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All-season tyres still viable option says ACE

According to German car club ACE, all-season tyres are still in fashion and continue to increase in sales.

The ACE has tested eight all-weather tyres together with the GTÜ Gesellschaft für Technische Überwachungs and ACE still believes motorists must live with a compromise when choosing these year-round tyres.

All-season tyres are expected to be true all-rounders, whether in summer or winter, on wet or dry roads. Whether they live up to this claim, the ACE put this to the test in the winter in Finland and in the summer in Austria. Eight commercially available year-round tyres of the size 205/60 R16 were tested, suitable for various high-roof combinations, compact and mid-size passenger cars. In addition to the properties on snow braking distance, behavior and handling were tested on dry and wet roads.

The test winner with the grade ‘highly recommended’ is the Continental AllSeasonContact with 200 out of 260 points, followed by Fulda Multicontrol in second place with the test result: ‘recommendable’ and 193 out of 260 points.

The AllSeasonContact offers the best overall package according to the ACE, even “if it shows weaknesses when traction on snow”.

The top scoring on dry roads goes to the Michelin Crossclimate +.