2016 Winter Tyre Market Overview

Update: The final twenty tyre shootout can be read here.

Most magazines look to test around ten different tyre patterns each test, with some pushing up to fifteen different tyres. Auto Bild like to go a step further and this year, have tested test fifty sets of 205/55 R16 winter tyres.

First they put all fifty sets through wet braking tests, then take the tyres who stopped within 20% of the best through to snow braking breaking, which this year meant testing twenty seven tyres on the white stuff. Once those tyres have been rated, Auto Bild then take the top twenty through to a full winter tyre test to test all aspects of the tyres performance, not just wet and snow braking.

Below is the results of part one of the test, the fifty tyre shootout. As always, Auto Bild purchased all the tyres on the open market to avoid the possibility of any "special" tyres being included in the test.

The Results

Continental WinterContact TS 8601st: Continental WinterContact TS 860
Total: 59.8 / Wet: 34.2 / Snow: 25.6
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Goodyear UltraGrip 92nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Total: 61.1 / Wet: 36.1 / Snow: 25
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Michelin Alpin 53rd: Michelin Alpin 5
Total: 61.4 / Wet: 35.6 / Snow: 25.8
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Dunlop Winter Sport 54th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Total: 61.6 / Wet: 36.1 / Snow: 25.5
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Semperit Speed Grip 25th: Semperit Speed Grip 2
Total: 62.4 / Wet: 35.7 / Snow: 26.7
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Pirelli Cinturato Winter6th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Total: 62.6 / Wet: 36.2 / Snow: 26.4
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Nokian WR D47th: Nokian WR D4
Total: 63.3 / Wet: 37.3 / Snow: 26
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Barum Polaris 38th: Barum Polaris 3
Total: 63.3 / Wet: 37.2 / Snow: 26.1
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Cooper WM SA29th: Cooper WM SA2
Total: 63.4 / Wet: 36.1 / Snow: 27.3
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM00110th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
Total: 64.4 / Wet: 38.5 / Snow: 25.9
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Uniroyal MS Plus 7711th: Uniroyal MS Plus 77
Total: 64.8 / Wet: 39.1 / Snow: 25.7
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Falken Eurowinter HS44912th: Falken Eurowinter HS449
Total: 65.2 / Wet: 38.3 / Snow: 26.9
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Fulda Kristall Control HP13th: Fulda Kristall Control HP
Total: 65.3 / Wet: 38.9 / Snow: 26.4
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Hankook Winter i cept RS214th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2
Total: 65.3 / Wet: 39.1 / Snow: 26.2
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Kleber Krisalp HP215th: Kleber Krisalp HP2
Total: 65.3 / Wet: 38.9 / Snow: 26.4
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General Altimax Winter Plus16th: General Altimax Winter Plus
Total: 65.4 / Wet: 39.2 / Snow: 26.2
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Mabor Winter Jet 217th: Mabor Winter Jet 2
Total: 65.7 / Wet: 38.9 / Snow: 26.8
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Sava eskimo hp18th: Sava eskimo hp
Total: 65.8 / Wet: 39.7 / Snow: 26.1
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Vredestein Snowtrac 519th: Vredestein Snowtrac 5
Total: 65.9 / Wet: 38.9 / Snow: 27
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BFGoodrich gForce Winter20th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter
Total: 66.2 / Wet: 39.4 / Snow: 26.8
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Yokohama W drive V90521st: Yokohama W drive V905
Total: 66.8 / Wet: 39.9 / Snow: 26.9
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Achilles Winter 10122nd: Achilles Winter 101
Total: 66.9 / Wet: 39.7 / Snow: 27.2
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Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow23rd: Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow
Total: 67 / Wet: 40.6 / Snow: 26.4
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Firestone Winterhawk 324th: Firestone Winterhawk 3
Total: 67.3 / Wet: 39.8 / Snow: 27.5
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Maxxis Arctictrekker WP0525th: Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05
Total: 67.3 / Wet: 39.8 / Snow: 27.5
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Goodride SW60126th: Goodride SW601
Total: 67.7 / Wet: 38.5 / Snow: 29.2
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Accelera X Grip27th: Accelera X Grip
Total: 69.8 / Wet: 40.7 / Snow: 29.1
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Ovation W 58628th: Ovation W 586
Total: 41 / Wet: 40.9 / Snow: 0.1
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Torque TQ02229th: Torque TQ022
Total: 41 / Wet: 40.9 / Snow: 0.1
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Kumho Winter Craft WP5130th: Kumho Winter Craft WP51
Total: 41.1 / Wet: 41 / Snow: 0.1
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Debica Frigo HP31st: Debica Frigo HP
Total: 41.2 / Wet: 41.1 / Snow: 0.1
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Viking Snow Tech II32nd: Viking Snow Tech II
Total: 41.2 / Wet: 41.1 / Snow: 0.1
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Nankang SV233rd: Nankang SV2
Total: 41.5 / Wet: 41.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Atlas Polarbear 234th: Atlas Polarbear 2
Total: 41.8 / Wet: 41.7 / Snow: 0.1
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Starfire W 20036th: Starfire W 200
Total: 42.7 / Wet: 42.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Nexen Winguard Snow G WH237th: Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
Total: 42.9 / Wet: 42.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Petlas Snow Master W65139th: Petlas Snow Master W651
Total: 43.4 / Wet: 43.3 / Snow: 0.1
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Fortuna Winter Max A140th: Fortuna Winter Max A1
Total: 43.5 / Wet: 43.4 / Snow: 0.1
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Sunny WinterMax A142nd: Sunny WinterMax A1
Total: 45.3 / Wet: 45.2 / Snow: 0.1
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Nordexx Nivius Snow45th: Nordexx Nivius Snow
Total: 46.7 / Wet: 46.6 / Snow: 0.1
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Imperial Snowdragon 247th: Imperial Snowdragon 2
Total: 46.9 / Wet: 46.8 / Snow: 0.1
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Minerva IcePlus S21048th: Minerva IcePlus S210
Total: 47.3 / Wet: 47.2 / Snow: 0.1
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Tristar S210 IcePlus49th: Tristar S210 IcePlus
Total: 47.4 / Wet: 47.3 / Snow: 0.1
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