2018 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test

The weekly UK publication Auto Express has just published their 2018 winter tyre test! This year Auto Express have tested eight winter tyre patterns in 205/55 R16 using a VW Golf.

As Auto Express have previously asked us to keep our coverage of their tests to a minimum, below is a summary of what went on. As always, head over to the Auto Express website for the full glorious details of this excellent winter test!

The standout point from the test has to be the Michelin CrossClimate+ being one of the best tyres during the snow testing. The "summer bias" all season Michelin generally proves to be very strong in the dry, but slightly behind winter and regular all season tyres in the snow. The fact it was third overall in snow testing and was the best on test during snow braking is a real surprise.

Everything else in the test was as you'd expect. Continental win, Hankook continue to post strong results taking second place of the winter tyres, and the Goodyear UltraGrip range continues to be impressive in 2018 with a third place for the UltraGrip Performance Gen-1.


The reference summer tyre was the excellent Continental Premium Contact 5

Continental WinterContact TS 8601st: Continental WinterContact TS 860
Total: 1257.3 / Dry: 198 / Wet: 479 / Snow: 388 / Rolling Resistance: 92.3 / Noise: 100
Positive: A great all round performance, particularly strong in the wet but also excellent handling in the snow. Low rolling resistance.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Michelin CrossClimate Plus2nd: Michelin CrossClimate+
Total: 1236 / Dry: 210.4 / Wet: 444.7 / Snow: 390 / Rolling Resistance: 91.2 / Noise: 99.7
Positive: Better than all the winter tyres in the dry, strong in the wet and best snow braking result on test.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Hankook Winter i cept RS23rd: Hankook Winter i cept RS2
Total: 1256.3 / Dry: 195.6 / Wet: 480 / Snow: 400 / Rolling Resistance: 83 / Noise: 97.7
Positive: Best winter tyre in the snow, excellent aquaplaning resistance, well priced.
Negative: High rolling resistance.

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Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 14th: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Total: 1240.4 / Dry: 193.4 / Wet: 482 / Snow: 377 / Rolling Resistance: 89.6 / Noise: 98.4
Positive: Well balanced performance, excellent aquaplaning result.
Negative: Slightly weak dry handling, high rolling resistance.

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Pirelli Cinturato Winter5th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Total: 1230.6 / Dry: 191.9 / Wet: 474 / Snow: 385.4 / Rolling Resistance: 81.9 / Noise: 97.4
Positive: Strong in snow, excellent aquaplaning resistance, second place during wet handling.
Negative: Average in the dry.

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Dunlop Winter Sport 56th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Total: 1233.7 / Dry: 193.2 / Wet: 471.7 / Snow: 379.5 / Rolling Resistance: 91.3 / Noise: 98
Positive: Strong wet performance, low noise.
Negative: Average in the dry.

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Nokian WR D47th: Nokian WR D4
Total: 1243.6 / Dry: 194.9 / Wet: 460.6 / Snow: 391 / Rolling Resistance: 100 / Noise: 97.1
Positive: Lowest rolling resistance, excellent dry handling, good snow braking.
Negative: Poor wet grip.

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Falken Eurowinter HS018th: Falken Eurowinter HS01
Total: 1212.7 / Dry: 193.8 / Wet: 464 / Snow: 382 / Rolling Resistance: 76.8 / Noise: 96.1
Positive: Good snow performance.
Negative: Weak in the wet, highest rolling resistance.

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO9th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO
Total: 1201.6 / Dry: 199.7 / Wet: 444.7 / Snow: 361.4 / Rolling Resistance: 98.4 / Noise: 97.4
Positive: Good in the dry.
Negative: Last in the snow and aquaplaning, poor wet braking.

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Reference Summer10th: Reference Summer
Total: 1120.3 / Dry: 217.6 / Wet: 482.1 / Snow: 213.3 / Rolling Resistance: 105.4 / Noise: 101.9
Positive: Strongest in the dry and wet.
Negative: Unsafe in the snow.

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