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Vredestein Wintrac

Vredestein Wintrac

/78% · winter · · : Premium

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Pros and cons

  • Short braking distance on dry roads
  • Very good aquaplaning resistance
  • Great handling on dry roads
  • Exceptional handling on the wet
  • Short braking distance on snow
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The Vredestein Wintrac winter tires have been tested and reviewed across different sizes and by various organizations, revealing a nuanced performance profile that leans heavily on the tire's strengths in specific conditions while acknowledging its shortcomings in others.

One of the standout qualities of the Vredestein Wintrac across most tests is its exemplary performance on icy conditions, where it is notably superior, often receiving top marks. This is consistent across different tire dimensions, showcasing the Wintrac's reliability in one of the most challenging winter driving conditions. Moreover, its handling on both dry and wet surfaces has been commended, indicative of the tire's versatile composition and design that does not compromise its agility and safety on roads less impacted by winter's extremes.

However, the Wintrac does not uniformly excel across all winter conditions. Notably, its performance on snow has been a point of concern, with tests indicating that it demonstrates weaker traction and handling compared to its competitors. This shortfall is particularly significant since snow performance is a critical measure of a winter tire's efficacy. Additionally, while the tire performs well in the wet, it has shown limitations in deep-water aquaplaning tests, suggesting that while it is generally competent in wet conditions, it may struggle in more extreme scenarios.

The tire's physical durability and economic performance also divide opinion. In one test, it's cited for having a comparatively high rate of wear and tear, which could lead to a shorter lifespan and, consequently, higher costs over time. However, it is also praised for its low fuel consumption, suggesting that it manages to be somewhat efficient in its use of energy, presenting a mixed picture regarding its long-term value proposition.

Notably, the Wintrac's dry handling has received mixed reviews. While it has been acknowledged for its top performance in braking and handling in one scenario, another test points out its comparative weaknesses in dry conditions driving, highlighting inconsistencies in performance that may affect its appeal depending on the specific priorities and needs of the driver.

Overall, the Vredestein Wintrac emerges as a compelling option for those prioritizing performance in icy conditions and seeking reliable handling in wet and dry environments. However, its limitations in snow performance and questions regarding wear and efficiency suggest that drivers should carefully consider their specific needs and conditions before opting for this tire. This nuanced performance profile underscores the importance of comprehensive testing across a range of conditions to understand the full capabilities and limitations of winter tires.


Vredestein Wintrac is made in 37 sizes, starting from 165/60 R15 up to 225/55 R16.
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Vredestein Wintrac was launched and replaced Vredestein Snowtrac 5.


Vredestein Wintrac was tested 4x (AutoMotorSport,...)


Vredestein Wintrac was tested 3x (ADAC,...)


Vredestein Wintrac was tested 1x (ADAC)


Dry braking
Adac 2022
Autoexpress 2022
Automotorsport 2021
Adac 2021
Wet circle cornering
Autozeitung 2021
Autobild 2021
Wet handling
Autozeitung 2021
Autobild 2021
Dry handling
Autobild 2021
Exterior noise
Autobild 2021
Interior noise
Adac 2021

Vredestein Wintrac in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Vredestein Wintrac was featured:
ADAC Winter tyre test 2023 205/60 R16
Ranked #13 of 16
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test22.1
Vredestein Wintrac2.43.4
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ADAC Winter tyre test 2022 215/60 R16
Ranked #10 of 17
The Vredestein Wintrac finished the competition in the 10th position among its peers, securing a final rating of 'Satisfactory'. Despite achieving the highest marks for its performance on ice, distinguishing itself as the best in ice braking, and contributing to lower fuel consumption, it displayed notable drawbacks. These shortcomings included a relatively high wear rate and weaknesses when driving on dry surfaces, which ultimately impacted its overall evaluation. Additionally, while its capabilities in wet conditions and on snow were commendable, these strengths were not enough to elevate it beyond a satisfactory overall standing among recommended tires. The tire also stood out for its dry braking performance, further showcasing its mixed results across different testing disciplines.
Name WetDrySnowIceRolling resistanceNoiseWear
Best values in test2,01,81,41,81,52,71,5
Vredestein Wintrac2,32,92,51,8 1,62,7 3,0
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Autoexpress Winter tyre test 2022 225/45 R19

Ranked #5 of 6
The Vredestein Wintrac finished 5th among 6 competitors, marking its first appearance in competitive analysis since its launch as a replacement for the Snowtrac. Designed to offer all-round performance, it stood out most notably in wet and dry conditions. However, the tyre faced challenges in deep-water aquaplaning tests, where it was at the bottom alongside Michelin, and was the slowest on the handling track, trailing by over a second from the fastest. Its performance on the handling track was hampered by its front end, requiring additional throttle wait time and steering lock to navigate through turns effectively. Despite these hurdles, the Wintrac showcased impressive braking capabilities, securing second place in wet braking, narrowly missing the top spot held by Bridgestone, and excelling in dry braking where it took the lead by almost a meter. This achieved proficiency in braking, however, did not extend to snow conditions, where it ranked last in all tests conducted at the Arctic Center, evidenced by lower grip levels, though it managed to maintain a decent balance.
Name Points total
Best values in test100
Vredestein Wintrac98.6
Source: www.autoexpress.co.uk
ADAC Winter tyre test 2022 185/65 R15
Ranked #6 of 16
The Vredestein Wintrac finished in a commendable 6th place out of 16 competitors, earning a final rating of 'Satisfactory'. Excelling on both dry and wet roads as well as in wear performance, the tyre proved its worth in challenging conditions. However, it did not perform as well on snowy surfaces, a factor that led to a slight downgrade in its overall assessment. Despite this, the Vredestein Wintrac's strengths in other key areas underscore its reliability and effectiveness as a winter tyre, although it showed some limitations in snow handling.
Name WetDrySnowIceRolling resistanceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,71,91,81,91,72,51,5
Vredestein Wintrac2,12,42,72,42,42,82,5
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Name Points totalWetDrySnowRolling resistanceNoise
Best values in test8,79,69,3101010
Vredestein Wintrac8,17,88,58,279
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Source: www.auto-motor-und-sport.de
Name WetDrySnowIceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,61,91,92,02,62,0
Vredestein Wintrac2,32,52,22,0 2,82,0
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Source: www.adac.de
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceWear
Best values in test2+2+11-1
Vredestein Wintrac2+ 2+ 2-2+3+
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Source: www.autobild.de
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,127,3
Vredestein Wintrac33,530,3
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Source: www.autobild.de

Test ratings distribution

100% (2x)85% (4x)
Very goodExemplaryGoodSatisfactory

Ratings x Wheel size

85% (2x)92.5% (4x)

Ratings x Width

185/xx Rxx195/xx Rxx205/xx Rxx215/xx Rxx
85% (1x)92.5% (2x)92.5% (2x)85% (1x)


  1. Where is Vredestein Wintrac made?

    Vredestein Wintrac is made in Hungary.

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