2019 Auto Bild 4x4 All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 46.9 M
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season: 59.7 M
Dry BrakingReference Summer: 35.2 M
Kleber Citilander: 45.9 M
Wet HandlingReference Summer: 73.6 Km/H
Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 65.8 Km/H
Dry HandlingReference Summer: 113.3 Km/H
Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 108.2 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceContinental AllSeasonContact: 6.17 kg / t
Toyo Celsius: 8.52 kg / t
NoiseHankook Kinergy 4S 2 X: 70.6 dB
Kleber Citilander: 75.8 dB
Straight AquaMichelin CrossClimate SUV: 94.8 Km/H
Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 78.6 Km/H
Snow BrakingReference Winter: 23.5 M
Reference Summer: 58.2 M
Snow HandlingContinental AllSeasonContact: 52.5 Km/H
Reference Summer: 33.8 Km/H
PriceNankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 450
Continental AllSeasonContact: 610
Snow TractionReference Winter: 3514 N
Reference Summer: 1210 N
In their second SUV / 4x4 all season tyre test of 2019, Auto Bild have tested ten all season tyres in 235/65 R17, and included the usual summer and winter tyre as benchmarks.

In this test, the new Bridgestone Weather Control A005 matchs the Michelin CrossClimate SUV overall, drawing for first place. Both tyres offered an excellent balance of qualities, but it's worth noting that there was no wear testing in this test, which is where the Michelin often excels and the new A005 has struggled.

Third place was again a tie, with the Continental AllSeasonContact drawing with the new Hankook Kinergy 4S2X. Like the Michelin and Continental, both tyres performed well in nearly all categories, but had slightly longer dry braking than the best on test.

Read on below for the full data and results.

 

Dry

While the summer tyre had its usual advantage in dry braking, the Bridgestone Weather Control A005 kept the Michelin CrossClimate SUV honest, stopping 0.8 meters behind its French rival.

The top three remained the same during the dry handling testing, with the new Hankook matching the Bridgestone.

Wet

During the wet braking testing the Bridgestone once again proved it is a class leading wet braking tyre, and was the only tyre to beat the summer tyre. Third to fifth places were covered by less than a meter.

The summer tyre took back the advantage during wet handling, but the Bridgestone was again the best all season tyre. Interestingly, the reference winter tyre also out performed most of the all season tyres.

The Michelin CrossClimate isn't usually a strong tyre in aquaplaning testing, but in this size it seems to perform extremely well, winning straight aquaplaning.

Snow

The reference winter tyre was the best in the snow, and when compared to the summer tyre all the all season tyres were extremely capable.

The Continental AllSeasonContact won the snow handling test, with the Michelin CrossClimate unusually finishing second.

Snow traction testing continued the trend of Continental, Michelin and Hankook performing well in the snow.

Environment

The Continental had an impressive advantage in fuel usage.

The Hankook and Michelin were the quietest on test.

Unsurprisingly, some of the best tyres on test were also the most expensive. You get what you pay for, especially in the all season / winter segment.

Results

Bridgestone Weather Control A0051st: Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 1st: Wet Braking (+0M)
  • 3rd: Dry Braking (+4.2M)
  • 2nd: Wet Handling (+-1.1Km/H)
  • 3rd: Dry Handling (+-2.5Km/H)
  • 2nd: Rolling Resistance (+0.74kg / t)
  • 3rd: Noise (+0.7dB)
  • 4th: Straight Aqua (+-4.8Km/H)
  • 8th: Snow Braking (+1.6M)
  • 4th: Snow Handling (+-1.7Km/H)
  • 7th: Price (+80)
  • 5th: Snow Traction (+-168N)
Positive: A solid allrounder with high grip in all conditions, precise steering and dynamic behaviour on wet surfaces, short wet and dry braking distances.
Negative: None mentioned

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Michelin CrossClimate SUV1st: Michelin CrossClimate SUV
  • 6th: Wet Braking (+4.2M)
  • 2nd: Dry Braking (+3.4M)
  • 6th: Wet Handling (+-3.7Km/H)
  • 2nd: Dry Handling (+-1.9Km/H)
  • 4th: Rolling Resistance (+1.03kg / t)
  • 2nd: Noise (+0.2dB)
  • 1st: Straight Aqua (+0Km/H)
  • 9th: Snow Braking (+1.9M)
  • 2nd: Snow Handling (+-0.8Km/H)
  • 9th: Price (+160)
  • 3rd: Snow Traction (+-87N)
Positive: Exemplary all Season with stunning qualities on ice and snow, dynamic and sporty behaviour on dry handling, highest safety for aquaplaning, precise steering.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Continental AllSeasonContact3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 3rd: Wet Braking (+3.6M)
  • 6th: Dry Braking (+7.3M)
  • 4th: Wet Handling (+-3.3Km/H)
  • 5th: Dry Handling (+-2.7Km/H)
  • 1st: Rolling Resistance (+0kg / t)
  • 5th: Noise (+1.4dB)
  • 8th: Straight Aqua (+-8.1Km/H)
  • 3rd: Snow Braking (+0.4M)
  • 1st: Snow Handling (+0Km/H)
  • 9th: Price (+160)
  • 2nd: Snow Traction (+-85N)
Positive: All-rounder with best winter characteristics, agile and sporty wet handling, precise steering with good feedback, very fuel-efficient.
Negative: Slightly long dry braking.

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Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X3rd: Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X
  • 7th: Wet Braking (+4.8M)
  • 8th: Dry Braking (+7.5M)
  • 4th: Wet Handling (+-3.3Km/H)
  • 3rd: Dry Handling (+-2.5Km/H)
  • 8th: Rolling Resistance (+1.81kg / t)
  • 1st: Noise (+0dB)
  • 2nd: Straight Aqua (+-2.7Km/H)
  • 2nd: Snow Braking (+0.3M)
  • 3rd: Snow Handling (+-1.3Km/H)
  • 3rd: Price (+15)
  • 4th: Snow Traction (+-119N)
Positive: Well priced with good winter qualities, high aquaplaning resistance, dynamic wet handling, low noise.
Negative: Slightly long dry braking.

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV5th: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV
  • 4th: Wet Braking (+3.9M)
  • 7th: Dry Braking (+7.4M)
  • 7th: Wet Handling (+-3.9Km/H)
  • 6th: Dry Handling (+-3Km/H)
  • 7th: Rolling Resistance (+1.58kg / t)
  • 7th: Noise (+1.9dB)
  • 5th: Straight Aqua (+-5.5Km/H)
  • 5th: Snow Braking (+1.3M)
  • 8th: Snow Handling (+-2.4Km/H)
  • 8th: Price (+120)
  • 10th: Snow Traction (+-302N)
Positive: Very balanced all season tyre, stable handling in all conditions, good comfort levels.
Negative: Slightly long dry braking.

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Falken EUROALL SEASON AS2106th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 8th: Wet Braking (+8.3M)
  • 5th: Dry Braking (+6.7M)
  • 8th: Wet Handling (+-4.7Km/H)
  • 8th: Dry Handling (+-3.4Km/H)
  • 9th: Rolling Resistance (+1.87kg / t)
  • 11th: Noise (+4.2dB)
  • 6th: Straight Aqua (+-6.1Km/H)
  • 5th: Snow Braking (+1.3M)
  • 7th: Snow Handling (+-2.2Km/H)
  • 4th: Price (+20)
  • 8th: Snow Traction (+-233N)
Positive: High traction and short braking distances on snow, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the wet and dry, slightly long wet braking.

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Toyo Celsius7th: Toyo Celsius
  • 9th: Wet Braking (+8.9M)
  • 10th: Dry Braking (+9.5M)
  • 9th: Wet Handling (+-4.8Km/H)
  • 9th: Dry Handling (+-3.9Km/H)
  • 12th: Rolling Resistance (+2.35kg / t)
  • 10th: Noise (+2.4dB)
  • 11th: Straight Aqua (+-15Km/H)
  • 5th: Snow Braking (+1.3M)
  • 5th: Snow Handling (+-1.9Km/H)
  • 5th: Price (+30)
  • 7th: Snow Traction (+-192N)
Positive: Good snow performance.
Negative: Average grip with understeer in the wet and dry, slow steering, high fuel use.

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Kleber Citilander8th: Kleber Citilander
  • 10th: Wet Braking (+10.2M)
  • 12th: Dry Braking (+10.7M)
  • 11th: Wet Handling (+-7.3Km/H)
  • 11th: Dry Handling (+-4.9Km/H)
  • 6th: Rolling Resistance (+1.51kg / t)
  • 12th: Noise (+5.2dB)
  • 9th: Straight Aqua (+-12.3Km/H)
  • 10th: Snow Braking (+2.4M)
  • 10th: Snow Handling (+-3.2Km/H)
  • 2nd: Price (+10)
  • 9th: Snow Traction (+-292N)
Positive: Good snow performance, good comfort.
Negative: Average in the dry and wet, slow steering, floaty dry handling, long wet braking.

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Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV9th: Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV
  • 11th: Wet Braking (+12.4M)
  • 9th: Dry Braking (+8.8M)
  • 12th: Wet Handling (+-7.8Km/H)
  • 12th: Dry Handling (+-5.1Km/H)
  • 3rd: Rolling Resistance (+0.75kg / t)
  • 6th: Noise (+1.8dB)
  • 12th: Straight Aqua (+-16.2Km/H)
  • 4th: Snow Braking (+1M)
  • 1st: Price (+0)
  • 6th: Snow Traction (+-175N)
Positive: Good in the snow, low price.
Negative: Low grip in the dry and wet, very long wet braking distances, spongy wet and dry handling.

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season10th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
  • 12th: Wet Braking (+12.8M)
  • 4th: Dry Braking (+6M)
  • 10th: Wet Handling (+-6.5Km/H)
  • 7th: Dry Handling (+-3.2Km/H)
  • 11th: Rolling Resistance (+2.29kg / t)
  • 9th: Noise (+2.2dB)
  • 10th: Straight Aqua (+-14.3Km/H)
  • 11th: Snow Braking (+6.4M)
  • 8th: Snow Handling (+-2.4Km/H)
  • 6th: Price (+35)
  • 11th: Snow Traction (+-1020N)
Positive: Low noise, low price.
Negative: Average snow and wet grip, understeer in the wet, very long wet braking distances.

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Reference Summer11th: Reference Summer
  • 2nd: Wet Braking (+1.6M)
  • 1st: Dry Braking (+0M)
  • 1st: Wet Handling (+0Km/H)
  • 1st: Dry Handling (+0Km/H)
  • 5th: Rolling Resistance (+1.21kg / t)
  • 4th: Noise (+1.1dB)
  • 3rd: Straight Aqua (+-4.3Km/H)
  • 12th: Snow Braking (+34.7M)
  • 11th: Snow Handling (+-18.7Km/H)
  • 11th: Price (+-450)
  • 12th: Snow Traction (+-2304N)
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Reference Winter11th: Reference Winter
  • 4th: Wet Braking (+3.9M)
  • 11th: Dry Braking (+9.8M)
  • 3rd: Wet Handling (+-2.5Km/H)
  • 9th: Dry Handling (+-3.9Km/H)
  • 10th: Rolling Resistance (+2.06kg / t)
  • 8th: Noise (+2dB)
  • 7th: Straight Aqua (+-6.5Km/H)
  • 1st: Snow Braking (+0M)
  • 5th: Snow Handling (+-1.9Km/H)
  • 5th: Price (+-450)
  • 1st: Snow Traction (+0N)
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