An online magazine recently tested tyres from 12 different brands covering anything from the premium to the budget and suitable for all cars from family hatchbacks to a new Aston Martin.
The top performer was a tyre from Continental, the ContiSportContact 3 which performed well in all areas of the tests which included handling and breaking on wet and dry roads, aquaplaning and rolling resistance, i.e. the power needed to turn the tyre. Other top tyres came from manufacturers Michelin, Goodyear and Dunlop with some tyres performing better in wet conditions than others. Among the worst performers’ where offerings from manufactures Runway and Maxxis, although all tyres tested performed well in one or more areas of the tests.
In the test of winter tyres however it was Goodyear that came out on top with their winter tyre Ultragrip 7+. Of the all-round tyres which you can use both in summer and winter the Vredestein’s Quatrac impressed the test panel the most. Pure summer tyres where proven to perform badly in wintry conditions.
Pricewise, all-season tyres cost a fraction more than pure summer tyres do while winter specific tyres cost around £30-40 more. However, if the recent English winters with snow and ice continue it might be worth considering either investing in winter specific tyres or to fit the car with all-season tyres.