2015 Winter Tyre Market Overview

Auto Bild MagazineThe 2015 winter tyre test season is here, and as usual the German magazine Auto Bild have done an excellent job of giving us an overview of this years contenders.

Testing 51 tyres in 185/60R15, Auto Bild put each tyre through a wet braking test, then took the top 28 tyres through to the snow braking test. Once the snow braking results were in, the magazine combined the wet and snow distances to give an over all result, taking the top 15 tyres through to their full 2015 Winter Tyre Test.

The Results

While there's no huge surprises in the top ten, the Pirelli All Season in eleventh place has once against blured the line between winter and all season tyres. In theory, the all season tyre should be weaker in the snow, and stronger in the wet than any full winter tyre, however the Pirelli All Season was only tenth best in the wet, and beat a number of winter tyres in the snow test!

Nokian narrowly missed out on the top 15 for the for the first time ever, finishing seventeenth with the outgoing WR D3, and Bridgestone were the only premium brand not to get through to the final test but placed comparatively strongly in eigthenth. 

As usual, the budget winter tyres prove themselves to be a liability in the wet, with the worst tyre on test stopping a full 16.4 meters further than the best tyre on test from just 50mph, which is around four car lengths and actually larger than the total gap in 2012 and 2014 (14.8 meters.)

Similar patterns

One other point of interest from this test is that the tyres finishing in 45th, 48th, 49th, 50th and 51st all have identical tread patterns. Sadly they weren't tested for snow performance as the wet performance was so poor, but it goes to show that pattern isn't everything in the wet, as 45th to 51st had a 3.4 meter spread.

The full list

Dunlop Winter Response 21st: Dunlop Winter Response 2
Total: 65.1 / Wet: 36.8 / Snow: 28.3
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Goodyear UltraGrip 92nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Total: 65.5 / Wet: 36.9 / Snow: 28.6
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Continental WinterContact TS 8503rd: Continental WinterContact TS 850
Total: 67.2 / Wet: 39.5 / Snow: 27.7
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Michelin Alpin A44th: Michelin Alpin A4
Total: 67.6 / Wet: 39.7 / Snow: 27.9
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Semperit Speed Grip 25th: Semperit Speed Grip 2
Total: 68 / Wet: 39.6 / Snow: 28.4
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Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 36th: Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3
Total: 68.7 / Wet: 40.7 / Snow: 28
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Falken Eurowinter HS4497th: Falken Eurowinter HS449
Total: 68.8 / Wet: 40.6 / Snow: 28.2
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Apollo Alnac Winter8th: Apollo Alnac Winter
Total: 68.9 / Wet: 40.2 / Snow: 28.7
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Barum Polaris 39th: Barum Polaris 3
Total: 69.4 / Wet: 40.8 / Snow: 28.6
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Hankook Winter i cept RS210th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2
Total: 70.1 / Wet: 41.6 / Snow: 28.5
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Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason11th: Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason
Total: 70.3 / Wet: 41 / Snow: 29.3
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Uniroyal MS Plus 7712th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
Total: 70.3 / Wet: 41.7 / Snow: 28.6
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Fulda Kristall Montero 313th: Fulda Kristall Montero 3
Total: 70.5 / Wet: 42.8 / Snow: 27.7
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Gislaved EuroFrost 514th: Gislaved EuroFrost 5
Total: 70.7 / Wet: 41.7 / Snow: 29
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Viking Snow Tech II15th: Viking Snow Tech II
Total: 70.7 / Wet: 42.2 / Snow: 28.5
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Firestone Winterhawk 316th: Firestone Winterhawk 3
Total: 70.8 / Wet: 41.9 / Snow: 28.9
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Nokian WR D317th: Nokian WR D3
Total: 70.9 / Wet: 42.7 / Snow: 28.2
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM00118th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
Total: 71.5 / Wet: 43.4 / Snow: 28.1
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Kleber Krisalp HP219th: Kleber Krisalp HP2
Total: 71.6 / Wet: 42.9 / Snow: 28.7
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BFGoodrich gForce Winter20th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Total: 71.7 / Wet: 42.9 / Snow: 28.8
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Sava Eskimo S3 Plus21st: Sava Eskimo S3+
Total: 71.7 / Wet: 43 / Snow: 28.7
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Torque TQ02222nd: Torque TQ022
Total: 71.8 / Wet: 42.9 / Snow: 28.9
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Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow23rd: Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow
Total: 72 / Wet: 43.1 / Snow: 28.9
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Yokohama W drive V90524th: Yokohama W drive V905
Total: 72 / Wet: 42.6 / Snow: 29.4
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Sportiva Snow Winter25th: Sportiva Snow Winter
Total: 72.1 / Wet: 43 / Snow: 29.1
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Kumho Winter Craft WP5126th: Kumho Winter Craft WP51
Total: 72.7 / Wet: 42.5 / Snow: 30.2
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Ovation W 58627th: Ovation W 586
Total: 72.8 / Wet: 43.9 / Snow: 28.9
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Goodyear Vector 4Seasons28th: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons
Total: 74.3 / Wet: 44.3 / Snow: 30
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Hifly Win Turi29th: Hifly Win Turi
Total: 44.5 / Wet: 44.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Vredestein Snowtrac 530th: Vredestein Snowtrac 5
Total: 44.9 / Wet: 44.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Nexen Winguard Sport31st: Nexen Winguard Sport
Total: 45.7 / Wet: 45.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Toyo Snowprox S94332nd: Toyo Snowprox S943
Total: 45.8 / Wet: 45.7 / Snow: 0.1
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Nordexx Nivius Snow33rd: Nordexx Nivius Snow
Total: 46.6 / Wet: 46.5 / Snow: 0.1
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Cooper WM SA234th: Cooper WM SA2
Total: 46.7 / Wet: 46.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Achilles Winter 10135th: Achilles Winter 101
Total: 47.1 / Wet: 47 / Snow: 0.1
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Tigar Winter 136th: Tigar Winter 1
Total: 47.3 / Wet: 47.2 / Snow: 0.1
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Marshal i Zen MW1537th: Marshal i Zen MW15
Total: 47.5 / Wet: 47.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Taurus Winter 60138th: Taurus Winter 601
Total: 47.7 / Wet: 47.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Avon Ice Touring39th: Avon Ice Touring
Total: 48 / Wet: 47.9 / Snow: 0.1
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Sailun Ice Blazer WSL 240th: Sailun Ice Blazer WSL 2
Total: 48.5 / Wet: 48.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Linglong Winter Hero Radial 65041st: Linglong Winter Hero Radial 650
Total: 48.6 / Wet: 48.5 / Snow: 0.1
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Kormoran Snowpro B242nd: Kormoran Snowpro B2
Total: 48.7 / Wet: 48.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Zeetex ICE 100043rd: Zeetex ICE 1000
Total: 48.9 / Wet: 48.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Aeolus SNOWACE AW0244th: Aeolus SNOWACE AW02
Total: 49.3 / Wet: 49.2 / Snow: 0.1
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Rotalla S110 Ice Plus45th: Rotalla S110 Ice+
Total: 49.9 / Wet: 49.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Nankang SV246th: Nankang SV2
Total: 50.2 / Wet: 50.1 / Snow: 0.1
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Maxxis MA PW Presa Snow47th: Maxxis MA PW Presa Snow
Total: 50.6 / Wet: 50.5 / Snow: 0.1
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Imperial Snowdragon 248th: Imperial Snowdragon 2
Total: 50.7 / Wet: 50.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Tracmax IcePlus S11049th: Tracmax IcePlus S110
Total: 51.4 / Wet: 51.3 / Snow: 0.1
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Tristar Ice Plus S110 SnowPower50th: Tristar Ice+ S110 SnowPower
Total: 51.7 / Wet: 51.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Minerva Ice Plus S 11051st: Minerva Ice+ S 110
Total: 53.3 / Wet: 53.2 / Snow: 0.1
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