2016 AutoBild 4x4 Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsGoodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
Best tyre for wet roadsGoodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Best tyre for snowContinental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Michelin Latitude Alpin 2
The lowest fuel useGoodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Nokian WR SUV 3
The most comfortableGoodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
The quietest tyreMichelin Latitude Alpin 2
While the four wheel drive systems and extra weight of large SUVs can give you a traction advantage in snow and ice over "normal" cars, you have roughly the same braking and turning ability as any other car on the road, which makes winter tyres a sensible option for anyone with an SUV requiring safe, year round motoring.

This year, Auto Bild have tested eight winter tyre patterns in 255/55 R18 using a BMW X5 in Northern Finland, across the usual array of dry, wet and snow tests, all while looking at the tyres comfort, rolling resistance and noise levels.

Results

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 11st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Total: 43 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 9 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6
Positive: Good in the snow, excellent wet traction, short braking distances in the wet and dry, good comfort, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Expensive, average snow braking

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Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV2nd: Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
Total: 41 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6
Positive: Very good on snow, excellent wet grip, good dry handling, good comfort
Negative: High Price, longer dry braking when compared to the best

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Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV3rd: Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Total: 40 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6
Positive: Very good on snow, excellent wet grip with short wet braking, low rolling resistance
Negative: Expensive, average aquaplaning scores

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Pirelli Scorpion Winter4th: Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Total: 40 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7
Positive: Good in the snow, good comfort, low rolling resistance, low noise
Negative: Poor aquaplaning results

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Michelin Latitude Alpin 25th: Michelin Latitude Alpin 2
Total: 36 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 8
Positive: Very good in the snow, quiet, good aquaplaning result
Negative: High rolling resistance, average wet grip, long stopping distances, expensive

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Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV6th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
Total: 33 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 6
Positive: Good on snow, very good aquaplaning resistance results, low price
Negative: High rolling resistance, high levels of noise, poor ride quality

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Nokian WR SUV 37th: Nokian WR SUV 3
Total: 36 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 4 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6
Positive: Low rolling resistance, good levels of comfort, short braking distances on dry roads, good aquaplaning results
Negative: Average grip in snow, average cornering grip in the wet and dry

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Gripmax Stature MS8th: Gripmax Stature MS
Total: 26 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 1 / Snow: 5 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 5
Positive: Very low price, excellent snow traction
Negative: Average cornering in the dry, very low wet grip, extremely long wet braking distances, low aquaplaning resistance, high noise

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