2020 Sport Auto All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMaxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 39.6 M
BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 43.8 M
Dry HandlingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 122.3 Km/H
BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 119.2 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 30.2 M
Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 35.3 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Quatrac Pro: 72.3 Km/H
Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 68.7 Km/H
Straight AquaMaxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 97.2 Km/H
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 90.2 Km/H
Snow BrakingBFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 26.1 M
Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 32.6 M
Snow HandlingBFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 45.7 Km/H
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 42.4 Km/H
NoiseBFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 70.8 dB
Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 73 dB
Rolling ResistanceMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 7.8 kg / t
Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 9.3 kg / t
The 2020 Sport Auto all season tyre test has covered seven of the best all season tyres in 225/45 18, using a new BMW 3 Series.

Most of the tyres on test were also included in the 2020 Tyre Reviews all season tyre test, however as Sport Auto used a different size and vehicle, this test still makes for interesting reading!

Sport Auto found the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 to be an excellent tyre in the dry and wet, and even with its mid pack performance in the snow, crowned it best in test, a little ahead of the Michelin CrossClimate+, which performed better in the wet than it did in our test.

One interesting piece of information Sport Auto shared was the summer and winter reference tyres used. Usually these remain anonymous, but in this test it was the Bridgestone Turanza T005 and the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005. This is especially interesting as the LM005 is winning most of the 2020 winter tests, so seeing how one of the best winter tyres compares to some of the best all season tyres is a great insight into the different balance between the all season and winter tyres.

Dry

It will be no surprise to regular readers of the site that the summer tyre had a significant advantage in the dry, stopping the BMW a full 3 meters ahead of the best all season tyre, which for a change wasn't the Michelin CrossClimate+!

The summer tyre retained its advantage in during dry handling tests, while the Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 jumped ahead of the rest of the all season tyres.

Wet

The Bridgestone all season again proved best in the wet braking test with a significant advantage, with the winter tyre performing well.

Surprisingly the winter tyre was best during the wet handling testing.

The summer tyre out performed all the all season tyres during straight aquaplaning testing.

Snow

During snow braking the BFGoodrich all season tyre surprisingly out performed the full winter tyre, with the Continental AllSeasonContact a close third.

Snow handling kept the Winter, Continental and BFGoodrich as the top three tyres, just this time in a different order.

Environment

As usual, the summer tyre proved to have the lowest rolling resistance.

While all tyres were relatively close on the external pass by noise test, the testers noted humming noises from a couple of the tyres on test (see notes below)

Results

Score weighting - Dry 30%, Wet 40%, Snow 20%, Environment 10%

1st: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  • 225/45 R18 95V XL
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-5.9 Km/H
Snow Braking4th+5.3 M
Snow Handling7th-3.3 Km/H
Noise2nd+0.7 dB
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.5 kg / t
Very short braking distances and safe handling int he wet, easy controllable handling in the dry.
Limited snow performance for an all season tyre.
Limited on snow but safest tyre for cold and wet roads.

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2nd: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 225/45 R18 95Y XL
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M
Dry Handling4th-2 Km/H
Wet Braking2nd+0.9 M
Wet Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua7th-7 Km/H
Snow Braking6th+5.7 M
Snow Handling3rd-0.7 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance1st
Good performance in the wet, strong in the dry.
Sensitive to slipping so not recommended for vehicles without ESP. Average aquaplaning protection. Humming noise when cornering.
The Michelin was well balanced under all conditions.

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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 225/45 R18 95Y XL
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference
Dry Braking4th+2.3 M
Dry Handling6th-2.7 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+2.3 M
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua3rd-3.4 Km/H
Snow Braking2nd+2.5 M
Snow Handling1st
Noise6th+1 dB
Rolling Resistance4th+0.9 kg / t
Good cornering grip int he snow, neutral safe handling with high aquaplaning safety, stable under lane change.
Longer braking distances in the dry and wet with a slight oversteer balance in fast corners.

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3rd: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
  • 225/45 R18 95W XL
  • EU Label: C/C/71
Test#Difference
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling2nd-1.8 Km/H
Wet Braking3rd+1.9 M
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua1st
Snow Braking5th+5.6 M
Snow Handling5th-1.9 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance6th+1.5 kg / t
Well balanced, good wet performance, good aquaplaning resistance.
Unbalanced snow grip, long wet braking distances, humming noise.

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5th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 225/45 R18 95Y XL
  • EU Label: E/B/71
Test#Difference
Dry Braking5th+3.1 M
Dry Handling2nd-1.8 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+2.8 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua2nd-1.4 Km/H
Snow Braking7th+6.5 M
Snow Handling6th-2.7 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance6th+1.5 kg / t
Good grip in the dry and wet, good levels of comfort.
Strong understeer and low grip on snow.

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6th: BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2

BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2
  • 225/45 R18 95V XL
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference
Dry Braking7th+4.2 M
Dry Handling7th-3.1 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+4 M
Wet Handling6th-2.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-5.4 Km/H
Snow Braking1st
Snow Handling1st
Noise1st
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.4 kg / t
Very short braking distances and high levels of grip on snow.
Poor dry and wet braking.

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7th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  • 225/45 R18 95V XL
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference
Dry Braking6th+3.3 M
Dry Handling4th-2 Km/H
Wet Braking7th+5.1 M
Wet Handling7th-3.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua4th-4.9 Km/H
Snow Braking3rd+3.8 M
Snow Handling4th-0.8 Km/H
Noise7th+2.2 dB
Rolling Resistance5th+1.1 kg / t
Acceptable performance on snow and dry roads.
Longer wet braking and poor wet handling with oversteer balance.

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