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
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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
£72
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
£62
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
£63
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
£53
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
£56
91 T + 2
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
£60
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
£76
94 H
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
£104
91 T
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
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tests usually don't cover the whole market - here is our selection what not to miss when shopping for tyres in this size.
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1. Continental WinterContact TS 860
94% premium £72 91 T + 4
2. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
88% premium £86 91 H + 1
3. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
85% premium £66 91 T + 5
4. Michelin ALPIN 6
85% premium £78 91 T + 3
5. Michelin ALPIN A4
84% premium £74 91 H
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6. GoodYear UltraGrip 9
83% premium £62 91 T + 2
7. Kleber KRISALP HP3
81% upper-middle £54 91 T + 3
8. BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2
76% upper-middle £61 91 T + 3
9. Debica Frigo 2
74% lowcost £43 91 T
10. Michelin ALPIN 5
73% premium £79 91 T + 6
11. Nokian WR D4
72% upper-middle £63 91 T + 4
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12. Semperit Speed-Grip 2
72% lowcost
13. Pirelli CINTURATO WINTER
71% premium £56 91 T + 2
14. Falken EuroWinter HS01
71% upper-middle £55 91 T + 2
15. Nokian WR A4
70% upper-middle £59 91 H + 2
16. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
70% lowcost £59 91 H + 1
17. Pirelli WINTER SOTTOZERO Serie III
69% premium £83 91 H + 2
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18. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001
65% premium £58 91 H + 5
19. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
64% upper-middle £53 91 T + 7
20. Semperit Speed-Grip 3
64% lowcost £62 91 T + 7
21. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
64% upper-middle
22. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001 EVO
62% premium £60 91 T + 2
23. Kumho WinterCraft WP71
60% upper-middle £59 94 V
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24. Sava Eskimo HP2
56% lowcost £57 91 H
25. Uniroyal MS Plus 77
55% upper-middle £58 91 T + 2
26. Nokian WR D3
54% upper-middle £58 91 T + 2
27. Sava ESKIMO S3+
52% lowcost £50 91 T
28. Debica Frigo HP2
50% lowcost £50 91 H
29. Yokohama BluEarth winter V905
47% upper-middle £52 91 T + 3
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30. Vredestein Snowtrac 5
46% premium £76 94 H
31. Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3
45% lowcost £59 91 T
32. Falken EUROWINTER HS449
42% upper-middle £63 91 H + 1
33. Kumho WinterCraft WP51
40% upper-middle £48 91 T + 4
34. Firestone Winterhawk 3
36% upper-middle £54 91 T + 3
35. Imperial SnowDragon HP
24% lowcost £38 91 H + 1
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36. Nexen WinGuard Sport
24% lowcost
37. Toyo SnowProx S943
23% upper-middle £104 91 T
38. Matador MP92 Sibir Snow
22% lowcost £54 91 T + 3
39. Imperial SnowDragon 3
1% lowcost
40. Barum Polaris 5
1% lowcost £49 91 T + 3
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