2010 Auto Bild Winter 4x4 Tyre Test

As proven in this video, owning a 4x4 off vehicle is no substitute for being on the correct tyre during the winter months.

Auto Bild have recently tested 8 tyres in 215/65 r16 on a Volvo XC70 for dry, wet and snow performance. As always the results were close amongst the premium brands, with Dunlop just beating Continental to the top spot.

Full Results

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D1st: Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Total: 25 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 10
Positive: Fantastic grip and short braking distances on snow, predictable handling, very balanced winter tyres with no real weaknesses.
Negative: Average rolling resistance.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Continental ContiCrossContact Winter2nd: Continental ContiCrossContact Winter
Total: 23 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 10
Positive: Balanced winter tires, short braking distances on snow, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slightly extended stopping distance on dry pavement, not exactly cheap.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero3rd: Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero
Total: 22 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 9
Positive: Short braking distances on snow, very quiet, well-balanced winter tire, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Somewhat reduced performance in curved aquaplaning.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Michelin Latitude Alpin HP4th: Michelin Latitude Alpin HP
Total: 19 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 7
Positive: Good snow grip, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Reduced adhesion on wet roads, light steering response, not exactly cheap.
Overall: Recommended.

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Toyo Open Country WT5th: Toyo Open Country WT
Total: 19 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 8
Positive: Cheap, good on snow, short dry braking distance.
Negative: Slightly reduced grip on wet roads, moderate comfort, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Recommended.

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Nokian W RG2 SUV6th: Nokian W RG2 SUV
Total: 18 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 3
Positive: Great on wet and dry roads, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Poor grip on snow, moderate comfort, not cheap.
Overall: Recommended.

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 4X47th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 4X4
Total: 18 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 6
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Kumho Izen RV KC158th: Kumho Izen RV KC15
Total: 15 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 3 / Snow: 7
Positive: very cheap winter tires, good on snow, very low rolling resistance.
Negative: Very poor wet grip, spongy ride in dry conditions, poor aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: Not recommended.

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