|Best tyre for dry roads||Vredestein Quatrac Lite|
|Best tyre for wet roads||Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason|
|Best tyre for snow||Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert|
Nexen N Priz 4S
Kumho Solus HA31
|The lowest fuel use||Vredestein Quatrac Lite|
|The most comfortable||Vredestein Quatrac Lite|
|The quietest tyre||Vredestein Quatrac Lite|
With this in mind, here at TyreReviews we've come to the conclusion the best winter tyre for the UK climate, is actually an all season tyre.
Ten years ago, there was no such thing as a true all season tyre. Tyres which were branded "all season" were simply summer tyres with slightly wider tread blocks to to gain the M+S marking, and were generally useless in snow.
Modern tyre technology allows tyre companies to blend dry, wet and snow abilities in a much smarter way, which gives modern all season tyres the ability to work year round, in all conditions.
In short, no. If you a looking for the optimum grip year round, you're still better off with a dedicated summer and winter tyre, and changing once the temperatures get near freezing. However, modern all season tyres DO work in all conditions, and can now offer 90% of the grip of a full winter tyre on ice and snow, while keeping 90% of a summer tyres performance in the dry and wet.
UK winters are generally categorised by long periods of cold and wet weather, with occasional snow.
This means during the average UK winter, a tyre with snow performance as its best quality can only really shine for a few days a year. While a winter tyre will work better than a summer tyre in cold, wet conditions, an all season tyre will work better than the winter tyre in cold, wet conditions, and still retain excellent snow performance to and the ability to be run through the summer if you need.
The below chart compares the third place Vredestein All Season tyre tyre with the summer and winter tyre included in the AutoBild test detailed below
To answer this question we turn to the 2014 Auto Bild All Season Tyre Test. This year Auto Bild have tested ten all season tyres in 185/60 R15, and include a summer and a winter tyre for the braking and handling tests.
Being a German publication, they naturally focus on the snow performance as the highest scored category which means the winning tyre might not be the best all season tyre for the UK climate. The full results are below, but we suggest paying particular attention to the third place Vredestein Quatrac Lite, which has an excellent blend of dry and wet performance, while retaining excellent snow qualities.
Also worth considering is the Bridgestone A001. Although not tested by Auto Bild this year, it is a very capable all season tyre for the UK climate, combining strong wet and dry handling, good wear and a high snow performance.
|Positive: The best all season tyre in the test, with stable cornering and superb handling on wet roads. Good safety margins when aquaplaning and precise steering response with good feedback on wet and dry roads|
Negative: None listed
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|Positive: Convincing all season tyre with safe, balanced qualities and good steering response in all weather conditions. Stable cornering and short braking distances in the snow, strong aquaplaning properties|
Negative: None listed
|Positive: The dry specialist with a low rolling resistance. Precise dynamic handling and short braking distances on dry roads, quiet, good comfort|
Negative: Slight aquaplaning weakness
|Positive: A good all rounder with an impressive performance on snow and wet roads. Nice steering feel, best aquaplaning scores, fuel efficient|
Negative: None listed
|Positive: Excellent winter qualities, dynamic snow handling, short braking distances on snow and dry roads|
Negative: Limit cornering and longer braking distances on wet roads, average comfort
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|Positive: Stable ride and best performance in the wet, pleasantly quiet, fairly low cost|
Negative: Only average traction and cornering on snow, slightly higher stopping distances, slightly high rolling resistance
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7th: Hankook Optimo 4S
|Positive: Balanced, safe handling on snow covered and dry roads. Good aquaplaning performance|
Negative: Limited grip in the wet with long braking distances and understeer. High rolling resistance
8th: Kumho Solus HA31
|Positive: A great winter tyre with the best snow performance|
Negative: Only average results in both the wet and dry, low steering speed and long braking distances
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9th: Nexen N Priz 4S
|Positive: Good snow performance|
Negative: Understeer and long braking distances on both wet and dry roads, average aquaplaning result
10th: Maloya Quadris
|Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking|
Negative: Severely limited winter usability, low traction and driving performance on snow, dangerously long snow and wet braking