AUTO EXPRESS: All-Season Tire Test 2017

AUTO EXPRESS: All-Season Tire Test

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.

  1. Michelin CrossClimate+ - Winner Recommended
    Michelin CrossClimate+
    84 67
    · All Season · 2017 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    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.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Snow braking   Snow / Ice traction   Curved Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China
    Test Score:
    100
  2. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2
    Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2
    84 61
    · All Season · 2015 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    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.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Winter / Snow Performance   Curved Aquaplaning   Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    99.2
  3. Nokian WeatherProof
    Nokian WeatherProof
    81 51
    · All Season · 2015 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    Strongest in snow handling and aquaplaning tests. Excellent rolling resistance. Struggled under wet braking.

    Rolling Resistance   Noise   Aquaplaning   Winter / Snow Performance   Wet braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    99.1
  4. Nexen N'Blue 4Season
    Nexen N'Blue 4Season
    76 42
    · All Season · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    Low price, excellent in the wet, strong in the dry and snow. Last place in both aquaplaning tests.

    Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Noise   Winter / Snow Performance   Value   Curved Aquaplaning   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    98.3
  5. Falken Euroall Season AS200
    Falken Euroall Season AS200
    74 22
    · All Season · 2013 · Passenger - Standard Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    A solid mid pack performance, with wet handling being a strength. Struggled in the snow, noisy.

    Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Snow braking   Curved Aquaplaning   Noise   Snow / Ice traction  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    97.7
  6. Hankook Kinergy 4S H740
    Hankook Kinergy 4S H740
    73 28
    · All Season · 2015 · Passenger - High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    Asymmetric tread pattern results in strong performance in the dry. Last in the snow tests, high rolling resistance.

    Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Snow braking   Snow / Ice traction  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    97.5
  7. Toyo Celsius
    Toyo Celsius
    72 36
    · All Season · 2015 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    Good snow braking, very low noise. Weak in the dry and wet testing. Highest rolling resistance on test.

    Wet Performance   Noise   Winter / Snow Performance   Rolling Resistance   Wet / Dry braking   Curved Aquaplaning   Snow / Ice traction  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    96.4
  8. Kumho Solus HA31
    Kumho Solus HA31
    76 19
    · All Season · 2014 · Passenger - Standard Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    Good snow braking. Very weak in the wet.

    Dry Performance   Winter / Snow Performance   Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Curved Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    95.9
Year
2017
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
All-Season
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Nov 04, 2018
Date updated
Feb 17, 2021

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