Winter tyre test 205/55 R16 - AutoMotorSport 2018

Agenda: Best value in test Better than average value Worse than average value Worst value in test
#NameRating
Points total
Positive features
Neagative features
Price
1. Continental WinterContact TS 860
Highly recommended
9,1
Good handling in snow, perfect ESP compatibility, excellent wet performance, alive but safe on dry,
too much choppy responses on snow, still has reserves
£68
91 T + 4
2. Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Recommended
8,2
Exact and easy control on wet and dry, good traction on snow (but worse in turns)
weak handling on snow, mismatch between riding straight and in the bends, lack of lateral guidance on dry surface
£67
91 T + 2
3. Nokian WR D4
Recommended
8,1
great on snow - accurate, easy to use and reliable, acceptable on dry, minimal rolling resistance
Wet deficiencies, especially when braking, slightly unpredictable
£69
91 T + 4
4. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
Recommended
8,0
very reliable, accurate and powerful on snow, safe and easy to use on wet, predictable understeer
longer braking paths on dry asphalt, increased rolling resistance
£56
91 T + 7
5. Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Still recommended
7,9
safe and balanced on snow and wet, comfortable
worse dry handling, higher rolling resistance
£58
91 T + 3
6. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001 EVO
Still recommended
7,8
very neutral adaptive tire, dry steering is natural and safe when changing lanes, more or less safe
Poor traction, understeer in the snow, weak aquaplaning in turns
£57
91 T + 2
7. Vredestein Snowtrac 5
Still recommended
7,8
good traction, well balanced on snow (except braking), still acceptable wet performance, above average on dry
weak wet braking
£62
91 T + 2
8. Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
Still recommended
7,3
good braking on wet, satisfactory snow performance
unbalanced wet handling, poor aquaplaning resistance, unbalanced dry performance, high rolling resistance
9. Giti GitiWinter W1
Still recommended
7,2
Best in the snow from the whole test
poor aquaplaning resistance, low grip and wet direction change responses, low steering accuracy, poor response and dry performance
10. Toyo Snowprox S943
Still recommended
7,2
Dry, precise and well-handling, well-adapted to car handling
worse on snow, long wet braking track, poor reactions to load changes in wet turns
11. Kumho WinterCraft WP51
Conditionally recommended
6,4
Even with the disadvantages still usable
unbalanced snow performance, mismatch between straights and bends, wet and dry weak, high rolling resistance
£48
91 T + 4
#Name - Rating Points total Positive features Neagative features Price
Above you can see the results of the AutoMotorSport 2018 205/55 R16 test performed by AutoMotorSport on a in 2018. This test was performed in 205/55 R16, but is applicable to other similar sizes, especially in the same tyre width (205). Continental WinterContact TS 860 is the best of 11 tested tyres according to tested properties (Points total, ). Other featured tyres include Goodyear UltraGrip 9, Nokian WR D4, Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452; Some tyres weren't included in the test, such as BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2, Michelin ALPIN 5, GoodYear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1.

Same size tyres not featured in the test

Tests usually don't cover the whole market - here is our selection what not to miss when shopping for tyres in this size.
#NameOur ratingSegmentPrice
1. GoodYear UltraGrip Performance+
92% Premium £118 94 V
2. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-005
92% Premium £75 91 T + 3
3. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
90% Premium £78 91 T + 6
4. Firestone Winterhawk 4
90% Upper-middle £58 91 T + 2
5. Michelin ALPIN 6
90% Premium £83 91 T + 3
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6. BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2
90% Upper-middle £60 91 T + 3
7. Michelin ALPIN 5
89% Premium £79 91 T + 6
8. GoodYear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
89% Premium £85 91 H + 1
9. Michelin ALPIN A4
86% Premium £77 91 H
10. Kleber KRISALP HP3
86% Upper-middle £59 91 T + 3
11. Semperit Speed-Grip 2
86% Lowcost
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12. Pirelli WINTER SOTTOZERO Serie III
86% Premium £79 91 H + 3
13. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
84% Upper-middle £83 91 H + 1
14. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001
84% Premium £63 91 H + 5
15. Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
83% Lowcost £55 0 H + 1
16. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
83% Lowcost £56 91 H + 1
17. Falken EuroWinter HS01
82% Upper-middle £53 91 T + 3
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18. Nokian WR Snowproof
80% Upper-middle £62 91 T + 3
19. Semperit Speed-Grip 3
79% Lowcost £60 91 T + 7
20. Toyo Snowprox S954
79% Upper-middle £54 91 H
21. Continental WinterContact TS 860S
76% Premium £90 91 H
22. GoodYear UltraGrip 9+
76% Premium £63 91 T + 2
23. Kumho WinterCraft WP71
75% Upper-middle £60 94 V
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24. Debica Frigo 2
75% Lowcost £47 91 T
25. Uniroyal MS Plus 77
75% Upper-middle £57 91 T + 2
26. Sava Eskimo HP2
74% Lowcost £53 91 H + 1
27. Sava ESKIMO S3+
73% Lowcost £54 91 T
28. Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3
67% Lowcost £62 91 T + 1
29. Nokian WR D3
66% Upper-middle £63 91 T + 2
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30. Debica Frigo HP2
66% Lowcost £52 91 H
31. Nexen WinGuard Sport
66% Lowcost
32. Imperial SnowDragon UHP
65% Lowcost £37 91 H + 1
33. Nokian WR A4
63% Upper-middle £70 91 H + 2
34. Falken EUROWINTER HS449
63% Upper-middle £63 91 H + 1
35. Yokohama BluEarth winter V905
62% Upper-middle £54 91 T + 3
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36. Firestone Winterhawk 3
61% Upper-middle £58 91 T + 3
37. Barum Polaris 5
61% Lowcost £50 91 T + 3
38. Imperial SnowDragon HP
50% Lowcost £37 91 H + 1
39. Matador MP92 Sibir Snow
41% Lowcost £49 91 T + 3
40. Imperial SnowDragon 3
1% Lowcost
41. Duraturn Mozzo Winter
1% Lowcost £38 91 V + 1
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42. Syron Everest 1 plus
1% Lowcost
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