235/35R19

Sportauto 2022: All-Season Tire Test R19

The Sport auto experts checked whether modern all-season tires can ensure adequate grip if you fit them on a sports car.
In recent years, no sector of the tire market has developed as quickly as the segment of the so-called all-season or all-weather tires, which are now produced by almost any major tire maker you can think of. According to the Sportauto experts, if earlier these were tires with a narrow tread pattern predominantly designed to be driven on snow, now, thanks to new tread patterns and compounds, they have become much more effective on cold and wet surfaces, they better combat the hydroplaning effect and handle high speeds, while the snow and ice grip requirements have been reduced to minimal values. Due to this, conducting their next test, the SA experts reduced the weight of the snow and wet pavement scores (by 5%), and increased it for the dry tests (by 10%) — a performance area, in which many all-season tires have issues.

The test involved the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 Evo, Continental AllseasonContact, Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3, Michelin CrossClimate 2, Toyo Celsius AS2, and Vredestein Quatrac Pro, two models — Bridgestone Potenza Sport and Bridgestone Blizzak LM005, summer and winter respectively — taken as controls. The testers opted for the size of 235/35 R19; the test car was a 250-horsepower Hyundai i30 N, which raised the bar for the tires’ grip due to its 355 Nm torque.

The high torque made itself felt in the very first discipline (which was snow acceleration) but the experts noted that the technologies of all-season tires keep on developing, and, while driving on the summer tires, you could only move safely at a pedestrian speed, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 performed virtually on a level with winter tires. The same situation was observed in the snow handling test, in which the lap times demonstrated by the Michelin tire and the winter model on a 1100-meter track differed by tenth fractions of a second.

Snow Traction

Bridgestone winter
1.90
Continental
1.89
Michelin
1.86
Goodyear
1.76
Bridgestone
1.69
Vredestein
1.69
Toyo
1.55
Bridgestone summer
0.63

Info! Measurement of thrust force in relation to inertial mass,m/s2.

Snow Braking

Bridgestone winter
26.1
Michelin
26.3
Continental
28.8
Goodyear
28.9
Bridgestone
29.0
Toyo
30.1
Vredestein
30.9
Bridgestone summer
56.8

Info! Snow braking from 50 to 0 km/h, m.



At the same time, the testers noted that in actuality the differences were deeper, and, while the winter tires lost grip slowly and predictably (which increases the level of driving safety), the all-season tires went into a skid all of a sudden, and, although the pilots could show a good lap time despite this particular feature, less experienced drivers may have problems because of that.

Snow Lateral Stability

Bridgestone winter
3.49
Michelin
3.41
Goodyear
3.20
Continental
3.19
Toyo
3.10
Bridgestone
3.08
Vredestein
3.06
Bridgestone summer
1.23

Info! Average lateral acceleration, m/s2.

Snow Handling

Bridgestone winter
47.9
Michelin
47.7
Continental
46.2
Toyo
45.2
Bridgestone
45.1
Goodyear
44.9
Vredestein
43.5
Bridgestone summer
17.6

Info! Average speed, km/h.


In the wet tests, the Toyo tire «distinguished itself» by demonstrating a braking distance considerably longer than the competition. The best results in this discipline were shown by the Vredestein model that scored the highest points for handling performance, and generally was the best in this part of the test. At the same time, one must keep in mind that once this Vredestein tire hits a puddle, it maintains grip worse than its rivals — the only tire that was worse in this respect was the Bridgestone model.

Wet Braking

Vredestein
30.1
Bridgestone winter
32.7
Bridgestone
32.9
Bridgestone summer
33.4
Goodyear
33.5
Continental
34.5
Michelin
35.6
Toyo
116.6

Info! Wet braking from 80 to 0 km/h, m.

Wet Lateral Stability

Bridgestone summer
8.45
Vredestein
8.17
Bridgestone
8.03
Continental
7.99
Goodyear
7.98
Bridgestone winter
7.97
Michelin
7.71
Toyo
7.58

Info! Maximum lateral acceleration, m/s2.


Wet Handling

Vredestein
75.4
Bridgestone winter
73.7
Goodyear
73.1
Continental
72.1
Bridgestone
71.7
Bridgestone summer
71.3
Michelin
69.9
Toyo
68.5

Info! Average speed, km/h.

Straight Hydroplaning

Toyo
75.6
Bridgestone summer
75.5
Continental
72.4
Bridgestone winter
71.5
Michelin
71.4
Goodyear
70.4
Vredestein
70.1
Bridgestone
68.7

Info! Float speed, km/h.


Lateral Hydroplaning

Bridgestone summer
2.76
Toyo
2.58
Continental
2.42
Goodyear
2.04
Michelin
2.03
Bridgestone winter
2.02
Vredestein
1.93
Bridgestone
1.84

Info! Lateral acceleration during loss of traction, m/s2.


On the dry track, the lead was again taken over by the Michelin tire, whose braking performance was on a level with that of the summer tire (the difference in the 100 km/h braking distance was mere 1.5 meters). But then again, all the contestants showed good results in this discipline, the only tire to lag behind being Goodyear, which was inferior even to the winter tires.

Dry Braking

Bridgestone summer
36.7
Michelin
38.2
Bridgestone
40.0
Toyo
40.9
Continental
42.3
Vredestein
43.0
Bridgestone winter
43.1
Goodyear
43.9

Info! Dry braking from 100 to 0 km/h, m.


Since Sportauto, as its name suggests, is meant for sports car enthusiasts, it was not without high-speed tests on dry pavement, and, as the experts noted, although they expected that after a few runs the tread of the all-season tires would be shredded to pieces, this did not happen, and, despite the numerous sipes, most of the contestants surprised them with quite impressive results. As the SA experts said, «you cannot, of course, call them „sports“ tires but these tires ensure an adequate safety level in any situation».

Dry Handling

Bridgestone summer
127.3
Michelin
122.9
Bridgestone
122.8
Vredestein
122.7
Toyo
122.1
Continental
121.8
Goodyear
121.6
Bridgestone winter
120.3

Info! Average speed, km/h.



The experts also evaluated the level of external noise and the rolling resistance, and the quietest tire turned out to be Vredestein, and the most economical one Continental.

Noise

Vredestein
71.1
Bridgestone winter
71.2
Toyo
71.5
Goodyear
71.7
Bridgestone
72.1
Michelin
72.1
Continental
73.1
Bridgestone summer
73.9

Info! The noise level at a speed 80 km/h, db(A).

Rolling Resistance

Continental
7.5
Michelin
7.6
Bridgestone
8.3
Bridgestone winter
8.6
Toyo
8.8
Goodyear
9.0
Vredestein
9.0
Bridgestone summer
9.8

Info! Rolling resistance, kg/t.


Verdict

The first place in the final standings was scored by the Michelin CrossClimate 2 that surpassed its rivals on snow and dry pavement, and has low rolling resistance. At the same time, the Michelin model did have difficulties on wet pavement, i.e. there is no such thing as a perfect all-season tire.

Result summary. Sportauto Winter Tire Test — 235/35R19 Places 1–6.
Result summary. Sportauto All-Season Tire Test — 235/35R19 Places 1–6. (click to enlarge)

1 Very good 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

This Michelin model delivers excellent snow and dry performance, but on wet pavement it has long braking distances and is extremely prone to understeer. In addition, in the range of 30–50 km/h, an annoying wailing sound was heard.


2 Very good Vredestein / Quatrac Pro

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Price/Quality Comfort Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Snow/Ice Performance Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Vredestein Quatrac Pro

This tire is great on wet pavement and is great for regions where snow on the roads is a rare phenomenon.


3 Very good Continental / AllSeasonContact

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Continental AllSeasonContact

Price/Quality Wet Performance Handling Dry Performance Snow/Ice Performance Treadwear Comfort
  • This tire has been replaced by Continental / AllSeasonContact 2
  • Available Sizes in Line: 154
  • 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

This tire has a very well-balanced performance, its only disadvantage being relatively poor braking capabilities on dry and wet pavement alike.


4 Good 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, Russia+
Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo

This Bridgestone tire ensures good handling performance in any conditions, but you need to keep in mind that on snow it loses grip abruptly. The tire also has issues with hydroplaning resistance, and it makes audible hum at low to medium speeds.


5 Good 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: 129
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Renault Megane E-Tech [2022 .. 2023]
    • • Jeep Avenger [2023 .. 2024]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, Japan, South Africa
Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

An all-purpose all-season tire that will be a good choice for compact cars.


6 Satisfactory Toyo / Celsius AS2

Quick Take
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  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East
Toyo Celsius AS2

This Toyo tire takes forever to stop the car and has weak wet traction, which is unacceptable for a tire of this category.


Out of competition Bridgestone / Potenza Sport

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Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Price/Quality Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Treadwear Comfort
  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Potenza S001
  • Available Sizes in Line: 87
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Lamborghini Huracan Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Ferrari Roma [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Maserati MC20 [2020 .. 2024]
    • • Maserati Grecale [2022 .. 2024]
    • • Fisker Ocean [2022 .. 2024]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: North America, Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Bridgestone Potenza Sport

An exemplary sports summer tire that provides excellent handling response on both dry and wet surfaces. At the same time, this tire performs optimally only at temperatures above 10°C, and already at 8°C on a wet surface, frequent and sharp skidding starts. The Potenza Sport is also pretty loud, has a rough ride, and strong rolling resistance.


Out of competition Bridgestone / Blizzak LM005

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Handling Snow/Ice Performance Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Blizzak LM001 Evo
  • Available Sizes in Line: 224
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi e-tron [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen T-Cross I (C11) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Audi A3 8Y [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • Volkswagen Caddy V [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Lamborghini Reventon [2007 .. 2009]
    • • Audi Q4 e-tron FZ [2022 .. 2024]
    • • BMW X7 G07 [2018 .. 2022]
    • • Lamborghini Revuelto [2023 .. 2024]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Canada, Europe, Russia+
Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

A great winter tire that ensures a high level of safety on snow, including in emergency situations. Its wet performance is also pretty good; the Blizzak LM005 also offers a smooth and noiseless ride, but on dry pavement it is slow to respond to the driver inputs, and is prone to understeer. In addition, this tire has an increased rolling resistance.

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