All-sea­son tyres tested

In­stead of switch­ing from sum­mer to win­ter de­signs, should you fit all-sea­son tyres year-round? Our test re­veals all...

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We test eight to see if they’re the best choice all year round

THERE’S no doubt that all-sea­son tyres are be­com­ing a main focus for tyre mak­ers as mo­torists seek bet­ter per­for­mance in ad­verse driv­ing con­di­tions. Sev­eral new tyres have been launched over the past 12 months, while a num­ber of ex­ist­ing de­signs have been up­graded and their ranges ex­tended.

Even Con­ti­nen­tal, which for years has been a fer­vent sup­porter of driv­ers switch­ing be­tween spe­cial­ist tyres for the dif­fer­ent sea­sons, has launched an all-sea­son de­sign. Its new Allsea­son­con­tact ar­rived too late for our test, but we have gath­ered eight tyres to find out which is the best for all-year-round mo­tor­ing.

We headed to Nokian’s prov­ing ground in Ivalo, Fin­land, for snow test­ing and re­turned to Con­ti­nen­tal’s Con­tidrom near Hanover in Ger­many for the cold, wet and dry test­ing.

This year, we also added a fur­ther el­e­ment to our as­sess­ments. As these tyres are de­signed for mo­tor­ing all year round, we con­ducted the tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive wet han­dling and brak­ing tests not only in the cold, but in warmer weather as well.

We re­turned to the big-sell­ing 205/55R16 size found on many fam­ily cars, and in­cluded our win­ning sum­mer and win­ter de­signs in that size to see how the spe­cial­ist so­lu­tions for dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions com­pare.

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