All-season tyre test 2018/2019: Results by category

Tables show which all-season tyres performed well where, and how they compareResults by catergory

Woeful wet performance is more than enough to rule out buying the Tristar, whatever the price. Falken won’t be happy with fifth, but it was much closer to rivals than the Tristar, thanks to a good performance on snow – although it needs to improve in the wet and rolling resistance. 

Finnish producer Nokian is a step closer to the front-runners, but it has lost its edge in the snow. It is now more fuel-efficient, though, making it the tyre for high-mileage drivers. It’s hard to split Goodyear and Michelin, despite their different approaches to year-round rubber. The former has the edge on snow and in the wet, while the French tyre is the one to have in the dry.

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At the top, though, and by a clear margin, is the debutant AllSeasonContact – the tyre Continental once said it would never make. Drivers should be glad that it did, because it’s a great all-rounder that minimises the compromises inherent in an all-season tyre

Our Verdict

Winner: Continental All Season Contact

The All Season’s breadth of ability means it’s the tyre to choose if you want rubber that works every day of the year.

Results

RankBrandScoreSnow Braking1Nokian100%2Continental98.50%3Tristar 94.40%4Goodyear94.10%5Falken94.00%6Michelin91.80%WinterConti TS 860101.80%SummerConti PC639.60%Snow Traction1Continental100%2Falken97.90%3Goodyear97.70%4Michelin96.20%5Tristar93.90%6Nokian90.80%WinterConti TS 860101.30%SummerConti PC634.90%Snow Circle1Continental100%2Falken99.10%3Michelin98.90%4Goodyear97.70%5Tristar96.50%6Nokian 95.90%WinterConti TS 860100.50%SummerConti PC668.00%Snow Handling1Continental100%2Falken99.30%3Michelin98.50%4Nokian96.90%5Goodyear96.70%6Tristar94.90%WinterConti TS 860100.40%SummerConti PC654%Straight Aqua1Goodyear100%2Continental99.60%3Nokian99.20%4Michelin94.50%5Falken93.70%6Tristar90.50%WinterConti TS 860104.10%SummerConti PC6106.20%Curved Aqua1Nokian100%2Goodyear93.90%3Continental91.40%4Tristar90.40%5Falken87.70%6Michelin72.90%WinterConti TS 860101.40%SummerConti PC610.6.5%Wet Braking1Michelin100%2Continental98.50%3Nokian95.90%4Goodyear95.50%5Falken86.60%6Tristar68.70%WinterConti TS 860105.00%SummerConti PC6106.60%Wet Handling1Goodyear100%2Continental99.10%3Michelin98.20%4Nokian96.60%5Falken95.20%6Tristar83.70%WinterConti TS 860102.40%SummerConti PC6105.60%Wet Circle1Continental100%2Goodyear99.80%3Michelin98.00%4Nokian96.60%5Falken94.80%6Tristar82.20%WinterConti TS 860101.90%SummerConti PC6 108.10%Dry Braking1Michelin100%2Continental95.30%3Tristar92.40%4Goodyear90.40%5Nokian89.00%6Falken84.10%WinterConti TS 86087.90%SummerConti PC6110.90%Dry Handling1Michelin100%2Continental99.80%3Goodyear98.80%4Tristar98.30%5Falken97.10%6Nokian96.80%WinterConti TS 86097.00%SummerConti PC6101.50%Rolling resitiance1Nokian100%2Continental93.50%3Michelin89.80%4Goodyear87.00%5Tristar79.20%6Falken78.20%WinterConti TS 86087.50%SummerConti PC688.10%Cabin Noise1Goodyear100%2=Falken99.70%2=Tristar99.70%4Nokian99.60%5=Continental99.20%5=Michelin99.20%WinterConti TS 860100.20%SummerConti PC699.20%Price1Tristar£71.402Falken£92.443Nokian£101.514Michelin£1055Continental£113.576Goodyear£114.82WinterConti TS 860£126.85SummerConti PC6£95.21Overall1Continental100%2Michelin99.00%3Goodyear98.90%4Nokian97.80%5Falken95.30%6Tristar91.30%WinterConti TS 860100.50%SummerConti PC6100.20%  Previous: Summer tyre: Continental Premium Contact 6

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