2017 AMS Performance 18 inch Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsNokian WR A4
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
Best tyre for snowSemperit Speed Grip 3
The best tyre overallContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
The most comfortableContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Nokian WR A4
The quietest tyreKumho WinterCraft WP71
Semperit Speed Grip 3
Michelin Pilot Alpin 4
Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Nokian WR A4
The best value tyreNokian WR A4
The first winter tyre test of 2017 has been published! The German publication Auto Motor und Sport [AMS] have tested ten ultra high performance winter tyres in 225/40 R18. This extremely popular 18" tyre sizes is fitted to performance saloons such as the Audi A4, Skoda Octavia VRS, and the 232 bhp BMW 430i Grand Coupe used for this testing.

While AMS chose not to test on ice, they did a very thorough job covering dry, wet and snow running, while also evaluating subjective comfort, external noise and rolling resistance. The use of a heavier, powerful saloon car makes this test more applicable to the standard "executive commuter car" found in the UK.

The highlights of the test and overall results can be found below, and as always, please feel free to leave any questions or comments at the bottom of the page. The results are once again incredibly close, especially between the top five tyres.

Dry

In the dry, the Nokian dominated, winning both the braking and handling tests. The test winning Continental managed top three in each test, while the Kumho scored a strong second place in dry braking, but could only manage ninth place in dry handling.

Wet

If you follow tyre testing, it will come as no surprise that the Continental dominated the wet grip testing, winning both the braking and handling tests, with the second placed overall Dunlop tyre following up the Continental in both tests. In the high water aquaplaning tests the Continental struggled a little more, only managing seventh overall, and where the Fulda tyre struggled in the wet grip testing, it won the aquaplaning tests, highlighting the opposing design qualities of wet grip and wet aquaplaning performance. Nokian had a weak showing in the wet.

Snow

Where the Dunlop couldn't quite match the Continental in the dry, it led the pack in the snow tests, with the Continental just ahead of the mid pack in fourth and fifth.

Other

The new Semperit was the quietest tyre on test, and the Nokian had the lowest rolling resistance.

Results

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P1st: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
Total: 61.4 / Dry: 9.1 / Wet: 9.6 / Snow: 8.7 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 8 / Overall: 9
Positive: Good performance in the snow, high level of safety on wet surfaces, predictable behavior and good handling on dry surfaces
Negative: Relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning
Overall: Highly Recommended

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Dunlop Winter Sport 52nd: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Total: 57.9 / Dry: 8.5 / Wet: 8.9 / Snow: 8.9 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 7 / Overall: 8.6
Positive: Short braking distance in the snow, good performance on dry and wet surfaces
Negative: Relatively long braking distances in the dry, low lateral stability in snow (snow circle test not listed)
Overall: Recommended

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Semperit Speed Grip 33rd: Semperit Speed Grip 3
Total: 57.9 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 7.2 / Snow: 9.9 / Comfort: 7 / Noise: 10 / Cost: 8 / Overall: 8.2
Positive: High tractive effort and short braking distance in the snow, good lateral stability on wet surfaces, acceptable results on dry surfaces
Negative: Relatively low lateral stability at high loads on dry surfaces
Overall: Recommended

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Michelin Pilot Alpin 44th: Michelin Pilot Alpin 4
Total: 55.8 / Dry: 8.1 / Wet: 7.7 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Noise: 10 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 8
Positive: Reliable grip on snow, balanced behavior on wet surfaces, very well balanced on dry surfaces
Negative: Relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces, weak resistance to transverse aquaplaning
Overall: Recommended

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Fulda Kristall Control HP25th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Total: 57.5 / Dry: 7.3 / Wet: 6.8 / Snow: 9.5 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 10 / Cost: 7 / Overall: 7.9
Positive: High traction and short braking distance in the snow, good resistance to aquaplaning
Negative: Relatively low grip and slow reactions to steering movements on dry and wet surfaces
Overall: Recommended with restrictions

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 35th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 52.7 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 7.9 / Snow: 7.8 / Comfort: 7 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 7.8
Positive: Accurate reactions to steering movements and good information in all conditions
Negative: Relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces, increased rolling resistance, increased noise level
Overall: Recommended with restrictions

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Nokian WR A45th: Nokian WR A4
Total: 59.4 / Dry: 9.2 / Wet: 6.3 / Snow: 7.1 / Comfort: 9 / Noise: 10 / Cost: 10 / Overall: 7.8
Positive: Excellent grip on dry surfaces, very low rolling resistance
Negative: Low lateral stability and understeer on snow. Weak grip, unstable behavior and a long braking distance on wet surfaces
Overall: Recommended with restrictions

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Hankook Winter i cept evo28th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2
Total: 52.9 / Dry: 8.3 / Wet: 6.8 / Snow: 8.1 / Comfort: 7 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 7 / Overall: 7.7
Positive: Acceptable braking on snow, stable behavior and precise reactions to steering movements on dry surfaces
Negative: Low lateral stability and poor handling on the snow, long braking distance on wet roads
Overall: Recommended with restrictions

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Kumho WinterCraft WP719th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71
Total: 51.1 / Dry: 7.8 / Wet: 7.1 / Snow: 7.8 / Comfort: 6 / Noise: 10 / Cost: 5 / Overall: 7.4
Positive: Short stopping distance on snow and dry surfaces, acceptable braking and balanced behavior on wet surfaces
Negative: Unstable behavior during an emergency maneuver on dry surfaces, increased noise level
Overall: Recommended with restrictions

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Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus10th: Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus
Total: 47.6 / Dry: 7.1 / Wet: 6.8 / Snow: 6.9 / Comfort: 7 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 5 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Acceptable braking performance on dry surfaces and good traction in the snow
Negative: Slow steering in the dry, unstable behavior at the limit of wet grip, reduced comfort level, high rolling resistance, increased noise level
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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