In terms of tests, Auto Bild knows what to do. As usual, the German magazine initially selected as many winter tyres as possible in the size 195/65 R15. After a first selection based on wet braking distances from 80 km/h, the following 21 tyres were eliminated:
Wet braking from 80 km/h
Maxtrek Trek M7
Z-Tire Z8 Winter
Chengshan Montice CSC-901
Momo W1 North Pole
Taurus 601 Winter
Syron Everest 1 plus
Laufenn I FIT
Compasal Iceblazer II
Star Performer SPTS Winter AS
Nankang NK Snow SV-2
King-Meiler Winter Tact WT 81
Tristar Snowpower HP
Minerva Frostrack HP
Kenda Wintergen 2
Dayton DW 510Evo
Tomket Snowroad 3
Lassa Snoways 3
Imperial Snowdragon HP
10 additional tyres were eliminated after a braking test from 50 km/h on snow:
Wet braking from 80 km/h
Snow braking from 50 km/h
Westlake Snowmaster SW608
Maxxis Arctictrekker WP-05
Toyo Snowprox S943
Cooper Weather-Master SA2+
Giti GitiWinter W1
Kumho Wintercraft WP51
Apollo Alnac 4G Winter
Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
The 20 tyres with the shortest cumulative braking distances for the two tests reached the “final” to undergo a series of more rigorous tests (braking, dry handling, wet handling, snow handling, handling, wear and rolling resistance):
Wet braking from 80 km/h
Snow braking from 50 km/h
Gislaved Euro Frost 6
Firestone Winterhawk 3
Matador MP92 Sibir Snow
Vredestein Snowtrac 5
Barum Polaris 3
Yokohama BluEarth-Winter V905
Bridgestone Blizzak LM 001-Evo
Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Semperit Master-Grip 2
Michelin Alpin 5
Uniroyal MS plus 77
Nokian WR D4
Falken Eurowinter HS01
Debica Frigo HP2
Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Hankook Winter i’cept RS2
Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Kleber Krisalp HP 3
Continental WinterContact TS 860
Dunlop Winter Sport 5
2 tyres recommended with reservation
The Gislaved Euro Frost 6 is the first tyre recommended by Auto Bild. Balanced winter performance and quite comfortable, it loses ground with slow wet steering, particularly when cornering. In dry conditions, braking distances are long.
The Firestone Winterhawk 3 is one of the cheapest tyres. Very good on snow, this performance is not confirmed on other surfaces. Long braking distances and low grip in dry and wet conditions does not allow it to rank higher in this comparison test.
10 tyres considered satisfactory
The Matador MP92 Sibir Snow provides good comfort and safe handling on snow. All of this at a low price. Auto Bild finds that it lacks grip in certain situations on wet and dry roads and dry braking distances are a little too long. It is also limited in terms of wear.
The Vredestein Snowtrac 5 manages to deliver a safe balanced performance in snow and on dry surfaces. Auto Bild regrets a slight lack of grip in wet conditions and its high price, despite a low rolling resistance.
The Barum Polaris 3 delivers short wet braking distances unlike its long dry braking distance, where it takes to time to stop. Low priced, it offers high grip and good driving dynamics in snow. Auto Bild noted a slight tendency to understeer in the wet and poor wear.
The Yokohama BluEarth-Winter V905 is the best tyre in the comparison test for dry braking and offers good ride comfort. It is also good in wet conditions but lacks grip on snow.
The Bridgestone Blizzak LM 001 Evo is one of the best tyres in wet conditions with short braking distances and a good resistance to aquaplaning. It also has a low rolling resistance. Drawbacks noted by Auto Bild concern its poor snow performance where braking distances are a little too long.
The Pirelli Cinturato Winter impressed Auto Bild with its sporty handling. Not surprising for the Italian tyre manufacturer whose tyre offers good steering precision and dynamic handling in wet and snowy conditions. Its limited mileage and average dry performance prevents it from ranking higher.
The Semperit Master-Grip 2 is well balanced in the snow and wet. It offers good lateral support and a quiet ride. But its performance in dry conditions remains below that of its competitors with longer braking distances.
Although Michelin has recently launched its replacement, the Alpin 5 performs well. Long lasting and delivering good performance in wet and dry conditions, it also offers good ride comfort. However, its snow performance remains average, a point that has been corrected on the Alpin 6 according to Michelin.
The Uniroyal MS Plus 77 provides excellent performance in wet and snow conditions and good ride comfort at a reasonable price. It is unable to break away from the pack due to its poor performance in dry conditions, especially with a slow response on this surface and long braking distances.
The Nokian WR D4 is undoubtedly the best tyre on snow and ice. It also offers a good price / performance ratio and the lowest rolling resistance of the comparison test. Unfortunately, it is unable to match the other tyres in wet conditions, and has low aquaplaning performance.
4 tyres considered good
The Falken Eurowinter HS01 offers a good balance between safety and handling, which is above average on snow and dry roads at a very reasonable price. This tyre also has the best aquaplaning performance despite a few reserves expressed by Auto Bild with regards wet cornering.
The Debica Frigo HP2 is one of the cheapest tyres in this comparison test and is by no means the worst. It impressed Auto Bild with its short braking distances in all weather conditions. Offering good handling, it lacks lateral grip when cornering.
The Goodyear UltraGrip 9 is a well-balanced tyre according to Auto Bild tests. The only drawback, dry braking distances are a little too long. But it has good steering precision on snow covered and wet roads. It also has a good resistance to aquaplaning.
The Hankook Winter i*cept RS2, despite its price and premium positioning, it delivers excellent performances and good handling in all driving conditions. Its high mileage finally gives it one of the best price / performance ratios despite a slightly high rolling resistance and a low resistance to aquaplaning, especially when cornering.
4 tyres considered exemplary
The Fulda Kristall Control HP2 is one of the winter specialists according to Auto Bild. Well balanced with short braking distances on all surfaces, it impressed the magazine with the absence of any real faults. With a high resistance to aquaplaning, quiet and good fuel efficiency, it also has one of the lowest rolling resistances.
The Kleber Krisalp HP 3 is quite cheap, especially given its qualities. It offers the best handling on snow and ice. Braking distances are short in all conditions, particularly on snow where it is the best.
The Continental Winter Contact TS 860 convinced as a good all-rounder for winter. With high steering precision and dynamic handling on snow and in the wet and good ride comfort, Auto Bild did not note any drawbacks for this tyre.
The Dunlop Winter Sport 5 completely won over Auto Bild testers. Stable handling in all driving conditions, it also has a good steering response. It is the most efficient tyre thanks to its low rolling resistance.
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