Tyre Reviews: All-Season Tire Test R16 2021

Tyre Reviews: All-Season Tire Test R16

Do you want to know what all season tyre is best for year round driving whatever the weather? In this test Tyre Reviews experts take nine of the very best 205/55 R16 all season tyres on the market, plus a well regarded summer and winter tyre as references, to see exactly what tyre performs best in the dry, wet, snow, comfort, noise and rolling resistance tests!

  1. Michelin CrossClimate 2 - Winner Recommended
    Michelin CrossClimate 2
    86 50
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    The new Michelin CrossClimate 2 had a near flawless test, with the only weakness coming in the wet at cooler temperatures where it couldn't quite match the best. It was the most summer-like tyre in the dry, led both deep water tests, was one of the best in the snow, and had low noise and low rolling resistance. A really impressive performance from the new tyre, and a worthy upgrade to the CrossClimate+.
    Positive: Clear leader in the dry, good wet handling, shortest wet braking at warmer temperatures, best aquaplaning resistance in both tests, one of the best tyres overall in the snow, low levels of noise, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Average wet braking at cooler temperatures, expensive.

    Wet Braking   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Circle   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking (Cool)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
  2. Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2 Recommended
    Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2
    N/A 37
    · All Season · 2021 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2 is in a clear second place, which is a big improvement when compared to the previous tyre. The new Pirelli is a rounded tyre, with very strong dry braking, a good wet performance and a quiet comfortable ride with the lowest rolling resistance on test.
    Positive: Excellent new tyre, very balanced across most tests, particularly strong in the dry, good snow traction, lowest noise levels on test, excellent levels of comfort, by far the lowest rolling resistance on test.
    Negative: Average performance in the snow with long snow braking distances.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Comfort (Subjective)   Snow Traction   Snow Braking  
    Canada Canada · Europe Europe
  3. Continental AllSeasonContact Recommended
    Continental AllSeasonContact
    89 63
    · All Season · 2017 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Continental AllSeasonContact performed well in nearly all conditions, and was particularly strong in the snow. A well balanced all season tyre, excellent for climates which see regular snow across the winter months.
    Positive: Very short wet braking distances at both temperatures, excellent dry handling, good aquaplaning resistance, excellent grip in all snow tests, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Long dry braking, average wet handling.

    Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Wet Braking (Cool)   Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  4. Vredestein Quatrac Recommended
    Vredestein Quatrac
    91 39
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Vredestein Quatrac is the wet and dry specialist, performing extremely well in all the grip tests. Unfortunately, the snow performance of the tyre was lacking compared to the best, but this is still a very good all season tyre for the milder climate.
    Positive: Excellent wet and dry handling with short braking distances whatever the temperature, good aquaplaning resistance.
    Negative: Poor performance in the snow with long snow braking distances, high levels of external noise, high rolling resistance.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Wet Braking (Cool)   Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Noise   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
  5. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3
    Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3
    92 57
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 was a tyre with mixed fortunes. It performed well in nearly all tests, however an unusually long dry and wet braking result meant the tyre could only finish in fifth place overall.
    Positive: Good handling in all conditions, excellent snow traction, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise, high levels of comfort, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Long braking distances in the dry and wet.

    Noise   Rolling Resistance   Comfort (Subjective)   Snow Circle   Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  6. Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo
    Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo
    82 56
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 Evo continues Bridgestone dominance in the the shallow water tests, and it had good braking in nearly all conditions, but the tyre had a high rolling resistance and performed poorly in aquaplaning testing, which is important for an all season tyre.
    Positive: Shortest wet braking in cooler temperatures, quick wet handling lap, good snow braking, good dry braking.
    Negative: Longer braking distances in the wet at warmer temperatures, increased rolling resistance, poor aquaplaning resistance in both tests, poor snow traction.

    Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Wet Braking (Cool)   Wet Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
  7. Nokian Seasonproof
    Nokian Seasonproof
    74 35
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Nokian Seasonproof was excellent in the snow and had good levels of comfort, but the poor braking performance of the tyre in the wet and dry makes it a poor choice for a mild climate.
    Positive: Excellent in the snow, high levels of comfort, reasonable aquaplaning resistance.
    Negative: Long braking distances in the dry and wet.

    Comfort (Subjective)   Snow Braking   Snow Circle   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe
  8. Avon AS7
    Avon AS7
    N/A 27
    · All Season · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Avon AS7 Gen-2 is a significant step ahead of the budget tyre, and has good grip in the wet, but it had poor performance in every snow test making this a tyre more suited to the milder winter climate.
    Positive: Good wet braking, especially at warmer temperatures, good subjective handling in the dry and wet, low external noise.
    Negative: Poor performance in snow, highest rolling resistance on test.

    Noise   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Wet Braking   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Comfort (Subjective)   Snow Circle   Snow Traction  
    Europe Europe
  9. Star Performer SPTS AS
    Star Performer SPTS AS
    N/A 18
    · All Season · 2010 · Passenger - Premium Touring All-Season
    Verdict:

    The Star Performer SPTS AS might be a cheap tyre to purchase, but it has very low levels of grip in all conditions and cannot be recommended for any type of driving.
    Positive: Low purchase price.
    Negative: Very low grip in all tests, extremely long dry and wet braking, long snow braking with poor traction, high levels of noise, high rolling resistance.

    Price   Wet Braking   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Wet Braking (Cool)   Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe
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9 of the BEST All Season Tyres for 2021 - Tested and Reviewed
September 24, 2021
Year
2021
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
Sep 24, 2021

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