2018 ACE All Season and Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin CrossClimate Plus
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Best tyre for snowKenda Wintergen 2 KR501
The best tyre overallContinental WinterContact TS 860
The lowest fuel useContinental AllSeasonContact
Nokian WR D4
Nokian WeatherProof
The quietest tyreKenda Wintergen 2 KR501
Continental AllSeasonContact
The best value tyreKenda Wintergen 2 KR501
As in 2017, the German club ACE have tested all season and winter tyres in exactly the same tests! On test are nine 185/65 R15 winter tyre patterns, and three all season tyres in the same size, and they used an Opel Corsa as the test vehicle.

All twelve tyres were put through identical dry, wet and snow testing, and to further highlight the point that most all season tyres are interchangeable with winter tyres, the all season tyres finished second, fifth and ten places overall.

All Season VS Winter

The Continental WinterContact TS860 winter tyre won the test, with the Continental AllSeasonContact all season tyre placing second. Interestingly, the Continental winter tyre proved to be better in the dry, wet and snow, making it more "all season" than the Continental all season tyre.

The Nokian Weatherproof all season tyre, finishing fifth place overall, had a very similar balance of performance to the Goodyear UltraGrip 9 winter tyre which finished in fourth place. They had equal points in the dry, and similar in the wet and snow.

As we've seen before, the Michelin CrossClimate+ all season tyre, which finished tenth place overall was the standout tyre in the dry, a full 9 points clear of the next best tyre in the dry tests. Sadly it could only manage mid pack in the wet and was the worst tyre in the snow (although still an order of magnitude better than a summer tyre would be.)

One other fact worth highlighting is that the cheapest tyre on test, the Kenda WinterGen 2 was the best tyre in the snow, but was marked dangerous in the wet, needing 41 meters to stop the car during the wet braking test compared to 34 meters for the Continental. This means, where the test winners stop, the car with the worst tyres fitted will have an accident at around 30 km / h.

Results

Continental WinterContact TS 8601st: Continental WinterContact TS 860
Total: 412 / Dry: 43 / Wet: 68 / Snow: 66 / Rolling Resistance: 16 / Noise: 7 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 206
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Continental AllSeasonContact2nd: Continental AllSeasonContact
Total: 400 / Dry: 41 / Wet: 62 / Snow: 64 / Rolling Resistance: 19 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 200
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Nokian WR D43rd: Nokian WR D4
Total: 390 / Dry: 40 / Wet: 58 / Snow: 65 / Rolling Resistance: 19 / Noise: 6 / Cost: 7 / Overall: 195
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Goodyear UltraGrip 94th: Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Total: 382 / Dry: 40 / Wet: 68 / Snow: 57 / Rolling Resistance: 17 / Noise: 3 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 191
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Nokian WeatherProof5th: Nokian WeatherProof
Total: 378 / Dry: 40 / Wet: 63 / Snow: 55 / Rolling Resistance: 19 / Noise: 5 / Cost: 7 / Overall: 189
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Dunlop Winter Response 26th: Dunlop Winter Response 2
Total: 372 / Dry: 39 / Wet: 57 / Snow: 62 / Rolling Resistance: 16 / Noise: 6 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 186
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Kumho Winter Craft WP517th: Kumho Winter Craft WP51
Total: 366 / Dry: 40 / Wet: 56 / Snow: 60 / Rolling Resistance: 13 / Noise: 5 / Cost: 9 / Overall: 183
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM0018th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
Total: 364 / Dry: 43 / Wet: 53 / Snow: 58 / Rolling Resistance: 15 / Noise: 6 / Cost: 7 / Overall: 182
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Nexen Winguard Snow G WH29th: Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
Total: 362 / Dry: 42 / Wet: 51 / Snow: 60 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 5 / Cost: 9 / Overall: 181
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Michelin CrossClimate Plus10th: Michelin CrossClimate+
Total: 360 / Dry: 52 / Wet: 52 / Snow: 50 / Rolling Resistance: 17 / Noise: 4 / Cost: 5 / Overall: 180
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Pirelli Cinturato Winter11th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Total: 354 / Dry: 36 / Wet: 59 / Snow: 56 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 6 / Cost: 6 / Overall: 177
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Kenda Wintergen 2 KR50112th: Kenda Wintergen 2 KR501
Total: 346 / Dry: 39 / Wet: 36 / Snow: 67 / Rolling Resistance: 13 / Noise: 8 / Cost: 10 / Overall: 173
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