2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 36.2 M
Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 40 M
Dry HandlingVredestein Quatrac Pro: 101.04 s
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 103.43 s
Subj. Dry HandlingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 09.5 Points
Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 08.5 Points
Wet BrakingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 36.5 M
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 41.2 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Weather Control A005: 70.72 s
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 73.91 s
Subj. Wet HandlingMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 09.5 Points
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 07.0 Points
Straight AquaContinental AllSeasonContact: 84.28 Km/H
Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 71.98 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningCooper Discoverer All Season: 2.319 m/sec2
Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 1.787 m/sec2
Snow BrakingGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 23.75 M
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 26.7 M
Snow TractionGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 21.56 s
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 28.03 s
Snow HandlingGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 080.21 s
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 092.98 s
Subj. Snow HandlingGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 08.0 Points
Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 05.0 Points
Subj. ComfortBridgestone Weather Control A005: 10 Points
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 09.0 Points
Rough NoiseNexen N Blue 4 Season: 66.5 dB
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 68.4 dB
NoiseVredestein Quatrac Pro: 57.3 dB
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 59.1 dB
PriceGiti GitiAllSeason AS1: 66.40
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 96.60
Rolling ResistanceGoodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 7.96 kg / t
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 9.72 kg / t
With the promise of one tyre to work in all conditions, all season tyres are a rapidly growing market segment.

To find out which of these all season tyres is best, and whether they can match a summer and winter tyre, the 2020 Tyre Reviews all season tyre test has tested nine of the best 225/45 R17 all season tyres on the market, and included a summer and winter tyre as reference.

Each set of tyres will be tested for their levels of grip in the dry, wet and snow, have their noise and comfort levels assessed, and their rolling resistance measured, meaning this test should be a complete overview of a tyres performance.

Unfortunately we were unable to conduct wear testing for this test, but it's something we will be working on for next years testing. 

The overall score weighting was based on 30% wet, 25% dry, 25% snow, 10% noise and comfort, and 10% rolling resistance. Further details of the breakdown can be found in the video.

 

 

Dry

The biggest negative quality of any all season tyre is usually the dry performance, as a softer compound combined with more blocks and sipes means less grip, and this has proven to be the case again.

The "summer optimised" Michelin CrossClimate+ delivered on its promise and proved to be the best of the all season tyres in the dry, both objectively and subjectively, but still stopped the VW Golf 1.2 meters behind the summer tyre during dry braking testing.

Another 1.4 meters back was the next best all season tyre, totalling 2.6 meters behind the summer tyre. 

The summer tyre also had a significant lead during dry handling, being the only tyre to break the 100 second mark. The rest of the all season tyres were extremely close to each other, with just 1.4 seconds separating the group.

Subjectively, the summer tyre felt the best during dry handling.

Wet

Wet braking is a key safety quality for an all season tyre, and three of them proved to be more effective than the summer tyre, even at the high test temperatures.

The Bridgestone, Hankook and Goodyear all stopped the car within 0.4 meters of each other, with the next best all season tyre 1.4 meters further on.

Wet handling returned the advantage to the summer tyre, but the margin was small, with the Bridgestone, Hankook and Goodyear trio staying in the top three places.

While the Michelin couldn't match the grip of the best all season tyres, it did feel excellent subjectively.

Continental, Hankook and Cooper all performed well in the deep water aquaplaning testing.

Snow

The snow testing really highlighted just how poor a summer tyre is in adverse weather, with the summer tyre performing dangerously in all three tests.

While none of the all season tyres could match the winter tyre on snow, the Giti, Continental and Goodyear all performed extremely well during snow braking.

Goodyear, Continental and Giti confirmed their straight grip advantage by also claiming the top three for snow traction.

Pleasingly, the snow handling test kept the Giti, Goodyear and Continental in the top three, but the winter tyre could really show its design advantage, offering much more grip when cornering and beating the all season tyres by a significant margin.

Comfort

The subjective comfort of all the tyres on test was extremely close, with only Bridgestone having a small advantage over the group.

All the all season tyres proved to have higher comfort levels than the summer tyre, which is well regarded as a comfortable summer tyre.

Noise testing was conducted on two surfaces, at different speeds, with the dB curves averaged out.

Cost

The new Goodyear narrowly beat the Bridgestone for the lowest rolling resistance of the all season tyres, however if rolling resistance is your priority, the summer tyre  has a significant advantage.

The premium summer tyre was cheaper than the cheapest all season tyre, with the Michelin proving to be the most expensive.

Results

1st: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3
Dry Braking6th+3 M
Dry Handling3rd+0.18 s
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-0.5 Points
Wet Braking3rd+0.4 M
Wet Handling2nd+0.11 s
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-0.3 Points
Straight Aqua5th-5.25 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.33 m/sec2
Snow Braking3rd+0.12 M
Snow Traction1st
Snow Handling2nd+1.14 s
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort4th-0.5 Points
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Rough Noise4th+0.5 dB
Price7th+20.6
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Good in the dry, excellent in the wet, excellent in snow, lowest rolling resistance on test and good levels of comfort.
Negative: Average dry braking.
Overall: The new Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-3 earns a win in its first test, proving to have the most rounded ability of all the all season tyres included.



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2nd: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Hankook Kinergy 4S2
Dry Braking3rd+1.7 M
Dry Handling5th+0.32 s
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.7 Points
Wet Braking2nd+0.3 M
Wet Handling3rd+0.36 s
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua2nd-1.37 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.17 m/sec2
Snow Braking4th+0.98 M
Snow Traction6th+2.61 s
Snow Handling4th+1.71 s
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-0.2 Points
Noise5th+1.1 dB
Rough Noise5th+0.6 dB
Price6th+18.94
Rolling Resistance5th+0.61 kg / t
Positive: An extremely balanced all season tyre which works well in almost every category on test.
Negative: Average snow traction.
Overall: The Kinergy 4S2 is a hugely impressive tyre with no real weakness.



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3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
Dry Braking5th+2.9 M
Dry Handling6th+0.55 s
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.7 Points
Wet Braking4th+1.8 M
Wet Handling4th+0.9 s
Subj. Wet Handling6th-0.5 Points
Straight Aqua1st
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.26 m/sec2
Snow Braking2nd+0.09 M
Snow Traction2nd+0.39 s
Snow Handling3rd+1.22 s
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-0.5 Points
Subj. Comfort8th-0.8 Points
Noise5th+1.1 dB
Rough Noise8th+1.4 dB
Price8th+26.2
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.52 kg / t
Positive: High levels of grip in the wet and on snow, very high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average grip in the dry, increased noise levels.
Overall: The AllSeasonContact is a very well balanced all season tyre, and works well in all conditions.



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4th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

Bridgestone Weather Control A005
Dry Braking2nd+1.4 M
Dry Handling4th+0.31 s
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.7 Points
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling1st
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-0.3 Points
Straight Aqua7th-10.29 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.36 m/sec2
Snow Braking7th+2 M
Snow Traction7th+3.42 s
Snow Handling8th+8.3 s
Subj. Snow Handling8th-3 Points
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Rough Noise2nd+0.4 dB
Price5th+16.88
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.05 kg / t
Positive: Good in the dry, best on test in the wet, very low rolling resistance, highest levels of comfort, low noise.
Negative: Low grip in the snow for an all season tyre, average aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: The WeatherControl A005 excels in the dry and wet, and has the highest levels of comfort. It is the all season tyre to pick if you live in a climate which sees very little snow.



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5th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling1st
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking6th+2.3 M
Wet Handling6th+1.4 s
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua6th-8.62 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.52 m/sec2
Snow Braking6th+1.4 M
Snow Traction5th+1.18 s
Snow Handling5th+3.01 s
Subj. Snow Handling5th-1.2 Points
Subj. Comfort9th-1 Points
Noise7th+1.6 dB
Rough Noise9th+1.9 dB
Price9th+30.2
Rolling Resistance6th+0.81 kg / t
Positive: Best on test in the dry with good handling and short dry braking.
Negative: Average wet braking, most expensive tyre on test, higher levels of noise.
Overall: The CrossClimate+ excels in the dry and is fine in the snow, but couldn't match the latest generation of all season tyres in the wet. The CrossClimate 2 will be coming to market in 2021.



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6th: Giti GitiAllSeason AS1

Giti GitiAllSeason AS1
Dry Braking8th+3.8 M
Dry Handling7th+1.16 s
Subj. Dry Handling8th-1 Points
Wet Braking8th+3.9 M
Wet Handling8th+2.22 s
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-0.3 Points
Straight Aqua4th-4.6 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.31 m/sec2
Snow Braking1st
Snow Traction3rd+0.92 s
Snow Handling1st
Subj. Snow Handling1st
Subj. Comfort4th-0.5 Points
Noise8th+1.8 dB
Rough Noise7th+1.2 dB
Price1st
Rolling Resistance4th+0.58 kg / t
Positive: Best in snow, low rolling resistance, good aquaplaning resistance, well priced.
Negative: Low grip in the wet, long dry braking, high noise levels.
Overall: The GitiAllSeason is the most winter like all season tyre in the test and wins the snow testing, however struggles in the dry and wet.

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7th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

Nexen N Blue 4 Season
Dry Braking7th+3.1 M
Dry Handling8th+1.68 s
Subj. Dry Handling8th-1 Points
Wet Braking7th+3 M
Wet Handling7th+1.88 s
Subj. Wet Handling6th-0.5 Points
Straight Aqua9th-12.3 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.53 m/sec2
Snow Braking5th+1.16 M
Snow Traction4th+1.06 s
Snow Handling6th+3.66 s
Subj. Snow Handling6th-2 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-0.2 Points
Noise2nd+0.2 dB
Rough Noise1st
Price1st
Rolling Resistance8th+1.36 kg / t
Positive: Good snow traction, very low levels of noise, good levels of comfort, well priced.
Negative: Low grip in the dry and wet, low aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.
Overall: The N'Blue 4Season is a quiet and comfortable tyre, but lacks the grip of the best all season tyres on test.

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8th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
Dry Braking8th+3.8 M
Dry Handling1st
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Points
Wet Braking5th+2.1 M
Wet Handling5th+1.03 s
Subj. Wet Handling8th-1 Points
Straight Aqua8th-11.37 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.5 m/sec2
Snow Braking8th+2.89 M
Snow Traction8th+5.49 s
Snow Handling7th+5.94 s
Subj. Snow Handling8th-3 Points
Subj. Comfort4th-0.5 Points
Noise1st
Rough Noise6th+0.7 dB
Price4th+12.2
Rolling Resistance7th+1.3 kg / t
Positive: Excellent dry handling for an all season tyre, low noise averages, well priced.
Negative: Long dry braking, low aquaplaning resistance, low levels of grip in the snow, high rolling resistance.
Overall: The Quatrac Pro is the only asymmetric pattern all season tyre in the test, and that seems to have hindered it in all key all season tests.

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9th: Cooper Discoverer All Season

Cooper Discoverer All Season
Dry Braking4th+2.3 M
Dry Handling9th+2.39 s
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.7 Points
Wet Braking9th+4.7 M
Wet Handling9th+3.19 s
Subj. Wet Handling9th-2.5 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-2.32 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning1st
Snow Braking9th+2.95 M
Snow Traction9th+6.47 s
Snow Handling9th+12.77 s
Subj. Snow Handling6th-2 Points
Subj. Comfort4th-0.5 Points
Noise8th+1.8 dB
Rough Noise2nd+0.4 dB
Price3rd+1.5
Rolling Resistance9th+1.76 kg / t
Positive: Well priced, good aquaplaning resistance, good in dry braking.
Negative: High rolling resistance, low grip in the wet, low grip in snow.
Overall: The Discoverer All Season is a well priced all season tyre, however it lacks grip in all conditions compared to the best on test.

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