2018 ADAC All Season Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsReference Summer
Best tire for wet roadsReference Winter
Best tire for snowReference Winter
The best tire overallNexen N Blue 4 Season
The lowest fuel useContinental AllSeasonContact
The best tire for iceNexen N Blue 4 Season
The lowest wearMichelin CrossClimate
The quietest tireGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
The 2018 ADAC all season test has tested nine 175/65 R14 all season tires, with a summer and winter tire as comparison. All eleven tires were put through dry, wet, snow, ice and wear testing, and unusually the hugely successful Michelin CrossClimate finished in last place!

When looking at the results of this test from a UK view point, ADAC have put more weighting on the snow and ice performance than we would for UK specific driving.

Dry running takes 15% of the overall weighting, wet 30%, snow 20%, ice 20%, noise 5%, fuel consumption 10% and wear 10%. Snow and ice performance is a lot more important for European climates that see plenty of snow fall, but for the UK dry and wet grip should take a higher priority as that's where most of our miles are done.

Unfortunately ADAC don't release the data from their tests, so we don't know how close the results were in raw figures, but the Nexen N'Blue 4Season has a well deserved win with a very well balanced performance in all categories. The new Continental AllSeasonContact finishes a strong second place, thanks again largely down to a well balanced performance, and the well regarded Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 takes third place, proving to be the best tire in the wet.

Even the best all season tires on test couldn't earn the ADAC "highly recommended" label, with the testers preferring the combination of a dedicated summer / winter tire pairing. This was due to the all season tires being weaker than a dedicated summer tire in the dry, and not as good as the winter tire in snow / ice - again this is more of a consideration for parts of Europe which have larger amounts of snowfall than the majority of the UK.

Wondering what tire type is best for you? Give this video a watch to help you decide!

Results

1st: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

Nexen N Blue 4 Season
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 55.2
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 6.6
  5. Ice: 7.6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 5.6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6.6
Good in the wet, top marks on ice.
Slightly weaker than the best tires in the dry.

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2nd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 56.6
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 8.2
  4. Snow: 7.4
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  7. Noise: 5.2
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 6
Good in the wet and on snow covered roads.
Weak in the dry.

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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 55.6
  2. Dry: 5.4
  3. Wet: 8.4
  4. Snow: 5.8
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 5.8
  8. Wear: 10
  9. Overall: 5.4
Best in the wet, low wear.
Relatively weak in the dry and on snow.

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4th: Nokian WeatherProof

Nokian WeatherProof
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 54.6
  2. Dry: 5.2
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 5.4
  8. Wear: 9
  9. Overall: 5.2
Best in the snow, good in the wet, relatively low wear.
Weak in the dry.

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5th: Firestone MultiSeason

Firestone MultiSeason
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 48.2
  2. Dry: 4.8
  3. Wet: 4.6
  4. Snow: 6.8
  5. Ice: 6.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 4.4
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 4.6
Low fuel consumption.
Weak in the dry and wet, noisy.

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6th: Maxxis All Season AP2

Maxxis All Season AP2
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 48.4
  2. Dry: 5.4
  3. Wet: 6.2
  4. Snow: 4.6
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 4.6
None mentioned.
Weak in the snow and the dry.

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7th: Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 51.6
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 6.2
  4. Snow: 4.6
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  7. Noise: 5.6
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 4.6
Top marks in the dry, low fuel consumption.
Weak on snow.

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8th: Hankook Kinergy 4S

Hankook Kinergy 4S
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 48
  2. Dry: 5.8
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Snow: 4.2
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 5
  8. Wear: 9
  9. Overall: 4.2
Low wear.
Weak in the snow and on wet roads.

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9th: Michelin CrossClimate

Michelin CrossClimate
  • 175/65 R14
  1. Total: 53.2
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Snow: 4.2
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 5.6
  8. Wear: 11
  9. Overall: 4.2
Lowest wear on test, good in the dry and on icy roads.
Weak on snow.

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