2012 Auto Bild 42 Winter Tyre Braking Test

By their very nature, cold weather, or winter tyres have more of a compromise built in than another other type of tyre on the market, due to the wide range of conditions they need to perform in.

Developing a tyre to perform well in snow conditions is actually relative easy for the tyre manufacturers. Lots of edges, a nice wide tread pattern and you have a reasonable snow performance. It's the balance between snow and wet performance which is extremely important to a lot of European countries, where the cold wet conditions far out weigh the snowy or icy driving conditions, and where a lot of cheaper winter tyres fail.

The Big Test

The average budget winter tyres sacrifices too much wet performance to be considered a sensible option for the UK climate.
To highlight this, Auto Bild have taken 42 sets of winter tyres, from premium to budget, and put them through a wet and snow braking "shoot out", to see which 15 tyres go through to their group tests.

Also included in the test is a summer and all season tyre to give a balance to the market overview.

As you'd expect the summer tyre stops the shortest in the wet from 80kph, taking just 39.2 meters to stop. The best winter tyre, the Semperit, is less than a meter behind in 40.1. While the gap between braking in the wet is extremely close, the results are somewhat different on snow. Where the Semperit takes 34 meters to stop from 50kph on snow, the summer tyre which enjoyed a 0.9 meters advantage in the wet, skids up in 69.5 meters - a huge 35.5 meters longer than the winter tyre!

This test also highlights the poor performance of budget winter tyres in the wet. Using the Semperit as our benchmark, the worst winter tyre took 56 meters in wet braking, stopping 15.9 meters, or 52 foot after the Semperit tyre had stopped the car.

The all season tyre, a Goodyear Vector 4Seasons kept honest to its name by winning neither test, but doing well in both disciplines, stopping the car in 46.4 meters in the wet and 38.4 meters in the snow, which would have the tyre placed around 20th in the overall results.

Auto Bild will be taking the top 15 tyres through to the shoot out due next month, conditionally recommend places 16 to 26, and do not recommend places 27 to 42, something we completely agree with.

The average budget winter tyres sacrifices too much wet performance to be considered a sensible option for the UK climate.

The Braking Results

Please note: Auto Bild considered places 27-42 so dangerous they did not test them in the snow. Our results show 1 meter for formatting reasons
Continental WinterContact TS 8501st: Continental WinterContact TS 850
Total: 72.2 / Wet: 41.2 / Snow: 31
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Semperit Speed Grip 22nd: Semperit Speed Grip 2
Total: 74.1 / Wet: 40.1 / Snow: 34
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM323rd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32
Total: 74.6 / Wet: 41.8 / Snow: 32.8
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Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 34th: Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3
Total: 76 / Wet: 42.3 / Snow: 33.7
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Falken Eurowinter HS4495th: Falken Eurowinter HS449
Total: 76.8 / Wet: 40.2 / Snow: 36.6
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Goodyear UltraGrip 86th: Goodyear UltraGrip 8
Total: 76.9 / Wet: 43.2 / Snow: 33.7
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Michelin Alpin A47th: Michelin Alpin A4
Total: 76.9 / Wet: 42.4 / Snow: 34.5
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Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D8th: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Total: 77 / Wet: 43.4 / Snow: 33.6
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Hankook Winter i cept RS9th: Hankook Winter i cept RS
Total: 77.2 / Wet: 44.7 / Snow: 32.5
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Uniroyal MS plus 6610th: Uniroyal MS plus 66
Total: 77.4 / Wet: 43 / Snow: 34.4
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Fulda Kristall Control HP11th: Fulda Kristall Control HP
Total: 77.8 / Wet: 45.3 / Snow: 32.5
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Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO12th: Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO
Total: 78.8 / Wet: 46.2 / Snow: 32.6
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Nokian WR D313th: Nokian WR D3
Total: 79.3 / Wet: 45 / Snow: 34.3
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Kleber Krisalp HP214th: Kleber Krisalp HP2
Total: 80 / Wet: 45.3 / Snow: 34.7
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Maxxis MA PW Presa Snow15th: Maxxis MA PW Presa Snow
Total: 80.1 / Wet: 47.8 / Snow: 32.3
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Yokohama W Drive16th: Yokohama W Drive
Total: 80.2 / Wet: 44.9 / Snow: 35.3
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Toyo Snowprox S95317th: Toyo Snowprox S953
Total: 80.7 / Wet: 46.5 / Snow: 34.2
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BFGoodrich gForce Winter18th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Total: 80.8 / Wet: 45.9 / Snow: 34.9
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BFGoodrich gForce Winter18th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Total: 80.8 / Wet: 45.9 / Snow: 34.9
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Marshal i Zen MW1519th: Marshal i Zen MW15
Total: 80.9 / Wet: 47.8 / Snow: 33.1
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Avon Ice Touring ST20th: Avon Ice Touring ST
Total: 81.4 / Wet: 41.7 / Snow: 39.7
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Vredestein Snowtrac 321st: Vredestein Snowtrac 3
Total: 81.6 / Wet: 47.1 / Snow: 34.5
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GT Radial Champiro Winterpro22nd: GT Radial Champiro Winterpro
Total: 84.9 / Wet: 47.4 / Snow: 37.5
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Marangoni Meteo HP23rd: Marangoni Meteo HP
Total: 85.2 / Wet: 47.8 / Snow: 37.4
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Goodride SW60124th: Goodride SW601
Total: 86.2 / Wet: 46.4 / Snow: 39.8
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Apollo Acelere Winter25th: Apollo Acelere Winter
Total: 87.4 / Wet: 47.6 / Snow: 39.8
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Westlake SW 60826th: Westlake SW 608
Total: 87.7 / Wet: 47.1 / Snow: 40.6
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Kumho IZen KW2327th: Kumho IZen KW23
Total: 49.5 / Wet: 48.5 / Snow: 1
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Roadstone EuroWin 54928th: Roadstone EuroWin 549
Total: 49.8 / Wet: 48.8 / Snow: 1
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Nankang SV229th: Nankang SV2
Total: 49.9 / Wet: 48.9 / Snow: 1
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Ceat Formula Winter30th: Ceat Formula Winter
Total: 50 / Wet: 49 / Snow: 1
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Kenda Polar Trax31st: Kenda Polar Trax
Total: 51.3 / Wet: 50.3 / Snow: 1
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Evergreen Winter EW6232nd: Evergreen Winter EW62
Total: 52.2 / Wet: 51.2 / Snow: 1
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Nexen WinGuard33rd: Nexen WinGuard
Total: 52.9 / Wet: 51.9 / Snow: 1
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Runway RWT I34th: Runway RWT I
Total: 53.1 / Wet: 52.1 / Snow: 1
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Kormoran Snowpro B235th: Kormoran Snowpro B2
Total: 53.6 / Wet: 52.6 / Snow: 1
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Infinity INF 04936th: Infinity INF 049
Total: 53.8 / Wet: 52.8 / Snow: 1
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Linglong Winter Hero Radial 65037th: Linglong Winter Hero Radial 650
Total: 55.8 / Wet: 54.8 / Snow: 1
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Riken Snowtime B238th: Riken Snowtime B2
Total: 55.8 / Wet: 54.8 / Snow: 1
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Rockstone Eco Snow39th: Rockstone Eco Snow
Total: 56.1 / Wet: 55.1 / Snow: 1
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Federal Himalaya WS1 Winter40th: Federal Himalaya WS1 Winter
Total: 56.2 / Wet: 55.2 / Snow: 1
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Sunny SN383041st: Sunny SN3830
Total: 56.4 / Wet: 55.4 / Snow: 1
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Wanli Snowgrip S108342nd: Wanli Snowgrip S1083
Total: 57 / Wet: 56 / Snow: 1
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