|Dry Braking||▲Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 38.9 M|
▼Nokian WeatherProof SUV: 43.6 M
|Dry Handling||▲Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 95.2 Km/H|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 92 Km/H
|Wet Braking||▲Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV: 55.6 M|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 88.5 M
|Wet Handling||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 80 Km/H|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 66.8 Km/H
|Straight Aqua||▲Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 76.4 Km/H|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 68.5 Km/H
|Snow Braking||▲Nokian WeatherProof SUV: 23.5 M|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 28.5 M
|Snow Handling||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 47.3 Km/H|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 43 Km/H
|Noise||▲Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV: 72.1 dB|
▼Gripmax Status AllClimate: 73.8 dB
|Price||▲Gripmax Status AllClimate: 480 |
▼Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 830
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 6.73 kg / t|
▼Nokian WeatherProof SUV: 8.55 kg / t
As usual, all seven tyre patterns were tested in the dry, wet and snow, and as a reference Auto Bild included a premium summer and winter tyre.
As we've seen before, the balance of all season vs summer tyres follows a general trend. Summer tyres do the best in the wet and dry, but cannot perform in snowy conditions.
When it comes to comparing all season tyres against winter tyres, things get a little more muddled. In this test the unnamed premium winter tyre only won the aquaplaning test. It was strong in the snow, but not the strongest on test, and while it was weaker in the dry and wet than most of the all season tyres, it wasn't the worst. It just goes to show, the range of all season tyres abilities can span from dry optimised, like the Michelin Crossclimate to a winter tyre beating all season tyre, like the Nokian Weatherproof.
The dry braking results yielded no big surprises, with the summer tyre and Michelin CrossClimate leading the pack. The Continental was the best of the rest, with the winter bias Nokian Weatherproof struggling to stop the SUV in dry conditions.
The dry handling results were similar to the dry braking, with the summer and Michelin leading the pack.
During wet braking, the Vredestein and Continental were closest to the summer tyres distances, just 0.1 meters off. The Nokian, Falken struggled compared to the best on test, and the budget GripMax was shockingly bad.
As with the dry handling results, the wet handling results showed a similar order to wet braking.
The straight aquaplaning results had the reference winter tyre winning the test, with the summer in the middle of the all season tyres.
The winter bias Nokian all season tyre won snow braking, stopping in a shorter distance than even the full winter tyre! Continental Did a great job of mixing dry, wet and snow results by finishing second.
The Continental and Nokian were again the strongest tyres during snow handling, besting the full winter tyre. The summer tyre could not complete a lap of snow handling, so didn't set a time.
The Goodyear was the only tyre to match the low noise of the summer tyre.
The Continental and Michelin had the lowest rolling resistance on test, but were some of the most expensive tyres to purchase at the time of test.
1st: Vredestein Quatrac 5
Negative: None mentioned.
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Negative: Average snow cornering, understeer in the dry.
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Negative: Extended wet and dry braking, understeer in the dry.
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Negative: Slow steering, understeer and long braking distances in the wet, average comfort.
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Negative: Very poor grip in the wet and snow, very long wet braking distances, poor dry handling.
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