2017 All Season VS Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin CrossClimate
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Best tyre for snowContinental WinterContact TS 860
The best tyre overallContinental WinterContact TS 860
The lowest fuel useNokian WeatherProof
The most comfortableContinental WinterContact TS 860
The quietest tyreContinental WinterContact TS 860
Falken EUROALL SEASON AS200
Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert
BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
Toyo Celsius
The German publication Auto Zeitung have just published their 2017 all season tyre test, and it might be the most UK relevant tyre test we've seen this year.

First, they're testing in the most popular 205/55 R16 size using a FWD Audi A3, which represents a large slice of our car market. Secondly, they've managed to include ten all season patterns, which is more than most all season tyre tests manage, but the icing on the cake is the winter tyre included for reference is the multiple award winning Continental WinterContact TS 860.

We've mentioned a number of times that the Continental WinterContact range is not only consistently the best tested winter tyres on the market, but could also be considered as the best "winter-bias all season tyre" available due to its remarkable ability to work well in the snow, and the wet. This test confirms that, but it faces close competition from the only summer-bias all season tyre on the market, the Michelin CrossClimate

Dry

There are no surprises during the dry testing. The summer-bias Michelin CrossClimate makes good on its promise of behaving like a summer tyre in dry conditions, and aces both the dry braking and dry handling tests by some margin.

BF Goodrich have a good showing, placing second under dry braking and third in dry handling, and the Continental WinterContact TS860 and Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen 2 both finish mid pack in a closely contested group.

Wet

The wet braking confirms why the Continental WinterContact TS860 is currently unbeaten in winter tyre testing, it wins the wet handling lap by over a second, and finishes joint first in wet braking. While the Michelin couldn't quite match the Continental and Goodyear during wet braking, it still finishes a respectable fourth place overall, and places second overall in wet handling.

Snow

The Goodyear all season tyre managed to beat the Continental winter tyre during the snow braking test, and the Nokian all season tyre just edges out the Continental during snow handling. The summer bias Michelin managed a respectable fifth place during the snow braking, despite its summer bias, but the lack of sipes were highlighted in the snow handling test, where the Michelin could only finish ninth overall.

Other

The Nokian proved to have the lowest fuel use on test, and all eleven tyres were within 2db during the external drive by noise test.

Results

Continental WinterContact TS 8601st: Continental WinterContact TS 860
Total: 845 / Dry: 113 / Wet: 149 / Snow: 140 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 22 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 402
Positive: Excellent performance in the snow (better than any of the all-season tires), good braking and handling in the wet, low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor dry handling

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Michelin CrossClimate1st: Michelin CrossClimate
Total: 750 / Dry: 138 / Wet: 124 / Snow: 96 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 18 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 358
Positive: Good acceleration and braking on snow, good in the wet, very short dry braking, excellent dry handling
Negative: Weak snow handling

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 22nd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Total: 747 / Dry: 110 / Wet: 118 / Snow: 126 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 24 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 354
Positive: Even better than the winter under snow braking, excellent snow traction, good wet braking, low rolling resistance
Negative: Relatively long dry braking and poor dry handling

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BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 23rd: BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
Total: 728 / Dry: 123 / Wet: 111 / Snow: 111 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 20 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 345
Positive: Good acceleration and braking on snow, good handling on wet and dry roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor snow handling

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Nokian WeatherProof4th: Nokian WeatherProof
Total: 714 / Dry: 108 / Wet: 95 / Snow: 134 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 25 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 337
Positive: Almost as good as a full winter in the snow, good aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average braking and handling in the wet

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Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert5th: Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert
Total: 676 / Dry: 95 / Wet: 103 / Snow: 123 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 17 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 321
Positive: Good snow handling, good wet braking, good resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Longest braking in the dry, and poor dry handling

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Vredestein Quatrac 56th: Vredestein Quatrac 5
Total: 630 / Dry: 116 / Wet: 98 / Snow: 88 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 18 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 295
Positive: Good wet and dry handling
Negative: Weak resistance to aquaplaning, poor lateral snow grip, loudest tyre on test

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Falken EUROALL SEASON AS2007th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS200
Total: 596 / Dry: 90 / Wet: 112 / Snow: 82 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 12 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 284
Positive: Good wet handling
Negative: Weak grip in the snow, long dry braking, high rolling resistance

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Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason8th: Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason
Total: 597 / Dry: 104 / Wet: 110 / Snow: 67 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 18 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 281
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning and good wet braking
Negative: Understeer in the dry, longest braking distances in the snow

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Hankook Kinergy 4S9th: Hankook Kinergy 4S
Total: 584 / Dry: 111 / Wet: 85 / Snow: 82 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 12 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 278
Positive: Good dry handling
Negative: Poor snow handling, longest wet braking, poor wet handling

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Toyo Celsius10th: Toyo Celsius
Total: 571 / Dry: 103 / Wet: 79 / Snow: 88 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 270
Positive: None mentioned
Negative: Poor snow handling, long dry braking

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