2016 AutoBild Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Vredestein Snowtrac 5
Mabor Winter Jet 2
Fulda Kristall Control HP
Hankook Winter i cept RS2
Semperit Speed Grip 2
Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Michelin Alpin 5
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Best tyre for snowMichelin Alpin 5
Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Uniroyal MS Plus 77
The lowest fuel useContinental WinterContact TS 860
Dunlop Winter Sport 5
The most comfortableGeneral Altimax Winter Plus
The lowest wearContinental WinterContact TS 860
The quietest tyreContinental WinterContact TS 860
Michelin Alpin 5
BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Falken Eurowinter HS449
Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Hankook Winter i cept RS2
The best value tyreKleber Krisalp HP2
General Altimax Winter Plus
Mabor Winter Jet 2
Falken Eurowinter HS449
Barum Polaris 3
Each year, the German automotive publication Autobild trump all the other European magazines by putting out a huge winter tyre test, and this year is no different.

Starting out with fifty tyre patterns, Autobild tested all the tyres wet braking performance. Once the wet braking order was set, Autobild took the twenty seven patterns which stopped the car within 20% of the best through to snow braking, then the top twenty wet and snow braking results combined to this, the full tyre test.

The top twenty tyres 205/55 R16 tyres were tested over a number of days using a VW Golf, and went through the usual dry, wet, snow, comfort, noise and fuel economy tests. Autobild also tested wear, which means this winter tyre test is one of the few yearly tests to give you the complete picture of a winter tyres performance.

The Top Three

If you followed the dominance of the TS850, it will come as no surprise that the new Continental WinterContact TS860 aces the test. It's amongst the best, or the best in the dry, wet and snow testing, has a low rolling resistance and a good level of comfort. The real surprise of the test was wear, with the TS860 proving to be the best wearing tyre on test, something Continental have historically struggled with. As a premium winter tyre, there's no beating the TS860.

The run of good performances for the updated Michelin Alpin A5 continues, with the French manufacturer taking second place overall. The A5 is the strongest tyre on snow and ice, has an excellent wet handling and braking performance, and is strong in the dry. The only the initial purchase price drew criticism, Michelins are often the most expensive tyres on the market.

Rounding out the top three is the Goodyear UltraGrip 9. It matched the Michelin in the dry and wet, only losing out in a little snow performance when compared to the best on test.  

The Full Results

The full results, with comments are below. Autobild weight the overall scores as follow.

Dry - 14%. Wet - 30%, Snow - 30%, Comfort - 3%, Rolling Resistance - 4%, Noise - 3%, Wear - 10%, Price - 6%

Continental WinterContact TS 8601st: Continental WinterContact TS 860
Total: 59 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 10 / Cost: 6
Positive: A class leading winter tyre with no real negative points. Dynamic handling in all weather, precise steering with good feedback and best economy
Negative: None mentioned

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Michelin Alpin 52nd: Michelin Alpin 5
Total: 51 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 4
Positive: Winter specialist with the best snow results. Stable wet and dry handling with short wet braking distances. Low noise
Negative: Quite expensive

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Goodyear UltraGrip 93rd: Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Total: 47 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 4
Positive: Excellent performance on snow and in the wet, excellent aquaplaning resistance, low noise
Negative: Quite expensive

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Dunlop Winter Sport 54th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Total: 53 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 5
Positive: Top performance on snow and in the wet, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average performance in the dry

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Pirelli Cinturato Winter5th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Total: 52 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 7 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 8 / Cost: 5
Positive: Dynamic handling in the snow and wet roads, low wear
Negative: Average performance in the dry

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Semperit Speed Grip 26th: Semperit Speed Grip 2
Total: 50 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 6
Positive: Good wet handling and short wet braking distances
Negative: Weak handling on snow

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Nokian WR D47th: Nokian WR D4
Total: 42 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 3 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 4
Positive: Excellent snow performance, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average performance in the dry, high wear

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Hankook Winter i cept RS28th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2
Total: 48 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Excellent aquaplaning resistance, good dry handling, well priced
Negative: Average wet grip, long wet braking

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM0019th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
Total: 50 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 9 / Cost: 7
Positive: Excellent in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, very good fuel economy
Negative: Poor dry handling, long dry braking distances

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Barum Polaris 310th: Barum Polaris 3
Total: 50 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 9
Positive: Strong in the snow, stable wet handling, good value for money
Negative: Low dry grip

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Kleber Krisalp HP211th: Kleber Krisalp HP2
Total: 52 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 8 / Cost: 9
Positive: Excellent snow performance, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average wet grip, low aquaplaning resistance

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Uniroyal MS Plus 7712th: Uniroyal MS Plus 77
Total: 47 / Dry: 3 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7 / Cost: 7
Positive: Strong winter performance, good comfort, good value
Negative: Average grip in wet and dry

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General Altimax Winter Plus13th: General Altimax Winter Plus
Total: 50 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 9
Positive: Good winter performance, good comfort, low price
Negative: Average wet grip, long dry braking

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Mabor Winter Jet 214th: Mabor Winter Jet 2
Total: 47 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 3 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7 / Cost: 9
Positive: Good snow handling, good in the dry, good value for money
Negative: Average wet grip, high rolling resistance

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Sava eskimo hp15th: Sava eskimo hp
Total: 47 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 3 / Snow: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 6 / Cost: 7
Positive: Good traction and short braking distances on snow. Cheap to buy
Negative: Long wet braking

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Cooper WM SA2 Plus16th: Cooper WM SA2 Plus
Total: 38 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 2 / Cost: 4
Positive: Ok performance on snow and on wet roads
Negative: Long dry braking, poor wear

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Falken Eurowinter HS44917th: Falken Eurowinter HS449
Total: 44 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 5 / Snow: 5 / Comfort: 4 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 5 / Cost: 9
Positive: Good value, ok in the snow
Negative: Low aquaplaning resistance, poor dry performance

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Vredestein Snowtrac 518th: Vredestein Snowtrac 5
Total: 40 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 5 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 5 / Wear: 4 / Cost: 5
Positive: Good dry handling
Negative: Average snow, poor aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking

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BFGoodrich gForce Winter19th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Total: 50 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 3 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 7 / Wear: 8 / Cost: 7
Positive: Very good fuel economy
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, poor wet handling, long wet and dry braking

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Fulda Kristall Control HP20th: Fulda Kristall Control HP
Total: 45 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 3 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 5 / Cost: 5
Positive: Safe snow performance
Negative: Poor wet grip

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