2018 ADAC 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 overallNexen N Blue 4 Season
The lowest fuel useContinental AllSeasonContact
The best tyre for iceNexen N Blue 4 Season
The lowest wearMichelin CrossClimate
The quietest tyreGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
The 2018 ADAC all season test has tested nine 175/65 R14 all season tyres, with a summer and winter tyre as comparison. All eleven tyres were put through dry, wet, snow, ice and wear testing, and unusually the hugely successful Michelin CrossClimate finished in last place!

When looking at the results of this test from a UK view point, ADAC have put more weighting on the snow and ice performance than we would for UK specific driving.

Dry running takes 15% of the overall weighting, wet 30%, snow 20%, ice 20%, noise 5%, fuel consumption 10% and wear 10%. Snow and ice performance is a lot more important for European climates that see plenty of snow fall, but for the UK dry and wet grip should take a higher priority as that's where most of our miles are done.

Unfortunately ADAC don't release the data from their tests, so we don't know how close the results were in raw figures, but the Nexen N'Blue 4Season has a well deserved win with a very well balanced performance in all categories. The new Continental AllSeasonContact finishes a strong second place, thanks again largely down to a well balanced performance, and the well regarded Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 takes third place, proving to be the best tyre in the wet.

Even the best all season tyres on test couldn't earn the ADAC "highly recommended" label, with the testers preferring the combination of a dedicated summer / winter tyre pairing. This was due to the all season tyres being weaker than a dedicated summer tyre in the dry, and not as good as the winter tyre in snow / ice - again this is more of a consideration for parts of Europe which have larger amounts of snowfall than the majority of the UK.

Wondering what tyre type is best for you? Give this video a watch to help you decide!

Results

Nexen N Blue 4 Season1st: Nexen N Blue 4 Season
Total: 55.2 / Dry: 6.6 / Wet: 7.4 / Snow: 6.6 / Ice: 7.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 7 / Overall: 6.6
Positive: Good in the wet, top marks on ice.
Negative: Slightly weaker than the best tyres in the dry.

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Continental AllSeasonContact2nd: Continental AllSeasonContact
Total: 56.6 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 8.2 / Snow: 7.4 / Ice: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8.6 / Noise: 5.2 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 6
Positive: Good in the wet and on snow covered roads.
Negative: Weak in the dry.

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 23rd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Total: 55.6 / Dry: 5.4 / Wet: 8.4 / Snow: 5.8 / Ice: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 5.8 / Wear: 10 / Overall: 5.4
Positive: Best in the wet, low wear.
Negative: Relatively weak in the dry and on snow.

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Nokian WeatherProof4th: Nokian WeatherProof
Total: 54.6 / Dry: 5.2 / Wet: 7.4 / Snow: 7.6 / Ice: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 5.4 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 5.2
Positive: Best in the snow, good in the wet, relatively low wear.
Negative: Weak in the dry.

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Firestone MultiSeason5th: Firestone MultiSeason
Total: 48.2 / Dry: 4.8 / Wet: 4.6 / Snow: 6.8 / Ice: 6.8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 4.4 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 4.6
Positive: Low fuel consumption.
Negative: Weak in the dry and wet, noisy.

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Maxxis All Season AP26th: Maxxis All Season AP2
Total: 48.4 / Dry: 5.4 / Wet: 6.2 / Snow: 4.6 / Ice: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 4.6
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Weak in the snow and the dry.

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Vredestein Quatrac 57th: Vredestein Quatrac 5
Total: 51.6 / Dry: 7.2 / Wet: 6.2 / Snow: 4.6 / Ice: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 8 / Overall: 4.6
Positive: Top marks in the dry, low fuel consumption.
Negative: Weak on snow.

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Hankook Kinergy 4S8th: Hankook Kinergy 4S
Total: 48 / Dry: 5.8 / Wet: 5.4 / Snow: 4.2 / Ice: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 9 / Overall: 4.2
Positive: Low wear.
Negative: Weak in the snow and on wet roads.

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Michelin CrossClimate9th: Michelin CrossClimate
Total: 53.2 / Dry: 6.8 / Wet: 6.4 / Snow: 4.2 / Ice: 7.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 5.6 / Wear: 11 / Overall: 4.2
Positive: Lowest wear on test, good in the dry and on icy roads.
Negative: Weak on snow.

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Reference Summer10th: Reference Summer
Total: 42.2 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 8.2 / Snow: 1 / Ice: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 6 / Overall: 1
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Reference Winter10th: Reference Winter
Total: 40.2 / Dry: 4.2 / Wet: 8.6 / Snow: 8.2 / Ice: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.4 / Overall: 4.2
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