Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 - All-Season Tyre Test 2021

The fifth placed Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 is great in the snow

  • Score: 98.60%
  • Rating: 5th
  • Price: £84.86

Given that it was runner-up last year in 17-inch form, fifth spot will not be what Goodyear expected, but the margins are small between it and the top finishers. 

Where Goodyear showed it had a clear advantage was on snow, and it topped both the tests we were able to complete. If you live in an area where snowfall is common and you want the convenience of an all-season tyre then there’s no doubt that this is the one to have. 

The Gen-3 4Seasons was also among the front runners in aquaplaning, but dropped back a little across the other wet tests. It was only fifth in handling but that represented just over a second in lap time. That slight lack of grip could be detected through the corners, with mid-turn speed not quite with the best. Small deficits added up to drop it down the order, but it still felt good and was stable. 

The tyre’s downfall is its performance in the dry, where it finished last over both tests. The stable balance was still there, but grip levels were a touch off through the turns and direction changes. A poor noise test didn’t help its cause either.

We say:

The tyre to have when snow is on the ground, but it’s a touch off the best when it comes to the wet and dry conditions that prevail in the UK. says:

Customers have been impressed with this tyre, scoring it 4.8/5 overall. Reviews often compliment the tyre’s wet performance, plus braking and handling in winter conditions.

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3ScorePosition
Snow braking100%1st
Snow traction100%1st
Straight aquaplaning96.20%3rd
Curved aquaplaning93.30%3rd
Wet braking92.50%6th
Wet handling98.60%5th
Wet circle98.90%6th
Dry braking92.30%8th
Dry handling99.70%4th
Rolling resistance95.10%3rd
Cabin noise97.30%8th
Overall 98.60%5th

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