2019 Auto Bild All Season SUV Tire Test

Earlier this year Auto Bild published their 2019 SUV all season tire test, using an Audi Q3 wearing the popular 235/55 R19 all season tire size.

As usual, all seven tire patterns were tested in the dry, wet and snow, and as a reference Auto Bild included a premium summer and winter tire.

All Season vs Summer vs Winter

As we've seen before, the balance of all season vs summer tires follows a general trend. Summer tires do the best in the wet and dry, but cannot perform in snowy conditions. 

When it comes to comparing all season tires against winter tires, things get a little more muddled. In this test the unnamed premium winter tire only won the aquaplaning test. It was strong in the snow, but not the strongest on test, and while it was weaker in the dry and wet than most of the all season tires, it wasn't the worst. It just goes to show, the range of all season tires abilities can span from dry optimised, like the Michelin Crossclimate to a winter tire beating all season tire, like the Nokian Weatherproof.

Dry

The dry braking results yielded no big surprises, with the summer tire and Michelin CrossClimate leading the pack. The Continental was the best of the rest, with the winter bias Nokian Weatherproof struggling to stop the SUV in dry conditions.

The dry handling results were similar to the dry braking, with the summer and Michelin leading the pack.

Wet

During wet braking, the Vredestein and Continental were closest to the summer tires distances, just 0.1 meters off. The Nokian, Falken struggled compared to the best on test, and the budget GripMax was shockingly bad.

As with the dry handling results, the wet handling results showed a similar order to wet braking.

The straight aquaplaning results had the reference winter tire winning the test, with the summer in the middle of the all season tires.

Snow

The winter bias Nokian all season tire won snow braking, stopping in a shorter distance than even the full winter tire! Continental Did a great job of mixing dry, wet and snow results by finishing second.

The Continental and Nokian were again the strongest tires during snow handling, besting the full winter tire. The summer tire could not complete a lap of snow handling, so didn't set a time.

Environment

The Goodyear was the only tire to match the low noise of the summer tire.

The Continental and Michelin had the lowest rolling resistance on test, but were some of the most expensive tires to purchase at the time of test.

Results

1st: Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.6 M96.05%
Dry Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.79%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua6th-4.2 Km/H94.5%
Snow Braking3rd+1.5 M94%
Snow Handling4th-1.6 Km/H96.62%
Noise6th+1 dB98.63%
Price2nd+170 73.85%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.54 kg / t81.38%
An excellent all season tire with great performance in all weather conditions. Good balance and precise steering, short wet and snow braking, well priced.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate SUV

Michelin CrossClimate SUV
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking3rd+2.9 M95.04%
Wet Handling4th-1.4 Km/H98.25%
Straight Aqua4th-2.4 Km/H96.86%
Snow Braking6th+3.7 M86.4%
Snow Handling3rd-1.4 Km/H97.04%
Noise4th+0.7 dB99.04%
Price7th+350 57.83%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.64 kg / t91.32%
A strong allrounder with sport dynamic handling in the dry, and good in the snow and wet. Low rolling resistance.
Expensive.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+1.2 M97.01%
Dry Handling5th-1.3 Km/H98.63%
Wet Braking4th+3 M94.88%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua2nd-1.3 Km/H98.3%
Snow Braking2nd+1.2 M95.14%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price5th+290 62.34%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Excellent in the snow, dynamic wet handling, good comfort levels, low noise, best rolling resistance on test.
Understeer in the dry.

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4th: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV

Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+3.1 M92.62%
Dry Handling4th-1.1 Km/H98.84%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling3rd-1.2 Km/H98.5%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.9 Km/H97.51%
Snow Braking4th+2 M92.16%
Snow Handling6th-2.7 Km/H94.29%
Noise1st100%
Price6th+330 59.26%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.78 kg / t89.61%
Short snow and wet braking distances, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Average snow cornering, understeer in the dry.

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4th: Nokian WeatherProof SUV

Nokian WeatherProof SUV
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+4.7 M89.22%
Dry Handling6th-3 Km/H96.85%
Wet Braking5th+5.8 M90.55%
Wet Handling5th-1.5 Km/H98.13%
Straight Aqua4th-2.4 Km/H96.86%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.58%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.59%
Price4th+230 67.61%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.82 kg / t78.71%
Strong winter abilities, good aquaplaning result, low noise.
Extended wet and dry braking, understeer in the dry.

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6th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.7 M95.81%
Dry Handling3rd-0.9 Km/H99.05%
Wet Braking6th+6.4 M89.68%
Wet Handling6th-2.8 Km/H96.5%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking5th+3.6 M86.72%
Snow Handling5th-2.1 Km/H95.56%
Noise5th+0.9 dB98.77%
Price2nd+170 73.85%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.25 kg / t84.34%
Good aquaplaning result.
Slow steering, understeer and long braking distances in the wet, average comfort.

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7th: Gripmax Status AllClimate

Gripmax Status AllClimate
  • 235/55 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+3.2 M92.4%
Dry Handling7th-3.2 Km/H96.64%
Wet Braking7th+32.9 M62.82%
Wet Handling7th-13.2 Km/H83.5%
Straight Aqua7th-7.9 Km/H89.66%
Snow Braking7th+5 M82.46%
Snow Handling7th-4.3 Km/H90.91%
Noise7th+1.7 dB97.7%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.96 kg / t87.52%
Low rolling resistance, low price.
Very poor grip in the wet and snow, very long wet braking distances, poor dry handling.

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