2020 Sport Auto All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry Braking ▲Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 39.6 M
▼BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 43.8 M
Dry Handling ▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 122.3 Km/H
▼BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 119.2 Km/H
Wet Braking ▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 30.2 M
▼Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 35.3 M
Wet Handling ▲Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 72.3 Km/H
▼Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 68.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua ▲Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 97.2 Km/H
▼Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 90.2 Km/H
Snow Braking ▲BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 26.1 M
▼Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 32.6 M
Snow Handling ▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 45.7 Km/H
▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 42.4 Km/H
Noise ▲BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2: 70.8 dB
▼Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210: 73 dB
Rolling Resistance ▲Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 7.8 kg / t
▼Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 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

2020 Sport Auto All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 2nd +0.4 M
Dry Handling 1st
Wet Braking 1st
Wet Handling 2nd -0.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua 6th -5.9 Km/H
Snow Braking 4th +5.3 M
Snow Handling 7th -3.3 Km/H
Noise 2nd +0.7 dB
Rolling Resistance 3rd +0.5 kg / t

Positive: Very short braking distances and safe handling int he wet, easy controllable handling in the dry.
Negative: Limited snow performance for an all season tyre.
Overall: Limited on snow but safest tyre for cold and wet roads.

2nd: Michelin CrossClimate+

2020 Sport Auto All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 3rd +0.7 M
Dry Handling 4th -2 Km/H
Wet Braking 2nd +0.9 M
Wet Handling 2nd -0.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua 7th -7 Km/H
Snow Braking 6th +5.7 M
Snow Handling 3rd -0.7 Km/H
Noise 3rd +0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance 1st

Positive: Good performance in the wet, strong in the dry.
Negative: Sensitive to slipping so not recommended for vehicles without ESP. Average aquaplaning protection. Humming noise when cornering.
Overall: The Michelin was well balanced under all conditions.

3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

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Dry Braking 4th +2.3 M
Dry Handling 6th -2.7 Km/H
Wet Braking 4th +2.3 M
Wet Handling 4th -0.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua 3rd -3.4 Km/H
Snow Braking 2nd +2.5 M
Snow Handling 1st
Noise 6th +1 dB
Rolling Resistance 4th +0.9 kg / t

Positive: Good cornering grip int he snow, neutral safe handling with high aquaplaning safety, stable under lane change.
Negative: Longer braking distances in the dry and wet with a slight oversteer balance in fast corners.

3rd: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3

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Dry Braking 1st
Dry Handling 2nd -1.8 Km/H
Wet Braking 3rd +1.9 M
Wet Handling 4th -0.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua 1st
Snow Braking 5th +5.6 M
Snow Handling 5th -1.9 Km/H
Noise 3rd +0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance 6th +1.5 kg / t

Positive: Well balanced, good wet performance, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Unbalanced snow grip, long wet braking distances, humming noise.

5th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

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Dry Braking 5th +3.1 M
Dry Handling 2nd -1.8 Km/H
Wet Braking 5th +2.8 M
Wet Handling 1st
Straight Aqua 2nd -1.4 Km/H
Snow Braking 7th +6.5 M
Snow Handling 6th -2.7 Km/H
Noise 3rd +0.8 dB
Rolling Resistance 6th +1.5 kg / t

Positive: Good grip in the dry and wet, good levels of comfort.
Negative: Strong understeer and low grip on snow.

6th: BFGoodrich g Grip All Season 2

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Dry Braking 7th +4.2 M
Dry Handling 7th -3.1 Km/H
Wet Braking 6th +4 M
Wet Handling 6th -2.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua 5th -5.4 Km/H
Snow Braking 1st
Snow Handling 1st
Noise 1st
Rolling Resistance 2nd +0.4 kg / t

Positive: Very short braking distances and high levels of grip on snow.
Negative: Poor dry and wet braking.

7th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210

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Dry Braking 6th +3.3 M
Dry Handling 4th -2 Km/H
Wet Braking 7th +5.1 M
Wet Handling 7th -3.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua 4th -4.9 Km/H
Snow Braking 3rd +3.8 M
Snow Handling 4th -0.8 Km/H
Noise 7th +2.2 dB
Rolling Resistance 5th +1.1 kg / t

Positive: Acceptable performance on snow and dry roads.
Negative: Longer wet braking and poor wet handling with oversteer balance.

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