2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry Braking ▲Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 36.2 M
▼Giti GitiAllSeason: 40 M
Dry Handling ▲Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 101.04 s
▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 103.43 s
Subj. Dry Handling ▲Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 09.5 Points
▼Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 08.5 Points
Wet Braking ▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 36.5 M
▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 41.2 M
Wet Handling ▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 70.72
s

▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 73.91
s
Subj. Wet Handling ▲Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 09.5 Points
▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 07.0 Points
Straight Aqua ▲Continental AllSeasonContact: 84.28
Km/H

▼Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 71.98
Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning ▲Cooper Discoverer All Season: 2.319
m/sec2

▼Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 1.787
m/sec2
Snow Braking ▲Giti GitiAllSeason: 23.75
M

▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 26.7
M
Snow Traction ▲Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3: 21.56
s

▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 28.03
s
Snow Handling ▲Giti GitiAllSeason: 080.21 s
▼Cooper Discoverer All Season: 092.98 s
Subj. Snow Handling ▲Giti GitiAllSeason: 08.0 Points
▼Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 05.0 Points
Subj. Comfort ▲Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 10 Points
▼Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 09.0 Points
Rough Noise ▲Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 66.5
dB

▼Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 68.4
dB
Noise ▲Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 57.3
dB

▼Giti GitiAllSeason: 59.1
dB
Price ▲Nexen N Blue 4 Season: 66.40

▼Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 96.60
Rolling Resistance ▲Goodyear 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

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 6th +3 M
Dry Handling 3rd +0.18 s
Subj. Dry Handling 3rd -0.5 Points
Wet Braking 3rd +0.4 M
Wet Handling 2nd +0.11 s
Subj. Wet Handling 3rd -0.3 Points
Straight Aqua 5th -5.25 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 5th -0.33 m/sec2
Snow Braking 3rd +0.12 M
Snow Traction 1st
Snow Handling 2nd +1.14 s
Subj. Snow Handling 3rd -1 Points
Subj. Comfort 4th -0.5 Points
Rough Noise 4th +0.5 dB
Noise 3rd +0.3 dB
Price 7th +20.6
Rolling Resistance 1st

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.



2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

2nd: Hankook Kinergy 4S2

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 3rd +1.7 M
Dry Handling 5th +0.32 s
Subj. Dry Handling 4th -0.7 Points
Wet Braking 2nd +0.3 M
Wet Handling 3rd +0.36 s
Subj. Wet Handling 1st
Straight Aqua 2nd -1.37 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 2nd -0.17 m/sec2
Snow Braking 4th +0.98 M
Snow Traction 6th +2.61 s
Snow Handling 4th +1.71 s
Subj. Snow Handling 3rd -1 Points
Subj. Comfort 2nd -0.2 Points
Rough Noise 5th +0.6 dB
Noise 5th +1.1 dB
Price 6th +18.94
Rolling Resistance 5th +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.



2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 5th +2.9 M
Dry Handling 6th +0.55 s
Subj. Dry Handling 4th -0.7 Points
Wet Braking 4th +1.8 M
Wet Handling 4th +0.9 s
Subj. Wet Handling 6th -0.5 Points
Straight Aqua 1st
Curved Aquaplaning 3rd -0.26 m/sec2
Snow Braking 2nd +0.09 M
Snow Traction 2nd +0.39 s
Snow Handling 3rd +1.22 s
Subj. Snow Handling 2nd -0.5 Points
Subj. Comfort 8th -0.8 Points
Rough Noise 8th +1.4 dB
Noise 5th +1.1 dB
Price 8th +26.2
Rolling Resistance 3rd +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.



2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

4th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 2nd +1.4 M
Dry Handling 4th +0.31 s
Subj. Dry Handling 4th -0.7 Points
Wet Braking 1st
Wet Handling 1st
Subj. Wet Handling 3rd -0.3 Points
Straight Aqua 7th -10.29 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 6th -0.36 m/sec2
Snow Braking 7th +2 M
Snow Traction 7th +3.42 s
Snow Handling 8th +8.3 s
Subj. Snow Handling 8th -3 Points
Subj. Comfort 1st
Rough Noise 2nd +0.4 dB
Noise 3rd +0.3 dB
Price 5th +16.88
Rolling Resistance 2nd +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.



2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test

5th: Michelin CrossClimate+

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 1st
Dry Handling 1st
Subj. Dry Handling 1st
Wet Braking 6th +2.3 M
Wet Handling 6th +1.4 s
Subj. Wet Handling 1st
Straight Aqua 6th -8.62 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 8th -0.52 m/sec2
Snow Braking 6th +1.4 M
Snow Traction 5th +1.18 s
Snow Handling 5th +3.01 s
Subj. Snow Handling 5th -1.2 Points
Subj. Comfort 9th -1 Points
Rough Noise 9th +1.9 dB
Noise 7th +1.6 dB
Price 9th +30.2
Rolling Resistance 6th +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

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 8th +3.8 M
Dry Handling 7th +1.16 s
Subj. Dry Handling 8th -1 Points
Wet Braking 8th +3.9 M
Wet Handling 8th +2.22 s
Subj. Wet Handling 3rd -0.3 Points
Straight Aqua 4th -4.6 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 4th -0.31 m/sec2
Snow Braking 1st
Snow Traction 3rd +0.92 s
Snow Handling 1st
Subj. Snow Handling 1st
Subj. Comfort 4th -0.5 Points
Rough Noise 7th +1.2 dB
Noise 8th +1.8 dB
Price 1st
Rolling Resistance 4th +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.

7th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 7th +3.1 M
Dry Handling 8th +1.68 s
Subj. Dry Handling 8th -1 Points
Wet Braking 7th +3 M
Wet Handling 7th +1.88 s
Subj. Wet Handling 6th -0.5 Points
Straight Aqua 9th -12.3 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 9th -0.53 m/sec2
Snow Braking 5th +1.16 M
Snow Traction 4th +1.06 s
Snow Handling 6th +3.66 s
Subj. Snow Handling 6th -2 Points
Subj. Comfort 2nd -0.2 Points
Rough Noise 1st
Noise 2nd +0.2 dB
Price 1st
Rolling Resistance 8th +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.

8th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 8th +3.8 M
Dry Handling 1st
Subj. Dry Handling 2nd -0.3 Points
Wet Braking 5th +2.1 M
Wet Handling 5th +1.03 s
Subj. Wet Handling 8th -1 Points
Straight Aqua 8th -11.37 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 7th -0.5 m/sec2
Snow Braking 8th +2.89 M
Snow Traction 8th +5.49 s
Snow Handling 7th +5.94 s
Subj. Snow Handling 8th -3 Points
Subj. Comfort 4th -0.5 Points
Rough Noise 6th +0.7 dB
Noise 1st
Price 4th +12.2
Rolling Resistance 7th +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.

9th: Cooper Discoverer All Season

2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test
Dry Braking 4th +2.3 M
Dry Handling 9th +2.39 s
Subj. Dry Handling 4th -0.7 Points
Wet Braking 9th +4.7 M
Wet Handling 9th +3.19 s
Subj. Wet Handling 9th -2.5 Points
Straight Aqua 3rd -2.32 Km/H
Curved Aquaplaning 1st
Snow Braking 9th +2.95 M
Snow Traction 9th +6.47 s
Snow Handling 9th +12.77 s
Subj. Snow Handling 6th -2 Points
Subj. Comfort 4th -0.5 Points
Rough Noise 2nd +0.4 dB
Noise 8th +1.8 dB
Price 3rd +1.5
Rolling Resistance 9th +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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