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Auto Bild 2022: Large All-Season Tire Test R16

The experts from the German magazine tested 35 models of all-season tires, out of which only 15 could make it into the final part of the test.

List of models tested:

The Auto Bild magazine conducted a big test of all-season tires that are becoming increasingly popular in Europe, allowing motorists to save time and money. The test involved 35 tire models from various price brackets, but the main part of the test included only 15 competitors that were able to prove that they can ensure effective braking on wet and dry pavement. It must be noted that nine tires, for example, Fulda by Goodyear, were rated as «Unsatisfactory» in the qualification round due to dangerously long stopping distances. The braking on both wet and dry pavement was made from 100 km/h.

Results of the qualification round
Place Brand / Model Wet Braking Dry Braking Total
1 Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo 44,4 41,4 85,8
2 Vredestein Quatrac 47,1 41,7 88,8
3 Michelin CrossClimate 2 49,2 39,9 89,1
4 Kleber Quadraxer 3 49,4 40,3 89,7
5 Hankook Kinergy 4S2 H750 48,0 42,1 90,1
6 Goodyear Vector 4Seasons gen-3 46,8 43,9 90,7
7 Dunlop Sport All Season 46,6 44,6 91,2
8 Continental AllSeasonContact 48,9 45,8 94,7
9 Firestone Multiseason Gen 02 48,9 45,9 94,8
10 Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3 51,8 43,1 94,9
11 Falken EuroAll Season AS210 51,6 44,4 96,0
12 Kumho Solus 4S HA32+ 51,9 44,4 96,3
13 Toyo Celsius AS2 53,2 43,5 96,7
14 Nexen N’Blue 4Season 54,5 43,7 98,2
15 Nokian Seasonproof 52,4 46,3 98,7
16 Laufenn G FIT 4S 53,9 45,2 99,1
17 CST Medallion All Season ACP1 53,0 46,6 99,6
18 GT Radial 4Seasons 51,3 49,3 100,6
19 Tristar All Season Power 57,6 43,1 100,7
20 Sebring All Season 58,3 42,5 100,8
21 Triangle SeasonX TA01 57,1 45,6 102,7
22 Minerva All Season Master 58,3 45,0 103,3
23 Ovation VI-782 AS 56,2 47,1 103,3
24 Kormoran All Season 61,0 42,4 103,4
25 Tracmax X-Privilio Trac Saver 58,0 45,7 103,7
26 Nankang AW-6 57,6 46,9 104,5
27 Hifly All-Turi 221 57,5 47,6 105,1
28 Torque TQ025 58,1 48,6 106,7
29 Fortuna Ecoplus 4S 63,1 43,9 107,0
30 Goodride All Season Elite Z-401 58,5 48,7 107,2
31 Fulda MultiControl 56,3 51,1 107,4
32 Superia Ecoblue 4S 63,6 44,2 107,8
33 Westlake All Season Elite Z-401 57,6 50,5 108,1
34 Ceat 4 SeasonDrive 63,7 44,9 108,6
35 Atlas Green 4S 66,2 45,0 111,2

The snow tests were conducted at the SHPG (Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds) facility in New Zealand’s Southern Alps at -5°C, and the best tire in this part of the test was the Michelin CrossClimate 2, which, according to the experts, was sometimes even more effective than winter tires. At the same time, although all of the competitors had a 3PMSF (three-peak mountain snowflake) sign, testifying to their readiness for winter conditions, the Maxxis and Bridgestone showed average results, and the snow grip of the latter tire was rated as «extremely limited».

The tarmac tests were carried out at the ATP proving ground in Papenburg, Germany, and at Wachauring, Austria, and all the wet tests — not counting hydroplaning — were won by the Bridgestone model. High scores were also received by Vredestein, Hankook, and Dunlop tires, which, among other things, ensure accurate handling response; issues appeared with the Nexen and Toyo tires that demonstrated less-than-perfect grip during braking and maneuvering.

Test discipline: straight hydroplaning.
Test discipline: straight hydroplaning. Source: autobild.de

In sunny weather (at +22°C) on a dry course the top lines in the tournament bracket were scored by Vredestein, Bridgestone, Michelin, and Kleber, which quickly responded to the driver inputs, as well as quickly stopped the Volkswagen Polo that was used as the test car. On the other hand, the Maxxis and Nexen behaved more like winter tires and provided an average handling performance, while the Continental, Firestone and Nokian «distinguished themselves» with the longest braking distances on test.

The AB experts also evaluate tread life, for which the tire is driven for 12,000 kilometers, after which it is calculated how much more it can drive until it reaches the remaining tread depth of 1.6 mm. This year, a real surprise was made by the Nexen tire whose expected mileage amounted to a whopping 72,000 km. In this area, the Korean tire had a tremendous lead over the entire competition — even the Michelin tire (and Michelin tires usually win out in such tests by a large margin) had a result that was 28,000 km shorter. And, since the Michelin was also the most expensive tire on test, it dropped to the bottom of the chart due to an unfavorable value-for-money ratio, along with the Continental.

Verdict

In the final standings, the victory was celebrated by the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 that demonstrated an excellent performance on all types of surfaces (its only weakness being increased rolling resistance), and the second line was scored by the Vredestein Qauatrac that was also very effective in all conditions, but had a pretty short tread life. It was not without surprises again, and the Continental AllSeasonContact came only 13th due to the unfavorable combination of high price and low resistance to wear, while the Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo came even last, which first of all had to do with poor snow traction.

Summing up the results, the AB experts noted that «modern all-season tires can arguably be considered a safe option, particularly for the owners of compact cars, which is evidenced by the tests conducted in all climatic areas [for the sole exception of northern latitudes where you still need to have your tires replaced twice a year]. The new-generation tires do save a lot of time and money but you need to be careful because there is a risk of running into a «black sheep», and you need to consult experts and study the results of the tests before you make the purchase.

The «environment» grade was essentially a combined score of expected mileage, price, and rolling resistance.

1st place: Goodyear / Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

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Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire replaced Goodyear / Vector 4Seasons Gen-2
  • Available Sizes in Line: 119
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Renault Megane E-Tech [2022 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

  • Good performance in all weather conditions
  • Good handling response in the wet and in the dry
  • High steering precision
  • Long tread life
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Exemplary

2nd place: Vredestein / Quatrac

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Comfort Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire replaced Vredestein / Quatrac 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 61
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Volkswagen Caddy V [2020 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Vredestein Quatrac

  • Well-balanced performance
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • High steering precision
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Average tread life
  • Exemplary

3rd place: Hankook / Kinergy 4S 2 H750

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Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 H750

Comfort Treadwear Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, East Asia
Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 H750

  • Good snow performance
  • Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement
  • Good riding comfort
  • Attractive price
  • Average tread life
  • Average fuel saver
  • Good

4th place: Kleber / Quadraxer 3

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N/A 5
  • Year Released: unknown
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Kleber Quadraxer 3

  • Good results on snow and dry pavement
  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Good riding comfort
  • Prone to understeer on wet pavement
  • Good

5th place: Kumho / Solus 4S HA32+

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N/A 2
  • Year Released: unknown
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Kumho Solus 4S HA32+

  • Stable handling response in any weather conditions
  • Excellent traction and short braking distance on snow
  • Long tread life
  • Good environmental performance
  • Relatively long braking distance on dry and wet pavement
  • Average hydroplaning resistance
  • Good

6th place: Nokian / Seasonproof

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Comfort Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 46
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Nokian Seasonproof

  • Good snow performance
  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Good handling response in the dry
  • Low noise emission
  • Relatively long braking distance on dry and wet pavement
  • Good

7th place: Dunlop / Sport All Season

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N/A 34
Handling Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 25
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Dunlop Sport All Season

  • Good handling response in the wet
  • High lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Very good riding comfort
  • Prone to understeer on snow
  • Relatively long braking distance on dry pavement
  • Good

8th place: Falken / EuroAll Season AS210

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Falken EuroAll Season AS210

Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance Dry Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort Price/Quality
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Falken EuroAll Season AS210

  • Excellent traction and short braking distance on snow
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Long tread life
  • Slightly prone to understeer on snow and wet pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Long braking distance on dry pavement
  • Good

9th place: Michelin / CrossClimate 2

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Michelin CrossClimate 2

Price/Quality Wet Performance Handling Dry Performance Snow/Ice Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Michelin / CrossClimate
  • Available Sizes in Line: 55
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Volvo C40 I [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, Japan
Michelin CrossClimate 2

  • Very good snow performance
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • High steering precision
  • Good riding comfort
  • Average lateral stability on wet pavement
  • Short tread life
  • Poor environmental performance
  • Satisfactory

10th place: Nexen / N'Blue 4Season

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Snow/Ice Performance Comfort Wet Performance Dry Performance Price/Quality Handling Treadwear
  • This tire will be replaced by Nexen / N’Blue 4Season 2
  • Available Sizes in Line: 117
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A3
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Canada, Europe, Russia+, East Asia
Nexen N'Blue 4Season

  • Acceptable snow performance
  • Very long tread life
  • Low price
  • Prone to understeer on dry and wet pavement
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Excellent value for the money
  • Satisfactory

11th place: Firestone / MultiSeason Gen 02

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Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02

  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02

  • Short braking distance on snow and wet pavement
  • Long tread life
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Average lateral stability on wet pavement
  • Low lateral hydroplaning resistance
  • Relatively long braking distance on dry pavement
  • Satisfactory

11th place: Toyo / Celsius AS2

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N/A 35
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East
Toyo Celsius AS2

  • Long tread life
  • Very good price/quality ratio
  • Good hydroplaning resistance
  • Prone to understeer, delayed steering response, and a relatively long wet braking distance
  • Satisfactory

13th place: Continental / AllSeasonContact

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Continental AllSeasonContact

Price/Quality Wet Performance Handling Snow/Ice Performance Dry Performance Treadwear Comfort
  • Available Sizes in Line: 149
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Volkswagen Multivan T7 [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
Continental AllSeasonContact

  • Excellent snow performance
  • Stable handling response on wet pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Prone to understeer; relatively long dry braking distance
  • Limited mileage
  • Average environmental performance
  • Satisfactory

14th place: Maxxis / Premitra All Season AP3

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Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

Comfort Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

  • Very high hydroplaning resistance
  • Low price
  • Delayed steering response and prone to understeer on all types of surfaces
  • Limited mileage
  • Average environmental performance
  • Conditionally recommended

15th place: Bridgestone / Weather Control A005 Evo

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Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo

Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Snow/Ice Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo

  • Short braking distance on wet pavement
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Delayed steering response and average handling performance on snow
  • Average tread life
  • Conditionally recommended

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