This year the 2010 winter tyre reviews season was opened by Auto Zeitung who put 14 different 195/65 r15 winter tyres on a Ford Focus to the test.
The good news for UK drivers is that this years report included a slush test which rates how the tyres cope with the road surface when the packed snow is melting and it's a mix of snow and standing water.
Instead of going over the key findings from the test, below are the full results with the reviewers comments on each of the tyres performance.
|1st: Continental WinterContact TS830|
Total: 387 / Dry: 123 / Wet: 135 / Snow: 129
Overall: The ContiWinterContact TS830 wins another test thanks to an excellent all round performance. The TS830 offers excellent control in both the snow and the wet and has one of the best dry braking scores.
|2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 7+|
Total: 381 / Dry: 130 / Wet: 131 / Snow: 120
Overall: The Goodyear UltraGrip 7+ provides excellent traction on snow. It has a strong wet performance and is extremely comfortable in the dry
|3rd: Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D|
Total: 376 / Dry: 115 / Wet: 138 / Snow: 123
Overall: The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D provides excellent all round snow control, a high level of aquaplaning resistance and shortest braking distances in the wet and dry. The WinterSport 3D only loses a few points for high rolling resistance.
|4th: Nokian WRG2|
Total: 354 / Dry: 134 / Wet: 110 / Snow: 110
Overall: The Nokian WRG2 provides good snow handling but is slightly let down by its snow braking result. Unrivaled dry grip and excellent wet performance gives this WRG2 a good overall score.
|5th: Pirelli SNOWCONTROL Serie II|
Total: 350 / Dry: 123 / Wet: 108 / Snow: 119
Overall: The Pirelli Snow Control Series II provides excellent control in the snow and wet. Comfortable on dry roads.
|6th: Vredestein Snowtrac 3|
Total: 350 / Dry: 113 / Wet: 107 / Snow: 130
Overall: The Vredestein Snowtrac 3 wins the snow test. Good wet and dry handling means the Vredestein draws with the Pirelli on score.
|7th: Michelin Alpin A4|
Total: 348 / Dry: 124 / Wet: 114 / Snow: 110
Overall: The new Michelin Aplin A4 offers a more dry bias setup, not excelling in the snow or wet test tests but scoring well in the dry. One of the lowest rolling resistances tyres on test
|8th: Fulda Kristall Montero 3|
Total: 337 / Dry: 118 / Wet: 101 / Snow: 118
Overall: While offering strong braking in the snow, the Fulda Kristall Montero 3 provides average snow handling. A good dry performance is let down by a poor wet result.
|9th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32|
Total: 327 / Dry: 110 / Wet: 109 / Snow: 108
Overall: The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 has an average performance across the tests let down by a lot of road noise in the dry and poor cornering in the wet.
|10th: Kumho IZen KW23|
Total: 313 / Dry: 99 / Wet: 101 / Snow: 113
Overall: The Kumho I'Zen CW23 scores well in the snow test but is let down by its comparatively weak wet and dry braking
|11th: Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO|
Total: 296 / Dry: 103 / Wet: 99 / Snow: 94
Overall: Poor braking in the snow, wet and dry means the Firestone Winterhawk 2 Evo only finishes in 11th place
|12th: Toyo SNOWPROX S 942|
Total: 291 / Dry: 105 / Wet: 85 / Snow: 101
Overall: Poor aquaplaning performance and nervous cornering in the snow and wet leave the Toyo Snowprox S942 in 12th
|13th: Nexen Eurowin 650|
Total: 280 / Dry: 94 / Wet: 73 / Snow: 113
Overall: The Nexon Eurowin 650 performs well in the snow, but can't match the other tyres wet and dry grip.
* The Lassa Snoways Era finished the test in last place with 259 points (89 snow, 68 wet, 102 dry)