1. Michelin Crossclimate +
WHEN Michelin launched the original Crossclimate in 2015 it shook up the world of all-season tyres. Until then, these designs were winter tyres with more wet and dry performance, but Michelin took the opposite approach. In fact, it calls the Crossclimate a summer tyre with winter capability.
It finished third on its test debut due to its wet performance not overcoming its deficit on snow. This Crossclimate + was introduced with a new compound to improve durability and maintain the tyre’s performance during its life.
Our tests would suggest it has also enhanced its wet performance; it still doesn’t like deep water but it won all the other wet and dry tests.
In wet braking it needed 1.5 metres less than the next-best Nexen, and just under seven metres less than tailender Kumho. It was quickest by almost two seconds around the handling track, where it felt sharp compared with a conventional all-season tyre. It was precise, required much less lock, and let us get on the accelerator earlier and harder.
It felt the same in the dry, and in the braking test it took more than four metres less to stop than the next best, which was still doing 18mph when the French tyre had brought the car to a halt.
While it was not the best on snow it still managed to beat two all-season rivals and is capable of dealing with a UK snowfall.