|Best tyre for dry roads||Michelin CrossClimate|
|Best tyre for wet roads||Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2|
|Best tyre for snow||Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2|
|The best tyre overall||Michelin CrossClimate|
|The lowest fuel use||Michelin CrossClimate|
Vredestein Quatrac 5
|The most comfortable||Michelin CrossClimate|
Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
|The quietest tyre||Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2|
The two all season heavyweights of the industry, the Michelin CrossClimate and the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, trade results to tie overall in first place. As each of these all season tyres approaches year round motoring in different ways, we'll concentrate on the top two places for this write up.
All season tyres are traditionally "winter-bias all season" tyres. This means the tyre is more like a winter tyre than a summer tyre, and as a result there are performance penalties in the dry.
The "summer-bias all season" Michelin CrossClimate is more like a summer tyre than a winter tyre, which means during the dry tests, the Michelin dominated, stopping a huge 2.4 meters before the Goodyear stopped, and actually posting a faster lap time than the reference summer tyre on test!
The wet testing brings more balance to the "summer-bias all season vs winter-bias all season" argument. Both tyres outperform the reference summer tyre during the wet braking test, with the Goodyear edging out the Michelin in both wet braking and wet handling. The winter-bias Nokian WeatherProof also has a strong wet ability, finishing third in both tests. During the aquaplaning testing, the Michlin was slightly ahead of the Goodyear, but both tyres finished mid-table.
With the Michelin CrossClimate being the only "summer-bias all season tyre" on test, it would be easy to assume the advantage the Michelin has in the dry would mean a poor snow performance, but surprisingly the Michelin was extremely strong in the snow too - the CrossClimate finished just two places behind the Goodyear in snow braking, and almost matching the Goodyear in snow handling! Again, the Nokian Weatherproof proved to be an excellent "winter-bias all season" tyre, almost matching the reference winter tyre in snow braking and beating the winter tyre during the snow traction tests. Both the Michelin and Goodyear were extremely closely matched during snow traction, with the Goodyear having the slight edge.
The Goodyear proved to be the quietest tyre on test, where the Michelin could only manage sixth place, however the Michelin used the least fuel on test. Comfort levels between the two tyres were extremely similar.
|Positive: As good as a summer tyre on dry roads, short wet braking distances, low rolling resistance.|
Negative: Expensive, mid pack wet circle result.
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|Positive: Almost as good as a winter tyre in the snow, very short wet braking distances, very quiet and comfortable.|
Negative: Expensive, average aquaplaning, average in the dry.
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3rd: Nokian WeatherProof
|Positive: Almost as good as a winter tyre in the snow, good wet braking, quiet.|
Negative: Average dry handling, high rolling resistance.
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4th: Vredestein Quatrac 5
|Positive: Good in the dry and wet, low rolling resistance.|
Negative: Average aquaplaning result.
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|Positive: Good aquaplaning safety, balanced performance.|
Negative: Average dry handling, expensive.
|Positive: Safe in the snow, good aquaplaning resistance, quiet and comfortable, cheap.|
Negative: Long dry braking, poor wet braking and handling.
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|Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, good wet braking, low price.|
Negative: Poor snow grip, poor wet handling, high rolling resistance.
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8th: Syron 365 Days
|Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, ok dry handling, very cheap.|
Negative: Poor wet grip, poor snow grip, high rolling resistance, high noise levels.