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All-season tire test 2021 – AUTO BILD

The name alone promises the ultimate all-round carefree package for the stressed driver: all-season tires. These all-round talents offer obvious advantages compared to changing between summer tires and winter tires every six months: no tiresome wheel changes, no second wheel set, no storage fee and of course no dirty fingers. But with so much convenience, does not safety fall by the wayside? No, in fact, in our safety checks and tire tests in recent years, we were able to regularly attest the talents of the all-season scene good grades in driving dynamics and safety across all seasons. But this time they have to compete in a different league, because it’s not about safe alternative tires for small and compact vehicles, as before, but about those of the sporty middle class. More weight, a higher engine power and increased demands on the driving dynamics are a real challenge for the 32 all-weather candidates in size 225/50 R 17. From A for Apollo to V for Vredestein, every candidate bought undercover in the trade initially gets a fair chance . Also present: a typical representative from the summer and winter tire segment, against which all-season tires have to be measured in terms of driving dynamics and safety. Slight compromises have to be accepted, after all, the demands on the all-rounder are much greater.
All-weather tires All-season tire test in 225/50 R 17 - braking on snow BMW 3 Series

The snow suitability of the tires was tested on the indoor test track in Ivalo, Finland.


That’s how we tested

All year-round tires first had to qualify for the main part of the test via the brake tests. The braking distance from 100 km / h was measured – once on a dry and once on a wet slope. We drew a line for the candidates with braking distances longer than 97 meters, they are just second division. That left 16 tires that qualified for the actual main part of the test. With them it went beyond the Arctic Circle to Ivalo in Finland. There, natural snow from the winter season is stored in huge cooling halls so that it can be tested all year round on groomed indoor snow trails. On the other hand, summer 22 degrees prevailed in our wet and dry tests, which were carried out on the ATP test site in Papenburg and on the Wachauring in Austria. We left the abrasion test over 12,000 kilometers of road to the wear professionals of the IFV (Ing.-Gesellschaft für Fahrversuche) from Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Test results: all-season tires in 225/50 R 17 *

All-weather tires All-season tire test in 225/50 R 17 - Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3 test winner Exemplary

Test winner Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3 convinces in any weather.


1st place: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3 (98 W)

Price per set: 555 €
EU label **: C / B / 70

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2+
Wet: 2+
Dry: 2
Cost: 2+
Verdict: exemplary

Strengthen: Test winner with convincing performance in all weather conditions, dynamic handling behavior, short wet braking distances, very good aquaplaning reserves, high mileage, good price-performance ratio.

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All-weather tires All-season tire test in 225/50 R 17 - Continental AllSeason Contact. Exemplary

The second-placed Continental AllSeason Contact also received the AUTO BILD rating “exemplary”.


2nd place: Continental AllSeason Contact (98 V)

Price per set: 615 €
EU label **: B / B / 72

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2+
Wet: 2
Dry: 2
Cost: 2
Verdict: exemplary

Strengthen: Convincing all-round talent with good winter qualities, precise steering behavior, best safety reserves for aquaplaning, good rolling comfort, fuel-saving rolling resistance.

Weaknesses: Increased price.

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3rd place: Hankook Kinergy 4S² (98 V)

Price per set: 445 €
EU label **: C / B / 72

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2
Wet: 2
Dry: 2
Cost: 3+
Verdict: good

Strengthen: All-season tires with balanced driving characteristics, stable wet and dry handling, short snow and wet braking distances, good aquaplaning qualities, affordable price.

Weaknesses: Limited running performance.

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4th place: Vredestein Quatrac Pro (98 V)

Price per set: € 470
EU label **: E / B / 71

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2
Wet: 1-
Dry: 2
Cost: 3
Verdict: good

Strengthen: Wet specialist with dynamic handling and short braking distances on a wet track, precise turning behavior, good comfort.

Weaknesses: Limited mileage, increased rolling resistance.

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5th place: Falken EuroAll Season AS 210 (98 V)

Price per set: € 435
EU label **: C / C / 70

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2
Wet: 2+
Dry: 2
Cost: 2
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Good traction and short braking distances on snow, dynamic wet and dry handling, short braking distances in wet conditions, good mileage.

Weaknesses: Understeering snow handling, increased rolling resistance.

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5th place: Nokian Seasonproof (98 V)

Price per set: € 470
EU label **: C / B / 69

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 1-
Wet: 2-
Dry: 2-
Cost: 2+
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Ice-cold winter professional with convincing driving characteristics on snow, high mileage, good price-performance ratio.

Weaknesses: Understeering driving behavior on wet and dry slopes.

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7th place: Michelin CrossClimate 2 (98 V)

Price per set: 635 €
EU label **: B / B / 71

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2+
Wet: 2-
Dry: 1-
Cost: 2-
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Drying specialist with safe snow qualities, dynamic handling qualities, good aquaplaning properties, low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses: Understeering wet handling, high price level.

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8th place: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3 (98 W)

Price per set: 395 €
EU label **: B / B / 71

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2+
Wet: 2-
Dry: 2+
Cost: 2-
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Good lateral guidance and high traction on snow, short snow and dry braking distances, low noise, low price.

Weaknesses: Moderate wetness properties, satisfactory mileage.

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9th place: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo (98 V)

Price per set: 500 €
EU label **: C / A / 71

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2
Wet: 2
Dry: 2+
Cost: 3+
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Sporty, dynamic dry handling, good traction and short braking distances on ice and snow, stable handling on wet slopes.

Weaknesses: Understeering snow handling, limited mileage.

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9th place: Dunlop Sport All Season (98 V)

Price per set: 510 €
EU label **: B / B / 72

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2-
Wet: 2+
Dry: 2
Cost: 3-
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: New all-season tires with good performance and driving dynamics on wet and dry slopes, good aquaplaning reserves.

Weaknesses: Heavily understeering handling on snow, moderate mileage.

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11th place: Viking Four Tech (98 W)

Price per set: 460 €
EU label **: E / C / 72

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2-
Wet: 2-
Dry: 2-
Cost: 2
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Short snow braking distances, good aquaplaning behavior, short wet braking distances, low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses: Moderate traction on snow, understeering wet handling, extended dry braking distances.

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All-weather tires all-season tire test in 225/50 R 17 - Kumho Solus 4S HA32 ECO champion

The Kumho Solus 4S HA32 receives the “Eco-Meister” test seal for particular economy.


12th place: Kumho Solus 4S HA32 (98 W)

Price per set: 400 €
EU label **: C / B / 72

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2
Wet: 3+
Dry: 2
Cost: 1
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Brand profile with dynamic handling qualities on dry slopes, best mileage in the test (AUTO BILD Eco-Master!).

Weaknesses: Limited grip in wet conditions, understeering driving behavior on snow and wet slopes.

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13th place: Firestone Multiseason Gen02 (98 V)

Price per set: € 465
EU label **: C / B / 72

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2+
Wet: 3+
Dry: 2-
Cost: 2
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Good traction and short braking distances on snow, stable dry and snow handling, good mileage.

Weaknesses: Significantly limited aquaplaning reserves, moderate cornering on wet roads.

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14th place: Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2 (98 W)

Price per set: 525 €
EU label **: B / B / 70

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2+
Wet: 3+
Dry: 2
Cost: 2-
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Dynamic handling and short braking distances on snow and dry slopes, low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses: Only satisfactory performance with extended braking distances on wet roads.

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15th place: Nexen N’blue 4Season (94 V)

Price per set: 385 €
EU label **: E / B / 69

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 3+
Wet: 3+
Dry: 2-
Cost: 2+
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Good mileage, short dry braking distances, affordable price.

Weaknesses: Only satisfactory winter qualities, severely understeering driving behavior on wet and dry slopes, increased rolling resistance.

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16th place: Giti Allseason AS1 (98 W)

Price per set: 490 €
EU label **: C / B / 70

Rating (chapter grades)
Snow: 2-
Wet: 2-
Dry: 2-
Cost: 3-
Verdict: satisfactory

Strengthen: Short snow and wet braking distances, good comfort, low noise.

Weaknesses: Weak lateral guidance on dry and snow-covered slopes, limited mileage, slightly increased rolling resistance.

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