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TCS and ADAC comparison test of winter tyres for city cars

The Swiss Touring Club and ADAC have published their new comparison test of winter tyres for 2019: 16 tyres designed for small cars were put through a series of tests in winter conditions. The tyres delivering the best performance on snow, among other things, can be found here.

The Volkswagen Polo city car tests winter tyres on snow for the 2019 TCS and ADAC comparison test

The new 2019 test of winter tyres for city cars is here! © ADAC

Winter tyres tested

This year, TCS, the largest Swiss drivers association, and ADAC, the General German Automobile Club, have decided to test 16 winter tyres in the size 185/65 R15 88 T compatible with city cars such as the Renault Clio, Twingo II, Peugeot 207 or Volkswagen Polo. The Volkswagen Polo was used for the different tests of the following winter tyres:

  • Continental WinterContact TS860
  • Davanti Wintoura
  • Dunlop Winter Response 2
  • Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • Gislaved Euro*Frost 6
  • Goodyear Ultragrip 9
  • Hankook Winter i*cept RS2
  • Kleber Krisalp HP 3
  • Kumho WP51 Wintercraft
  • Michelin Alpin A4
  • Nokian WR D4
  • Pirelli Cinturato Winter
  • Sava Eskimo S3+
  • Toyo Snowprox S943
  • Viking WinTech
  • Vredestein Snowtrac 5

Note that the results were obtained based on three test categories which are safety (braking, aquaplaning, traction, grip, etc.), economy (wear, longevity) and ecology (fuel consumption), carried out in this order.

Also, remember that TCS (Swiss Touring Club) and ADAC (General German Automobile Club) are both non-profit associations whose results are approved by independent experts.

City car tyre test: Davanti and Toyo

The Davanti Wintoura and Toyo Snowprox S943 respectively finish last and second last in the winter tyre test. They are not recommended by the TCS and ADAC organisations.

Davanti Wintoura:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It obtains the best score on ice

It is relatively weak in dry conditions

Fuel consumption is low

Performances are poor in the wet and on snow

Good wear resistance

Toyo Snowprox S943:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It achieves the best score for ride comfort in terms of rolling noise

It is weak in wet and dry conditions

Low fuel consumption

Poor performance on snow

Good performance on ice

Good wear resistance

City car tyre test: Sava Eskimo S3+

The Sava Eskimo S3+ is the only tyre to be “recommended with reservations” due to its weaknesses in dry and wet conditions.

Sava Eskimo S3+:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Best score on snow

A few weaknesses in wet conditions

Good on ice

Weak performance in dry conditions

Fuel consumption is low

Good wear resistance

City car tyre test: Viking, Kumho, Gislaved and Nokian

Recommended by TCS and ADAC, the Viking WinTech, Kumho WP51 Wintercraft, Gislaved Euro*Frost 6 and Nokian WR D4 tyres deliver good performance on ice, an important criterion when buying winter tyres, and as a bonus, offer good fuel savings.

Viking WinTech:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It provides good performance on snow and ice and in dry conditions

Relatively weak on wet surfaces

It ensures low fuel consumption

Wear is good

Kumho WP51 Wintercraft:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It delivers good grip on ice

Relatively weak on dry surfaces, wet surfaces and on snow

Good fuel consumption

It obtains the lowest score for ride comfort: it is the noisiest tyre

Last in the ranking for longevity

Gislaved Euro*Frost 6:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It is rated as the best tyre for noise

Relatively weak on dry surfaces and on snow

Good performance on ice

Real shortcomings in wet conditions

Fuel consumption is low

Wear resistance is good

Nokian WR D4:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Efficient on snow and ice

Relatively weak on wet and dry surfaces

Fuel consumption is low

It finishes with the lowest mileage potential, like the Kumho Wp51 Wintercraft

City car tyre test: Goodyear, Vredestein, Falken and Michelin

In the middle of the ranking of the winter tyres tested on the Volkswagen Polo city car, we find the tyres which are recommended by the ADAC and TCS organisations. However, their performances differ depending on the type of surface (dry, wet, snow, snow, ice) used. The tyres manage to balance their faults with high fuel efficiency or with good longevity.

Goodyear Ultragrip 9:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Good performance on ice and in wet and dry conditions

Quite weak in snow

Good fuel consumption and wear resistance

Vredestein Snowtrac 5:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Efficient on ice

Relatively weak on wet and dry surfaces and on snow

Low fuel consumption

Good longevity

 

Falken Eurowinter HS01:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Good wet performance

Quite weak on ice, snow and in dry conditions

High fuel efficiency

Good wear

Michelin Alpin A4:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It obtains the best score for wear

Relatively weak on snow

Good performance on dry and wet surfaces and on ice

It has the highest fuel consumption of the comparison test

2019 winter tyres comparison test, TCS and ADAC save the data from tests on snow

© ADAC

City car tyre test: opinion on the Hankook and Continental

We have almost reached the end of the winter tyre test results for city cars. TCS and ADAC also recommend the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452 and Continental WinterContact TS860 tyres. Their performances on wet and dry surfaces and on snow are much appreciated and they achieve a good position in the test ranking.

Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Good performance on dry and wet surfaces and on snow

Grip is relatively low on ice

Good longevity

Fuel consumption is slightly high

Continental WinterContact TS860:

Strengths

Weaknesses

It manages to obtain the best score in wet conditions 

Relatively weak on ice

It also obtains the best score for rolling noise

Good performance on dry surfaces and on snow

Good fuel consumption and longevity

City car tyre test: opinion on the Pirelli, Kleber and Dunlop

The 2019 Top 3 best winter tyres for city cars tested by TCS and ADAC are the Pirelli Cinturato Winter (3rd place), the Kleber Krisalp HP3 (2nd place) and the Dunlop Winter Response 2 (1st place). All three are highly recommended by the test organisations since they delivered satisfactory results in each test category.

Pirelli Cinturato Winter:

Strengths

Tyre seen to deliver a good balance of performances

It obtains the best score on dry surfaces

Efficient performances on different types of surfaces: snow, ice, dry and wet roads

Kleber Krisalp HP3:

Strengths

Well balanced tyre performance

It obtains the best score on snow

Good grip on snow and ice

Low fuel consumption and good resistance to wear

Dunlop Winter Response 2:

Strengths

Tyre with a good balance of performances

It obtains the best score on snow

It obtains the best score for fuel consumption

Good grip on wet and dry roads

Tyre

Ranking

Dunlop Winter Response 2

1

Kleber Krisalp HP3

2

Pirelli Cinturato Winter

3

Continental WinterContact TS860

4

Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452

5

Michelin Alpin A4

6

Falken Eurowinter HS01

7

Vredestein Snowtrac 5

8

Goodyear Ultragrip 9

9

Nokian WR D4

10

Gislaved Euro*Frost 6

11

Kumho WP51 Wintercraft

12

Viking WinTech

13

Sava Eskimo S3+

14

Toyo Snowprox S943

15

Davanti Wintoura

16

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