooler temperatures.

The new Vredestein Quatrac led the wet in the straight aquaplaning test, with Hankook and Bridgestone also performing very well.

Snow

Snow testing was only performed at one temperature.

As we've seen before, the winter specialists Nokian performed well in snow braking, matching the Continental and slightly ahead of the Falken.

Hankook led the way in snow handling, with Nokian second and three tires tied for third place overall.

Continental and Nokian also led the way in snow traction, confirming these are the best choice for snow driving.

Environment

All nine sets of tires were separated by just 3 dB in the external noise test.

The Nokian SeasonProof led the group in fuel use, with a very low rolling resistance.

Maxxis, Hankook and Falken were the cheapest tires on test, with Michelin and Continental the most expensive.

Results

1st: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 205/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 8.5kgs
  • Tread: 8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool5th+1.7 M95.72%
Dry Braking7th+2.8 M93.33%
Dry Handling - Cool5th+0.6 s99.22%
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s99.28%
Wet Braking - Cool5th+6.3 M89.45%
Wet Braking3rd+0.3 M99.45%
Wet Handling - Cool5th+1.2 s98.69%
Wet Handling2nd+0.2 s99.69%
Wet Handling2nd-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua4th-1 Km/H98.7%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling3rd+0.4 s98.68%
Noise4th+1 dB98.59%
Price8th+70 77.42%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.4 kg / t94.94%
Test victory for the Continental AllSeasonContact. The German all-rounder convinced on snow, wet and dry surfaces.

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1st: Vredestein Quatrac

Vredestein Quatrac
  • 205/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: C/B/70
  • Weight: 8.1kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool3rd+0.9 M97.69%
Dry Braking4th+0.9 M97.76%
Dry Handling - Cool4th+0.5 s99.35%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking - Cool3rd+3.4 M94.01%
Wet Braking6th+1.1 M98.03%
Wet Handling - Cool1st100%
Wet Handling4th+0.7 s98.93%
Wet Handling4th-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking4th+0.8 M97.56%
Snow Traction5th-88 N96.07%
Snow Handling3rd+0.4 s98.68%
Noise7th+2 dB97.22%
Price4th+20 92.31%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.4 kg / t94.94%
With top results in the wet and dry, the new Vredestein Quatrac wins the test. Safe on snow, very good value for money.

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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
  • 205/55 R16 91V
  • EU Label: C/B/70
  • Weight: 8.2kgs
  • Tread: 7.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool7th+3 M92.68%
Dry Braking7th+2.8 M93.33%
Dry Handling - Cool1st100%
Dry Handling3rd+0.2 s99.71%
Wet Braking - Cool4th+5.8 M90.2%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling - Cool2nd+0.2 s99.78%
Wet Handling3rd+0.6 s99.08%
Wet Handling3rd-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua9th-5.8 Km/H92.49%
Snow Braking8th+1.2 M96.39%
Snow Traction3rd-81 N96.38%
Snow Handling6th+0.6 s98.04%
Noise1st100%
Price7th+55 81.36%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.2 kg / t97.4%
Strong in the wet and dry, safe in the snow, the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 is highly recommended, and particularly efficient with fuel.

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4th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 205/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: C/B/69
  • Weight: 8.7kgs
  • Tread: 7.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool6th+1.8 M95.48%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling - Cool2nd+0.3 s99.61%
Dry Handling2nd+0.1 s99.86%
Wet Braking - Cool2nd+2.9 M94.85%
Wet Braking4th+0.5 M99.09%
Wet Handling - Cool4th+0.3 s99.67%
Wet Handling9th+3.1 s95.44%
Wet Handling9th-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua8th-4.2 Km/H94.56%
Snow Braking4th+0.8 M97.56%
Snow Traction7th-126 N94.38%
Snow Handling7th+0.7 s97.72%
Noise1st100%
Price9th+75 76.19%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.9 kg / t89.29%
Consistently good results for the highly recommendable Michelin CrossClimate+, when it's wet or dry. Reliable on snowy roads.

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5th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO

Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO
  • 205/55 R16 94V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 8.7kgs
  • Tread: 7.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool1st100%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.49%
Dry Handling - Cool6th+0.7 s99.09%
Dry Handling5th+0.5 s99.28%
Wet Braking - Cool1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.1 M99.82%
Wet Handling - Cool2nd+0.2 s99.78%
Wet Handling7th+1.7 s97.45%
Wet Handling7th-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.8 Km/H98.96%
Snow Braking7th+1.1 M96.68%
Snow Traction8th-157 N92.99%
Snow Handling9th+1.8 s94.34%
Noise1st100%
Price6th+50 82.76%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.8 kg / t90.36%
Whether cold or warm: The Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo is ideal wet and dry conditions. In the snow, however only average grip

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5th: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Hankook Kinergy 4S2
  • 205/55 R16 94H
  • EU Label: C/B/69
  • Weight: 9kgs
  • Tread: 7.7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool2nd+0.2 M99.48%
Dry Braking5th+1 M97.51%
Dry Handling - Cool3rd+0.4 s99.48%
Dry Handling8th+0.6 s99.14%
Wet Braking - Cool7th+10.2 M83.96%
Wet Braking7th+1.8 M96.81%
Wet Handling - Cool9th+4.1 s95.66%
Wet Handling5th+1 s98.48%
Wet Handling5th-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H99.22%
Snow Braking6th+1 M96.97%
Snow Traction3rd-81 N96.38%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise4th+1 dB98.59%
Price2nd+10 96%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.2 kg / t86.21%
Very safe on snow and dry roads, when it's warm, and even when wet and cold.

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7th: Nokian SeasonProof

Nokian SeasonProof
  • 205/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: C/B/69
  • Weight: 8kgs
  • Tread: 8.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool9th+3.6 M91.35%
Dry Braking6th+2.5 M94%
Dry Handling - Cool9th+1.5 s98.08%
Dry Handling9th+1.3 s98.16%
Wet Braking - Cool6th+9 M85.58%
Wet Braking9th+4.3 M92.7%
Wet Handling - Cool7th+3.2 s96.58%
Wet Handling6th+1.1 s98.33%
Wet Handling6th-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua7th-2.6 Km/H96.63%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction2nd-35 N98.44%
Snow Handling2nd+0.3 s99.01%
Noise4th+1 dB98.59%
Price4th+20 92.31%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
The new Nokian SeasonProof is very strong in the snow, and has a low rolling resistance, however it's not good enough in the wet.

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8th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 205/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: C/B/69
  • Weight: 9.5kgs
  • Tread: 7.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool8th+3.3 M92.01%
Dry Braking9th+2.9 M93.11%
Dry Handling - Cool7th+0.8 s98.97%
Dry Handling4th+0.4 s99.43%
Wet Braking - Cool9th+12.1 M81.53%
Wet Braking5th+0.8 M98.56%
Wet Handling - Cool8th+3.6 s96.17%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Handling1st0%
Straight Aqua6th-1.7 Km/H97.8%
Snow Braking3rd+0.3 M99.07%
Snow Traction5th-88 N96.07%
Snow Handling3rd+0.4 s98.68%
Noise7th+2 dB97.22%
Price2nd+10 96%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.4 kg / t84.27%
Good results in the snow, strong when wet when warm. When the temperature drops, so does the grip of the AS210.

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9th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
  • 205/55 R16 91H
  • EU Label: C/C/70
  • Weight: 9kgs
  • Tread: 7.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking - Cool4th+1.2 M96.94%
Dry Braking3rd+0.5 M98.74%
Dry Handling - Cool8th+0.8 s98.97%
Dry Handling7th+0.5 s99.28%
Wet Braking - Cool8th+11.2 M82.66%
Wet Braking8th+3.3 M94.3%
Wet Handling - Cool6th+3 s96.78%
Wet Handling8th+2.1 s96.87%
Wet Handling8th-64.9 Km/H0%
Straight Aqua5th-1.5 Km/H98.06%
Snow Braking9th+1.9 M94.4%
Snow Traction9th-181 N91.92%
Snow Handling8th+1.1 s96.46%
Noise7th+2 dB97.22%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.7 kg / t81.52%
Late aquaplaning and short dry braking distances, but the AP3 generally offers too little grip and has too high a rolling resistance.

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