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