2016 AutoBild All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin CrossClimate
Best tyre for wet roadsMichelin CrossClimate
Best tyre for snowFulda MultiControl
The lowest fuel useGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
The most comfortableFulda MultiControl
The lowest wearMichelin CrossClimate
The quietest tyreKleber Quadraxer 2
The best value tyreKleber Quadraxer 2
The 2016 Auto Bild All Season tyre test has tested ten of the latest all season tyres across the usual array of dry, wet, snow, comfort and economy tests using the industry standard VW Golf wearing 205/55 R16 sized tyres.

For the second time this year, the summer-bias Michelin CrossClimate won the test overall by dominating in the dry, having the shortest wet braking and being good enough in the snow.

The excellent Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 was awarded second place overall, and highlighted the different performance qualities the winter-bias all season tyre has. The Goodyear was stronger in the snow than the Michelin, beat the Michelin by a second during wet handling, but couldn't match the lower sipe density of the Michelin during wet braking. It was also convincingly beaten by the Michelin in the dry tests.

The top three was rounded out by the Kleber Quadraxer 2. This tyre was extremely strong in the snow, winning the snow braking test but couldn't quite match the Michelin or Goodyear in the wet or dry. Its low purchase price meant it was the best value tyre on test.

Wear

Auto Bild are one of the few magazine to test wear. The Michelin CrossClimate had the best wear characteristics on test, with a predicted 57,221 km before being on the legal limit. The excellent value of the Kleber was highlighted with a predicted 55,250 km, with the Goodyear predicted 41,403 miles.

Auto Bild found the Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason to be the highest wearing tyre on test, with a predicted 27,360 km traveled before the tyres need replacing.

Goodyear won the rolling resistance tests, but with the gap just 4% between the best and worse tyres on test, the potential fuel savings aren't huge.

Overall

The Michelin CrossClimate has again proven it's the best all season tyre option for climates where snow is an exception rather than the rule. For climates where snow and ice is a yearly guarantee, the Goodyear Vector 4Season is an excellent choice.

The scores are weighted 21% dry, 30% wet, 20% snow, 4.5% comfort, 4% fuel, 4.5% noise, 10% wear, and 6% price.

Michelin CrossClimate1st: Michelin CrossClimate
Total: 58 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 10 / Cost: 8
Positive: Top performance on dry and wet surfaces, accurate and rapid response to the steering, low wear
Negative: Long braking distance on snow
Overall: Excellent

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 22nd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Total: 53 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good performance on snow, good handling and shorter braking distances on wet roads, lowest rolling resistance
Negative: Long braking distance on dry surfaces
Overall: Good

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Kleber Quadraxer 23rd: Kleber Quadraxer 2
Total: 56 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8 / Wear: 9 / Cost: 10
Positive: Good performance on snow, short braking distances on dry and wet roads, relatively low price
Negative: Low lateral stability on wet roads
Overall: Satisfactory

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Fulda MultiControl4th: Fulda MultiControl
Total: 57 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 8 / Cost: 9
Positive: The best results on snow, good handling on wet and dry roads, high level of comfort, good value for money
Negative: Long braking distance on wet roads
Overall: Satisfactory

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Hankook Kinergy 4S5th: Hankook Kinergy 4S
Total: 48 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 8
Positive: Precise steering response and overall good handling in the wet, good value for money
Negative: Wear in the snow, long braking in the dry
Overall: Satisfactory

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Nokian WeatherProof6th: Nokian WeatherProof
Total: 47 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good handling on snow, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: long braking distances on dry and wet roads, tendency to understeer in the dry
Overall: Satisfactory

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Vredestein Quatrac 57th: Vredestein Quatrac 5
Total: 47 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Balanced behavior in all conditions
Negative: Relatively weak grip on snow, long braking distances on dry roads
Overall: Satisfactory

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Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason8th: Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason
Total: 43 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 3
Positive: Good results in the snow, high resistance to aquaplaning, low noise level
Negative: Poor handling in the wet and dry, high wear
Overall: Satisfactory

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Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert9th: Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert
Total: 44 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 6
Positive: High lateral stability and short braking distances on snow, high resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Poor handling and long braking distances on dry and wet roads
Overall: Satisfactory

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Firestone MultiSeason10th: Firestone MultiSeason
Total: 35 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 3 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 4 / Wear: 3 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good results in the Snow
Negative: A tendency to understeer and long braking distances on dry and wet roads
Overall: Mediocre

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