Firestone Multiseason GEN 02 - All-Season Tyre Test 2023
Firestone was good in shallow wet tests but struggled in deep water
- Score: 99.2%
- Rating: 4th
- Price: £96.99
Bridgestone-owned Firestone topped the battle of the sub brands with a performance that works well in our test, with its emphasis on wet grip and fuel economy.
The newcomer was a clear winner at the pumps and EV chargers, ahead of the Michelin and Kleber, with around a two per cent advantage in fuel consumption over the bulk of the field – tempting for high-mileage drivers. The Firestone was also a star in wet braking – one of the focuses for our test weighting. It was less than a metre off the winning Vredestein and two metres ahead of the next sub-brand.
These were highlights, though, from a patchy set of results. It was largely at the bottom of the rankings, but by small enough margins to enable it to secure fourth overall. On snow it just managed to top the Uniroyal, but felt secure from behind the wheel, with good balance and slide recovery when the rear moved.
In the wet that rear was much more stable, despite decent front grip, and gave the confidence to push hard. It struggled in the deep water, though, particularly when those vital water-shifting channels were distorted in cornering.
It was a similar story in the dry, where grip through long turns was in short supply, although it dealt well with quick direction changes. It also proved to be the noisiest in our test, although the gap to the best was small.
Tempting fuel economy and wet braking, but the Multiseason lacked consistency across the tests and struggled in deep water.
Customers who buy this tyre are generally pleased with their choice, leaving reviews that highlight the wet grip performance and giving it a score of 4.2/5 overall.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionWhich tyres should you fit to ensure you’re prepared to face all conditions throughout the year?
- 2Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2 - 8thThe Uniroyal’s score in wet handling was disappointing
- 3Kleber Quadraxer 3 - 7thExcellent on snow, but the Kleber was less impressive elsewhere
- 4Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2 - =5thSF 2s were at their best in the dry and on snow
- 5Hankook Kinergy 4S2- =5thHankook was third in dry handling, working well in direction changes
- 6Firestone Multiseason GEN 02 - 4th - currently readingFirestone was good in shallow wet tests but struggled in deep water
- 7Michelin CrossClimate 2 - 3rd Michelin CrossClimate 2 performs better on snow than the original version
- 8Vredestein Quatrac - 2ndQuatrac performed strongly in snow and wet braking tests
- 9Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 - 1stTwo of Goodyear’s top spots came in the wet handling and circle tests
- 10Verdict & results by categoryTables show which all-season tyres performed well where, and how they compare