Experts behind Za Rulem, the oldest and most popular automotive publication in Russia, compared Continental AllSeasonContact all-season tires (M+S index) and Continental PremiumContact 6 summer tires and found out how all-season tires behave in summer. After all, winter is not snowy and icy everywhere in Russia, and somewhere all-weather tires fit perfectly into winter. But can they compete with regular summer tires?
Of course, summer tires showed an advantage on dry surfaces – in terms of braking, handling and stability. And the warmer, the bigger the difference. But in some ways, shoes for all seasons are fighting and are even ahead of “summer”!
On a series of uphill starts on unpaved surfaces, the M+S tires stuck better than summer tires that skidded on the ground and grass. The difference is two expert points! This means that the chances of getting to your destination in the mud in all seasons are much higher.
2. Acoustic comfort
In terms of comfort, all seasons are more interesting – first, they are a bit quieter. Although it cannot be ruled out that this is a plus of a certain model, because acoustic comfort strongly depends on the tread pattern…
3. Smooth walking
…But there is a “second”: all-season tires are also softer, and this can be felt most clearly on small and medium bumps.
There’s something to think about here. In terms of rolling resistance, all-season tires are back in black, but only by 7.5%, that is, they are more economical at about 0.2 l/100 km. At the same time, soft, all-weather shoes wear out faster than summer shoes. Profitability is therefore highly dependent on road conditions and driving style.
5. Aquaplaning and wet braking
The all-season brakes on wet asphalt slightly better, by a few percent. But in puddles he certainly leads: longitudinal aquaplaning takes place at the same speed as summer tires, but in the transverse direction the universal model holds up better and recovers more than five percent of the average lateral acceleration. When it gets colder, the whole season starts to win, because it’s already cold for summer tires.
Dmitry Testovexpert “Behind the wheel”:
– Our last test with all-season shoes showed that winter shoes on slippery surfaces are preferable to universal shoes. And now we’ve found that on dry summer asphalt, modern all-season trails lag behind “seasonal” highways, but take their toll in the rain, and especially in the off-season. Therefore, for Central Russia with its temperate continental climate (where it is hot in summer and snowy and cold in winter), it is theoretically possible to treat such tires as semi-season tires and use them as a third set of tires between summer and winter. This extends the life of “seasonal” tires in both summer and winter.
In general, there are enough nuances. If you want to know them all and draw your own conclusion, take a look at our big test: all-season tires vs summer tires!
- “Behind the wheel” can be read in Odnoklassniki.
Source: Z R