|Best Dry Braking:||Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3|
|Best Dry Handling:||Bridgestone Weather Control A005|
|Best Wet Braking:||Bridgestone Weather Control A005|
|Best Wet Handling:||Vredestein Quatrac Pro|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3|
|Best Snow Braking:||BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2|
|Best Snow Handling:||BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2|
|Best Noise:||BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Michelin CrossClimate Plus|
Most of the tires on test were also included in the 2020 Tire Reviews all season tire test, however as Sport Auto used a different size and vehicle, this test still makes for interesting reading!
Sport Auto found the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 to be an excellent tire in the dry and wet, and even with its mid pack performance in the snow, crowned it best in test, a little ahead of the Michelin CrossClimate+, which performed better in the wet than it did in our test.
One interesting piece of information Sport Auto shared was the summer and winter reference tires used. Usually these remain anonymous, but in this test it was the Bridgestone Turanza T005 and the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005. This is especially interesting as the LM005 is winning most of the 2020 winter tests, so seeing how one of the best winter tires compares to some of the best all season tires is a great insight into the different balance between the all season and winter tires.
It will be no surprise to regular readers of the site that the summer tire had a significant advantage in the dry, stopping the BMW a full 3 meters ahead of the best all season tire, which for a change wasn't the Michelin CrossClimate+!
The summer tire retained its advantage in during dry handling tests, while the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 jumped ahead of the rest of the all season tires.
The Bridgestone all season again proved best in the wet braking test with a significant advantage, with the winter tire performing well.
Surprisingly the winter tire was best during the wet handling testing.
The summer tire out performed all the all season tires during straight aquaplaning testing.
During snow braking the BFGoodrich all season tire surprisingly out performed the full winter tire, with the Continental AllSeasonContact a close third.
Snow handling kept the Winter, Continental and BFGoodrich as the top three tires, just this time in a different order.
As usual, the summer tire proved to have the lowest rolling resistance.
While all tires were relatively close on the external pass by noise test, the testers noted humming noises from a couple of the tires on test (see notes below)
Score weighting - Dry 30%, Wet 40%, Snow 20%, Environment 10%
Very short braking distances and safe handling int he wet, easy controllable handling in the dry.
Limited snow performance for an all season tire.
Limited on snow but safest tire for cold and wet roads.
Good performance in the wet, strong in the dry.
Sensitive to slipping so not recommended for vehicles without ESP. Average aquaplaning protection. Humming noise when cornering.
The Michelin was well balanced under all conditions.
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Good cornering grip int he snow, neutral safe handling with high aquaplaning safety, stable under lane change.
Longer braking distances in the dry and wet with a slight oversteer balance in fast corners.
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Well balanced, good wet performance, good aquaplaning resistance.
Unbalanced snow grip, long wet braking distances, humming noise.
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Good grip in the dry and wet, good levels of comfort.
Strong understeer and low grip on snow.
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Very short braking distances and high levels of grip on snow.
Poor dry and wet braking.
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Acceptable performance on snow and dry roads.
Longer wet braking and poor wet handling with oversteer balance.
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