2021 Auto Bild All Season Tire Test

The 2021 Auto Bild all season tire test has tested sixteen of the best all season tires in the popular 225/50 R17 size.

Auto Bild are the European leaders in tire testing, and go to lengths with their tests no other publication can. Firstly, to select the sixteen all season tires in this test, they placed thirty two sets through a dry and wet braking test with the top sixteen qualifying, ensuring these sixteen are some of the very best on the market.

Secondly, Auto Bild contracted out a very expensive wear test, which consisted of 12,000 km for each set of tires in real world conditions, then extrapolated the data through to 1.6mm. This allows the testers to put the total mileage covered against the purchase price to work out which tire is best value. More on this later in the article.

This Test VS Tire Reviews Test

If you've already seen the 2021 Tire Reviews All Season Tire Test, you will find the results of this test familiar in parts, and surprising in others due to the different ranking of the tires across the two tests. As these differences can be confusing to tire shoppers, I'd like to talk about why these differences exist.

Firstly, the Auto Bild test uses a different scoring weight to Tire Reviews, and they convert results into points and then into a final point based grade. Unlike Tire Reviews, some of the calculations made are not public, so it's difficult to work out the exact reason each tire came where, but they do provide most of the raw data which is very useful.

Secondly, Auto Bild have tested and scored on more categories, including wear and the overall value of the tire which is an important criteria Tire Reviews does not.

Thirdly, the test conditions were different. This test used 225/50 R17 on a heavy RWD BMW 3 Series, and tested the dry and wet performance of the tires in warm summer conditions (22c+). Tire Reviews used 205/55 R16 on a lighter FWD VW Golf and tested the dry and wet performance of the tires at a cool 4c. Tire Reviews also snow tested the traditional way outdoors during winter, whereas Auto Bild used a much smaller indoor snow facility.

Lastly, the grip surfaces were different. Tire Reviews tested on a track with a surface grip similar to a new tarmac road. Auto Bild like to use low grip surfaces to expand the differences between the tires, especially in wet braking which can sometimes be artificially low.

The Differing Results

Now you understand the differences in testing, what are the differences in results?

There are four important changes between the two tests, the Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen-3 won this test instead of fifth in Tire Reviews, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 placed seventh here and won the Tire Reviews test, the Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 dropped from second in Tire Reviews to fourteenth in this test, and the Nokian SeasonProof scored well in this test overall.

The Goodyear result is easy to explain. In the Tire Reviews test, the 16" Goodyear struggled in wet braking at both temperatures tested. Had it not, it would have been one of the best tires on test (noted in the article), and in this test it performed as expected. It's difficult to understand why the Goodyear didn't perform well in the Tire Reviews wet braking tests without further testing, but from all the other testing the tire has done, it seems like that was the outlier.

The Michelin CrossClimate 2 was marked down for two reasons in Auto Bild. Firstly, it scored relatively poorly in wear, and when you calculate value based on purchase price it worked out to be one of the worst value tires on test - this is not something Tire Reviews scores on. Secondly, the French tire struggled in the wet in both tests, which might be down to the lower grip surfaces used, or a function of the vehicle and size combination.

The Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 lost a lot of points in this test due to the worst wet braking and wet handling in this test, compared to the Tire Reviews test where it had reasonable wet performance. This is harder to explain, but could again be a function of the low grip surface of the tracks or the tire size differences.

Finally, the Nokian SeasonProof actually had similar results between the tests, it just seems Auto Bild put a much higher weighting on snow performance than Tire Reviews does. Plus, the high wear and competitive purchase price made this tire the second best in terms of value on test, which is worth a lot of points promoting it in this test.

Conclusion

To conclude, there are differences in tire test results all the time, and I understand that it's frustrating for the customer especially when new tires like the CrossClimate 2 and SF2 have different results between the first big tests they feature in. 

In the incredibly complicated world of tire test, the goal of Tire Reviews has never been to say "our data is right, ignore everyone else", instead it is to give you as many data points as possible to allow you to make your own purchase decision. I still encourage you do that for future purchases.

The positive is there is a lot of synergies between tests too! The Continental AllSeasonContact performed well in both tests, as did the Vredestein product, and the third placed Hankook in this test also performed well in the Tire Reviews test last year.

Dry

As we've become accustomed to in all season tests, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 led the way in dry braking and dry handling, but this time some of the other all season tires had closed the gap.

Wet

Wet testing highlighted three brands as having good wet performance, Vredestein, Goodyear and Falken took the top three spots in both wet braking and wet handling.

The summer tire had a surprisingly large lead in the straight aquaplaning test. The curved aquaplaning data can be found in the results table below.

Snow

All three snow tests were led by Nokian, who have a strong history with excellent winter products. Michelin have improved on the snow performance of the CrossClimate+, with the CrossClimate 2 scoring well in all three tests, and Firestone and Continental also performed well in the winter conditions.

Environment

The Pirelli Cinturato SF2 had the lowest external noise on test in a group which was only split by 3db.

Of the leading tires overall, Michelin and Pirelli had very low rolling resistances.

Wear

The three charts below cover the calculated total tread life of the tire based on 15,000km on the road, then calculated down to 1.6mm, the purchase price of the tires in euros at the time of publication (this figure can vary between markets and times of year) and then the value of the tire, based on how many euros you pay in wear based every 1000 miles.

Michelin, long known for some of the best wear on test, seem to have dropped some mileage from the new CrossClimate 2, which could only finish mid pack with an estimated tread life of 40,000km. Instead, the Kumho Solus 4S HA32 proved to have the lowest wear of the group, calculated to cover over 54,000km with the Nokian SeasonProof in second at a very reasonable 51,000km.

Perhaps most impressively, given the high grip in nearly all tests, was the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-3 which promised to cover 50,000km, with it's main rivals from Continental and Hankook only expected to cover 43,000km and 34,000km respectively.

While the wear performance of the top tires on test were impressive, the difference in value was even more apparent, with the high priced Michelin one of the worst value tires on test with the group leading Kumho and Nexen products offering nearly half the price per kilometer travelled.

The Goodyear offered the best best value of the leading tires overall.

Results

1st: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
  • 225/50 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+4.3 M89.74%
Dry Handling13th-1.7 Km/H98.13%
Wet Braking2nd+0.7 M98.62%
Wet Handling3rd-2.2 Km/H97.15%
Wet Circle9th+0.57 s95.61%
Straight Aqua2nd-1 Km/H98.95%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking4th+1.3 M95.17%
Snow Traction6th-185 N93.84%
Snow Handling5th-0.7 Km/H98.33%
Noise10th+1.2 dB98.34%
Wear3rd-4069 Km92.54%
Value8th+3.66 Price/100066.73%
Price14th+170 69.37%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.13 kg / t86.32%
Test winner with convincing performance in any weather, dynamic handling, short wet braking distances, very good aquaplaning resistance, very low wear, good value for money.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: B/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+4.7 M88.89%
Dry Handling11th-1.5 Km/H98.35%
Wet Braking9th+3 M94.34%
Wet Handling8th-3.7 Km/H95.21%
Wet Circle4th+0.4 s96.88%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.6 Km/H98.31%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.37 m/sec287.87%
Snow Braking2nd+0.5 M98.08%
Snow Traction12th-337 N88.78%
Snow Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H98.57%
Noise13th+1.5 dB97.93%
Wear7th-10975 Km79.87%
Value14th+6.78 Price/100051.98%
Price15th+230 62.6%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.53 kg / t93.08%
Convincing all round performance with good winter qualities, precise steering behavior, best safety reserves at aquaplaning, good ride comfort, low rolling resistance.
High price.

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3rd: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Hankook Kinergy 4S2
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+2.7 M93.3%
Dry Handling6th-0.9 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking5th+2.3 M95.6%
Wet Handling4th-2.4 Km/H96.9%
Wet Circle2nd+0.25 s98.03%
Straight Aqua5th-2.5 Km/H97.37%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.51 m/sec283.28%
Snow Braking11th+1.8 M93.43%
Snow Traction8th-198 N93.41%
Snow Handling9th-1.3 Km/H96.9%
Noise11th+1.4 dB98.07%
Wear14th-19829 Km63.63%
Value9th+5.49 Price/100057.21%
Price5th+60 86.52%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.11 kg / t86.53%
Good all season tires with balanced driving characteristics, stable wet and dry handling, short snow and wet braking, good aquaplaning resistance, well priced.
Limited mileage.

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4th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: E/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+4.4 M89.52%
Dry Handling6th-0.9 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua9th-4.2 Km/H95.57%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.4 m/sec286.89%
Snow Braking13th+2.4 M91.43%
Snow Traction10th-288 N90.41%
Snow Handling7th-1.1 Km/H97.37%
Noise2nd+0.3 dB99.58%
Wear15th-19924 Km63.46%
Value12th+6.24 Price/100054.05%
Price8th+85 81.91%
Rolling Resistance15th+2.06 kg / t77.58%
Wet specialist with dynamic handling and short braking distances on wet roads, good comfort.
Limited mileage, high rolling resistance.

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5th: Nokian SeasonProof

Nokian SeasonProof
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+3.8 M90.82%
Dry Handling14th-2.1 Km/H97.69%
Wet Braking10th+3.5 M93.46%
Wet Handling12th-5 Km/H93.53%
Wet Circle8th+0.49 s96.2%
Straight Aqua11th-4.4 Km/H95.36%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.35 m/sec288.52%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise3rd+0.4 dB99.44%
Wear2nd-3198 Km94.13%
Value3rd+1.82 Price/100080.13%
Price8th+85 81.91%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.44 kg / t83.2%
Winter specialist with convincing driving characteristics on snow, low wear, good price to performance ratio.
Understeer in the dry and wet.

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5th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: C/C/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking12th+4.6 M89.1%
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.67%
Wet Braking3rd+0.8 M98.43%
Wet Handling2nd-1.6 Km/H97.93%
Wet Circle7th+0.48 s96.28%
Straight Aqua12th-4.5 Km/H95.26%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.43 m/sec285.9%
Snow Braking5th+1.4 M94.81%
Snow Traction5th-171 N94.31%
Snow Handling13th-1.7 Km/H95.94%
Noise13th+1.5 dB97.93%
Wear5th-8512 Km84.39%
Value4th+2.11 Price/100077.67%
Price4th+50 88.51%
Rolling Resistance16th+2.31 kg / t75.53%
Good traction and short braking distances in the snow, dynamic wet and dry handling, short wet braking distances, low wear.
Understeering snow handling, high rolling resistance.

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7th: Michelin CrossClimate 2

Michelin CrossClimate 2
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: B/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking11th+3.9 M92.76%
Wet Handling12th-5 Km/H93.53%
Wet Circle11th+0.68 s94.81%
Straight Aqua4th-1.8 Km/H98.1%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.53 m/sec282.62%
Snow Braking5th+1.4 M94.81%
Snow Traction2nd-8 N99.73%
Snow Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H98.57%
Noise8th+0.9 dB98.75%
Wear9th-14117 Km74.11%
Value15th+8.38 Price/100046.69%
Price16th+250 60.63%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.04 kg / t99.44%
Dry specialist with safe snow qualities, dynamic handling, good aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the wet, high price level.

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8th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
  • 225/50 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.8 M97.92%
Dry Handling5th-0.8 Km/H99.12%
Wet Braking15th+4.7 M91.41%
Wet Handling10th-4.6 Km/H94.05%
Wet Circle10th+0.67 s94.88%
Straight Aqua6th-3.3 Km/H96.52%
Curved Aquaplaning11th-0.56 m/sec281.64%
Snow Braking8th+1.6 M94.12%
Snow Traction4th-136 N95.47%
Snow Handling6th-0.9 Km/H97.85%
Noise4th+0.5 dB99.3%
Wear12th-16208 Km70.27%
Value5th+2.97 Price/100071.19%
Price2nd+10 97.47%
Rolling Resistance12th+1.47 kg / t82.91%
Good cornering and high traction in the snow, short snow braking, low noise, cheap purchase price.
Average in the wet, average mileage.

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9th: Dunlop Sport All Season

Dunlop Sport All Season
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: B/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+4.1 M90.17%
Dry Handling4th-0.6 Km/H99.34%
Wet Braking4th+1.4 M97.28%
Wet Handling6th-2.8 Km/H96.38%
Wet Circle6th+0.46 s96.43%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking14th+2.6 M90.78%
Snow Traction6th-185 N93.84%
Snow Handling16th-2.3 Km/H94.51%
Noise16th+2.2 dB97%
Wear11th-15360 Km71.83%
Value10th+5.68 Price/100056.37%
Price11th+115 77%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.49 kg / t93.57%
New all season tire with good performance and dynamic driving in the dry and wet.
Lots of understeer in the snow, average mileage.

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9th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO

Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+3.8 M90.82%
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.67%
Wet Braking7th+2.9 M94.52%
Wet Handling5th-2.6 Km/H96.64%
Wet Circle4th+0.4 s96.88%
Straight Aqua15th-6.3 Km/H93.36%
Curved Aquaplaning15th-0.85 m/sec272.13%
Snow Braking12th+2 M92.75%
Snow Traction9th-220 N92.67%
Snow Handling12th-1.6 Km/H96.18%
Noise9th+1 dB98.61%
Wear13th-17946 Km67.09%
Value13th+6.33 Price/100053.69%
Price12th+125 75.49%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.86 kg / t89.24%
Sporty dynamic dry handling, good traction and short braking on ice and snow, stable wet handling.
Understeer snow handling, poor wear.

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11th: Viking FourTech

Viking FourTech
  • 225/50 R17 98W
  • EU Label: E/C/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+5.9 M86.44%
Dry Handling12th-1.6 Km/H98.24%
Wet Braking6th+2.6 M95.06%
Wet Handling11th-4.7 Km/H93.92%
Wet Circle15th+0.88 s93.38%
Straight Aqua8th-3.6 Km/H96.21%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.06 m/sec298.03%
Snow Braking3rd+1.2 M95.52%
Snow Traction16th-513 N82.92%
Snow Handling9th-1.3 Km/H96.9%
Noise11th+1.4 dB98.07%
Wear8th-12278 Km77.48%
Value7th+3.55 Price/100067.4%
Price6th+75 83.7%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Short snow braking, good aquaplaning safety, short wet braking, low rolling resistance.
Average snow traction, understeer in the wet, long dry braking.

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12th: Kumho Solus 4S HA32

Kumho Solus 4S HA32
  • 225/50 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+3.9 M90.6%
Dry Handling8th-1.1 Km/H98.79%
Wet Braking14th+4.4 M91.91%
Wet Handling14th-6 Km/H92.24%
Wet Circle13th+0.7 s94.66%
Straight Aqua13th-5.1 Km/H94.63%
Curved Aquaplaning13th-0.69 m/sec277.38%
Snow Braking7th+1.5 M94.46%
Snow Traction13th-372 N87.61%
Snow Handling11th-1.4 Km/H96.66%
Noise6th+0.8 dB98.89%
Wear1st100%
Value1st100%
Price3rd+15 96.25%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.07 kg / t86.95%
Dynamic dry handling, lowest wear in test.
Average wet grip, understeer in the snow.

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13th: Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02

Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02
  • 225/50 R17 98V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking14th+4.8 M88.68%
Dry Handling9th-1.2 Km/H98.68%
Wet Braking13th+4.1 M92.42%
Wet Handling9th-4.4 Km/H94.31%
Wet Circle11th+0.68 s94.81%
Straight Aqua16th-9.9 Km/H89.57%
Curved Aquaplaning16th-1.12 m/sec263.28%
Snow Braking8th+1.6 M94.12%
Snow Traction3rd-87 N97.1%
Snow Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H98.57%
Noise15th+2 dB97.26%
Wear6th-9703 Km82.2%
Value6th+3.03 Price/100070.78%
Price7th+80 82.8%
Rolling Resistance7th+1 kg / t87.7%
Good traction and short braking distances in the snow, stable dry and snow handling, low wear.
Very low aquaplaning resistance, average grip in the wet.

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14th: Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2

Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2
  • 225/50 R17 98W
  • EU Label: B/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+2.6 M93.53%
Dry Handling9th-1.2 Km/H98.68%
Wet Braking16th+6 M89.29%
Wet Handling16th-6.7 Km/H91.33%
Wet Circle16th+0.89 s93.31%
Straight Aqua7th-3.4 Km/H96.42%
Curved Aquaplaning14th-0.77 m/sec274.75%
Snow Braking15th+2.9 M89.82%
Snow Traction11th-312 N89.61%
Snow Handling7th-1.1 Km/H97.37%
Noise1st100%
Wear10th-14461 Km73.48%
Value11th+5.76 Price/100056.03%
Price13th+140 73.33%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.38 kg / t94.94%
Dynamic handling and short braking distances in the snow and on dry roads, low rolling resistance.
Long wet braking.

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15th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

Nexen N Blue 4 Season
  • 225/50 R17 94V
  • EU Label: E/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+4.4 M89.52%
Dry Handling16th-3.9 Km/H95.72%
Wet Braking12th+4 M92.59%
Wet Handling15th-6.4 Km/H91.72%
Wet Circle14th+0.78 s94.09%
Straight Aqua10th-4.3 Km/H95.47%
Curved Aquaplaning12th-0.61 m/sec280%
Snow Braking16th+4.8 M84.21%
Snow Traction15th-500 N83.35%
Snow Handling15th-2.2 Km/H94.75%
Noise6th+0.8 dB98.89%
Wear4th-7745 Km85.8%
Value2nd+0.89 Price/100089.19%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance13th+1.66 kg / t81.11%
Low wear, short dry braking distances, cheap price.
Average winter performance, high understeer in the wet, high rolling resistance.

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16th: Giti GitiAllSeason AS1

Giti GitiAllSeason AS1
  • 225/50 R17 98W
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+5.9 M86.44%
Dry Handling15th-2.2 Km/H97.59%
Wet Braking7th+2.9 M94.52%
Wet Handling7th-3.1 Km/H95.99%
Wet Circle3rd+0.36 s97.18%
Straight Aqua14th-6.2 Km/H93.47%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.53 m/sec282.62%
Snow Braking10th+1.7 M93.77%
Snow Traction14th-440 N85.35%
Snow Handling14th-2 Km/H95.23%
Noise4th+0.5 dB99.3%
Wear16th-23850 Km56.26%
Value16th+8.63 Price/100045.96%
Price10th+105 78.57%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.68 kg / t80.93%
Short snow and wet braking distances, good comfort, low noise.
Weak lateral grip in the dry and on snow, limited mileage, high rolling resistance.

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