Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 impresses with winter performance in Gute Fahrt test
German publication Gute Fahrt has crowned Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 the joint winner of its latest all-season tire test and, in particular, the top performing tire in the test’s winter weather criteria.
The testers recommended the tire’s superior performance on wintry roads, writing that “no one can hold a candle to the Goodyear Vector on snow”1, while also being impressed by the latest iteration of the Vector family’s all-round performance in dry and wet conditions, too. The test evaluated the popular 235/55R18 size with a Volkswagen Tiguan, featuring all-season tires from seven different manufacturers2.
Since inventing the all-season tire in 1985, Goodyear has regularly refined and updated the Vector range, perfecting the recipe for a tire that performs in sun, rain and snow. The latest version, Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3, is a true all-season tire that provides excellent dry performance and low rolling resistance, while meeting the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) regulations that are typically reserved for specific winter tires. The result is a tire that performs all year long, giving drivers the reliable and predictable performance they demand in any conditions.
In the Gute Fahrt test, Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 was named the “uncrowned king of snow” in the winter test criteria, scoring a ‘Very Good +’ rating2. It was also the only tested tire to score top marks in every winter test area. When measuring the wet and dry criteria, the Goodyear tire was awarded a ‘Good +’ score, with specific ‘Very Good’ scores for its resistance to aquaplaning. The tire’s handling capabilities on dry and wet surfaces, braking, comfort and rolling resistance were also praised.
Overall, combining both elements of the test, Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 was named the joint winner, one of only two tires to score a ‘Very Good’ across the board.
Laurent Colantonio, Regional Technology Director EMEA, Goodyear: “We are pleased to receive this joint test win from Gute Fahrt, the latest test success for Vector 4Seasons Gen-3. Goodyear has more all-season test wins than any other manufacturer3 due to the consistent development and refinement of our technology, in order to deliver a product that meets drivers’ demands all year round.”
(1) Translated from original German, issues 8 (22/07/22) and 9 (19/08/22) of Gute Fahrt (Germany).
(2) Test published in issues 8 (22/07/22) and 9 (19/08/22) of Gute Fahrt (Germany). Test size: 235/55R18. Test car: Volkswagen Tiguan. Test location: Pirelli Vizzola. Tires tested: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3, Bridgestone Weather Control A005 evo, Continental AllSeasonContact, Falken Euro All Season AS210, Nokian Seasonproof SUV, Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF2, Vredestein Quatrac Pro.
(3) Based on 59 reviews in magazines from January 2013 to August 2022, conducted by 19 of the leading and independent European tire magazines. The calculation is based on the number of Goodyear test wins in the year-round category over all competitors tested. More information: https://www.goodyear.eu/en_gb/consumer/legal-disclaimer-test-claims.html