All Season Tyres vs Summer Tyres

All Season Tyres vs Summer Tyres

What’s the difference between summer tyres and all season tyres? The simplest answer is that summer tyres are designed to provide you with excellent performance when temperatures are above 7°c as a rule of thumb, but not at temperatures lower than that. By comparison, all season tyres are designed to provide you with great performance all year round.

But there’s a lot more to it than that. Let’s take a look at summer tyres in more detail:

Benefits of Summer Tyres over All Season Tyres

You should choose summer tyres over all season tyres if you are looking for the best possible performance from your tyres in the summer months.

Summer tyres boast high tread elasticity and stiff compounds to perform best in warm weather (recommended above 7°c) in both wet and dry conditions. That means you will get precise handling, excellent grip, and short braking distances, even when it rains. Summer tyres are extremely responsive, ensuring your steering will be quick and accurate – especially through hard cornering.

If you choose summer tyres, you should remember to switch to winter tyres when temperatures start to drop below 7°c as a rule of thumb. Winter tyres provide you with the best performance in colder months.

Discover more about the difference between summer tyres and winter tyres.

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Summer Tyre Technologies

Look out for these technologies in our summer tyres:

Active Braking Technology

helps you stop quicker on wet and dry

Racing Derived Construction

improves steering precision and handling

Race-Inspired Ultra-High-Performance Tread Compound

helps provide excellent dry traction

Dry Zones

large tread blocks along the outer edges to help provide confident handling on dry roads

Mileage Plus Technology

high tread elasticity and flexibility results in fewer fractures caused by rough road conditions

Wet Braking Technology

 lower compound stiffness facilitates block bending and wiping out of water. A longer and increased number of gripping edges facilitate water evacuation

Dry Stability Plus Technology

 larger ribs at the centre of the tread ensure higher stiffness

EfficientGrip Performance 2

Making its magazine test debut in the Auto Express Sumer Tyre Test 2020, the EfficientGrip Performance 2 put forward an outstanding performance against competitors to take first place on the podium.


EfficientGrip Performance 2 scored 100% in the following tests: Dry handling, Rolling resistance and Cabin noise.

EfficientGrip Performance 2 Tyre Shot with 2020 Auto Express Summer Tyre Test Win badge

Benefits of All Season Tyres over Summer Tyres

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All season tyres blend the best of both the summer and winter tyre into one package, meaning you can run it all year round. This tyre is best if you live somewhere that does not get especially cold or see too much snow and ice.

All season tyres are also a good choice if you are looking for the convenience of running your car on one set of tyres all year round rather than worrying about switching between summer and winter tyres. With all-season tyres, you will get good performance in the summer and when the seasons change, the tyre has the elasticity in the rubber to provide good winter performance too.

Goodyear all-season tyres meet high standards for performance in winter conditions and bear the same ‘M+S‘ and ‘Snowflake’ designations as winter tyres. This means you can use them in countries where winter tyres are required by law.

If winter driving is a particular concern, we recommend fitting a set of dedicated winter tyres for the best performance in winter conditions. 

All Season Tyre Technologies

Look out for these technologies in our all season tyres:

Smart Tread Technology

allows the tyre to adapt to seasonal changes and continue to perform all year

Eco Plus Tread Technology

creates a low rolling resistance, allowing your vehicle to go further on less fuel

High-density 3D Blade Sipe System

provides traction for all road conditions - including snow and ice

Snow Grip Technology 

provides a better grip on snow through a large number of sipes at the centre of the tread. The sipes influence each other at their intersection, stimulating their opening for better grip

Dry Handling Technology

 provides shorter dry braking and improved dry handling by reducing deformation of the tyre during heavy manoeuvres

Aqua Control Technology

provides lifetime aquaplaning resistance as grooves evolve over time to continuously ensure water dispersion 

Vector 4Season Gen-3

The Auto Express All-Season Product Awards 2021 saw the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 take its second Auto Express Badge, with an admirable second place. The tyre scored consistently high across the board, excelling in wet and snow performance. The tyre put forward a superb performance with improved fuel economy, further proving to be the ultimate All-Season tyre of choice.

More test wins than any other brand tested

Excellent driving performance in all weather conditions all year long.

EfficientGrip Performance 2 Tyre Shot with 2020 Auto Express Summer Tyre Test Win badge

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