2018 AZ Summer AND All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Best tyre for wet roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The best tyre overallMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The lowest fuel useGoodyear EfficientGrip Performance
The most comfortableMichelin CrossClimate Plus
The quietest tyreGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
The first tyre test of 2018 is rather unique. German publication Auto Zeitung have tested six summer and three all season tyres all in the same test, and while it's going to make the Tyre Reviews version of the results 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 225/45 R17 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.

Dry

Dry braking was a double win for Michelin, with the Pilot Sport 4 the best summer tyre and the Michelin CrossClimate+ the best all season tyre. While the CrossClimate+ beat the other two all season tyres by a considerable margin, it was unable to match even the cheapest Giti tyre during dry braking.

Michelin once again had a double win during dry handling, but this time with the CrossClimate further away from the summer tyres. The new Continental AllSeasonContact sat between the Michelin CrossClimate and Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 in the dry.

Wet

Wet braking was won by the Goodyear all season tyre, and lost by the Goodyear summer tyre! The Continental summer tyre beat the Continental all season tyre, as did the Michelin summer. The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance usually scores strongly in the wet, perhaps this is a rogue result.

Wet handling is a harder test for the all season tyres than wet braking, and the best all season tyre could only finish fourth overall. In both wet braking and handling, the Michelin, Continental and Falken summer tyres were close.

The Michelin and Falken summer tyres impress again with the best straight aquaplaning results.

Other

Three decibels covered all nine tyres during noise testing.

Goodyear had a clear lead in fuel use which might explain the wet performance, and Giti and Hankook lead on purchase price. The Falken also proves to be excellent value when balancing the test results against the purchase price.

Sadly wear wasn't tested, but this is an area where Michelin usually excel in.

Results

Michelin Pilot Sport 41st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Total: 586 / Dry: 131 / Wet: 149 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 11 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 280
Overall: A leading performance in both the dry and wet ensured the Pilot Sport 4 wins the test convincingly, despite having a right rolling resistance.

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Michelin CrossClimate Plus1st: Michelin CrossClimate Plus
Total: 440 / Dry: 109 / Wet: 96 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 7 / Overall: 205
Overall: As the most "summer tyre like" of the all season tyres, the CrossClimate+ wins its category. It is however the most expensive tyre on test.

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 21st: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
Total: 442 / Dry: 88 / Wet: 117 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 205
Overall: The Vector 4 Season Gen-2 proves to be the strongest all season tyre in the wet, but can't match the Crossclimate or summer tyres in the dry. An excellent all round performance otherwise.

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Continental Premium Contact 62nd: Continental Premium Contact 6
Total: 554 / Dry: 126 / Wet: 137 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 15 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 263
Overall: The Premiumcontact 6 has the shortest stopping distances in the wet, and is very strong in the dry. Lowest levels of comfort on test.

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Falken Azenis FK5103rd: Falken Azenis FK510
Total: 538 / Dry: 123 / Wet: 133 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 12 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 256
Overall: The FK510 proves to be an excellent all round tyre, finishing the test with a well balanced performance. Excellent value.

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Continental AllSeasonContact3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact
Total: 434 / Dry: 94 / Wet: 106 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 18 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 200
Overall: The AllSeasonContact has no real drawbacks, but isn't as strong as the CrossClimate in the dry or the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 in the wet. As an all season tyre, the AllSeasonContact seems to sit between the Michelin and Goodyear with regards to the dry/wet/snow blend of performance.

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance4th: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 498 / Dry: 128 / Wet: 101 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 25 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 229
Toughness: Top in curved aquaplaning, the EfficientGrip Perf is let down by a wear wet braking performance. Lowest rolling resistance on test.

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Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K1255th: Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
Total: 470 / Dry: 129 / Wet: 93 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 11 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 222
Overall: A surprisingly poor result for the Ventus Prime3. A poor wet performance was combined with an average dry performance.

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Giti GitiSport S16th: Giti GitiSport S1
Total: 459 / Dry: 119 / Wet: 96 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 215
Overall: The GitiSport S1 might have finished in last place, but when you look at the balance of performance to price, this is one of the better cheap tyres available, proving to be quicker than the Goodyear in the dry, better than the Hankook in the wet, one of the quietest tyres on test and the cheapest to buy.

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