2019 Auto Bild 4×4 All Season Tyre Test
|Wet Braking||▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 46.9 M
▼Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season: 59.7 M
|Dry Braking||▲Reference Summer: 35.2 M
▼Kleber Citilander: 45.9 M
|Wet Handling||▲Reference Summer: 73.6 Km/H
▼Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 65.8 Km/H
|Dry Handling||▲Reference Summer: 113.3 Km/H
▼Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 108.2 Km/H
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 6.17 kg / t
▼Toyo Celsius: 8.52 kg / t
|Noise||▲Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X: 70.6 dB
▼Kleber Citilander: 75.8 dB
|Straight Aqua||▲Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 94.8 Km/H
▼Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 78.6 Km/H
|Snow Braking||▲Reference Winter: 23.5 M
▼Reference Summer: 58.2 M
|Snow Handling||▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 52.5 Km/H
▼Reference Summer: 33.8 Km/H
|Price||▲Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV: 450
▼Continental AllSeasonContact: 610
|Snow Traction||▲Reference 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|1st: Bridgestone Weather Control A005
Positive: A solid allrounder with high grip in all conditions, precise steering and dynamic behaviour on wet surfaces, short wet and dry braking distances.
|1st: Michelin CrossClimate SUV
Positive: Exemplary all Season with stunning qualities on ice and snow, dynamic and sporty behaviour on dry handling, highest safety for aquaplaning, precise steering.
|3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact
Positive: All-rounder with best winter characteristics, agile and sporty wet handling, precise steering with good feedback, very fuel-efficient.
|3rd: Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 X
Positive: Well priced with good winter qualities, high aquaplaning resistance, dynamic wet handling, low noise.
|5th: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV
Positive: Very balanced all season tyre, stable handling in all conditions, good comfort levels.
|6th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
Positive: High traction and short braking distances on snow, good aquaplaning resistance.
|7th: Toyo Celsius
Positive: Good snow performance.
|8th: Kleber Citilander
Positive: Good snow performance, good comfort.
|9th: Nankang Cross Season AW 8 SUV
Positive: Good in the snow, low price.
|10th: Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Positive: Low noise, low price.
|11th: Reference Summer
|11th: Reference Winter