2019 Auto Bild All Season SUV Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingReference Summer: 55.5 M
Gripmax Status AllClimate: 88.5 M
Dry BrakingReference Summer: 36.9 M
Nokian WeatherProof SUV: 43.6 M
Wet HandlingReference Summer: 82.5 Km/H
Gripmax Status AllClimate: 66.8 Km/H
Dry HandlingReference Summer: 96 Km/H
Gripmax Status AllClimate: 92 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceContinental AllSeasonContact: 6.73 kg / t
Nokian WeatherProof SUV: 8.55 kg / t
NoiseReference Summer: 72.1 dB
Gripmax Status AllClimate: 73.8 dB
Straight AquaReference Winter: 76.5 Km/H
Gripmax Status AllClimate: 68.5 Km/H
Snow BrakingNokian WeatherProof SUV: 23.5 M
Reference Summer: 62.5 M
Snow HandlingContinental AllSeasonContact: 47.3 Km/H
Gripmax Status AllClimate: 43 Km/H
PriceGripmax Status AllClimate: 480
Michelin CrossClimate SUV: 830
Earlier this year Auto Bild published their 2019 SUV all season tyre test, using an Audi Q3 wearing the popular 235/55 R19 all season tyre size.

As usual, all seven tyre patterns were tested in the dry, wet and snow, and as a reference Auto Bild included a premium summer and winter tyre.

All Season vs Summer vs Winter

As we've seen before, the balance of all season vs summer tyres follows a general trend. Summer tyres do the best in the wet and dry, but cannot perform in snowy conditions. 

When it comes to comparing all season tyres against winter tyres, things get a little more muddled. In this test the unnamed premium winter tyre only won the aquaplaning test. It was strong in the snow, but not the strongest on test, and while it was weaker in the dry and wet than most of the all season tyres, it wasn't the worst. It just goes to show, the range of all season tyres abilities can span from dry optimised, like the Michelin Crossclimate to a winter tyre beating all season tyre, like the Nokian Weatherproof.

Dry

The dry braking results yielded no big surprises, with the summer tyre and Michelin CrossClimate leading the pack. The Continental was the best of the rest, with the winter bias Nokian Weatherproof struggling to stop the SUV in dry conditions.

The dry handling results were similar to the dry braking, with the summer and Michelin leading the pack.

Wet

During wet braking, the Vredestein and Continental were closest to the summer tyres distances, just 0.1 meters off. The Nokian, Falken struggled compared to the best on test, and the budget GripMax was shockingly bad.

As with the dry handling results, the wet handling results showed a similar order to wet braking.

The straight aquaplaning results had the reference winter tyre winning the test, with the summer in the middle of the all season tyres.

Snow

The winter bias Nokian all season tyre won snow braking, stopping in a shorter distance than even the full winter tyre! Continental Did a great job of mixing dry, wet and snow results by finishing second.

The Continental and Nokian were again the strongest tyres during snow handling, besting the full winter tyre. The summer tyre could not complete a lap of snow handling, so didn't set a time.

Environment

The Goodyear was the only tyre to match the low noise of the summer tyre.

The Continental and Michelin had the lowest rolling resistance on test, but were some of the most expensive tyres to purchase at the time of test.

Results

Vredestein Quatrac 51st: Vredestein Quatrac 5
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+3.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-2.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-1Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.54kg / t)
  6. Noise: 8th (+1dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-4.3Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 4th (+1.5M)
  9. Snow Handling: 5th (+-1.6Km/H)
  10. Price: 2nd (+170)
Positive: An excellent all season tyre with great performance in all weather conditions. Good balance and precise steering, short wet and snow braking, well priced.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Michelin CrossClimate SUV2nd: Michelin CrossClimate SUV
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-3.9Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.64kg / t)
  6. Noise: 6th (+0.7dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-2.5Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 7th (+3.7M)
  9. Snow Handling: 4th (+-1.4Km/H)
  10. Price: 7th (+350)
Positive: A strong allrounder with sport dynamic handling in the dry, and good in the snow and wet. Low rolling resistance.
Negative: Expensive.

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Continental AllSeasonContact3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+3.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+3.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-2.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2.1Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+0.1dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-1.4Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 3rd (+1.2M)
  9. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  10. Price: 5th (+290)
Positive: Excellent in the snow, dynamic wet handling, good comfort levels, low noise, best rolling resistance on test.
Negative: Understeer in the dry.

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV4th: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 SUV
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+5.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-3.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-1.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.78kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-2Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 5th (+2M)
  9. Snow Handling: 7th (+-2.7Km/H)
  10. Price: 6th (+330)
Positive: Short snow and wet braking distances, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average snow cornering, understeer in the dry.

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Nokian WeatherProof SUV4th: Nokian WeatherProof SUV
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+5.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 9th (+6.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-3.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.82kg / t)
  6. Noise: 4th (+0.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-2.5Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 1st (+0M)
  9. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-0.2Km/H)
  10. Price: 4th (+230)
Positive: Strong winter abilities, good aquaplaning result, low noise.
Negative: Extended wet and dry braking, understeer in the dry.

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Falken EUROALL SEASON AS2106th: Falken EUROALL SEASON AS210
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+6.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+3.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-5.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.25kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+0.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.1Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 6th (+3.6M)
  9. Snow Handling: 6th (+-2.1Km/H)
  10. Price: 2nd (+170)
Positive: Good aquaplaning result.
Negative: Slow steering, understeer and long braking distances in the wet, average comfort.

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Gripmax Status AllClimate7th: Gripmax Status AllClimate
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+33M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+5.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-15.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 9th (+-4Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.96kg / t)
  6. Noise: 9th (+1.7dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-8Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 8th (+5M)
  9. Snow Handling: 8th (+-4.3Km/H)
  10. Price: 1st (+0)
Positive: Low rolling resistance, low price.
Negative: Very poor grip in the wet and snow, very long wet braking distances, poor dry handling.

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Reference Summer8th: Reference Summer
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.64kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-1.8Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 9th (+39M)
  9. Snow Handling: 9th (+-47.3Km/H)
  10. Price: 9th (+-480)
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Reference Winter8th: Reference Winter
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+3.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+5.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-4.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-2.6Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.79kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+0.4dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.6M)
  9. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-1.1Km/H)
  10. Price: 3rd (+-480)
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