WHAT ARE THE BEST WINTER TYRES ACCORDING TO AUTOBILD?
The German car magazine Autobild has published its first major comparison test of winter tyres for 2019. It concerns 53 winter tyres tested in one of the most popular sizes, i.e. 225/45 R17, for compact and medium-sized cars. Whether a saloon or a MPV, each vehicle can find the right tyre for its needs.
Autobild chose the size 225/45 R17 to test 53 winter tyres for compact and medium-sized cars, style saloon or MPV. This is why the BMW 1-Series was used as the test car for this major comparison test. Of the 53 tyres tested, almost half were eliminated after the first braking test. The Falken Eurowinter HS01, the Firestone Winterhawk 3 and the Toyo Snowprox S954 were amongst those eliminated. The 20 remaining winter tyres were able to complete the tests.
TheKumho WinterCraft WP 71 (20th) and Debica Frigo HP2 (19th) winter tyres delivered much longer braking distances on snow or in wet conditions than their competitors, which results in the last places in the final ranking. Autobild recommends them with reservations. However the Debica tyre is identified as a reference for winter tyres thanks to its excellent handling performance in snow.
StrengthsBest driving performances in all weather conditionsDirect steering responseCornering stabilityLow rolling resistanceLong wear life
2/ Goodyear Ultragrip Performance +
StrengthsExcellent handling properties in wet and snowy conditionsPrecise steering response on wet surfaces and on snowShort braking distances on wet roads
3/ Michelin Alpin 6
StrengthsSpecial “Eco-Meister 2019” mention Exceptional performance in snow and rainGood aquaplaning resistancePrecise steering responseShort braking distances in wet conditions.Good ride comfortBest wear and rolling resistance ratio
4/ Apollo Aspire XP Winter
StrengthsSpecial “Eco-Meister 2019”* mentionBalanced performanceStable handling on wet or dry roads.Short braking distances on snow.Good aquaplaning resistanceGood performance / price ratio
5/ Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
StrengthsGood handling in wet and dry conditionsPrecise steering response on wet and dry roadsWeaknessesAverage handling when cornering on snow
6/ Vredestein Wintrac Pro
StrengthsConvincing handling on wet and dry roadsGood steering response in wet conditionsSafe performance in winter conditionsWeaknessesAverage handling when cornering on snow
7/ BF Goodrich g-Force Winter 2
StrengthsGood performance / price ratioExcellent performance in winter and wet conditionsGood aquaplaning resistanceLow rolling noiseGood mileageWeaknessesAverage dry grip
8/ Semperit Speed-Grip 3
StrengthsConvincing performances in winter conditionsStable handling in the wetLow rolling noiseLow rolling resistanceWeaknessesAverage aquaplaning safetyLong braking distances on dry roads
9/ Hankook Winter i*cept RS2
StrengthsBest performance on snowGood handling in dry conditionsSatisfactory wearAttractive priceWeaknessesLacks precision when cornering and in wet conditions
10/ Uniroyal MS Plus 77
StrengthsStability in all weather conditionsGood handling when corneringLow rolling resistanceAttractive priceWeaknessesSlightly longer braking distances in dry conditions
11/ Nexen Winguard Sport 2
StrengthsWell balanced performanceStable handling in all weather conditionsShort braking distances on snow.Low rolling noiseAttractive priceWeaknessesLong braking distances on dry roadsHigh rolling resistance
12/ Fulda Kristall Control HP2
StrengthsBalanced performancesGood ride comfortGood aquaplaning resistanceLow rolling resistanceWeaknessesAverage handling when cornering on wet roads or on snow
13/ Nokian WR Snowproof
StrengthsCharacteristics close to a Nordic tyreSporty dynamic handlingGood ride comfort and low noiseLow rolling resistanceWeaknessesAverage grip on wet surfacesAverage aquaplaning safety
14/ Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905
StrengthsHigh snow tractionGood handling in dry conditionsLow rolling resistanceWeaknessesPoor handling in the wetLow aquaplaning resistance
15/ Kleber Krisalp HP 3
StrengthsVery good performances on snowGood steering responseShort braking distancesHigh aquaplaning safetyWeaknessesTends to understeerLonger braking distancesAverage wear
16/ Dunlop Winter Sport 5
StrengthsGood snow tractionShort braking distances on snowSafe in aquaplaning situationsWeaknessesPoor handling in dry conditionsLong braking distances on dry roads
17/ Sava Eskimo HP2
StrengthsGood steering responseShort braking distances on snow.Low rolling resistanceAttractive priceWeaknesses Limited wear
18/ Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Stability when corneringShort braking distances on wet roadsLow rolling resistanceWeaknessesAverage ride comfortLimited wear
19/ Debica Frigo HP2
StrengthsVery good performance on snowGood ride comfortWeaknessesLow lateral stabilityTends to understeer in dry conditions, and limited in wet conditionsHigh rolling noise
20/ Kumho WinterCraft WP51
StrengthsShort braking distancesGood handling in wet conditionsLow rolling noiseWeaknessesAverage grip on slopesAverage wear
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