2017 235/55 R17 SUV Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsDunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Nokian WR A4
Best tyre for wet roadsDunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Best tyre for snowDunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
The quietest tyreGoodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Nokian WR A4
The best value tyreNokian WR A4
Sadly there's very little data available for this 235/55 R17 SUV tyre test conducted by the European motoring bodies ACE / ARBO / GTU, nor are Michelin featured, but it's still worth a read if you drive a crossover vehicle such as the Ford Kuga or Volkswagen Tiguan which uses this tyre size.

With Continental yet to update their SUV pattern to the most recent TS860, Dunlop takes an excellent test win. The Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV proved to be the best on test in the snow, on wet roads, and a joint winner in the dry.

The second and third placed Goodyear and Continental tyres both came highly recommended thanks to a balanced performance of qualities, and Pirelli have improved their wet performance to take fourth overall.

Nokian narrowly beat Kumho to fifth place, and is the first of the "cheaper" sets of tyres. While the Nokian couldn't quite manage the best in wet running, it did prove to be the best in the dry, so perhaps a winter tyre more suited to year round running.

Seventh placed Hankook was strong in the snow, but like the Nokian struggled a little bit in the dry, and last placed Cooper was the only tyre to be "conditionally recommended" due to a weak dry performance.

Full results below.

Results

Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV1st: Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Total: 203 / Dry: 44 / Wet: 65 / Snow: 69 / Noise: 5 / Cost: 20
Cost: 770 euros per set.
Overall: Test winner.

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Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 12nd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Total: 199 / Dry: 42 / Wet: 63 / Snow: 66 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 20
Cost: 768 euros per set.
Overall: Recommended.

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Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV3rd: Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
Total: 190 / Dry: 38 / Wet: 58 / Snow: 68 / Noise: 5 / Cost: 21
Cost: 790 euros per set.
Overall: Recommended.

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 34th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 190 / Dry: 42 / Wet: 56 / Snow: 63 / Noise: 7 / Cost: 22
Cost: 762 euros per set.
Overall: Recommended.

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Nokian WR A45th: Nokian WR A4
Total: 187 / Dry: 44 / Wet: 45 / Snow: 64 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 26
Cost: 610 euros per set.
Overall: Recommended.

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Kumho WinterCraft WP716th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71
Total: 186 / Dry: 42 / Wet: 54 / Snow: 59 / Noise: 7 / Cost: 24
Cost: 526 euros per set.
Overall: Recommended.

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Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV7th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
Total: 181 / Dry: 42 / Wet: 49 / Snow: 62 / Noise: 6 / Cost: 22
Cost: 630 euros per set.
Overall: Recommended.

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Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus8th: Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus
Total: 179 / Dry: 37 / Wet: 51 / Snow: 61 / Noise: 6 / Cost: 24
Cost: 496 euros per set.
Overall: Conditionally recommended.

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