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The 2019 Auto Bild AllRad SUV tyre test tested ten 225/55 R17 tyre patterns using BMW X3, covering dry, wet, gravel, mud and grass performance! 

As with other tests in 2019, the gap between the best and worst tyres on test is getting ever smaller, and while the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 took another win, three tyres were awarded the second place slot!

The Continental PremiumContact 6, Hankook Ventus Prime 3 and Nokian PowerProof all were deemed "exemplary" buy Auto Bild, with each tyre having a slightly different balance of performance overall, but all equally as recommended.

This is going to be a long test! The German publication Auto Bild often perform the most thorough tyre tests of any of the traditional publications, and 2019 is no exception. After taking fifty three 225/45 R17 tyre patterns through wet and dry braking testing to establish the top twenty available in the market, Auto Bild have run the best of the 17" tyres through an extremely thorough full test, and even included the often omitted wear test!

For 2019, the German publication Gute Fahrt has tested ten 225/40 R18 summer tyre patterns using a VW Golf, but unlike in 2018 where they included all season tyres in the test, this year they've included a 17 and 19 inch comparison tyre.

Every year Auto Bild test over fifty tyres in wet and dry braking testing to decide which twenty tyres make it through to the full summer tyre test. In 2019 they have tested 53 patterns, using the popular 225/45 R17 summer touring tyre size.

For the 2019 summer season Auto Zeitung have tested nine 235/45 R18 summer tyres, and included the summer-bias all season Michelin CrossClimate.

The stand out performances go to the new Continental Premium Contact 6 and Michelin Primacy 4, both showing extremely well balanced test results, and also the new Maxxis Premitra HP5. The quality of Maxxis tyres has quietly improving quickly over the past 12 months, and it's great to see the Premitra HP5 prove it's excellent price / performance ratio.

It's also worth noting, which the Michelin CrossClimate only finished seventh place overall, this is the only tyre on test which has any sort of ability in the snow. The trade for snow performance is often dry grip, but the CrossClimate held its own in a full summer tyre test, which makes it unique amongst all season tyres.

The 2019 summer tyre test season is underway, and as always the first published is by the German motoring organisation ADAC!

This year ADAC have tested sixteen 185/65 R15 summer tyre patterns using a VW Polo, and interestingly included the Michelin CrossClimate instead of the Michelin Energy Saver+ as the Michelin "summer" tyre.

During 2018, Tyre Reviews relaunched its YouTube channel, with a moderate amount of success. Views were strong, engagement was high, and there was demand for further tyre related videos which I have promised to create.

Now, a few months on from the last published video, comments are starting to appear on YouTube asking if I'm ok, if I've given up on tyres, and whether we'll ever see the promised videos. Well the good news is I am perfectly fine, I will NEVER give up on tyres, and the videos will come. They just take time to plan, execute and edit.

Read on to find out just why tyre testing can be so time consuming.

This is the most exciting tyre news of 2018. Goodyear have just announced an entire new range of maximum performance summer road and track day tyres!

Goodyear have named the new range the (ahem) SuperSport range, and comprises of the more road bias Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, the track focused Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport R, and the extreme track Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS.

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport range

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 has just been announced!

The Asymmetric 5's predecessor, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, has always been one of the most popular tyres here at Tyre Reviews, so it will be really interesting to see how the new tyre fits into the competitive UHP / max performance segment overall.

As of yet, no one outside of Goodyear has tested the new tyre, but expect that to change in March next year. Keep an eye on the Tyre Reviews site / subscribe to the Tyre Reviews YouTube channel for full details!

 

2018 AMS Winter Tyre Test

The 2018 Auto Motor und Sport [AMS] winter tyre test has tested eleven winter tyre patterns in the popular 205/55 R16 winter tyre size, using a Seat Ibiza.

2018 AZ SUV Winter Tyre Test

For 2018, the German publication Auto Zeitung have tested nine SUV / 4X4 winter tyre patterns in 235/60 R18 using an Audi Q5.

The tyres on test covered the premium and midrange segments, with a single budget tyre included, the Wanli Snowgrip S1083. The Wanli tyre was less than half the price of the most expensive tyres on test, so it will be interesting to see whether the Chinese manufactured tyre can improve on past performances.

Following on from the 27 all season tyre braking shootout, Auto Bild have published their excellent 2018 all season tyre test. Testing the best ten 195/65 R15 all season tyres from the braking test, Auto Bild have done an incredibly thorough job putting all the tyre patterns through the usual array or dry, wet and snow testing.

Not only is the word tire spelt differently, the European and north American regions have different requirements when it comes to a tyres performance, and as a result tyre companies can have entirely different product ranges on sale between the two continents.

As a general rule, American tyres are designed to travel much further differences than their European counterparts with mileage guarantees of 60,000 miles not uncommon. European tyres have less emphasis placed on tread life, and far more on wet performance, which means while our UHP tyres might perform extremely well in the wetter parts of Europe, it's not unusual to get only 15,000 miles from a set of performance tyres.

As in 2017, the German club ACE have tested all season and winter tyres in exactly the same tests! On test are nine 185/65 R15 winter tyre patterns, and three all season tyres in the same size, and they used an Opel Corsa as the test vehicle.

All twelve tyres were put through identical dry, wet and snow testing, and to further highlight the point that most all season tyres are interchangeable with winter tyres, the all season tyres finished second, fifth and ten places overall.

If you know about tyres, you will be a fan of Nokian Tyres. The Finnish company are almost a cult classic in the UK, thanks to an extremely strong all season and winter tyre range. With the new Nokian PowerProof and WetProof, Nokian hopes to extend that performance to its summer tyre range.

Nokian PowerProof

Around five years ago Nokian Tyres released the Line touring tyre, and zLine UHP tyre which took the battle to premium manufacturers such as Michelin, Goodyear and Continental. The Line range was comprised of capable, rounded summer tyres which delivered excellent wet grip and handling. Sadly over the past five years, the competition has moved on and the Nokian summer range hadn't. Until now.

As with the Auto Bild winter tyre test, the excellent German publication have placed a large number of all season tyres through wet and dry braking tests in order to find the top ten tyres for the full all season tyre test, which will include broader wet and dry testing, plus the inclusion of snow running.

In total 27 all season tyre patterns were tested in the popular 195/65 R15 size, and the spread of best to worst proved to be worringly large!

Following on from the 51 winter tyre braking test, the excellent German publication Auto Bild have promoted the best 20 tyres to their full winter test, which covers every aspect of the winter tyres performance.

As always, an (unnamed) summer and all season tyre have been included as reference, and to make a change from the past few years, it isn’t the remarkable Continental WinterContact TS860 taking the top spot overall…

2018 AMS All Season Tyre Test

The 2018 Auto Motor Und Sport all season tyre test has tested seven all season tyres, and a summer and winter tyre through the usual range of dry, wet, snow and environmental tests.

The unique twist this year? For some reason, the summer and winter reference tyres are in 205/55 R16, while the seven tested all season tyres are in 225/45 R17. Strange.

In spite of the curious size choices, it's an interesting test. The tyres chosen for the test, and the final results are very close to the Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Video, so be sure to check that out too.

This year the Hungarian publication Auto Navigator have tested fourteen 205/55 R16 summer tyres, but also included an all season tyre (the Michelin CrossClimate), a full winter tyre, and most interestingly worn summer and winter tyres.

It's important to note that the worn winter tyre used was from last years test, whereas the worn summer tyre was 7 years old and had been stored in "sub optimal conditions". While the tread depth of each of the worn tyres isn't exactly clear, the worn summer tyre was at a huge disadvantage due to age and storage conditions. 

All tests were performed around 15c air temperature. Sadly aquaplaning wasn't tested by the magazine.

When it comes to trying new things in tyre tests, the German publication Auto Bild leads the way, and with their latest SUV 4x4 all season tyre tyre test they are once again pushing new ground.

Not only do they test six all season tyres in the SUV / 4x4 size of 235/60 R18 and include reference summer and winter tyres, but they also include two all terrain (AT) off-road tyres. These AT tyres aren't specifically designed to work in snow and ice like the all season tyres have been, instead they have a more off-road bias to their performance bend. Even with this added off-road performance, they still qualify as legal all season tyres thanks to them being marked with the "three peaks mountain and snowflake" symbol.

As a result, the AT tyres have a very different performance blend to the all season tyres on test, and while their snow performance was surprisingly OK, this test shows how badly they perform on-road, specifically in the wet.

Read on for the full details! For reference, the two AT tyres are the Yokohama Geolander AT G015, and the General Grabber AT3.

The first tyre test of 2018 is rather unique. German publication Auto Zeitung have tested six summer tyres and three all season tyres all in the same test, and while it's going to make the Tyre Reviews version of the result at the bottom of this page read slightly wonky, it's a really interesting way of comparing the dry and wet performances of the two tyre types.

Keep in mind, the nine tyres were only tested in the dry and wet, there was no snow or ice testing to highlight the all season tyres year-round abilities. This means this test should just be looked at to see how the all season tyres compare to the summer tyres in summer conditions, rather than making a purchase decision for year-round motoring.

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