2021 Auto Bild SUV All Season Tire Test

The German SUV specialist publication Auto Bild Allrad have become the second magazine in 2021 to publish their all season tire test, and the first to include the new Michelin CrossClimate 2 (much to our disappointment, we wanted to be first!)

While the Allrad tests aren't quite as in depth as the industry leading Auto Bild tests, they're still an excellent reference point for the market, and especially useful if you drive an SUV, or are interested in how an all season tire compares to a summer and winter tire, as both are included as references.

The tested size is 215/65 R17, which fits many popular SUVs such as the VW Tiguan test vehicle, the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLA, Nissan Qashqai and many others. It's worth remembering that sometimes SUV tire sizes have different constructions to their regular cousins, meaning that surprising results can be a feature in this sort of test!

Read on to find out exactly what all season tire was good at each category of test!

Dry

Dry braking was unsurprisingly led by the summer tire, with the Michelin CrossClimate 2 taking its usual spot of the best of the all season tires.

The new Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 performed well in dry braking to place second of the all season tires, and Maxxis rounded out the top three.

The Continental AllSeasonContact performed poorly, as did the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 EVO, something we're not used to seeing, but another reminder that SUV sizes sometimes throw up unique results!

The summer tire and Michelin CrossClimate 2 again led the group in dry handling, but this time the Vredestein Quatrac Pro and new Hankook Kinergy 4S2 X rounded out the top three.

Wet

Wet braking was again led by the summer tire, which indicates the testing was done at warm temperatures. Continental, which was the worst tire in dry braking, was the best in wet braking, with the Vredestein a close second.

Vredestein continued its strong performance in the wet, having the fastest wet handling lap.

Goodyear had the highest levels of safety in the straight aquaplaning test.

Snow

The winter tire led the way in snow braking, with the Hankook and Continental again performing well. The new Michelin CrossClimate has obviously improved snow performance, placing third.

Hankook, Michelin and Continental were again the best in the snow traction test, but this time with Michelin beating its German rival.

And finally for the grip tests, snow handling was won by Hankook, Continental and Michelin, with all three tires showing an impressive performance in the snow, and close to the full winter tire.

Environment

The new Pirelli was the quietest tire on test with an impressively low noise.

The CrossClimate 2 led the group again during the rolling resistance test, with Continental and Pirelli close behind.

Finally, the Michelin were the most expensive to buy, however as there's no wear testing in this test, it doesn't tell us anything about the value of the tires.

Results

1st: Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X

Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X
  • 215/65 R17 103V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+3.8 M90.95%
Dry Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H99.43%
Wet Braking4th+2.1 M95.83%
Wet Handling4th-1.1 Km/H98.34%
Straight Aqua8th-5.8 Km/H93.32%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.36 m/sec292.52%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise2nd+0.9 dB98.74%
Price4th+120 71.08%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.79 kg / t90%
The new Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X is the test winner with excellent driving characteristics in all weather conditions, stable, safe wet and dry handling, precise steering, high aquaplaning safety, low noise, well priced.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate 2

Michelin CrossClimate 2
  • 215/65 R17 103V
  • EU Label: B/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking7th+3.7 M92.88%
Wet Handling8th-3 Km/H95.47%
Straight Aqua6th-4.8 Km/H94.47%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.38 m/sec292.1%
Snow Braking3rd+0.6 M97.54%
Snow Traction2nd-25 N99.29%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.54%
Noise5th+1.7 dB97.66%
Price10th+285 50.86%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
The new Michelin CrossClimate 2 is an excellent all round tire with exemplary driving properties on snow and dry roads, short dry braking distances, petro saving rolling resistance.
Average wet handling.

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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 SUV

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 SUV
  • 215/65 R17 99V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+4.7 M89.04%
Dry Handling6th-1 Km/H99.05%
Wet Braking3rd+1.6 M96.79%
Wet Handling5th-1.5 Km/H97.73%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.42 m/sec291.27%
Snow Braking8th+1.1 M95.58%
Snow Traction7th-179 N94.91%
Snow Handling5th-1 Km/H97.71%
Noise3rd+1.4 dB98.06%
Price7th+220 57.28%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.82 kg / t89.66%
All-round talent with balanced performance potential, stable wet and dry handling, high aquaplaning safety, short wet braking distances, good comfort.
Long dry braking.

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4th: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 215/65 R17 99V
  • EU Label: B/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+5.4 M87.61%
Dry Handling7th-1.3 Km/H98.77%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling3rd-0.7 Km/H98.94%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.8 Km/H99.08%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.01 m/sec299.79%
Snow Braking2nd+0.1 M99.58%
Snow Traction3rd-32 N99.09%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.54%
Noise7th+1.9 dB97.39%
Price9th+250 54.13%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.09 kg / t98.75%
Top performance on snow covered and wet roads, high steering precision, dynamic snow and wet handling, short wet braking distances, low rolling resistance.
Long dry braking.

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5th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO

Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO
  • 215/65 R17 103V
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+5.1 M88.22%
Dry Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.34%
Wet Braking5th+2.4 M95.27%
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H99.24%
Straight Aqua4th-3.2 Km/H96.31%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.82 m/sec282.95%
Snow Braking5th+0.8 M96.75%
Snow Traction5th-74 N97.9%
Snow Handling7th-1.2 Km/H97.25%
Noise6th+1.8 dB97.52%
Price8th+225 56.73%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.75 kg / t90.46%
High traction and short braking distances in the snow, precise steering behavior and dynamic driving qualities in the wet, good safety reserves for longitudinal aquaplaning.
Long dry braking.

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6th: Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2

Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2
  • 215/65 R17 103V
  • EU Label: B/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+2.1 M94.79%
Dry Handling9th-1.8 Km/H98.29%
Wet Braking8th+4.7 M91.13%
Wet Handling6th-2.1 Km/H96.83%
Straight Aqua5th-3.3 Km/H96.2%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.98 m/sec279.63%
Snow Braking4th+0.7 M97.14%
Snow Traction4th-40 N98.86%
Snow Handling4th-0.7 Km/H98.39%
Noise1st100%
Price5th+145 67.05%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.21 kg / t97.13%
High traction and short braking distances on snow, quiet rolling noise, very low rolling resistance.
Understeer driving behavior on wet and dry tracks, extended wet braking distances.

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6th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 215/65 R17 99V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+3.7 M91.17%
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.72%
Wet Braking2nd+0.3 M99.38%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua10th-11.8 Km/H86.41%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.84 m/sec282.54%
Snow Braking9th+1.2 M95.2%
Snow Traction9th-341 N90.31%
Snow Handling8th-1.3 Km/H97.02%
Noise10th+3 dB95.93%
Price6th+215 57.84%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.77 kg / t90.23%
Convincing driving characteristics on wet and dry surfaces, precise steering behavior, short wet braking distances, low price.
Poor grip in all snow tests, low aquaplaning safety.

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8th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3 SUV

Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3 SUV
  • 215/65 R17 103V
  • EU Label: B/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+2.4 M94.09%
Dry Handling5th-0.9 Km/H99.15%
Wet Braking9th+5.6 M89.61%
Wet Handling7th-2.6 Km/H96.07%
Straight Aqua7th-5.3 Km/H93.89%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-1.05 m/sec278.17%
Snow Braking5th+0.8 M96.75%
Snow Traction6th-142 N95.96%
Snow Handling6th-1.1 Km/H97.48%
Noise7th+1.9 dB97.39%
Price3rd+100 74.68%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.28 kg / t84.74%
Good winter qualities, stable dry handling, good safety reserves for longitudinal aquaplaning, low price.
Slightly understeering driving behavior, longer braking distances on wet roads, high rolling resistance.

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9th: Cooper Discoverer All Season

Cooper Discoverer All Season
  • 215/65 R17 99V
  • EU Label: D/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+2.5 M93.86%
Dry Handling8th-1.4 Km/H98.67%
Wet Braking6th+2.7 M94.71%
Wet Handling9th-3.4 Km/H94.86%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.3 Km/H98.5%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking5th+0.8 M96.75%
Snow Traction8th-288 N91.81%
Snow Handling9th-1.6 Km/H96.33%
Noise4th+1.6 dB97.79%
Price2nd+70 80.82%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.21 kg / t76.29%
Short snow braking distances, very good aquaplaning properties, low price.
Understeer balance on snow and wet roads, slow steering response, moderate comfort, increased rolling resistance.

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10th: Imperial All Season Driver

Imperial All Season Driver
  • 215/65 R17 99V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+5.2 M88.02%
Dry Handling9th-1.8 Km/H98.29%
Wet Braking10th+12.5 M79.44%
Wet Handling10th-4.9 Km/H92.6%
Straight Aqua9th-10.1 Km/H88.36%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-1.28 m/sec273.39%
Snow Braking10th+1.5 M94.07%
Snow Traction10th-355 N89.91%
Snow Handling10th-2.3 Km/H94.72%
Noise9th+2.7 dB96.33%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance8th+0.9 kg / t88.76%
Short snow braking distances, low price level.
Very low grip in the dry, wet and snow.

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