WhatTyre’s inaugural Tyre of the Year Awards are designed to celebrate the best tyres currently available for the biggest group of drivers. We have not presented awards to the speciality products that cater to special interests – like sports and supercar drivers, or motorists who venture off-road, for example. Instead, we have focused on the tyres that offer the best performance characteristics for regular drivers: the commuters getting to work and home in the busiest traffic, parents operating taxi services for their children, older drivers for whom motoring means extended independence, holidaymakers travelling (when possible again) to destinations in the UK, or in neighbouring countries, and the key workers, whose physical presence is required to do their jobs no matter what. Our winners, highly recommended finalists, and commended nominees all offer proven performance that leads the other 95 per cent-plus of tyres available for the cars most commonly driven in the UK.
WhatTyre Tyre of the Year 2021 Winner
The WhatTyre Tyre of the Year 2021 is the all-season Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3.
Our choice for the WhatTyre Tyre of the Year 2021 embodies the ethos of our awards in several ways. Widely available in more than 50 fitments for rims between 14” and 19” (and more to follow), the Vector 4Seasons Gen-3’s TyreScore averages above 8.00, an excellent result that helped it to top place in the All-Season Tyre of the Year category. Launched onto the market in mid-2020, the tyre is less than two years old – a requirement of this overall award that rules out several other worthy options. Equipped with winter driving capabilities, the tyre is the first on the replacement market carrying both the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake on its sidewall and A-rated fuel efficiency (in some sizes), providing an X-factor worthy of note.
Independent testers at Auto Bild and Tyre Reviews have awarded the Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 wins in tyre tests, maintaining Goodyear’s leading position in the rapidly expanding all-season category started with the all-conquering Gen-2. It also demonstrates why the best all-season tyres represent a better option than ever for UK motorists in particular; in our moderate, inclement climate, the tyre ensures year-round mobility. Achieving A-grade fuel efficiency is one example of how the modern all-season tyre offers assured performance in a very wide range of temperatures without major compromises in everyday driving performance.
Commenting on the news, 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.”
Huge tyre choice for UK motorists
WhatTyre’s database of 600 tyre brands available in the UK reveals that many motorists have more choice than they may realise when it comes to the tyres they choose to fit. Of course, a selection of products this broad also means an exceptionally wide range in quality too. The WhatTyre TyreScore represents our effort to bring a headline rating to every size and fitment variation of every tyre available in the UK market.
Boiling down the objective data available on tyres is not an easy task, and the dynamic TyreScore system will continue to evolve (it is currently running on our version 1.2 algorithm). All the 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.