1. Miche­lin Cross­cli­mate +

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

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.

Wet or dry, the lat­est Miche­lin can be re­lied upon to grip well

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