Auto Bild: All-Season Tire Test R16 2020

Auto Bild: All-Season Tire Test R16

Many tire makers claim that all-season models are safe to drive in any weather conditions. Is it really the case, though? The answer to this question has been given by the experts of the German industry publication Auto Bild, who compared the performance of more than 30 sets of all-season tires on dry, wet, and snow-covered surfaces.
In the Auto Bild test of 205/55 R16 all-season tires, not all of the contestants could live up to their name and demonstrate comprehensively safe performance in any weather, in spite of the fact that each of them proudly bears a 3PMSF sign.

  1. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 - Winner Recommended
    Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3
    95 48
    Passenger · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    This new model 2020 from Goodyear established itself as the most balanced tire in all weather conditions with dynamic handling on snow, as well as dry and wet pavement. It is characterized by high resistance to wear and low rolling resistance, which brought it the title of «Eco Master». No prominent issues found.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Treadwear   Slalom   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  2. Vredestein Quatrac Recommended
    Vredestein Quatrac
    96 33
    Passenger · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    A brand-new all-season tire model 2020. This model is characterized by exemplary performance in all areas, stable snow traction, strong resistance to hydroplaning, as well as dynamic handling response, efficient wet and dry braking, and a very long expected mileage.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Treadwear   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability  
    Europe Europe
  3. Continental AllSeasonContact Recommended
    Continental AllSeasonContact
    87 61
    Passenger · All Season · 2017 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    A very convincing tire model that ensures great snow performance and offers a good price/quality ratio. In addition, it is characterized by strong hydroplaning resistance, crisp steering response, long tread life, and low rolling resistance.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Slalom   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Lateral Stability   Snow Handling   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  4. Michelin CrossClimate+ Recommended
    Michelin CrossClimate+
    84 66
    Passenger · All Season · 2017 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    A premium-class all-season tire that is characterized by well-balanced performance in any weather conditions, dynamic handling response, accurate steering feedback, long tread life, and low rolling resistance.

    Rolling Resistance   Noise   Dry Braking   Treadwear   Slalom   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Straight Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  5. Falken EuroAll Season AS210 Recommended
    Falken EuroAll Season AS210
    78 40
    Passenger · All Season · 2018 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    Unlike the previous model, this Falken tire is characterized by an exemplary balance of performance, as well as predictable and stable handling response in any weather conditions. In addition, it boasts strong hydroplaning resistance, long tread life, and an affordable price.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Treadwear   Price   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Noise  
    Europe Europe
  6. Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02
    Firestone MultiSeason Gen 02
    N/A 30
    Passenger · All Season · 2019 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    This all-season tire model is characterized by good traction and short stopping distance on snow, good handling response on wet pavement, short stopping distance in the dry, long expected mileage, and a great price/quality ratio. Speaking of issues, it is worth mentioning its average hydroplaning resistance. Not a bad debut in the independent tire tests.

    Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Wet Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
  7. Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 H750
    Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 H750
    80 52
    Passenger · All Season · 2018 · Passenger - Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    A tire with very strong traction on wet pavement and snow, efficient wet and dry braking performance, and a very strong hydroplaning resistance. Issues: average tread life, average ride comfort.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Snow Handling   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Noise  
    Europe Europe
  8. Kleber Quadraxer 2
    Kleber Quadraxer 2
    75 35
    Passenger · All Season · 2016 · Passenger - Standard Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    This all-season tire model is a «winter professional» with the best snow traction, short stopping distance on dry pavement, low noise emission, long tread life, fuel-saving performance, and affordable price. Its main limitation is poor lateral hydroplaning resistance.

    Noise   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Slalom   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  9. BFGoodrich g-Grip All Season 2
    BFGoodrich g-Grip All Season 2
    75 30
    Passenger · All Season · 2016 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    Another «snow professional» of this test with excellent lateral stability and strong traction on snow and ice, short braking distance on dry pavement, good ride comfort, and low rolling resistance. Speaking of issues, one can name insufficient handling response and inconsistent behavior on dry pavement.

    Noise   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Slalom   Snow Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability  
    Europe Europe
  10. Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo
    Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo
    80 47
    Passenger · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    A tire with a sporty feel and dynamic handling response on wet and dry pavement, efficient dry braking, crisp steering response, and relatively low rolling resistance. Issues: average traction and weak lateral grip on snow, average tread life.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Slalom   Snow Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
  11. Nexen N'Blue 4Season
    Nexen N'Blue 4Season
    76 42
    Passenger · All Season · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    A well-balanced all-season tire that ensures efficient dry braking, good hydroplaning resistance, low noise emission, and high resistance to wear. Issues: weak lateral stability on wet pavement, increased rolling resistance.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Treadwear   Dry Braking   Noise   Lateral Stability   Rolling Resistance   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia
  12. Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF
    N/A 13
    Passenger · All Season · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    This all-season tire model is characterized by excellent hydroplaning resistance, short stopping distance on dry pavement, long expected mileage, and low fuel-saving rolling resistance. Speaking of issues, one can name the increased braking distance and understeer on snow and ice.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning   Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Slalom   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe
  13. Kumho Solus 4S HA32
    Kumho Solus 4S HA32
    65 35
    Passenger · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    Good traction and efficient braking on snow, dynamic handling response on both wet and dry pavements. The «Satisfactory» verdict is due to short tread life, high rolling resistance, and a price that is clearly too high for such performance.

    Lateral Stability   Snow Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Noise   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Slalom  
    Europe Europe
  14. Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
    Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
    68 36
    Passenger · All Season · 2019 · Passenger - Standard Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    This tire’s good hydroplaning resistance, dynamic handling response, and quick dry braking were overshadowed by the clearly average tread life, understeer, and long stopping distance on wet pavement. The last place.

    Dry Braking   Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Treadwear   Wet Handling   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
All-Season
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 02, 2020
Date updated
Feb 15, 2021

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