2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview

It's the test we look forward to all year, the Auto Bild winter tyre shootout.

2014 sees Auto Bild testing fifty different winter tyres in 225/50 R17. As usual, they test all fifty tyres in wet braking from 50 mph, then take the top twenty through to a snow braking test from 31mph. The top fifteen from this test then go on to the full winter tyre test, where Auto Bild crown the best winter tyre of 2014.

As usual, there's a huge disparity between the best and the worst winter tyres in the wet braking test, with the winning Pirelli stopping in 35.7 meters and the worst budgets at 52.7 meters, a huge 17 meters, or nearly two double decker busses further. For a predominately wet winter climate like the UK, the wet braking tests are really worth concentrating on.

For comparison purposes, Auto Bild also included an undentified summer tyre in the wet and snow braking tests. The summer tyre matched the bset winter tyre on test, stopping in just 36 metres in the wet, but took a huge 58.2 metres in the snow, 30.3 metres longer than the best winter tyre from 31 mph.

The Braking Results

Please note: Places 20-50 were not tested in snow braking, our results show 0.1 metres for formatting reasons. Position 45 was PneuVranik Everest HPL in 45.1 metres, and Position 50 was Sonny WOT 18 in 52.7 metres. Neither tyre feature in our database as there is no brand information online.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 31st: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 63.6 / Wet: 35.7 / Snow: 27.9
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Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance
Total: 63.8 / Wet: 36.4 / Snow: 27.4
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Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D3rd: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Total: 64.1 / Wet: 36.5 / Snow: 27.6
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Continental WinterContact TS 8504th: Continental WinterContact TS 850
Total: 64.3 / Wet: 36.1 / Snow: 28.2
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S5th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S
Total: 65 / Wet: 36.9 / Snow: 28.1
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Michelin Alpin A46th: Michelin Alpin A4
Total: 65.2 / Wet: 36.8 / Snow: 28.4
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Nokian WR D37th: Nokian WR D3
Total: 65.9 / Wet: 37.5 / Snow: 28.4
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Cooper WM SA28th: Cooper WM SA2
Total: 66.5 / Wet: 37.9 / Snow: 28.6
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Semperit Speed Grip 29th: Semperit Speed Grip 2
Total: 66.7 / Wet: 38 / Snow: 28.7
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Hankook Winter i cept RS10th: Hankook Winter i cept RS
Total: 66.9 / Wet: 38.5 / Snow: 28.4
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Kumho IZen KW2711th: Kumho IZen KW27
Total: 66.9 / Wet: 38.3 / Snow: 28.6
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Uniroyal MS Plus 7712th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
Total: 67 / Wet: 39.9 / Snow: 27.1
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Fulda Kristall Control HP13th: Fulda Kristall Control HP
Total: 67.3 / Wet: 40 / Snow: 27.3
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Goodride SW60814th: Goodride SW608
Total: 67.3 / Wet: 37.6 / Snow: 29.7
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Westlake SW 60815th: Westlake SW 608
Total: 67.5 / Wet: 37.9 / Snow: 29.6
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Barum Polaris 316th: Barum Polaris 3
Total: 67.8 / Wet: 39.7 / Snow: 28.1
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Falken Eurowinter HS44917th: Falken Eurowinter HS449
Total: 68 / Wet: 37.8 / Snow: 30.2
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Roadstone Win guard Sport18th: Roadstone Win guard Sport
Total: 68.2 / Wet: 37.8 / Snow: 30.4
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Apollo Alnac Winter19th: Apollo Alnac Winter
Total: 69.6 / Wet: 40.1 / Snow: 29.5
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Nexen Winguard Sport20th: Nexen Winguard Sport
Total: 69.6 / Wet: 39.1 / Snow: 30.5
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BFGoodrich gForce Winter21st: BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Total: 40.6 / Wet: 40.5 / Snow: 0.1
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Nankang SV222nd: Nankang SV2
Total: 40.7 / Wet: 40.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Sava eskimo hp23rd: Sava eskimo hp
Total: 40.7 / Wet: 40.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Accelera X Grip24th: Accelera X Grip
Total: 40.8 / Wet: 40.7 / Snow: 0.1
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Toyo Snowprox S95325th: Toyo Snowprox S953
Total: 40.8 / Wet: 40.7 / Snow: 0.1
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GT Radial CHAMPIRO WT AX26th: GT Radial CHAMPIRO WT AX
Total: 40.9 / Wet: 40.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Ovation W 58627th: Ovation W 586
Total: 40.9 / Wet: 40.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO28th: Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO
Total: 41.1 / Wet: 41 / Snow: 0.1
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Star Performer Winter AS29th: Star Performer Winter AS
Total: 41.1 / Wet: 41 / Snow: 0.1
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Kleber Krisalp HP230th: Kleber Krisalp HP2
Total: 41.6 / Wet: 41.5 / Snow: 0.1
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Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme31st: Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme
Total: 41.6 / Wet: 41.5 / Snow: 0.1
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Sonar PF232nd: Sonar PF2
Total: 41.7 / Wet: 41.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow33rd: Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow
Total: 41.9 / Wet: 41.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Yokohama W Drive V902B34th: Yokohama W Drive V902B
Total: 41.9 / Wet: 41.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Sunny SN383035th: Sunny SN3830
Total: 42 / Wet: 41.9 / Snow: 0.1
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Ceat Formula Winter36th: Ceat Formula Winter
Total: 42.7 / Wet: 42.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Evergreen Winter EW6637th: Evergreen Winter EW66
Total: 42.7 / Wet: 42.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Hifly Win Turi38th: Hifly Win Turi
Total: 42.8 / Wet: 42.7 / Snow: 0.1
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Fortuna Fortuna Winter39th: Fortuna Fortuna Winter
Total: 43.5 / Wet: 43.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Maxxis Presa Snow Wintermaxx40th: Maxxis Presa Snow Wintermaxx
Total: 44.2 / Wet: 44.1 / Snow: 0.1
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Marangoni Meteo HP41st: Marangoni Meteo HP
Total: 44.5 / Wet: 44.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Wanli Snowgrip S108342nd: Wanli Snowgrip S1083
Total: 44.5 / Wet: 44.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Minerva IcePlus S21043rd: Minerva IcePlus S210
Total: 44.8 / Wet: 44.7 / Snow: 0.1
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Syron Everest 144th: Syron Everest 1
Total: 45.1 / Wet: 45 / Snow: 0.1
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Rockstone Eco Snow46th: Rockstone Eco Snow
Total: 46.1 / Wet: 46 / Snow: 0.1
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Imperial Snowdragon 347th: Imperial Snowdragon 3
Total: 48.3 / Wet: 48.2 / Snow: 0.1
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Maxtrek TREK M748th: Maxtrek TREK M7
Total: 48.3 / Wet: 48.2 / Snow: 0.1
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Hercules Winter HSI L49th: Hercules Winter HSI L
Total: 50.6 / Wet: 50.5 / Snow: 0.1
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