2020 Tire Reviews UHP All Season Tire Test

Dry and Wet Video can be watched here - This article will be updated with the snow performance shortly

What's the best ultra high performance all season tire on the market? To find out, I test 7 of the most popular ultra high performance all season tires, and test them in dry handling, dry braking, wet handling, wet braking, noise and comfort tire tests, to see which is the top UHP AS tire.

Ultra high performance all season tires are performance sports tires that are designed to be used all year, and perform well in hot summer conditions and cold winter weather, while having more snow performance than a summer tire.

Dry

During dry braking testing, the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 had an impressive lead to the second placed Bridgestone Potenza RE880AS.

The Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate proved to be the most dynamic UHP all season tire during the dry handling testing, with the Michelin a close second.

Subjectively the Goodyear also had a small lead over the Michelin and Bridgestone, with the Cooper, Continental and Kumho all having similar overall scores, but delivering the result in different ways.

Wet

Michelin retained its advantage during wet braking testing, but this time had to share the top spot with the Cooper Zeon RS3 G1. The budget Fuzion tire took significantly longer than the other tires to stop the car.

In a very close group, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 proved to have the quickest laptime, but any of the top five tires were extremely close.

As in the dry, subjectively all the top tires were very close during the wet handling testing.

Snow - Updated 16th Febuary 2021

Snow braking testing showed the Michelin to have a clear advantage over the group, with only the Continental anywhere close in terms of raw grip.

Snow handling saw a very similar order to snow braking, with the Michelin retaining its vast lead, and the Continental being the best of the rest.

Snow traction moved Kumho slightly up the order, with Michelin again dominating the snow testing.

Environment

The Cooper had the best subjective comfort on test, with the Goodyear and Continental a close second.

The Kumho had the best subjective noise qualities on test.

There seems to be a link between tire weight and comfort levels, as the heavier tires on test were some of the least comfortable.

The Fuzion was significantly cheaper than all but the Kumho, with a set of 4 Fuzion tires costing over 300 dollars less to buy.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4

Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4
  • 245/40 R18 97Y
  • UTQG: 540 AA A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd+0.11 s99.78%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-0.5 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling4th+0.19 s99.62%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-1.5 Points
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points
Subj. Noise5th-2 Points
Tire Weight5th+5.24 Kg89.02%
Price7th+75.96 60.84%
Good grip in the dry and wet, significant lead in dry braking and shortest wet braking.
Expensive purchase price, average levels of noise and comfort.
The new Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 earns a win in its first test, proving to have a balanced performance in almost all tests, and an impressive ability to top the vehicle quickly and safely in all conditions.


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2nd: Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate

Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate
  • 245/40 R18 97Y
  • UTQG: 500 AA A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.56 M95.73%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+0.19 M99%
Wet Handling3rd+0.06 s99.88%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Points
Snow Braking6th+2.8 M82.99%
Snow Traction5th+1.03 s82.51%
Snow Handling5th+9.32 s91.45%
Subj. Comfort2nd-0.5 Points
Subj. Noise2nd-0.5 Points
Tire Weight2nd+2.52 Kg94.4%
Price4th+65.96 64.15%
Excellent all round tire, sporty handling in the dry and wet, good levels of comfort, low noise, well priced.
Average dry braking.
The Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate is an impressively sporty feeling ultra high performance tire, that manages to blend good handling with good levels of nose and comfort.


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3rd: Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS

Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS
  • 245/40 R18 97W
  • UTQG: 500 AA A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.5 M98.59%
Dry Handling3rd+0.43 s99.14%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-0.5 Points
Wet Braking3rd+0.19 M99%
Wet Handling2nd+0.01 s99.98%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Snow Braking3rd+2.27 M85.75%
Snow Traction6th+1.07 s81.96%
Snow Handling3rd+7.25 s93.22%
Subj. Comfort5th-3.5 Points
Subj. Noise7th-3.5 Points
Tire Weight6th+7.24 Kg85.44%
Price6th+73.96 61.48%
Excellent performance in the dry and wet, quick feeling sporty steering.
Low levels of comfort, high levels of noise, lacked steering detail at the very limit, expensive.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS is a dynamic feeling ultra high performance all season tire with excellent grip in the dry and wet, that just lacks a little detail at the limit of grip.


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4th: Cooper Zeon RS3 G1

Cooper Zeon RS3 G1
  • 245/40 R18 97W
  • UTQG: 500 AA A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.85 M97.63%
Dry Handling6th+1.13 s97.77%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling5th+0.23 s99.54%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-2.5 Points
Snow Braking7th+2.92 M82.39%
Snow Traction7th+1.24 s79.67%
Snow Handling7th+10.87 s90.17%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise4th-2 Points
Tire Weight4th+4.88 Kg89.7%
Price3rd+40.96 74.24%
Excellent wet braking, good dry braking, highest levels of comfort.
Average dry and wet handling, subjectively it felt more like a touring tire than a UHP tire.
The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 proved to have excellent levels of comfort and good grip in dry and wet braking, but didn't feel as sporty as the best tires on test.


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5th: Continental Extremecontact DWS 06

Continental Extremecontact DWS 06
  • 245/40 R18 97Y
  • UTQG: 560 AA A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.2 M96.68%
Dry Handling5th+0.98 s98.06%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+0.38 M98.02%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-1 Points
Snow Braking2nd+1.08 M92.67%
Snow Traction3rd+0.84 s85.26%
Snow Handling2nd+7.08 s93.37%
Subj. Comfort2nd-0.5 Points
Subj. Noise3rd-1.5 Points
Tire Weight1st100%
Price4th+65.96 64.15%
Excellent wet handling, good levels of comfort, low levels of noise.
Average dry performance, subjectively it felt more like a touring tire than a UHP tire.
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 was very strong in the wet and had good levels of comfort, but had an average performance in the dry, feeling more like a comfort bias tire.


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6th: Kumho Ecsta PA51

Kumho Ecsta PA51
  • 245/40 R18 97W
  • UTQG: 500 AA A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.69 M92.86%
Dry Handling4th+0.91 s98.2%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points
Wet Braking6th+1.62 M92.08%
Wet Handling6th+1.42 s97.22%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-2 Points
Snow Braking4th+2.48 M84.63%
Snow Traction2nd+0.67 s87.88%
Snow Handling6th+10.42 s90.53%
Subj. Comfort5th-3.5 Points
Subj. Noise1st
Tire Weight7th+7.6 Kg84.82%
Price2nd+16.96 87.44%
Low purchase price, quietest tire on test, good handling in the dry.
Longest dry braking distance, slow wet handling time, low levels of comfort.
The Kumho Ecsta PA51 had good dry handling, and felt sporty at lower speeds, but it had limited grip during dry and wet braking and low levels of comfort compared to the best on test.

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7th: Fuzion UHP Sport AS

Fuzion UHP Sport AS
  • 245/40 R18 97W
  • UTQG: 380 A A
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.56 M95.73%
Dry Handling7th+1.36 s97.33%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-3 Points
Wet Braking7th+3.03 M86.15%
Wet Handling7th+2.52 s95.17%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points
Snow Braking5th+2.58 M84.11%
Snow Traction4th+0.96 s83.51%
Snow Handling4th+8.57 s92.08%
Subj. Comfort5th-3.5 Points
Subj. Noise6th-2.5 Points
Tire Weight3rd+3.08 Kg93.24%
Price1st100%
Low purchase price, reasonable levels of comfort.
Longest wet braking, slowest dry and wet handling times, low subjective handling scores.
The Fuzion UHP Sport AS was the least expensive tire on test, and had reasonable levels of comfort, but it lacked outright grip and couldn't match the more expensive tires in any of the objective tests.

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