2017 Auto Express All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsReference Summer
Best tyre for wet roadsReference Winter
Best tyre for snowReference Winter
The best tyre overallReference Winter
The lowest fuel useReference Summer
The quietest tyreReference Winter
The 2017 Auto Express all season tyre test is a wonderful mix of eight 205/55 R16 all season tyres, the Dunlop Sport BluResponse summer tyre and the Continental WinterContact TS860 winter tyre.

A new feature for 2017 is wet testing at over, and under the magic 7c mark the tyre manufacturers recommend we change our tyres at.

Both the wet handling and wet braking tests were done at the two different temperatures, and both sets of results presented in full in the magazine. The conclusion? Not much changed between the two temperatures! The Michelin won all four sets of tests, the Kumho lost all four, the winter tyres performance did not change and the summer tyre lost around 1% of it's relative performance as the temperature dropped.

The other big take from the test is something we've also hinted at before. If you want the best "traditional all season" tyre on test, it's not just the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 you should be considering, but also the Continental WinterContact TS860. It might be classified as a full winter tyre, but its incredible breadth of performance make it as much a traditional all season tyre as any of the tyres included in this test.

Results

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Michelin CrossClimate Plus1st: Michelin CrossClimate Plus
Total: 1528 / Dry: 300 / Wet: 570.7 / Snow: 365.1 / Rolling Resistance: 93.1 / Noise: 99.1 / Overall: 100
Positive: The best balance of performance for the UK climate. Dominated in the dry and wet, and wasn't the worst all season tyre on test in the snow with more than enough performance for the UK winters
Negative: Average curved aquaplaning result.

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 22nd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Total: 1547.5 / Dry: 287.1 / Wet: 567.5 / Snow: 397.5 / Rolling Resistance: 98 / Noise: 98.2 / Overall: 99.2
Positive: The best all season tyre in the snow, excellent wet result, second only to the CrossClimate. Excellent fuel economy.
Negative: Slightly weak in the dry, second to last in dry handling.

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Nokian WeatherProof3rd: Nokian WeatherProof
Total: 1456.8 / Dry: 283.5 / Wet: 567.9 / Snow: 395.8 / Rolling Resistance: 11 / Noise: 99.5 / Overall: 99.1
Positive: Strongest in snow handling and aquaplaning tests. Excellent rolling resistance.
Negative: Struggled under wet braking.

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Nexen N Blue 4 Season4th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season
Total: 1504.4 / Dry: 287.9 / Wet: 549.6 / Snow: 382.5 / Rolling Resistance: 86.3 / Noise: 99.8 / Overall: 98.3
Positive: Low price, excellent in the wet, strong in the dry and snow.
Negative: Last place in both aquaplaning tests.

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Falken EUROALL SEASON AS2005th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS200
Total: 1491.2 / Dry: 286.6 / Wet: 556.7 / Snow: 364.7 / Rolling Resistance: 86.6 / Noise: 98.9 / Overall: 97.7
Positive: A solid mid pack performance, with wet handling being a strength.
Negative: Struggled in the snow, noisy.

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Hankook Kinergy 4S6th: Hankook Kinergy 4S
Total: 1494.5 / Dry: 287.8 / Wet: 563.3 / Snow: 364.1 / Rolling Resistance: 82.7 / Noise: 99.1 / Overall: 97.5
Positive: Asymmetric tread pattern results in strong performance in the dry.
Negative: Last in the snow tests, high rolling resistance.

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Toyo Celsius7th: Toyo Celsius
Total: 1470.6 / Dry: 280.3 / Wet: 540 / Snow: 372.2 / Rolling Resistance: 81.7 / Noise: 100 / Overall: 96.4
Positive: Good snow braking, very low noise.
Negative: Weak in the dry and wet testing. Highest rolling resistance on test.

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Kumho Solus HA318th: Kumho Solus HA31
Total: 1464.7 / Dry: 281.1 / Wet: 526.8 / Snow: 378.8 / Rolling Resistance: 82.9 / Noise: 99.2 / Overall: 95.9
Positive: Good snow braking.
Negative: Very weak in the wet, weak in the dry.

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Reference Summer9th: Reference Summer
Total: 1354.7 / Dry: 306.8 / Wet: 559 / Snow: 187.9 / Rolling Resistance: 105.2 / Noise: 99.1 / Overall: 96.7
Positive: Strongest in the dry, strong in the wet.
Negative: Very weak in the snow.

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Reference Winter9th: Reference Winter
Total: 1580.9 / Dry: 290 / Wet: 589 / Snow: 400.8 / Rolling Resistance: 99.8 / Noise: 100.1 / Overall: 101.2
Positive: Strongest in the snow and wet, close enough in the dry to be classified as an all aseason tyre.

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