All season tires are trying to be one tire for every situation, but as we know no tire can excel in every category, meaning tire manufacturers often take away from one area to be better in another.
So, which all season tire is best for YOUR own needs? To find out Tire Reviews has ten of the most popular all season tires on the market, and will be testing them in the snow, dry and wet, noise, comfort and rolling resistance!
The tire size I'm testing is massively popular 225/45 R17, and while there might not be any new names in the test this year, a different size and different testing location means we're likely to get some interesting results! The Michelin Crossclimate 2 stormed to victory last year in 16", will this year be any different?
|Dry Braking||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 38.6 M||▼Tomket Allyear 3: 43.5 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 78.7 s||▼Kleber Quadraxer 2: 80.8 s|
|Wet Braking||▲Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 30.5 M||▼Tomket Allyear 3: 41 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 96.6 s||▼Tomket Allyear 3: 108.6 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Hankook Kinergy 4S2: 80.5 Km/H||▼Tomket Allyear 3: 72.1 Km/H|
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Hankook Kinergy 4S2: 7.5 m/sec2||▼Tomket Allyear 3: 5.2 m/sec2|
|Snow Braking||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 31.1 M||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 36.7 M|
|Snow Traction||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 5.5 s||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 9.5 s|
|Snow Handling||▲Michelin CrossClimate 2: 110 s||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 125.4 s|
|Noise||▲Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 69.1 dB||▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO: 69.8 dB|
|Price||▲Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 71.89||▼Michelin CrossClimate 2: 104.99|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2: 7.5 kg / t||▼Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 9.4 kg / t|
Before I start on the snow handling results, I'd like to remind everyone these are ALL season tires, and depending where you live, the snow performance of them can range from not very important at all, to very important so don't write off a bad tire in snow handling if you live in the south of the UK and see snow once every 5 years, the wet grip is more important.
The snow handling lap is long, but there's over 12% from best to worst so you can tell how some tire companies are focusing on snow more than others.
In last place, a full 15 seconds behind the best was the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 evo. This tire never places too highly in the snow, but usually places well in the dry and wet. After driving it in this group of tires, if you live in a climate that sees anything but the smallest amount of random snow, skip this. It is way better than a summer tire in these conditions, but it should be used as a "get you out of trouble" tire in snow. Difficult to drive compared to the rest.
The Vredestein Quatrac Pro and Falken AS210 were next around 9 seconds from the lead. They both took longer to recover once sliding compared to the tires ahead, but of the two the Falken felt a little better on the brakes.
Seventh was the Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason SF2 just under 7 seconds or 5.7% off the best. And the tire just had a touch of oversteer in the balance which was fun, but not the grippiest.
Sixth was the Tomket Allyear 3, 5% or 5.8 seconds off the best. The tire had reasonable levels of grip, but it gave you the lowest amount of communication from the front axle meaning you didn't really know when it was sliding or not, and it had the most understeer of any tire.
If snow is important to you, the top 5 tires are where you should focus.
The Continental AllSeasonContact was in 5th, under 5% from the best and Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-3 a little ahead, 4% away from the leader. Both tires felt fairly similar to drive, both were understeer primary tires with reasonable levels of communication, both did feel good on the brakes too.
A little ahead, the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 had very good grip, but it was a little peaky, meaning when you started to slide it took a little more work to recover. Fast if you can manage it, but a tiny bit less friendly than the Conti and Goodyear.
Kleber Quadraxer 2 had impressive grip, in fact it felt a lot like the Conti and Goodyear, just a little more understeer than I'd want. But it was still 3.3 seconds or 3% from the best tire, which was the Michelin CrossClimate 2.
I know the original CrossClimate wasn't always the best in snow as it was really focused on the dry and wet, but they have significantly improved the snow performance for the CrossClimate 2. It was literally a league of one, and was as far ahead at the front as the Bridgestone was at the rear in terms of grip and driveability. The CrossClimate 2 has winter tire levels of snow grip.
The CrossClimate 2 retained it's lead in snow traction and braking, with Kleber holding second placed. As in handling, the Bridgestone was the worst.
Unable to continue its reasonable performance in the snow, the Tomket budget tire is an excellent option if you want to show off to your mates by drifting around your front wheel drive car in the wet, but not the best purchase if you want a safe, predictably balanced car with grip. It oversteered a lot, and it was slow, 12 seconds off the fastest. I might sound like a stuck record, but please avoid budget all season tires, they can be fine in one area, but never all of them.
Kleber and Pirelli were the next two tires, but we're already within 5% of the best and way better subjectively than the budget. Instead of lots of oversteer, there was now predictability and assurance with a primary understeer balance. Not bad, but not the best for sure.
The incredible snow domination of the Michelin CrossClimate 2 seems to have unfortunately come at the expense of wet handling, and while it was only 2.4% off the best, I'm a little disappointed. The CC2 had a nice safe understeer primary balance, but it did lack a little detail though the steering wheel mid corner where you'd spend a lot of time waiting for the throttle.
I was shocked to see the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 Evo in sixth, as wet handling is usually one of Bridgestones strengths. There was nothing bad about the tire, it was grippy and consistent, it just wasn't the best of the group. It felt great on the brakes so let's see how it does in braking.
Continental was fifth, and we're now only 1.5% off the lead so you can see how close it is at the time. The AllSeasonContact felt surprisingly sporty for an all season tire, and I really enjoyed driving it. Good steering, a tiny amount oversteer in the balance but progressive enough to still be safe. It worked well with this VW Golf.
Falken was fourth with… well… I'm not sure how to describe the handling. My notes say "sporty and spongy" which are two opposing qualities. Sporgy? It had a quick turn in, but then there was what felt like some excess deflection onto the sidewall which made the car wobble a bit. But the grip was excellent and it's an impressive tire.
Goodyear and Hankook were a very close third and second. In this tire test there have been some tires with too much oversteer and some tires with too much understeer, but the Goodyear was the goldilocks tire as it had just the right amount of both. If I didn't emphasize enough already, there's not a huge amount of differences between all these tires (apart from the budget) so the differences are subtle, but they're there and fun to find out.
Hankook was almost as lovely to drive, and the hankook had a MIGHTY first lap pace, fastest of all, but it did also have the most drop off in time across the four laps we do to get the average, which meant its average was a little behind the fastest tire overall, the Vredestein Quatrac Pro.
We wondered during snow handling if the asymmetric pattern was going to pay back in the wet, and it did as it felt sporty and had good grip. The tire did have a bit of oversteer in it, which is perhaps not the most ideal in the real world but it was controllable which really helped the time. Great job Vredestein.
Nicely tying up with wet handling, the Vredestein Quatrac Pro, Hankook Kinergy 4S2 and Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 were also the best in wet braking.
The Hankook had a significant advantage in straight aquaplaning, with the asymmetric patterned Vredestein and Tomket struggling the most.
While no tires were awful in the dry, even the budget, the big disappointment was the Vredestein, but I guess it goes to prove having good wet and dry at the same time is difficult. In spite of its asymmetric pattern and its excellent performance in the wet, it didn't have the most responsive steering or the most grip in the dry meaning it wasn't sporty as I hoped.
The "very good" group of tires were Hankook, Conti and Goodyear, all working surprisingly well in the dry, and the "really" good tire was the Bridgestone, it might have been midpack in the wet but in the dry, in this 17" size it was a really nice blend of dynamics, feedback and grip. Very drivable and very enjoyable (for an all season tire!)
You may have noticed I've not mentioned the Michelin Crossclimate 2. It had the fastest one lap pace, but the compound seemed to struggle a little more over three laps than some of the other tires, this is a very punishing track, meaning the average lap time didn't show a significant lead once I'd averaged the three laps. The tire still was one of the best, but the reason I'm talking about this separately is that the Michelin CrossClimate was a game changer when launched, it was a summer tire with some winter capabilities and it really felt like that in the dry. Either the CrossClimate 2 has lost some of that, or the competition is catching up fast as it doesn't have a huge lead anymore in dry handling.
The Michelin did retain its lead in dry braking, with the Hankook and Bridgestone close behind!
The Falken had the lowest internal noise, however the group was split by less than 1db.
The Bridgestone and Pirelli had the joint lowest rolling resistance, with the Falken and Vredestein having the highest.
At time of test, the Falken was the cheapest tire to purchase.
1st: Michelin CrossClimate 2
The best snow performance on test by a margin, rivaling winter tire ability, shortest dry braking with good grip in dry handling, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Limited grip in the wet grip tests with high levels of understeer.
The Michelin CrossClimate 2 wins the test in the balanced scoring, but does drop down to third in the mild climate results. Why? The CrossClimate 2 is quite frankly ridiculously good in the snow, Tire Reviews ran the all season test alongside the winter test in the same size and if the Crossclimate 2 was in the winter tire test, it would have been better than half of the winter tires in the snow! It also had a very low rolling resistance, and it had the shortest dry braking, the CrossClimate party piece. However, it seems to have lost its significant lead in the dry, just 1.5% ahead of the hankook in dry braking, and it no longer has the subjective lead in dry handling, the Bridgestone won that show. But the biggest reason it could only finish third in the mild climate results was because of its wet performance, it was great in straight aquaplaning but it was only midpack in wet braking and struggled a little during the wet handling laps. The CrossClimate 2 is certainly an exceptional all season tire, and worthy of the test winning award, but we hope for the next generation of CrossClimate Michelin trade some of that incredible snow performance for a little more ability in the dry and particularly the wet to bring back the "summer tire with winter capabilities" theme the Crossclimate is so loved for.
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1st: Hankook Kinergy 4S2
Best aquaplaning resistance, extremely short wet braking and excellent wet handling, excellent grip in all snow tests, high grip levels in the dry, low noise.
High rolling resistance.
The Hankook Kinergy 4S2 H750 finishes an impressive second in the balanced results, but even more impressively it wins with the mild climate score weighting! The Hankook was just incredibly consistent, finishing first place in both aquaplaning tests, second in wet handling, wet braking and dry braking, third in snow handling, and fourth in snow traction, snow braking and dry handling! It's only let down, which we've seen in other tests, is an increased rolling resistance, but given how exceptional it is in every other category, I highly recommend this tire. Outstanding work by Hankook.
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3rd: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
Excellent grip in the wet with short braking distances and good handling, very high aquaplaning resistance, excellent braking and handling in the snow, fastest dry handling time.
Lower snow traction, long dry braking distances.
The Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen 3 had a poor result in the Tire Reviews all season test last year, but that was certainly an outlier rather than the rule, and now the tire is back exactly where it should be. The only drawback, which we've seen many times before, was average dry braking, but it was consistently amongst the best in the wet, including aquaplaning results, and the snow.
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4th: Continental AllSeasonContact
Good handling in the wet and dry, good snow braking and handling, low rolling resistance.
High internal noise, weak snow traction, extended dry braking.
The Continental AllSeasonContact might be one of the oldest all season tires in the group now, but it's still performing well with a solid balanced result in all categories. Consistency is important in an all season tire, and while the Continental didn't win any test, it didn't do badly in any test either, with a solid string of 4th and 5th places putting it in fourth place overall in the balanced score weighting, and fifth in the mild climate. Recommended.
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5th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO
Excellent grip in the wet and dry, good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, lowest rolling resistance on test.
Extremely limited snow performance with the longest braking, lowest traction and most difficult snow handling lap. Highest internal noise.
The Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 EVO might just be the all season of the group designed specially for climates which get minimal snow, as in the balanced score weighting it finished fifth but in the mild climate score weighting it jumped up to second place overall! As the results imply, this tire was great in the dry, pretty good in the wet and it had the joint lowest rolling resistance on test, BUT it was a firm last in the snow. Even though there wasn't a summer reference tire in this test, we cna be sure that the Bridgestone will still vastly outperform any summer tire on snow, however compared to a good all season tire its performance was extremely limited. Definitely an all season tire for a climate where snow is the exception rather than the rule.
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6th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
Lowest internal noise on test, good snow traction and wet handling.
Average grip in the snow and the dry, low aquaplaning resistance, very high rolling resistance.
The Falken Euroall Season AS210 finishes in sixth with a very similar overall performance and score to the Vredestein - in fact the Vredestein and Falken were so close their places swap in each score weighting. Like the Vredestein it was most at home in the wet, and like the Vredestein its snow performance couldn't match the best, or even the average of the group. It also had a high rolling resistance but it did however have the lowest internal noise.
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7th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro
Best wet grip on test with the shortest wet braking and fastest wet handling lap, low internal noise.
Low grip in the snow and in the dry, low aquaplaning resistance, highest rolling resistance in the test.
The Vredestein Quatrac Pro finishes in seventh place overall. This tire was an absolute beast in the wet with the shortest wet braking by over a meter, and the fastest wet handling lap by a significant margin! Sadly, a midpack dry braking was the next best highlight as the tire struggled in both aquaplaning tests, had low grip on the snow and a very high rolling resistance.
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8th: Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2
Lowest rolling resistance on test, short braking distance in the dry.
Limited snow and wet grip in braking and handling.
In eighth place overall was the Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason SF2. This was a disappointing result for the SF2, and while it did have the lowest rolling resistance on test and very good dry braking, it was let down by an average snow performance and low grip in the wet. I've actually spoken to Pirelli about this result as the SF2 seems to have variable results in tests depending on size, and Pirelli have informed me that unfortunately this tire was an older spec tire which has now been updated with significantly more grip in all conditions. I'll be sure to retest this next year.
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9th: Kleber Quadraxer 2
Excellent grip in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, low internal noise.
Low grip in the wet and dry with long braking distances and slow to react handling. High rolling resistance.
The Kleber Quadraxer 2 had an excellent performance in all the snow tests and one of the best aquaplaning performances, but sadly couldn't keep up in the dry and wet grip tests where it had long braking and poor handling results.
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10th: Tomket Allyear 3
Good snow traction, low internal noise, reasonable rolling resistance.
Dangerously long braking distances in the wet and dry, inharmonious handling in the wet with oversteer, very low aquaplaning resistance.
The Tomket Allyear 3 once again proves that a budget tire can be fine in one category, it was reasonable in the snow, but then be a disaster in other areas, with a 10.5 meter difference stopping the golf from just 50 mph and really difficult wet handling making the allyear 3 a tire to avoid.
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