AUTO EXPRESS: All-Season Tire Test 2017
The 2017 Auto Express all season tire test is a wonderful mix of eight 205/55 R16 all season tires.
Both the wet handling and wet braking tests were done at the two different temperatures, and both sets of results presented in full in the magazine. The conclusion? Not much changed between the two temperatures! The Michelin won all four sets of tests, the Kumho lost all four, the winter tires performance did not change and the summer tire lost around 1% of it's relative performance as the temperature dropped.
The other big take from the test is something we've also hinted at before. If you want the best "traditional all season" tire on test, it's not just the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 you should be considering, but also the Continental WinterContact TS860. It might be classified as a full winter tire, but its incredible breadth of performance make it as much a traditional all season tire as any of the tires included in this test.
The best balance of performance for the UK climate. Dominated in the dry and wet, and wasn't the worst all season tire on test in the snow with more than enough performance for the UK winters. Average curved aquaplaning result.
Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2
The best all season tire in the snow, excellent wet result, second only to the CrossClimate. Excellent fuel economy. Slightly weak in the dry, second to last in dry handling.
Strongest in snow handling and aquaplaning tests. Excellent rolling resistance. Struggled under wet braking.
Nexen N'blue 4Season
Low price, excellent in the wet, strong in the dry and snow. Last place in both aquaplaning tests.
Falken Euroall Season AS200
A solid mid pack performance, with wet handling being a strength. Struggled in the snow, noisy.
Hankook Kinergy 4S H740
Asymmetric tread pattern results in strong performance in the dry. Last in the snow tests, high rolling resistance.
Good snow braking, very low noise. Weak in the dry and wet testing. Highest rolling resistance on test.
Kumho Solus HA31
Good snow braking. Very weak in the wet.