At the end of November Auto Express published its latest test comparing the performance of leading year-round tyres. Continental’s AllSeasonContact won but Goodyear’s Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 and Hankook Kinergy 4S2 were hot on its heels in second and third place respectively.
Back to the results, while Continental’s AllSeasonContact won four of the 12 categories and was above average in eight, it is difficult to describe the tyre as clear winner because the Goodyear’s Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 and the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 were just 0.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent behind overall. Indeed, Goodyear’s tyre came within 1 per cent of winning three categories and Hankook actually beat Continentals tyre in longitudinal aquaplaning, wet braking and wet handling.
Auto Express tested six all season tyres across 11 performance characteristics and included price in its comparison. Test categories included: snow braking, snow traction, snow handling, longitudinal aquaplaning, lateral aquaplaning, wet braking, wet handling, dry braking, wet circle, rolling resistance and interior noise (see chart).
Kim Adams, Auto Express Products Editor summed up the results like this: “Continental has created a strong performer in the AllSeasonContact, with good results in the wet, even better scores in the snow and low rolling resistance helping your fuel bills. It’s another well-deserved victory for the German brand’s great all-rounder.”