2017 Autocenter Studded Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMarshal WinterCraft Ice Wi31
Best tyre for wet roadsMinerva Eco Stud
Best tyre for snowContinental IceContact 2
Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
The best tyre overallNokian Hakkapeliitta 9
The lowest fuel useNokian Hakkapeliitta 9
The most comfortableNokian Hakkapeliitta 9
Continental IceContact 2
The best tyre for iceNokian Hakkapeliitta 9
The quietest tyreGislaved Nord Frost 200
While studded tyres aren't suitable for the UK climate, they are the best way of staying mobile in extreme winter conditions. Each tyre can have hundreds of studs, which bite into ice with far more grip than a studless friction winter tyre can give. There are of course drawbacks to studded tyres, they're very noisy, and they give up a lot of dry and wet performance when compared to a European winter tyre, but in climates such as Russia and the Nordic countries where you are likely to be driving on ice for weeks at a time, there's little alternative.


The Russian magazine Auto Center have tested ten studded winter tyres in 205/55 R16 across dry, wet, snow and ice testing using a VW Golf. When looking at the final results, it's worth keeping in mind that this is a test for extreme winters, which means ice and snow performance takes 60% of the overall result, with wet taking 20% and dry just 15%.

 

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta 91st: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
Total: 138.9 / Dry: 14 / Wet: 23 / Snow: 28 / Ice: 40 / Comfort: 10 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Noise: 5 / Overall: 8.9
Positive: Good ice grip and handling, low fuel use
Negative: Noisy
Overall: The Finnish Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 provides the car with good acceleration and braking on ice. The car responds well to the steering wheel, and in case of a slide, it is easy to regain control. On wet roads it grips well in corners, but there is a tendency to drift in the dry.

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Continental IceContact 22nd: Continental IceContact 2
Total: 140.7 / Dry: 15 / Wet: 23 / Snow: 30 / Ice: 38 / Comfort: 10 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 8 / Overall: 8.7
Positive: Good handling on ice and in the snow, excellent snow grip
Negative: Average dry braking
Overall: The Continental IceContact 2 tyre is excellent in the ice with good grip and a good balance. In the wet, the reactions to steering inputs are accurate and fast. In the dry there is slightly more sliding when compared to the best in test

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Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
Total: 135.6 / Dry: 15 / Wet: 25 / Snow: 30 / Ice: 33 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 8.6
Positive: Good handling in the snow, very balanced performance
Negative: Slow steering response
Overall: The Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic is excellent in the snow, strong on ice and good on wet roads. It could only finish mid-pack for dry performance but was still close enough to be an excellent all round tyre

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Gislaved Nord Frost 2004th: Gislaved Nord Frost 200
Total: 132.9 / Dry: 16 / Wet: 24 / Snow: 24 / Ice: 33 / Comfort: 9 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 10 / Overall: 7.9
Positive: Excellent dry handling, good comfort
Negative: Poor dry braking
Overall: The Gislaved Nord * Frost 200 offers excellent dry and wet lateral grip and handling, but has weak braking. In the snow and ice it can't match the best on test but still scores well.

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Formula Formula Ice5th: Formula Formula Ice
Total: 119.6 / Dry: 14 / Wet: 21 / Snow: 24 / Ice: 31 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6 / Overall: 7.6
Positive: Good snow handling, good dry braking, low fuel use
Negative: Poor handling in the dry and wet

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Cooper WeatherMaster WSC6th: Cooper WeatherMaster WSC
Total: 117.3 / Dry: 16 / Wet: 28 / Snow: 20 / Ice: 25 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 7 / Overall: 7.3
Positive: Good wet grip and handling
Negative: Poor ice grip and handling

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Matador MP 30 Sibir Ice 27th: Matador MP 30 Sibir Ice 2
Total: 124.3 / Dry: 12 / Wet: 24 / Snow: 29 / Ice: 27 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.3
Positive: Very low noise, good wet grip
Negative: Poor on ice and in the dry

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Marshal WinterCraft Ice Wi318th: Marshal WinterCraft Ice Wi31
Total: 116.3 / Dry: 19 / Wet: 23 / Snow: 20 / Ice: 26 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 7 / Noise: 9 / Overall: 7.3
Positive: Excellent dry braking, good dry handling
Negative: Poor handling and grip on ice

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Viatti Brina Nordico V 5229th: Viatti Brina Nordico V 522
Total: 112.8 / Dry: 12 / Wet: 17 / Snow: 26 / Ice: 30 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 6 / Overall: 6.8
Positive: Good snow braking
Negative: Poor handling on ice

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Minerva Eco Stud10th: Minerva Eco Stud
Total: 109.6 / Dry: 17 / Wet: 30 / Snow: 17 / Ice: 18 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 7 / Overall: 6.6
Positive: Good grip in the wet and dry
Negative: Very poor on ice and snow

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