2016 Sport Auto Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
Best tyre for snowPirelli Winter Sottozero 3
The best tyre overallContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
The lowest fuel useGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
This year Sport Auto magazine have tested six performance winter tyres in 235/40 R18.

Due to the limited number of patterns in the test, and no all season or summer comparison, we'll forgo the usual commentry and just present the results below.

Results

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P1st: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
Total: 44.9 / Dry: 9.2 / Wet: 9.6 / Snow: 8.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.7 / Overall: 9
Positive: Outstanding wet grip, very direct steering when dry, good braking in all conditions.
Negative: Slight weakness in aquaplaning and comfort.

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Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 12nd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Total: 44.5 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 8.6 / Snow: 8.9 / Rolling Resistance: 9.4 / Overall: 8.8
Positive: Excellent snow and dry braking, very low rolling resistance, good steering feel and best aquaplaning results.
Negative: Slightly noisy.

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Dunlop Winter Sport 53rd: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Total: 41.9 / Dry: 8.7 / Wet: 9.2 / Snow: 8.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Overall: 8.6
Positive: Shortest snow braking distances, with sporty snow handling. Good balance in the wet.
Negative: High rolling resistance, noisy

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 34th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 42.7 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 7.9 / Snow: 9.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.7 / Overall: 8.5
Positive: Best tyre overall in snow with good braking in wet and dry.
Negative: Average handling in wet and dry, low aquaplaning resistance.

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GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP5th: GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP
Total: 36.4 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7.3 / Snow: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 6.5 / Overall: 7.4
Positive: Good snow traction and braking, quiet.
Negative: Poor snow handling, weaker than the best in the wet.

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Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S6th: Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S
Total: 35.3 / Dry: 8.1 / Wet: 5.3 / Snow: 6.4 / Rolling Resistance: 8.7 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Good snow braking, sporty in the dry.
Negative: Very weak in the wet, especially wet braking.

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