All-season tires promise safety in all weather conditions.

This tire test will make clear whether the tires can live up to that.

We have put them to the test in various climate zones.

More and more car owners are opting for all-season tires.

The question is, of course, whether these tires actually deliver top performance in all conditions or whether they are a half-baked compromise.

To get straight to the point: after conducting extensive safety tests in various climate zones, we can say that all-season tires do indeed provide sufficient safety.

32 sets of all-season tires were anonymously purchased, which first had to prove themselves in safety tests on a wet and dry road surface.

We measured the braking distances on a wet and dry road surface with an initial speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

We only subjected the tires with the shortest braking distances in total to the main test, in which we naturally also carried out tests on snow and ice in addition to other tests on wet and dry surfaces.

Due to travel restrictions in place, snow tests were conducted in a huge ice rink in Ivalo, a Finnish town north of the Arctic Circle.

Prepared real snow from the previous winter season allowed optimal test conditions to be created.

Cornering behavior on snow (average speed in kilometers per hour)

  • Kleber Quadraxer 2: 42.5

  • BF Goodrich G-Grip All Season2: 42.3

  • Winter tire: 42.2

  • Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3: 42.0

  • Continental AllSeason Contact: 41.9

  • Hankook Kinergy 4S2: 41.1

  • Michelin CrossClimate +: 40.9

  • Vredestein Quatrac: 40.9

  • Falken EuroAll Season AS 210: 40.8

  • Firestone Multiseason Gen 02: 40.7

  • Kumho Solus 4S HA32: 40.6

  • Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3: 40.3

  • Nexen N'blue 4Season: 40.2

  • Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo: 40.1

  • Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF: 39.7

  • Summer tire: 26.7

Cornering on dry road surface (average speed in kilometers per hour)

  • Summer tire: 90.9

  • Bridgestone: 90.6

  • Vredestein: 90.4

  • Hankook: 90.1

  • Michelin: 90.1

  • Continental: 90.0

  • Goodyear: 90.0

  • Firestone: 89.9

  • Kumho: 89.8

  • Falken: 89.7

  • Maxxis: 89.7

  • Nexen: 89.0

  • Kleber: 88.9

  • Pirelli: 88.7

  • BF Goodrich: 88.6

  • Winter tire: 88.5

Cornering behavior on wet roads (average speed in kilometers per hour)

  • Vredestein: 79.5

  • Hankook: 79.1

  • Goodyear: 78.8

  • Summer tire: 78.6

  • Michelin: 78.5

  • Bridgestone: 78.3

  • Continental: 77.9

  • Firestone: 77.9

  • Kumho: 77.1

  • Falken: 77.0

  • Kleber: 76.4

  • Nexen: 76.4

  • Pirelli: 76.4

  • BF Goodrich: 76.1

  • Winter tire: 75.7

  • Maxxis: 75.7

Conclusion

In the forty years or so that all-season tires have been on the market, they have logically gotten a lot better.

Today they hardly drop any more.

The five tires that have been rated 'excellent' by us can look the summer and winter tires straight in the eye on all components.

All-season tires offer great savings potential, if only due to the fact that a second set of wheels is no longer necessary.

They also take the lead in the field of fuel savings.

Especially their enormous lifespan convinces with this test item.

The wear experts from the German Ingenieurgesellschaft für Fahrversuche (IFV) found during the simulated kilometer marathon over a distance of more than 12,000 kilometers that the tires from Vredestein (Quatrac), Michelin (CrossClimate +) and our eco-champion of this year from Goodyear ( Vector 4Seasons Gen-3) have an impressive life expectancy of more than 70,000 kilometers.

All-season tires hardly drop any stitches.

(Photo: AutoWeek)

The entire test was in AutoWeek 44