Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2
The Gen-2 Vector 4Seasons has been with us since 2015, when it took the runner-up spot in our first all-season test
The Gen-2 Vector 4Seasons has been with us since 2015, when it took the runner-up spot in our first all-season test. It went one better the next year and has not been out of the top three since. It is more old-school than recent arrivals from Continental and Michelin, with stellar performances in the wet and on snow, and doing enough in the dry to secure the win.
No doubt Goodyear has been developing the Gen-2 over the past four years or so to meet the new summer-focussed challenge, and it takes its second win here. No other tyre has taken separate victories so far apart.
It had a clear advantage on wet and snow-covered roads. On the former in our handling test it had grip challenged only by the Michelin, with impressive traction out of turns and a rear that stayed in line longer than rivals. It also maintained that advantage in the deep water of the aquaplaning tests, securing two podiums close to the leading Nokian.
The challenger role was taken by Continental at the White Hell, where that impressive traction was again present, with a secure rear that gave confidence through tight turns. As we’ve seen before, the wet and cold stars struggle in the dry, and the Vector 4Seasons wasn’t sharp around the circuit, requiring lots of lock to combat a lack of front grip. Goodyear rounded off a great performance with a win in cabin noise, and fuel consumption less than a couple of per cent off the winner. A remarkable result from an older tyre and it secures Goodyear a second win of 2019, backing up its winter-tyre success.
We say: Standout performer in winter conditions secures a well deserved win.
Blackcircles.com says: A popular tyre, and reviews focus on wet and dry grip. The range, including the SUV version, comes in sizes up to 19 inches, and customers have given it an overall score of 4.7/5.
|Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2|
In this review
- 1IntroductionShould you fit all-season tyres for 12 months instead of switching from summer to winter tyres? Our test has the answer
- 21. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 - currently readingThe Gen-2 Vector 4Seasons has been with us since 2015, when it took the runner-up spot in our first all-season test
- 32. Continental AllSeasonContactThe German producer shook up the all-season market on its debut last year with a tyre it said it would never produce, preferring a ‘winter for winter and summer for summer’ policy.
- 43. Michelin CrossClimate+The scores for this and the Continental can’t be much closer, but they got them quite differently.
- 54. Nokian Weatherproof Our top four are closely matched, but snowy and wet roads are where the Nokian performs best.
- 65. Bridgestone Weather Control A005Another product of Bridgestone’s extensive driver-consultation process, the A005 has a modern look to its results.
- 76. Falken Euroall Season AS210Falken has joined Hankook in abandoning an asymmetric tread for its all-season tyre, joining most rivals with a directional pattern.
- 87. Hankook Kinergy 4S2You could argue that this new Kinergy 4S is what a UK all-season tyre should be.
- 98. Cooper Discoverer All SeasonAmerican producer Cooper will have hoped for more from the brand-new Discoverer All Season, but it can take some solace from being closer to the pace than the Nankang.
- 109. Nankang All-Season AW-6If you’re worried about driving in snow, this Nankang should put your mind at rest, particularly if you are attracted by that super-low price.
- 11Summer tyre: Continental ContiPremiumContact 5Many drivers will look at that scary snow performance when choosing whether to change tyres for the seasons or go for a more winter-orientated design.
- 12Winter tyre: Continental WinterContact TS 860Despite reducing the emphasis on snow performance in our scoring system, this result suggests a winter tyre is arguably a better option than an all-season alternative
- 13Verdict & Results by categoryTables show which all-season tyres performed well where, and how they compare