All-season tire test 2022: SUV tires (225/50 R 18)

Especially in times like these, everyone tries to save wherever possible. There is also potential for savings when it comes to tires. Of course, it makes a difference whether you spend just 290 euros for a set of cheap Goodride tires or a whopping 800 euros for four tires from Michelin – as is the case with the eleven test candidates here. In addition, there are the costs for assembly, balancing and possibly also the bill for storing the wheels that are not used for six months.

So it’s no wonder that more and more motorists are interested in all-season tires. Once mounted, you save the cost of a second set of wheels and a second set of tires; In addition, there is no seasonal wheel change twice a year, which is either tedious (do-it-yourself) or expensive (workshop). In addition, there is a loss of time and scheduling problems, in the worst case even one or two vacation days are lost due to the tire change.

All-season tire test 2022 (225/50 R 18)

Ratings in detail: see table below

All-season tires have been around for decades. But only the technical advances in materials and the further development of production methods have improved them to such an extent that even discerning drivers are considering their purchase. In the past, these tires were either disastrous in the snow or spongy in the summer—quite often both.

Today, even we are amazed at the properties of the current generation of all-season tires. Because while you have to look for progress with a magnifying glass for many things in everyday life – with all-season tires it is unmistakable. The temperature stability of the tread compounds with a high silica content makes it possible. The tread rubber remains supple across all temperature ranges and ensures a secure grip in all weather conditions.

In midsummer, the tread blocks remain stable and true to shape, which ensures short braking distances and sporty, direct steering behavior. On cold winter days, on the other hand, the profile, which is peppered with a sufficient number of sipes, provides a secure grip on snow and ice.

All-season tires for SUVs: Michelin CrossClimate is test winner

Prime examples of all-round successful all-season tires are our two test winners from Michelin and Hankook. Although the Michelin CrossClimate is the most expensive test candidate at 200 euros per tire, it does not perform worse than a grade of two in any of the test disciplines. The Hankook Kinergy 4S2 X, which was also rated “exemplary” but is almost a quarter cheaper, comes a whole lot closer to the originally requested savings target.

However, the production of all-season tires is and remains a difficult task: the 72-euro tire from the Chinese brand Goodride fails completely due to brake failure on wet roads. The affordable Allseason from Maxxis, on the other hand, lacks sufficient safety reserves on ice and snow. Your own safety should be worth a few euros more, after all you are on the road with these tires all year round.

All-season tire test 2022 (225/50 R 18): the test results*

exemplary all-season tire with impressive driving qualities in all weather conditions, good resistance to aquaplaning, short wet and dry braking distances

All-round talent with balanced performance potential, strong winter performance, stable handling in all weathers, short braking distances, low price

Balanced premium profile with the best winter qualities, dynamic wet handling, good safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning, low rolling resistance

slightly understeering dry handling

Proven all-season profile with a balanced, high performance potential, stable handling, precise steering behavior, quiet passing noise, good comfort

slightly longer dry braking distances

All-rounder with convincing driving characteristics on snowy and dry slopes, very good snow traction, dynamic dry handling

moderate cornering on wet slopes

All-season tires with good snow quality, stable driving behavior and short braking distances on wet slopes, low rolling noise

limited safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning

dynamic handling with precise cornering and short braking distances on wet slopes, good aquaplaning qualities, low price

understeering behavior on snowy and dry slopes

Dry specialist with precise handling and short dry braking distances, low rolling resistance

moderate steering precision and understeering handling on snowy and wet roads

good snow and aquaplaning qualities, pleasantly quiet comfort, fuel-saving rolling resistance

only satisfactory driving characteristics on wet slopes, understeering wet and dry handling

short dry braking distances, low price

weak winter performance, significantly reduced grip and understeering handling on ice and snow, longer wet braking distances

Low rolling resistance, low price level

Dangerously extended wet braking distances, limited wet grip, spongy handling, delayed steering response in all weather conditions

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