2012 Auto Bild SUV and 4x4 Winter Tyre Test

While it's true that SUVs, 4x4s and four wheel drive vehicles can offer improved traction in the snow over their two wheel drive counterparts, they sadly don't offer any advantages under braking and steering, meaning if you want to keep mobile in all conditions, winter tyres can help.

This year Auto Bild tested seven different tyres in 235/55 R17, fitted to an Audi A6 All Road. Below are the results.

The Results

Continental WinterContact TS 830 P1st: Continental WinterContact TS 830 P
Total: 39 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 5
Positive: Very good on snow, very well balanced and strong in the wet and dry
Negative: Expensive, slightly increased noise
Overall: Exemplary

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Pirelli Scorpion Winter2nd: Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Total: 40 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6
Positive: Very good on snow, low rolling resistance, good in the wet and dry
Negative: Average comfort
Overall: Ideal

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Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D3rd: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Total: 37 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 9 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 6
Positive: Very good on snow, high resistance to aquaplaning, good lateral grip in the wet
Negative: Expensive, average rolling resistance, average in the wet
Overall: Good

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM804th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM80
Total: 42 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 7
Positive: Very quiet winter tyres, short braking distance on snow, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average aquaplaning, poor cornering on snow, average wet braking
Overall: Good

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Nokian WR A35th: Nokian WR A3
Total: 35 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6
Positive: Very good in the dry, short braking distance on dry roads, low price
Negative: Reduced lateral grip in snow, average wet braking
Overall: Good

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Cooper Discoverer MS Sport6th: Cooper Discoverer MS Sport
Total: 21 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 2 / Snow: 4 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 3
Positive: Reasonably good price, good in aquaplaning tests, acceptable stopping distance in dry conditions
Negative: Long wet braking distance, moderate snow and wet performance, high noise and rolling resistance
Overall: Poor

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Marangoni Meteo HP SUV7th: Marangoni Meteo HP SUV
Total: 25 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 2 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 3 / Noise: 6
Positive: Cheap, good on snow, quiet and comfortable enough for winter tires
Negative: Long braking distance on wet and dry, little grip in wet cornering, high rolling resistance
Overall: Not recommended

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