2013 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsNokian WR D3
Best tyre for wet roadsPirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Continental WinterContact TS 850
Best tyre for snowPirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
The lowest fuel useRockstone Ice plus s210
The most comfortableContinental WinterContact TS 850
Michelin Alpin A4
Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Toyo Snowprox S953
Hankook Winter i cept evo
The quietest tyreRockstone Ice plus s210
Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance
Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Nine different performance winter tyres on an F10 3 Series in 225/50 R17 have been put through their paces by Auto Bild magazine.

The surprise this year is Pirelli have finally produced a strong winter tyre, with the updated Sottozero 3 winning the test thanks to a strong snow and wet performance. The excellent Continental WinterContact TS850 has been relegated to an unusual second, with the new Goodyear Ultragrip Performance rounding out the top three.

As proven countless times, budget tyres just don't work in the wet, with the Rockstone S210 Ice+ being regarded as dangerous, despite a good snow performance. With wet braking from 100km/h over 20 metres longer than the best in test, this is one to avoid for the wet UK winters...


Pirelli Winter Sottozero 31st: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 41 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 9 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6
Positive: A top class winter tyre with excellent handling and short braking on snowy and wet roads. Comfortable steering feel, good safety margins when aquaplaning, low rolling resistance
Negative: Slightly longer dry braking distances

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Continental WinterContact TS 8502nd: Continental WinterContact TS 850
Total: 41 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 5
Positive: A strong winter tire with good road handling in all weather conditions. Stable cornering and short braking distance in snowy and dry conditions. Fuel Efficient rolling resistance, optimal comfort
Negative: Slightly louder than the best in the test

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Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance
Total: 40 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 9
Positive: A convincing all-rounder with good winter properties. Balanced handling with safe and good steering response on wet and dry roads. Very quiet
Negative: Only average snow handling

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Michelin Alpin A44th: Michelin Alpin A4
Total: 40 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7
Positive: Top handling qualities on snowy slopes. Good steering precision and short braking distances on dry roads and snowy slopes. Pleasant ride comfort, with a low rolling resistance
Negative: Average in the wet

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Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D5th: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Total: 42 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 9 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 9
Positive: Excellent traction and shortest braking distances on snow. Stable running with safe driving characteristics on wet roads, smooth ride
Negative: Slight oversteer on dry roads

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Nokian WR D36th: Nokian WR D3
Total: 38 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6
Positive: Dynamic sporty handling qualities with precise steering on dry roads, short dry braking distances. Balanced safe driving in the wet. Low rolling resistance
Negative: Reduced cornering and driving balance on snow

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Toyo Snowprox S9537th: Toyo Snowprox S953
Total: 34 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 5 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 5
Positive: Best safety margins when aquaplaning. Stable cornering and safe handling qualities on dry roads. Good comfort
Negative: Average winter properties. Delayed steering response and driving behavior on wet and snowy roads

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Hankook Winter i cept evo8th: Hankook Winter i cept evo
Total: 36 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 7
Positive: Short braking distances and stable handling on snowy roads. Good ride comfort, quiet pass-by noise
Negative: Delayed steering response and driving behavior in wet and dry conditions, slightly longer wet braking distances

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Rockstone Ice plus s2109th: Rockstone Ice plus s210
Total: 33 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 1 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 3 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 9
Positive: Stable running and short braking distances on snow, low rolling resistance
Negative: Very limited capability with low aquaplaning resistance, long braking distances on dry and wet roads and inharmonious understeering handling

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