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Four-season tires sometimes better in the snow than winter tires


Four-season tires could be left under the car throughout the year based on the name. But do they offer sufficient safety? AutoWeek tested 31 tires and sorted it out.

Four-season tires could be left under the car throughout the year based on the name. But do they offer sufficient safety? AutoWeek tested 31 tires and sorted it out.

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A study by Bridgestone published last week showed that 16 percent of consumers in the Netherlands opt for a four-season tire. The existence of such tires is also an important reason for a large group not to purchase a genuine winter tire.

The question remains, however, whether you are on the road as safely with a four-season tire as with summer or winter tires. To find an answer to this, safety tests were conducted in various climate zones.

First, the 31 tires purchased anonymously from tire dealers had to prove themselves in wet and dry road braking tests. Only the ten candidates who offered the largest security reserves were allowed to show what they had to offer on snow and ice.

The performance of the four-season tires is compared to that of both summer and winter tires, with the focus on brake tests and cornering speed.

Braking distance on a dry road surface from 100 km / h (in meters)

  • Summer tire: 37.9
  • Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 39.5
  • Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 39.7
  • Michelin CrossClimate +: 39.9
  • Cooper Discoverer All Season: 41.2
  • Hankook Kinergy 4S2: 42
  • Nexen N'blue 4Season: 42.3
  • Continental AllSeasonContact: 42.6
  • Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 42.9
  • Kumho Solus 4S HA31: 43.8
  • Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2: 44.4
  • Winter tire: 44.4

Four-season tire good in the snow

When braking on a stuck snow layer, the winter tire with its many slats in the running surface leads the way, although it does not matter much compared to the best-performing four-season tires. However, the summer tire has no chance in this test: with these tires, the test car has a braking distance that is three times as long.

Braking distance in the snow at 50 km / h (in meters)

  • Winter tire: 23.3
  • Goodyear: 23.6
  • Continental: 24.2
  • Hankook: 24.8
  • Vredestein: 24.9
  • Michelin: 25.4
  • Cooper: 25.6
  • Kumho: 25.6
  • Nexes: 25.7
  • Maxxis: 26.3
  • Bridgestone: 27.1
  • Summer tire: 69.3

Four season tires do not brake equally well in the rain

The summer tire clearly achieves the best performance when braking on wet roads. Three four-season tires perform even worse than the winter tire: with the Hankook, Maxxis and Cooper tires, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Wet road braking distance at 100 km / h (in meters)

  • Summer tire: 42.4
  • Bridgestone: 46.3
  • Vredestein: 46.5
  • Goodyear: 47.5
  • Michelin: 48.6
  • Kumho: 49.5
  • Continental: 49.9
  • Nexes: 50.4
  • Winter tire: 50.4
  • Hankook: 50.8
  • Maxxis: 51.0
  • Cooper: 52.6

Driving dynamics do not suffer

Michelin and Vredestein tires score points with direct steering response and dynamic driving when it is dry. However, the tires that end at the bottom of the list do not provide driving pleasure with their inaccurate responses to steering movements.

Turn speed on dry roads (in km / h)

  • Summer tire: 86.3
  • Michelin: 85.7
  • Vredestein: 85.1
  • Hankook: 84.6
  • Bridgestone: 84.4
  • Continental: 84.4
  • Maxxis: 84.2
  • Winter tire: 84.0
  • Nexes: 83.4
  • Goodyear: 83.3
  • Kumho: 83.1
  • Cooper: 82.5

Some four-season tires better in the snow than winter tires

With the four-season tires you can drive safely on snow and ice. The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 even leaves behind the winter tire that we have tested for reference. The Bridgestone Weather Control A005, on the other hand, performs poorly on that test item.

Turn speed in the snow (in km / h)

  • Goodyear: 56.9
  • Michelin: 56.7
  • Winter tire: 56.7
  • Hankook: 56.6
  • Nexes: 56.1
  • Continental: 56.0
  • Vredestein: 55.9
  • Maxxis: 55.7
  • Kumho: 55.1
  • Cooper: 55.0
  • Bridgestone: 54.8
  • Summer tire: not drivable

Cornering behavior remains good on wet roads

With the tires from Vredestein, Continental and Michelin, the BMW goes just as dynamically down the road as with summer tires. A disappointing grip level and inaccurate driving behavior ensure that with Cooper's tires there is little room for driving pleasure.

Turn speed on wet roads (in km / h)

  • Vredestein: 72.6
  • Summer tire: 71.6
  • Continental: 71.2
  • Michelin: 71.0
  • Goodyear: 70.9
  • Bridgestone: 70.8
  • Hankook: 70.6
  • Winter tire: 70.5
  • Nexes: 70.0
  • Kumho: 69.3
  • Maxxis: 68.7
  • Cooper: 66.2

The full test was in AutoWeek 45

Source: nunl

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