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.
With the promise of one tire to work in all conditions, all season tires are a rapidly growing market segment.
To find out which of these all season tires is best, and whether they can match a summer and winter tire, the 2020 Tire Reviews all season tire test has tested nine of the best 225/45 R17 all season tires on the market, and included a summer and winter tire as reference.
If you need to keep your van mobile year round, all season tires are an increasingly popular solution, which is why German publication Pro Mobile have tested seven commercial all season tires in the popular 225/70 R15C tire size.
On test they have all the manufactures you'd expect from a car all season tire test, with Continental, Falken, Goodyear, Maxxis, Michelin, Pirelli and Vredestein included in the test.
For the 2020 Auto Express all season tire test, Auto Express tested six 225/45 R17 all season tires using a VW Golf.
The 2020 Auto Bild crossover SUV all season tire test has tested 11 of the best all season tires in the rather small 215/60 R16 tire size, using a VW T-Roc.
Auto Bild have also included a reference summer and winter tire, so we can see the difference performances between the three tire types, but sadly haven't shared which tires were used as the reference tires.
The 2020 Sport Auto all season tire test has covered seven of the best all season tires in 225/45 18, using a new BMW 3 Series.
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!
Following on from the 32 tire braking shootout, Auto Bild have taken the fourteen best all season tires to the full test, and included a summer and winter tire as reference.
As with the Tire Reviews all season test, Auto Bild have ranked the new Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 as the best all season tire, not because it was outstanding in one single area, but because it had a rounded performance in nearly all tests.
Every year, the German publication Auto Bild selects a tire size, finds as many all season tires as possible in that size, and tests them all in dry and wet braking, with the top 14 tires proceeding to the full all season tire test.
For the 2020 all season tire test, Auto Bild rounded up 34 all season tires in the common 205/55 R16 size, and a summer and winter tire as reference.
The 2020 ADAC SUV All season tire test has tested seven all season tires in the popular 235/55 R17, and include a summer tire in the dry and wet, and a winter tire during snow and ice testing.
ADAC usually hides all their data and just gives numeric scores, but this year have released braking distances for all four braking tests. This might be to back up their conclusion from this test, which is even the best all season tires are deficient compared to a summer and winter tire combination.
As motorhome, van and commercial vehicle tire testing is new to the Tire Reviews website, we thought we'd start with the best of the best, and cover the 2020 Auto Bild 235/65 R16 C test, which used a VW Crafter van to test eight cargo rated all season tires, and included a summer and winter tire as reference!
As this is an all season tire test, Auto Bild not only tested the dry and wet performance of all eight tires, but also the snow ability of each pattern. Read on below for the full results of what is, another fascinating test by Auto Bild.
In their second SUV / 4x4 all season tire test of 2019, Auto Bild have tested ten all season tires in 235/65 R17, and included the usual summer and winter tire as benchmarks.
For the first time in 2020, Tire Reviews will be performing its own all season tire test, but until then, the Auto Bild all season tire test is the best you can get! Testing ten sets of all season tires in 225/45 R17 using a BMW 1 Series, and including a summer and winter tire as reference, Auto Bild have done as thorough a job as ever for their 2019 all season tire test.
The most notable performances follow the trends other tests have shown during 2019. The new Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 couldn't deliver on the foundations laid by the strong wet and dry braking performance in the shootout test, finishing ninth overall due to a very average snow performance, but more importantly for UK drivers, very high wear.
The ACE / GTU tire test is always a funny one, as they go to a lot of effort to test the tires, but then provide no data at all, only the overview scores.
For this reason, we always keep the commentary low, but it's important to have the test results on Tire Reviews, as the more tests published the better right?
The weekly UK publication Auto Express has just published their 2019 all season tire test! This year Auto Express tested nine all season tire patterns in 205/55 R16 using a VW Golf.
As in previous years, Auto Express have included a summer and winter tire as reference. Shockingly, the summer Continental PremiumContact 5 was the best in dry overall, near the best in wet, and fell apart in snow. Things get more interesting when we compare the winter Continental WinterContact TS860 to the all season tires on test.
With summer sadly coming to an end, now is a great time to start thinking about switching to all season or winter tire options.
To help this purchase decision, the excellent German publication Auto Bild publish the results of their pre-tests, in order to select the best all season tires to send through to their full all season tire test.
This year Auto Bild have tested 31 all season tires in 225/45 R17 in wet and dry braking, and the top ten will go through to the full test due next month.
Earlier this year Auto Bild published their 2019 SUV all season tire test, using an Audi Q3 wearing the popular 235/55 R19 all season tire size.
As usual, all seven tire patterns were tested in the dry, wet and snow, and as a reference, Auto Bild included a premium summer and winter tire.
As always, we keep our coverage of the Auto Express tire tests to a minimum, instead encouraging you to go and see the full article on the Auto Express website (link in comments), but there is one aspect of the test we'd like to mention.
Following on from the 27 all season tire braking shootout, Auto Bild have published their excellent 2018 all season tire test. Testing the best ten 195/65 R15 all season tires from the braking test, Auto Bild have done an incredibly thorough job putting all the tire patterns through the usual array or dry, wet and snow testing.
As with the Auto Bild winter tire test, the excellent German publication have placed a large number of all season tires through wet and dry braking tests in order to find the top ten tires for the full all season tire test, which will include broader wet and dry testing, plus the inclusion of snow running.
In total 27 all season tire patterns were tested in the popular 195/65 R15 size, and the spread of best to worst proved to be worringly large!
The 2018 Auto Motor Und Sport all season tire test has tested seven all season tires, and a summer and winter tire through the usual range of dry, wet, snow and environmental tests.
The unique twist this year? For some reason, the summer and winter reference tires are in 205/55 R16, while the seven tested all season tires are in 225/45 R17. Strange.
In spite of the curious size choices, it's an interesting test. The tires chosen for the test, and the final results are very close to the Tire Reviews All Season Tire Video, so be sure to check that out too.
All season tires try to be a tire without compromise, but does such tire exist? In this latest video I take a look at exactly how good all season tires are in 2018, and seven of the best tires in the all season category.
This video does not cover any summer or winter tires options, so if you feel like you might need a different tire setup, check out our "best tire type for winter driving" video first.
If you have any further questions once you’ve watched the video, head on over to the YouTube comment sections, or ask below and I’ll do my best to answer.
When it comes to trying new things in tire tests, the German publication Auto Bild leads the way, and with their latest SUV 4x4 all season tire tire test they are once again pushing new ground.
Not only do they test six all season tires in the SUV / 4x4 size of 235/60 R18 and include reference summer and winter tires, but they also include two all terrain (AT) off-road tires. These AT tires aren't specifically designed to work in snow and ice like the all season tires have been, instead they have a more off-road bias to their performance bend. Even with this added off-road performance, they still qualify as legal all season tires thanks to them being marked with the "three peaks mountain and snowflake" symbol.
As a result, the AT tires have a very different performance blend to the all season tires on test, and while their snow performance was surprisingly OK, this test shows how badly they perform on-road, specifically in the wet.
Read on for the full details! For reference, the two AT tires are the Yokohama Geolander AT G015, and the General Grabber AT3.
The 2018 ADAC all season test has tested nine 175/65 R14 all season tires, with a summer and winter tire as comparison. All eleven tires were put through dry, wet, snow, ice and wear testing, and unusually the hugely successful Michelin CrossClimate finished in last place!
Everyone knows tire performance changes with wear, with the biggest change in tire performance coming from all season and winter tires in snowy and icy conditions.
The drop in performance can be so vast after 4mm that certain countries where "three peak mountain and snowflake" tires are a legal requirement for winter driving, they can lose their legality after 4mm, meaning you only get to use half of your tires tread.
Should this be the case? Michelin have been making alot of noise recently regarding the negative impact of having to scrap a tire with half its tread life remaining, and their arguments are compelling. Not only are you costing the customer more, but you're also causing a much higher negative environmental impact by doubling natural resourse usage and doubling waste.
A new feature for 2017 is wet testing at over, and under the magic 7c mark the tire manufacturers recommend we change our tires at.
The 2017 Auto Bild all season tire test has tested ten 205/55 R16 all season tires touring tires, using a VW Golf. This is also the first test to include the new Continental AllSeasonContact tire.
The German publication Auto Zeitung have just published their 2017 all season tire test, and it might be the most UK relevant tire test we've ever seen.
First, they're testing in the most popular 205/55 R16 size using a FWD Audi A3, which represents a large slice of our car market. Then, they've managed to include ten all season patterns, which is more than most all season tire tests manage, but the icing on the cake is the winter tire included for reference is the multiple award winning Continental WinterContact TS 860.
The 2017 Auto Bild All Season Tire Test puts eight 225/50 R17 all season tires through the usual dry, wet and snow testing, and includes a reference summer and winter tire for benchmarks.
The two all season heavyweights of the industry, the Michelin CrossClimate and the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, trade results to tie overall in first place. As each of these all season tires approaches year round motoring in different ways, we'll concentrate on the top two places for this write up.
This year Auto Express have tested six all season tires in the rather large (by all season tires standards) 225/45 R17.
With the 2016 winter season fast approaching, the AMS all season tire test has been published, this time in the SUV / 4x4 size 215/60 R17.
Auto Motor Und Sport used a crossover Vauxhall Mokka to test four all season patterns, and compared them to a summer Continental Premium Contact 5 tire, and a winter Continental WinterContact TS850 P SUV.
The 2016 Auto Bild All Season tire test has tested ten of the latest all season tires across the usual array of dry, wet, snow, comfort and economy tests using the industry standard VW Golf wearing 205/55 R16 sized tires.
For the second time this year, the summer-bias Michelin CrossClimate won the test overall by dominating in the dry, having the shortest wet braking and being good enough in the snow.
The 2016 ACE magazine all season tire test covers ten all season tires in the popular 205/55 R16 tire size using a VW Golf, and includes a summer and winter tire as benchmarks.
Once again, the test highlights the fact that current all season tires, with the exception of the Michelin CrossClimate, should be considered as slightly tweaked winter tires and have all the drawbacks of the winter rubber in warm dry and wet conditions.
It's not often we see a proper off road tire test, but this one by the South African Magazine "Drive Out" seems to tick all the boxes.
It takes ten mud terrain (M/T) tires in 265/75 R16, sticks them on a 4x4 Ford Ranger pickup truck, and puts them through wet, gravel, rock and endurance tests to find out which tire will be the most useful for hardcore off road use.
This year the German magazine "Gute Fahrt" have tested nine all season tires in 205/55 R16 using a VW Golf, plus summer and winter tire for comparison.
While the full results are summarised below, we thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at how the all season tires compared to the summer Continental EcoContact 5 and winter Dunlop WinterSport 5 included in the test.
Continuing the year of all season tire tests, French magazine L'Argus have released their first all season tire test, which included both the new Michelin CrossClimate, the new Nokian Weatherproof, and the new Nokian WR D4 as the reference winter tire.
Testing five of the latest all season tires in 205/55 R16 on a VW Golf, L'Argus put the all the tires through a full complement of winter and summer tests, in both an Austrian Autumn at a warm 15c, and a Finnish winter where the temperatures were as low as -15c.
The UK climate represents a difficult challenge for car tires. Warm enough to require a tire that works well at higher temperatures, but not warm enough to make a summer tire the best choice year round.
Until recently, tires have fallen into three distinct categories: summer, all season and winter tires. Traditionally, all season tires have been developed from a winter tire origins, which give them excellent snow performance but can impact dry and wet performance, especially in the warmer months. This year, Michelin have released the CrossClimate, which if the marketing is to be believed, promises to be a second type of all season tire, one which started life as a summer tire and has been gifted winter capabilities.
Is a summer and winter tire combination the only safe option? Has the second generation Goodyear all season moved the game on? Can the new Michelin CrossClimate live up to the marketing hype? That's what we're here to find out.
The 2015 Auto Bild all season tire test is here, and it's the first test to include the new Michelin CrossClimate and Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2.
2015 has been called the year of the all season tire, and Auto Express have just confirmed it with their first ever all season tire test.
Testing six all season tires, and a class winning summer and winter tire, Auto Express put all eight tires through fourteen tests covering the snow, wet, dry abilities of the tire, and included noise, rolling resistance and price too.
The UK weather has proven itself to be unpredictable, and with the 2014 winter approaching quickly we don't yet know whether we're in for another 2011 level of snow induced chaos, or a repeat of last years mild and wet winter.
With this in mind, here at TireReviews we've come to the conclusion the best winter tire for the UK climate, is actually an all season tire.
With the line between all season and winter tires becoming increasingly blurred, its good that one magazine places all three tires of tires in the same test.
This years Auto Bild all season tire test includes a summer, a winter, and the nine newest all season tires, and tests them on dry, wet and snowy roads. Using a 195/65 R15 H tire size, the tires were tested on the now de facto tire test car, the Golf 7.