Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO

With a best-in-class EU label A-grade in wet grip, the new Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO ensures outstanding control in the wet, and all without compromising on wear life.

This tire replaced the Bridgestone Weather Control A005 and this tire has been replaced by the Bridgestone Turanza All Season 6.

Dry Grip 87%
Wet Grip 92%
Road Feedback 81%
Handling 83%
Wear 68%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 79%
Snow Grip 65%
Ice Grip 60%

Tire review data from 28 tire reviews averaging 77% over 154,125 miles driven.

The Weather Control A005 EVO is ranked 25th of 52 All Season Premium Touring tires.

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Latest Tire Test Results

2022/23 Tire Reviews All Season Tire Test - 5th of 10 tires

  • Positive - Excellent grip in the wet and dry, good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, lowest rolling resistance on test.
  • Negative - Extremely limited snow performance with the longest braking, lowest traction and most difficult snow handling lap. Highest internal noise.
  • Overall - 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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2022 Auto Bild SUV All Season Tire Test - 8th of 13 tires

  • Positive - Dry specialist with precise handling and short dry braking distances, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Moderate steering precision and understeer on snow and wet roads.
  • Overall - Adequate.
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2022 Auto Bild All Season Tire Test - 15th of 17 tires

  • Positive - Short wet braking distances, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Only satisfactory ride qualities on snow and ice, delayed steering response and understeering snow handling, average mileage.
  • Overall - Conditionally recommended.
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Questions and Answers for the Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO

2021-01-02 - Please can you clarify the legal position on fitting these tires for winter use, relative to sizing. Example: normal tire is 225/50/R17 on alloys, but looking at a set of steel rims (for winter use only), that the dealer says will need to be R16, so the winter tire size they recommended would be 215/60/R16. This should give the same rolling radius for the speedometer, but are there any legal or insurance implications? Thanks for any guidance you can offer.

Assuming the manufacturer recommended this size in the handbook there will be no legal issues. It might be prudent to notify your insurance as UK insurers can be very uptight about wheel size changes for winter tires.

2023-04-17 - Is this a van tire I am looking for a tire for my LWB transporter van

No, i don't believe there are van load ratings available for the A005 EVO all season tire.

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Top 3 Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO Reviews

Renault Talisman 160 edc estate (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 0 spirited miles
Complete set of tires fitted today.245/40 19 Very little difference in the EVO tire pattern to the original, but maybe the improvements are what you cannot see? I will review in 10,000 kms. I have to make a few journeys through the Alps in the next six months, so I am sure their snow performance will be tested. What I know from my experience with the original A005’s is that wet grip is superb, aquaplaning greatly reduced risk, low wear, quiet and low rolling resistance.
Helpful 152 - tire reviewed on October 21, 2020
Given 71% while driving a Toyota Yaris (175/65 R15) on mostly town for 3,000 average miles
Living quite high up in Central Scotland, we need tires that can safely transport our children in snow and ice. However, while we will always get some days with inclement weather, the majority of days are dominated dry or wet conditions. Having done a lot of homework I went against the grain and plumped for Bridgestone A005 Weather Control Evo over Michelin CrossClimates, willing to accept less snow performance for improved dry and wet ability. My thinking for this was that if the weather was too bad for even an allseason tire, then it was probably too dangerous to venture out at all - we drive a Yaris, not a Defender.

The tires was bolted on September 2021, replacing a set of Dunlop SP Sports. In comparison, the car felt soft and bouncy to the old summer tires, but as the weeks progressed and temperatures dropped you could feel the tire come alive and adapting. The best thing I could say is that in cold conditions it feels perfectly normal - like a summer tire in summer.

In dry and wet conditions the car feels planted and safe, and while handling is definitely not as sharp as a summer tire, this isn’t the reason why you buy these tires. Doing mostly town driving I have noticed a small hit on fuel, probably 5% or so over the old Dunlops, but again, it’s a price I’m willing to pay for safety in winter. On long journeys, which we do occasionally, noise is similar to a summer tire and the car is comfortable and predictable, though maybe a bit pillowy at higher speeds.

Which brings me to snow and ice performance. As I write, we have just completed some short but perilous journeys up and down some particularly steep hills. I know snow performance is meant to be the Achilles heel of this tire, but compared to a summer tire it is phenomenal. As cars all around us got stuck and parked up, our Yaris kept sailing on. We passed an assortment of family hatches and SUVs as we made our way about town, with good feedback at all times from the front wheels. There is no shortage of grip while accelerating or cornering, while braking is predictable and safe, even going downhill. It’s like a little mountain goat.

While reviews say that other allseason tires improve upon the Bridgestone in cold weather , I’m very pleased with the performance. Through two winters we have never been stuck or struggled to get home or to collect our children in weather that can hit quickly and make driving conditions treacherous. I’ve not driven on Michelin CrossClimates or other brands, but can’t imagine being any more impressed than I am with the A005. Again, given where we live and the geography we drive on, if we needed more snow and ice performance then a full winter would probably be more appropriate.

Wear rate has also been mentioned and while I have noticed some wear on the outside edges on the front pair, I’m not unduly worried and would easily expect another two or three years of driving.

Overall, I’m really impressed and while I would be intrigued to try another brand, having peak dry and wet performance for most of the year, with the fallback of decent snow performance when we need it, means I’m very happy with choosing the Bridgestones. It’s a great all-rounder.
Helpful 85 - tire reviewed on December 16, 2022
Given 72% while driving a Ford Focus ST 2.3 Ecoboost Estate (Mk4) (235/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 3,500 average miles
Big wheel sizes prefer full winter tires to All-Season but if you live like I do in a mild climate such as the Southeast of England, they often are the best choice. Divided between the new Continental All-Season or the Bridgestone WeatherControl Evo, I went to the latter as they were available and nicely priced for the size I needed. Pros: - Steering feel and road feedback are excellent for a all-season tire that has loads of tread blocks. - Impressive shallow water grip at low temperatures (looses a bit as they get up but not terrible). - Comfortable and relative low noise - Overall feeling is quite good and could be at times be perceived as a mid range summer tire rather than an All-Season Cons: - Wear far too quickly. I don't believe they would last 20k miles or get to see the second year of ownership if used all year round. - Again, wear. As temperatures start to go up they generate far too much heat and with a soft sidewall you can see the changes on dry grip happening and the wear marks on it - expect to see bits of rubber literally coming out! - Ice and snow grip isn't on par with the best of new all season tires. Be mindful that for locations that see little snow this might not be an issue, but when it falls and quickly gets compressed, they might let you down. Conclusion: - They are not the best out there but quite satisfactory on this large size; - For fast cars on mild climates they retain quite good stirring feeling and feedback; - They are excellent in the rain with low temperatures, and while aquaplaning resistance isn't the best, it has never been an issue; - They wear far too quickly for an all season tire, having only encountered similar wear on full winters driven in warm summer locations. - Fairly priced.
Helpful 64 - tire reviewed on May 17, 2022
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Given 66% while driving a Kia Motors ceed (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 20,000 average miles
Car is a Kia Ceed SW (estate car). Pros : Rock solid in the wet, especially in temperatures around 5-6C. Pretty quiet which is important on the Kia as there's limited sound insulation. Reasonable fuel economy, does best around 8-12C. Cons : Tire wear. On a front-wheel drive car you aren't going to get more than 20k miles out of the front tires unless you do a lot of motorway driving. Urban driving in hot weather (like summer 2022) just destroys the tires and you probably won't get 15k out of them unless you run them right to the legal limit. Its essential you get the front and rear tires rotated at services to even out wear if you have a front-wheel drive car for economy and performance reasons. Punctures. I've had three in two years of use. Two were repairable, one wasn't. All of them were caused by stones/rocks becoming wedged in the tread pattern and then gradually (or immediately with the sharp one) forced through the tire. These all happened in summer. Perhaps unlucky but never happened before with summer tires and its the same area I drive in. I suspect its simply the tread pattern which causes this, not much to be done about it really. Conclusion - its a very safe tire to drive on for everywhere in the UK bar the Scottish Highlands where a better snow tire would be advisable. Particularly effective in damp/wet conditions where the temperature is 0-5C. Costs you more in terms of wear but over the lifespan you're probably talking about an amount equivalent to a couple of tanks of fuel, whether that's worth it is up to you.
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on March 19, 2023
Given 76% while driving a Mercedes Benz C220 cdi (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 11,000 average miles
All season tire that feels closer to summer than winter. Seems that it is gaining a bit of grip in the wet over dry. Can't say more over what had been already said. The official opinion is spot on. Left with around 5mm of tread after 11k miles.
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on February 17, 2023
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Given 54% while driving a Hyundai (235/50 R19) on a combination of roads for 20,000 easy going miles
Initilally the tires performed well on my new Hyundai Tucson Hybrid but increasingly the performance deteriorated. After 35,000 km the profile is now between 4 mm for the rear tires and 5 mm for the front tires. This is strange for a front wheel driven car but probably caused by cupping of the rear tires. What I don't like about the tires is the less than expected fuel consumption (about 10% worse than similar cars with summer tires) The worst experience after 35,000 km is the noise of the tires which has risen to unacceptable levels.
Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on February 17, 2023
Given 60% while driving a Volkswagen Golf R estate (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 1,500 average miles
I've been using these tires for a couple of months. I like the ride and noise levels however the grip is significantly worse the the previous All Season tires I had on the car. On the previous tires I very rarely saw the traction control light and then only on swift starts from junctions. These tires scrabble for grip from junctions and I have spun the wheels under acceleration at 20 to 30mph in a straight line on only slightly damp roads. I have only had to brake sharply once with these tires which was on a damp road they easily lost traction so again not impressive. I certainly won't be buying again and will return to my previous choice.
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on February 15, 2023
Given 89% while driving a Toyota RAV4 (235/55 R18) on mostly country roads for 8,000 spirited miles
A massive improvement over the oem fitment in most respects. Road noise has definitely increased but the vehicle really holds the road in all conditions now. At no point has it felt like I'm even close to the grip limit with these tires, very reassuring. Marked down for feedback, but the Rav4 is not a drivers car and feedback is not it's strong point, I suspect it would be very difficult to know where the limit of these tires are until the dashboard tells me otherwise. T
Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on September 24, 2022
Given 86% while driving a Nissan Qashqai (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 500 miles
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on June 2, 2022
Given 67% while driving a Peugeot Partner Teepee (2010) (215/60 R16) on mostly country roads for 9,000 average miles
I had the predecessor to this tire, the Bridgestone Weather Control pre A005 version and found it to be the best tire I'd ever used in wet weather conditions. The A005 version, although it looks different in tread design, has the same excellent performance in wet weather. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the wear/longevity as the full set wore down to the markers in only 9000 miles. This is obviously a very soft compound which improves the cold and wet weather performance but when driven year round, as in my case, the tire life is much shorter than i expected. Whilst I am using a heavy vehicle (Peugeot Expert Tepee) I have the correct XL load rated tire and do not heavily load the vehicle and I have not driven at high speeds on motorways. I think I'll get a rock hard van specific tire next time. TLDR: Good grip, dissapointing wear.
Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on April 1, 2022
Given 50% while driving a Opel Astra j 1.6 (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 43,000 easy going miles
Dry Grip good, excellent Wet Grip, Road Feedback Handling nothing extraordinary, bad Wear, normal Comfort, bad Snow Grip Ice Grip, I would not buy them again
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on March 31, 2022
Given 89% while driving a Land Rover Range Rover V8 Vogue (255/55 R19) on a combination of roads for 6,000 average miles
The 005 EVO is the best all-season tire for winter that I have ever had, far superior to the Pirelli Scorpion and Conti all season that are being used on the RRs. It handles great in deep snow, steep inclines with compacted snow (compared directly to Nokian SUV3s), wet subzero highways and wet cornering as well. I hope they will be at least nearly as dependable in the summer as well.
Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on February 16, 2022
Given 49% while driving a Vauxhall Astra SRi (225/40 R18) on mostly town for 1,000 miles
Purchased a set of 4 in September 2021 because I thought I was buying the best. I was wrong. In January 2022, one of the tires failed after only 1000 miles. A 150mm section of the tire tread had separated from the side wall. This could have proved catastrophic at high speed.
Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on January 22, 2022
Given 84% while driving a Jeep Rengade (215/60 R17) on mostly motorways for 4,000 average miles
My Jeep Renegade came with Bridgestone Blizzak wintertires from the factory, which is a bit odd especially since it is produced in sunny Italy. Very noisy and quite useless on anything but snow. So I changed them with these All Seasons before they were worn, mainly based on the test. Main reason was the the excellent wet performance of the non-Evo Weathercontrol A005, in exchange for snow performance. This should be better with this one, but since I live in The Netherlands that is not really an issue for me. The tires are very quiet, have very good dry grip. On cold and wet roads the do perform better then any other winter or all season tire (Michelin, Bridgestone, en Dunlop included) I have ever had experience with. Steering feel is non-existent, but that is probably mainly due to the little Jeep itself and the tall walls. Tire wear isn't noticeable yet, but then they are just 2 months and 4k miles old. Lovely tires and I should have replaced the OEM Blizzaks much earlier.
Helpful 18 - tire reviewed on November 8, 2021
Given 88% while driving a Ford Fiesta (195/50 R15) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
Hi. I chose this tire on the strength of the TireReviews’ review of its predecessor, and because not all tires in this class are available in the size I need. Fitted to a 1.4l TDCI Fiesta, so not a sports car by any means, but a perfectly capable car, fun to drive on twisty roads and holds its own on the motorway. First 1000 miles driven across M, A and B roads, twisty country lanes and suburban London, in dry and wet weather. Mix of driving styles but mainly average. Not yet driven in winter conditions. So, initially, a very comfortable tire to drive on, not too noisy, comfort levels good, car handles well and responds well to changes of direction, feels sure-footed and safe. Dry grip is very good. Again, not driving a high-performance vehicle in a spirited way, but car grips well in dry conditions and feels safe and predictable. Tires absolutely shine in the wet. Whether rain, running water on the road or standing water, these may be the best wet weather tires I’ve ever driven on. Grip levels extremely high, and remain high even driving through large pools of standing or running water. In the wet, the tires feel incredibly safe indeed. So, first 1000 miles down and so far, so good. A great choice for average motoring on an average car in average UK circumstances. I will endeavour to update after winter. Cheers all, and safe motoring.
Helpful 17 - tire reviewed on November 3, 2021