Bridgestone A001

The Bridgestone A001 is a High Performance All Season tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire has been replaced by the Bridgestone Weather Control A005.

Dry Grip 91%
Wet Grip 92%
Road Feedback 89%
Handling 80%
Wear 84%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 92%
Snow Grip 37%
Ice Grip 37%

Tire review data from 47 tire reviews averaging 76% over 518,216 miles driven.

The A001 is ranked 15th of 29 All Season High Performance tires.

Latest Tire Test Results

2016 ADAC All Season Tire Test - 6th of 7 tires

  • Negative - Very weak in the dry and on snow, high fuel consumption
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2016 ACE All Season Tire Test - 10th of 10 tires

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2015 Auto Express All Season Tire Test - 6th of 6 tires

  • Overall - As the first all season tire to prioritise wet and dry grip over snow at launch in 2013, the Bridgestone A001 was a good option for the UK climate. Sadly, this was over three years ago, and the competition has moved the game on. Finishing last overall in the snow, and near last in the wet and dry handling tests, the A001 only managed to well in the cabin noise and aquaplaning tests. Had the test included wear we expect the Bridgestone will have scored well in this category.
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2016 Tire Tests

  • 6th: 2016 ADAC All Season Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 10th: 2016 ACE All Season Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2015 Tire Tests

  • 6th: 2015 Auto Express All Season Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2013 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2013 Winter Tire Buying Guide (225/45 R17)
  • 4th: 2013 Auto Bild All Season Tire Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2012 Tire Tests

  • 6th: 2012 Auto Bild All Season Tire Test (175/65 R14)
  • 2011 Tire Tests

  • 5th: 2011 Auto Bild All Season Tire Test (185/60 R15)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    185/60 R14 82H   F B 72 7.23kgs
    185/65 R15 88H   F C 72 7.84kgs
    215/55 R16 93V   F B 72 9.68kgs

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    Top 3 Bridgestone A001 Reviews

    Given 84% while driving a Hyundai (175/65 R14) on mostly country roads for 300 spirited miles
    Had them since Oct.Been brilliant in heavy rain and some muddy surfaces.
    Good on frosty/icy days.Some noise but can live with that.Mpg down by 3-4%,but can accept as feel much safer.Have impressed two others who went off to get some!
    Helpful 19 - tire reviewed on February 2, 2015
    BMW 1 series (225/40 R18) on mostly town for 2,000 spirited miles
    Fitted these to my m140 and they have transformed the car for winter, it is no longer a risk drive in freezing conditions. grip in the wet is impressive even at sub 5 degree temps. Dry grip is very good, not at a disadvantage from a summer tire. Noise and comfort are good. I strongly recommend especially for rear wheel drive from Oct-April
    Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on December 4, 2019
    Given 92% while driving a Toyota Yaris (165/45 R14) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
    After reading the reviews here I decided to fit them to my yaris, to replace the mixed junk that was on the car. Easily the best tire I have ever driven on, transformed my Yaris into something thats fun to drive! Fantastic levels of grip with a good sidewall that doesn't fold under very hard cornering. Noise level when I first put them on was shockingly loud but this has toned down after a couple of thousand miles of hard driving. Superb dry stopping distance and a good wet weather performance. Can't comment on wear as I have only done 3k on them.
    There that good my mate who's been 30 years in the car trade asked what I was running after borrowing the car and purchased some for his car!
    Spent ages reading reviews and went with these, hoping the top reviews for this tire were on the money and not written for money and it's safe to say these reviews are correct.
    Brilliant tires.
    Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on May 31, 2015
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    Given 42% while driving a Skoda Octavia estate (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 8,000 average miles
    Mixed driving including all weathers in rural Norfolk, UK. Generally ok but handling vague. However, had to brake really hard at 65 mph on a dual carriageway under normal load, dry road, correct pressures, and very scary. Car snaked and almost lost control. They were fitted standard by Skoda and the Octavia estate is only a year old and less than 8000 miles. Would not buy again and about to change to Michelin Crossclimate. Remember years ago having Bridgestones on my Honda motorbike and had to change them too due to poor handling.
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on November 20, 2019
    Given 83% while driving a Volvo V70 2.5 (195/60 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    Scotland - Volvo V70 - an excellent tire well suited to the northern climate.
    Wet grip is excellent in winter and summer, and deep water at speed doesn't upset them. You can fly into a cold wet roundabout and nothing scary will happen, they stick and keep on trying at the limit – i.e. progressive. Summer wet grip is also excellent with no apparent degradation in grip.
    Never got stuck in snow, not that they've had to deal with a lot of it.
    Also excellent in the dry, the only time I noticed any “squidging up” was on a hot summer's day down in Kent when the tarmac temp must have been in the high 30s.
    Steering response remains good with only a little tread-block “wibble-wobble” (the sort you can get with blocky tread patterns, as experienced in greater amounts on other all-season tires). You might notice it a bit on a performance car.
    They are well worn down now but still excellent wet grip, no increase in noise or any rumbling. As for noise, a wee bit noisier and you get a bit of whirring in fast corners.
    I'd buy them again but will try the Michelin cross-climates, just to see if that makes any difference to the steering response.

    I suppose an acid test is this – in light snow/ice I take this car rather than my Toyota RAV4 (4x4) as the Volvo on the Bridgestones steers/stops noticeably better than the RAV4 on it's Kuhmo summers – I'd say for snow traction the RAV4 on its summers/4wd is equal to the Bridgestones on 2wd. (Note though the RAV4's tires are too wide for snow, but it does have a ride height benefit which makes a difference on deeper stuff). I wish the Bridgestones came in the RAV4's wheel size - I'd put them straight on...
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on January 17, 2016
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    Given 86% while driving a Renault Scenic (185/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
    These are decent tires.

    One word review? Neutral.

    Three word review? Neutral, safe, predictable.

    If you wish to know more, read on...

    I havent found the reported handling attributes or supposed masses of wet grip but what I did find was a balanced, neutral tire, safe in all areas that wears fairly well and is better than reported in snow and ice.

    Snow performance on the front driving wheels was never tested, but on the back they proved to be a godsend and a nuisance, depending on how you looked at things... What I mean by this is that they were bloody good, never stepping out, locking up, being nervous, and should you wish to touch the handbrake it was like throwing anchor! This is where the nuisance part comes in. When it snows, I like to find somewhere out of the way to play and/or practice car control... these ruined that as any attempt to invoke a slide resulted in the car slowing down rapidly with the slightest of rear movement which would instantly pull back in line with the rest of the vehicle. Once, just once, I managed almost a 180, and I had to do 20+mph before throwing the car round and pulling the handbrake. It still pretty much stopped the car dead and overwhelmed the front Dunlop winter tires, making almost as much movement at the front of the vehicle than the rear...

    Wet and dry behaviour has been tested on both ends of the car, and is good. Nothing more to say really than that, just good! I'd like to say they were excellent, dynamic, really good in 'x' area but I can't. The handling is neutral, not sharp with crisp turn-in, but not sloppy and mushy either. They are safe and secure in wet weather, stable in the dry. They do however shift a lot of water, and are very predictable.

    Wear has been good, I bought them 3 years ago and are currently residing at the back of the car showing probably just shy of 3mm tread after being on the car almost constantly since purchase, 4 months off and 5 months on the front during this period.

    In a nutshell, if you want a neutral, safe, predictable tire that will be there for you all year you can do a lot worse, but in the summer upfront you'll feel the all season thing as you round the bends or come to a stop.

    I'd have some more for sure if they came at a silly price or free, but I'd buy something else otherwise because I like sharp handling and better tread behaviour in the dry.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on September 19, 2015
    Given 96% while driving a Toyota Yaris (185/60 R15) on a combination of roads for 22,000 average miles
    Superb all year option. Very safe in the wet, as good as a summer tire in the dry and with the added bonus of cold/snow/ice performance for 95% of the UK. Why fit anything else?
    Helpful 5 - tire reviewed on March 21, 2015
    Given 100% while driving a Citroën C3 (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 2,000 easy going miles
    I fitted these tires replace the michelins on a citroen c3. They have improved the handling and road holding ability of this car by 100%. They feel very assured in driving in all conditions. I have just been using them in the wintery snow covered conditions and they have not let me down. They break very well. Quite simply one of the best all round tires you could put on a car. My neighbour is so impressed he will be fitting them to his Lexus..
    Helpful 5 - tire reviewed on December 30, 2014
    Given 99% while driving a Ford Mondeo (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    A super tire in all conditions! Ive had many tires from the leading makes over the years, pirelli,goodyear,michelin,avon,verdestien and I cxan honestly say that these tires are the best all round ive ever had. the only ones that matched them in the wet were the verdestien ones I had (ive forgotten which ones they were). They are super in the wet giving super confidence on a very wet motorway for example and also they are good in the snow, no more silly summer tires for snow driving, these tires just grip with no problems. I dont think for my Mondeo that I will look at another set of summer tires from any manufacturer again and will deffintaly be putting another set of these on the backs when my pirelli rear tires wear down as I only have these A001s on the front at the momment.
    Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on December 27, 2014
    Given 84% while driving a Renault Laguna Phase II (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Great tires,Give confidence in every condition.Both our cars have them all round and wear slowly.
    Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on November 24, 2014
    Given 94% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 5 2.2 TiD Linear Estate (215/55 R16 V) on mostly motorways for 33,000 easy going miles
    Now @ End of life on the second set on the front. Both sets consistently lasted over 32K miles (surprisingly previous summer Goodyears and Michelins 22K). Also unlike previous tires, still performed well when down to 2mm even under stress. Never put a foot wrong under any condition (heat, rain, snow...). Resistance to aquaplaning at motorway speeds was particularly impressive. Amazing product. Note it is directional and you can't swap wheels to the other side of the car.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on October 29, 2014
    Given 53% while driving a Renault Laguna II (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Possibly the worst tires I ever had. On wet roads, several times the car
    broke out in a curve. Never again.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on October 14, 2014
    Given 93% while driving a Volkswagen Touran Match SE BlueMotion TDI (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    Now on my second set on the front after 2 years, 20,000 miles. No wear on the rears after this mileage.. 8mm still !! Best tires for a family car, awesome wet weather safety and you won't get stuck during winter.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on October 10, 2014
    Given 81% while driving a Audi A4 1.9 TDI (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 16,000 average miles
    Update on my Nov 2012 review. Had two A001's on the front and I liked them - excellent grip in all conditions if this is your primary concern. They got me up a very steep hill in Derbyshire on 2-3 inches of freshly fallen snow. I also feel that they corner well too. The downside is that they now make a noise (after 18 months of wear) - sounds like your wheel bearing! Put them on the back and Vredestein Sportrac5 now on front but I get more understeer with these. Cured the noise though.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on July 13, 2014
    Given 90% while driving a SEAT Toledo (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    For cold and wet climate this is the very best tire I owned. The grip is amazing and the car is glued to the road. They must be very safe, and that 1-2% fuel efficiency loss is well worth it.
    When it is hot expect to see them wear down faster.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on May 12, 2014