2017 All Season Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsMichelin CrossClimate
Best tire for wet roadsContinental AllSeasonContact
Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Best tire for snowGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Continental AllSeasonContact
Kleber Quadraxer 2
The lowest fuel useContinental AllSeasonContact
The most comfortableGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason
The lowest wearKleber Quadraxer 2
BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
The quietest tireNexen N Blue 4 Season
The best value tireKleber Quadraxer 2
BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
The 2017 Auto Bild all season tire test placed ten 205/55 R16 all season tires through dry, wet and snow testing using a VW Golf. Auto Bild are one of the most thorough tire testers in the world, and as usual they've included a summer and winter tire for reference. While Auto Bild sadly haven't published which summer and winter tires they've used in this all season tire test, they're certain to be well regarded premium offerings.

This is also the first test to include the new Continental AllSeasonContact tire. The AllSeasonContact is Continentals first attempt at an all season tire, and will be interesting to see how the German tire performs against the established winter-bias Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2, and the UK favourite, summer-bias Michelin CrossClimate.

Dry

There are no prizes for guessing the best all season tire in the dry. As the only summer-bias all season tire on test, the Michelin CrossClimate wins both the dry braking and dry handling tests, but the new Continental AllSeasonContact is impressively close in second place. Both tires beat the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 which finishes in third.

The summer and winter tires behave as they should, with the summer tire winning both tests, and the winter tire placing last, highlighting how running winter tires year round is not a sensible option for climates like the UK.

Wet

In the wet, the new Continental tire continues its impressive first outing, fastest overall during wet handling, second place during wet braking and recording the best aquaplaning resistance. The established Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen-2 trades blows with the Continental, winning the wet braking test and second place during wet handling and aquaplaning, while the Michelin CrossClimate finishes a close third in all three tests. 

Once again, the summer and winter tires behave as you would expect, with the summer tire amongst the best on test, and the winter tire struggling in the warmer wet conditions.

Snow

Again, the new Continental AllSeasonContact proves Continental know how to make a tire work in all conditions, winning both the snow braking and snow handling tests by a small margin. While Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen-2 manages to stay close to the Continental, the summer-bias Michelin CrossClimate loses out a little on the white stuff, but finsihes a still respectable mid table in both tests.

Unsurprisingly the summer tire was essentually useless in these snow tests, but perhaps more surprisingly the winter tire couldn't best the Continental around the snow handling track, or even out-brake the best all season tires in the snow.

Value

While the new Continental might have seemed like the perfect tire up until this point, the wear testing shows the German tires weakness. The projected wear of the Continental was 17,000km less than the best tire on test, and when you combine it with the high purchase price, it is the only tire to push into the double digit "euros per 1,000km" scoring in the value category, making it by far the most expensive tire on test. Please note, the reference summer and winter tire were not tested for wear.

The Continental claws back some of its cost disadvantage with the lowest rolling resistance.

Results

1st: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 55
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Cost: 7
The Goodyear Vector 4 Season Gen 2 wins the test thanks to an excellent all round performance. Amazing in the snow, good wet grip and handling, the Goodyear also boasts a low rolling resistance and good ride comfort.
Average wear.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate

Michelin CrossClimate
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 53
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Snow: 6
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Cost: 6
The Michelin CrossClimate has an excellent all round performance, with a particular strength in the dry and wet.
Average snow handling.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 50
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 9
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 4
  9. Cost: 3
The new Continental AllSeasonContact proves to have excellent snow performance, beating the dedicated winter tire during the braking and handling tests, and also proving to be strong in the wet. Very low rolling resistance.
Very high wear, high purchase price.

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4th: Kleber Quadraxer 2

Kleber Quadraxer 2
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 54
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 9
  9. Cost: 9
Excellent on snow, high aquaplaning resistance and the best price / mileage ratio on test.
Average wet and dry grip.

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5th: BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2

BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 55
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 9
  9. Cost: 9
Good snow performance. Low cost per KM.
Average wet and dry grip.

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6th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

Nexen N Blue 4 Season
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 41
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Comfort: 2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5
  7. Noise: 7
  8. Wear: 3
  9. Cost: 6
Good in the snow and good wet grip.
High wear, poor dry grip.

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7th: Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason

Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 44
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 6
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 4
  9. Cost: 5
Good traction and handling in the snow. Good comfort.
Poor wet handling, high wear.

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8th: Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 48
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 4
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Cost: 8
Balance wet and dry performances. Good value for money.
Poor snow grip, low aquaplaning reserves.

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9th: Hankook Kinergy 4S

Hankook Kinergy 4S
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 40
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 5
  5. Comfort: 5
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 4
  9. Cost: 6
Good traction and short braking distances on snow, high aquaplaning resistance.
Poor snow and wet handling, slow steering, average wear.

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10th: Apollo Alnac 4G All Season

Apollo Alnac 4G All Season
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 39
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 3
  5. Comfort: 4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 4
  9. Cost: 7
Strong aquaplaning resistance, low price.
Very poor snow handling, high wear.

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