All-season tyres are growing in popularity on the UK and European roads so, following the announcement of our WhatTyre all-season tyre of the year nominations, we are excited as anyone to learn the identities of the top five tyres in our database of over 250,000 variations.
In order to narrow the field and find the best, we began with the top three sizes in the all-season segment. Since they fit on normal cars all year round, these sizes are the same three sizes we used in our mass-market summer tyre category – 205/55 R16; 225/45 R17; and 195/55 R15. We then entered each size into our database, filtering for all-season tyres only. These were then ranked according to our unique TyreScore algorithm, which computes the European Tyre Label results and magazine tyre tests associated with that product, weighting according to what we deem to be UK driving preferences.
In order to get into the top 5, tyres had to bear the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) winter tyre performance accreditation and achieve a TyreScore greater than 7 in at least one of the top three sizes. Where multiple variations scored differently, we chose the highest per make and model. And where older versions are still available on the market, we chose the latest iteration for our ranking.
The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3 is WhatTyre’s all-season tyre of the year 2021
- The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3 is this year’s clear winner. The Vector 4Seasons Gen3 not only achieves a TyresScore of 8.99, which is head and shoulders above the next nearest tyre, it also manages to tick almost every box. A-grade rolling resistance performance on the tyre label? Check. Recommendations in the most recent and stringent third-party magazine tyre tests? Check. The highest load rating on the chart. Check. In other words, when it comes to the finalists and the out-right winner. The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3 is not only this year’s winner, but it has also set the bar very high for competitors wanting the top spot in the 2022 ranking. Commenting on the win, Andy Marfleet, marketing director, Goodyear UK said: “We are thrilled that our Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 has taken the top spot in the inaugural What Tyre Awards in the all-season segment. We have been present in the all-season market for over 30 years and we have extensive knowledge and experience of the technologies that go into making these tyres work in any condition, ensuring the best performance for consumers whatever the weather. We have more all-season tyre test wins than any other brand, and I am so proud of this fact. Our evolving Vector 4Seasons range continues to perform for us having won the 2020 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test as well as the 2020 Auto Express Product Award. It’s great to see another win with the Gen-3 product.”
- Famed winter tyre maker Nokian takes second place for its Weatherproof which achieves an A-rating for wet grip and is the quietest tyre in the top five, earning it a TyreScore of 8.22.
- The Bridgestone Weather Control A005 has the distinction of being described as “exemplary” by AutoBild Allrad. In addition, its achievement of such a high score while also offering a higher load and speed rating than the Continental AllSeasonConact as well as Bridgestone’s proprietary DriveGuard run-flat technology, gives it the edge.
- In fourth, it is the Continental AllSeasonContact, which takes performance up a gear as the first tyre in our 2021 all-season tyre ranking to achieve a TyreScore north of 8 (8.18 to be precise). It also won the November 2020 Auto Express test, which praised its “balance across all disciplines”, describing it as “a great all-rounder”.
- Fifth place goes to the Vredestein Quatrac, which was described as “exemplary” by the expert German testers at Autobild magazine and achieved a TyreScore of 7.88.
The winner and those highly recommended:
|1||Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen3||205/55/16||8.99|
|3||Bridgestone Weather Control A005 EVO||225/45/17||8.18|
About the TyreScore
All TyreScores quoted in the WhatTyre Tyre of the Year Awards 2021 are correct as of our judging period in March 2021, but more data and a new version of the algorithm will inevitably mean changes. When you buy your next tyres, we recommend you make WhatTyre part of your pre-sale research to determine the best tyre for you.