2016 AMS SUV All Season Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsMichelin CrossClimate
Best tire for wet roadsNokian WeatherProof
Best tire for snowGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
The best tire overallGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
The lowest fuel useGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
With the 2016 winter season fast approaching, the AMS all season tire test has been published, this time in the SUV / 4x4 size 215/60 R17.

Auto Motor Und Sport used a crossover Vauxhall Mokka to test four all season patterns, and compared them to a summer Continental Premium Contact 5 tire, and a winter Continental WinterContact TS850 P SUV.

Like the ACE all season tire test, Auto Bild found that despite the excellent snow performance, the all seasons tires had a significant penalty under dry braking when compared to the summer tire on test. This meant none of the all season tires took the top award of "highly recommended", with just the Goodyear taking the "recommended" title.

The conclusion was that for optimum year round motoring, a summer and winter tire combination was still the best choice.

For reference, the summer tire (Continental Premium Contact 5) scored 9.5 in the dry, 9.8 in the wet, just 1.4 in the snow, 8 for environment, and 7.7 overall. The winter tire (Continental Winter Contact TS850 P SUV) scored 7.1 in the dry, 8.3 in the wet, 9.7 in the snow, 7.7 for environment and 8.2 overall.

Results

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1st: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 40.5
  2. Dry: 6.7
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 8.3
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9.4
  6. Overall: 8.1
A well balanced tire. A little understeer in the snow, good dynamics in the wet, good dry cornering but slightly weak under dry braking. An excellent winter bias all season tire with low rolling resistance

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate

Michelin CrossClimate
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 39.3
  2. Dry: 8.1
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 7.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7.9
  6. Overall: 7.9
As the only summer bias all season tire in the test, the Michelin CrossClimate won the dry testing by a margin. It equaled the test winning Goodyear in the wet, but couldn't match the winter-bias all season Goodyear in the snow and ice. The best choice for climates which don't see heavy snowfall.

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3rd: Nokian WeatherProof

Nokian WeatherProof
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 38.9
  2. Dry: 7.4
  3. Wet: 8.3
  4. Snow: 8.1
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7.3
  6. Overall: 7.8
Auto Bild considered the Nokian WeatherProof SUV the most winter-like all season tire on test. It excelled in the snow, and was strong in the wet, but had long dry braking distances.

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4th: Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 35.3
  2. Dry: 7.5
  3. Wet: 6.2
  4. Snow: 6.7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8
  6. Overall: 6.9
The Vredestein Quatrac 5 performed well under dry handling test, almost feeling sporty, but once again had a long dry braking distance when compared to the summer / CrossClimate. The Vredestein struggled under wet braking, and had weak grip and a poor balance in the snow tests.

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