Michelin CrossClimate 2 - All-Season Tyre Test 2023
Michelin CrossClimate 2 performs better on snow than the original version
- Score: 99.3%
- Ranking: 3rd
- Price: £128.99
Another impressive performance for the CrossClimate 2, which again demonstrated the French firm’s shift in approach to its all-season tyre. The original CrossClimate focused more on wet and dry grip than snow, although it was significantly better on the white stuff than a summer tyre.
Michelin has tipped that performance balance more towards snow grip and was among the top performers in Sweden. But for relatively poor braking results, it could have left the Sottozero Centre in the lead, because it won on snow traction and was a close second in handling; a strong front end helped the Golf in the turns.
The CrossClimate 2 was also strong in the dry, coming out best across the two tests, winning the braking test and finishing close to the front-runners on the handling circuit. It lacked the sharpness of some rivals, but the grip was there and it could maintain the line accelerating through long turns.
As we saw last year, the improvement in snow grip has been at the expense of performance on wet roads where UK drivers spend much of the winter months. It was furthest off the pace in the deep-water tests, but was also lacking in the shallower assessments. The rear was stable and it was safely front limited, but lacked the bite of the best. Some of that wet grip may have helped fuel economy, where the CrossClimate 2 was strong.
If Michelin could add just a little more wet performance, this CrossClimate 2 would be very hard to beat, because it works well everywhere else.
Part of the award-winning CrossClimate range, this tyre is very popular with our customers, scoring 4.6/5 from over 3,900 reviews. The feedback highlights excellent grip and good year-round performance.
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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 - 4thFirestone was good in shallow wet tests but struggled in deep water
- 7Michelin CrossClimate 2 - 3rd - currently readingMichelin 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