2017 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsBridgestone Blizzak LM001
Best tyre for wet roadsGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Best tyre for snowContinental WinterContact TS 850 P
The lowest fuel useBridgestone Blizzak LM001
The most comfortableGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
The quietest tyrePace Antarctica 5 Pace
For 2017, the "All Road" edition of the German publication Auto Bild has tested ten 225/55 R17 winter tyres. This size is commonly used by compact crossovers, such as the BMW X1 used in this test.

The biggest interest in this test was the Chinese budget winter tyre from Pace. With the most expensive set of winter tyres costing 660 euros at time of test, the budget Pace tyres were a full 400 euros cheaper, at just 260 euros. Are the savings worth the performance drop? Read on below to find out.

Dry

In the dry, the summer tyre dominates braking, and wins the handling test. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 is the best of the winter tyres, while the test-topping Goodyear and Continental tyres could only manage mid-pack. The budget Pace tyre is acceptable under dry braking conditions, but is by far the worst during the dry handling lap.

Wet

For the top five winter tyres, wet braking was closely contested with the summer tyre, with the Goodyear winter tyre finishing top. Wet handling puts the summer reference back on top, with the Goodyear winter being the best of the winter tyres on test. In both tests, the budget Pace tyre again performs the worst.

Snow

Surprisingly the Pace budget tyre wins the snow braking test, proving that it's easy for a budget tyre manufacturer to make a tyre which works well in one road condition, but not all three. Snow handling is also closely contested, with only the Maxxis and Vredestein noticeably behind the rest.

Environmental

Both the Continental and Bridgestone winter tyres have a lower rolling resistance than the summer tyre on test, and every winter tyre proves to be quieter than the summer.

Result

Auto Bild started the test asking whether the huge cost saving of a budget winter tyre was worth the risk? Their answer is a firm no, unless you only ever drive it on snow covered roads - the dry and wet penalty is too vast.

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 11st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Total: 53 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 11 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 10 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8
Positive: Very good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Very high grip on wet surfaces, High level of comfort, Precise steering on dry surfaces
Negative: Slightly high noise level, expensive
Overall: Test winner

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Continental WinterContact TS 850 P2nd: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
Total: 50 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 10 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8
Positive: Good balance of performance, Very good results on snow, especially in terms of lateral stability, Low noise level
Negative: Average braking performance on dry surfaces, Average ride comfort, High price
Overall: Recommended

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Michelin Alpin 53rd: Michelin Alpin 5
Total: 50 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 10 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8
Positive: Good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Short braking distance on wet roads
Negative: Average braking performance on dry surfaces, High price
Overall: Recommended

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 34th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Total: 50 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 10 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8
Positive: Short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces, Good lateral stability on wet surfaces
Negative: Medium traction and lateral stability in snow, Increased noise level
Overall: Recommended

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM0015th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
Total: 51 / Dry: 10 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 8
Positive: Close to a summer tyre in the dry, good snow traction, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, poor snow handling
Overall: Good

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Hankook Winter i cept evo26th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2
Total: 44 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8
Positive: Short braking distance and general well balanced snow performance, well priced
Negative: Long braking distances in the dry and wet, average comfort
Overall: Satisfactory

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Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S7th: Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S
Total: 46 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 10 / Snow: 6 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8
Positive: Short braking distance and generally high wet grip, Low noise level
Negative: Poor snow grip, poor dry grip, high rolling resistance
Overall: Satisfactory

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Kumho WinterCraft WP718th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71
Total: 46 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 8 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8
Positive: Good snow handling, Low price
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, low wet grip, poor dry grip and handling
Overall: Satisfactory

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Maxxis Arctictrekker WP059th: Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05
Total: 44 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 8
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, Good grip on dry surfaces, Low noise level
Negative: Relatively weak grip and a long stopping distance on snow and wet surfaces, High rolling resistance
Overall: Not Recommended

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Pace Antarctica 5 Pace10th: Pace Antarctica 5 Pace
Total: 39 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Snow: 8 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 9
Positive: Very good results on snow, Very low price, Very low noise level
Negative: Weak grip on dry and wet surfaces, Very long braking distances on wet surfaces, High rolling resistance
Overall: Not Recommended

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Reference Summer11th: Reference Summer
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