2015 AMS UHP Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsPirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Best tyre for wet roadsGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Best tyre for snowGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
The best tyre overallGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
The most comfortableGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Testing 10 premium UHP winter tyres in 225/50 R17, including three patterns released in 2015, Auto Motor und Sport put the tyres through the usual range of dry, wet, snow and environmental tests across Finland and Germany.

The test was won by the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1. Launched at the start of 2015, the UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 continues Goodyears excellent results in winter tyre tests, and proves its quality by being the most balanced tyre on test. Scoring highly in the snow, wet and dry testing, the tyre had good steering precision, a quiet ride and a low rolling resistance. The only negative of the tyre was a slight oversteer balance in the snow, causing the Mercedes C Class to be a little unstable at the limit.

Second place was taken by the Pirelli Sottozero Series 3 and third by the new Dunlop Winter Sport 5. The Pirelli enjoyed a good all round balance, and very direct steering leading to excellent stability, plus strong braking results in the dry and wet. The Dunlop had excellent aquaplaning results, making it particularly suited to the UK's winters, and strong braking in the dry and wet.

Strangely Continental found itself in fourth place overall with the WinterContact TS850. While the successor to the TS850 has now been announced, the TS850 still provided excellent aquaplaning resistance and a good all round balance of qualities, it was just bested by the top three newer patterns under braking tests.

The new Nokian WR D4 proved to be extremely strong on snow, but failed a little in the dry to end in fourth, while the cheapest tyre on test, the GT Radial, had an excellent result in fifth with the Champiro Winterpro HP having a good overall balance.  Yokohama rounded out the top six, proving to be strong where the Nokian was weak in the dry, but weaker in the snow.

Results

Please note, the "comfort" score in this test includes noise, comfort and fuel efficiency.

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 11st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Total: 45.8 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 9.4 / Snow: 9.3 / Comfort: 9.1 / Overall: 9.2
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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 32nd: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 45.4 / Dry: 9.2 / Wet: 8.7 / Snow: 9.3 / Comfort: 9.1 / Overall: 9.1
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Dunlop Winter Sport 53rd: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Total: 44.8 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 9.2 / Snow: 9.2 / Comfort: 8.4 / Overall: 9
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Continental WinterContact TS 8504th: Continental WinterContact TS 850
Total: 43.7 / Dry: 8.6 / Wet: 9.1 / Snow: 8.6 / Comfort: 8.7 / Overall: 8.7
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Nokian WR D45th: Nokian WR D4
Total: 41.2 / Dry: 7.9 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 8.7 / Comfort: 8.4 / Overall: 8.2
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GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP6th: GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP
Total: 38.8 / Dry: 7.8 / Wet: 7.2 / Snow: 8.2 / Comfort: 7.9 / Overall: 7.7
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Yokohama W drive V9057th: Yokohama W drive V905
Total: 37.8 / Dry: 8.5 / Wet: 6.7 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 7 / Overall: 7.6
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S8th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S
Total: 37 / Dry: 7.7 / Wet: 6.6 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 7.3 / Overall: 7.4
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Falken Eurowinter HS4499th: Falken Eurowinter HS449
Total: 34.4 / Dry: 7.9 / Wet: 7.8 / Snow: 5.8 / Comfort: 5.9 / Overall: 7
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Cooper WM SA210th: Cooper WM SA2
Total: 34.3 / Dry: 7.3 / Wet: 7.6 / Snow: 6.5 / Comfort: 5.9 / Overall: 7
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