2019 19 Inch Performance Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 45.7 M
Nokian WR A4: 54.8 M
Dry BrakingReference Summer: 36.8 M
Hankook Winter i cept evo2: 44 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 95.3 Km/H
Nankang SV2: 89.9 Km/H
Dry HandlingReference Summer: 124.5 Km/H
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 118.5 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceContinental WinterContact TS 860 S: 08.06 kg / t
Hankook Winter i cept evo2: 10.35 kg / t
NoiseNankang SV2: 70.7 dB
Hankook Winter i cept evo2: 75.7 dB
Straight AquaGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 73.7 Km/H
Nokian WR A4: 59.9 Km/H
Snow BrakingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 27.6 M
Reference Summer: 77.9 M
Snow HandlingKumho WinterCraft WP71: 49.4 Km/H
Nankang SV2: 45 Km/H
PriceNankang SV2: 515
Michelin Pilot Alpin 4: 960
For their third winter tyre test of 2019, Auto Bild have stepped up the fun and fitted an Audi S5 with eleven sets of 255/35 R19 ultra high performance winter tyres, and included the usual set of reference summer tyres!

Following on from a win in Auto Express, the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ takes its second win of 2019, once again proving to have a near flawless blend of qualities. Vredestein have also continued their run of good results with a very strong second place for the Wintrac Pro. This tyre is significantly cheaper than the premium winter tyres in the UK, so is probably the best choice if you need to save a few pounds.

Rounding out the top three is the Uniroyal MSPlus 77. This tyre was extremely strong in the snow, but relatively weak in the dry and wet. This means while the Uniroyal placed higher overall than tyres like the Continental WinterContact TS860S, the tyres with a better dry and wet performance are far more suitable for the UK climate.

As always, check out all the data below to see which blend of qualities works for your intended driving patterns and budget.

Dry

The new Goodyear tyre won the dry braking test, but was significantly behind the summer tyre. The midrange tyres from Kumho and Toyo also performed excellently.

As with dry braking, the summer tyre had a big advantage, this time with Toyo the best of the winter tyres.

Wet

The Goodyear continued its excellent braking run in the wet, being the only winter tyre to stop better than the summer tyre.

As with wet braking, the Goodyear was the only tyre to best the summer tyre over a fast lap, with Vredestein just able to match it.

Impressively, Goodyear also won the straight aquaplaning testing.

Snow

Snow braking gave Goodyear a clean sweep of braking results, with all the winter tyres vastly out performing the summer tyre.

Snow handling was very close between the top seven tyres, with Kumho coming out on top.

Environment

Continental had a big advantage in fuel use.

Nankang had the lowest external drive by noise.

The most expensive set of tyres on test was almost double the price of the cheapest set.

Results

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+3.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 9th (+-5.1Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.6kg / t)
  6. Noise: 9th (+3.4dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 1st (+0M)
  9. Snow Handling: 4th (+-0.5Km/H)
  10. Price: 9th (+365)
Positive: Exemplary driving characteristics in all weather conditions, sporty wet handling, very good grip in the snow, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Expensive.

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Vredestein Wintrac Pro2nd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+2.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-4.3Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+2.26kg / t)
  6. Noise: 8th (+3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-0.5Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 8th (+1.5M)
  9. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-0.3Km/H)
  10. Price: 7th (+245)
Positive: Excellent performance in the snow, and on wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance, sporty steering feel, short wet braking, stable dry handling.
Negative: High rolling resistance.

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Uniroyal MS Plus 773rd: Uniroyal MS+ 77
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+4.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+6.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-3.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-4.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.96kg / t)
  6. Noise: 4th (+1.5dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-1.9Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  9. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-0.4Km/H)
  10. Price: 6th (+185)
Positive: Excellent in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, safe dry handling balance.
Negative: Long wet and dry braking, average comfort.

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Continental WinterContact TS 860 S4th: Continental WinterContact TS 860 S
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+4.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+4.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-2.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-3.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+1.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 11th (+-7.6Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 7th (+1.3M)
  9. Snow Handling: 7th (+-1Km/H)
  10. Price: 10th (+420)
Positive: Sporty dry handling, precise steering, good feedback, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slightly long wet braking, average comfort, expensive.

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Hankook Winter i cept evo25th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+1.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 12th (+7.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-2.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-5Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 12th (+2.29kg / t)
  6. Noise: 12th (+5dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-5.2Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 5th (+1M)
  9. Snow Handling: 5th (+-0.7Km/H)
  10. Price: 5th (+170)
Positive: A well balanced winter tyre with safe wet and dry handling, short wet braking distances.
Negative: Slightly long dry braking, high rolling resistance, average comfort.

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Michelin Pilot Alpin 46th: Michelin Pilot Alpin 4
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+1.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+5.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-2.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-4Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.33kg / t)
  6. Noise: 10th (+4.2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-5.2Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 6th (+1.2M)
  9. Snow Handling: 9th (+-2Km/H)
  10. Price: 11th (+445)
Positive: Stable safe handling on wet and dry roads, precise steering, good feedback, short snow braking.
Negative: Understeer in the snow, average comfort, expensive.

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Kumho WinterCraft WP717th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+6.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+3.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+-4.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 12th (+-6Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.29kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+1.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-1.5Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  9. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  10. Price: 3rd (+90)
Positive: Sporty driving qualities in the snow, short dry braking distances, low noise.
Negative: Understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking.

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Toyo Snowprox S9548th: Toyo Snowprox S954
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+3.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+4.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-3.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-2.6Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.19kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+2.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-1.1Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 10th (+2.9M)
  9. Snow Handling: 10th (+-2.9Km/H)
  10. Price: 4th (+135)
Positive: High aquaplaning resistance, stable wet handling, good steering in the dry.
Negative: Average grip on snow, long wet braking distances.

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Nexen WinGuard Sport 29th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+7.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 9th (+5.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-3.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-4.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+1.93kg / t)
  6. Noise: 2nd (+0.4dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-4.6Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 9th (+1.8M)
  9. Snow Handling: 8th (+-1.8Km/H)
  10. Price: 2nd (+20)
Positive: Short snow braking, stable dry handling, good comfort, low price.
Negative: Average grip with understeer on snow, very long wet braking, high rolling resistance.

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Nokian WR A410th: Nokian WR A4
  1. Wet Braking: 12th (+9.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+5.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-5.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+-5.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.44kg / t)
  6. Noise: 11th (+4.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 12th (+-13.8Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 4th (+0.9M)
  9. Snow Handling: 5th (+-0.7Km/H)
  10. Price: 8th (+265)
Positive: Balance snow performance.
Negative: Low wet grip, low aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking, understeer in the dry and wet.

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Nankang SV211th: Nankang SV2
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+8.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+6.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 12th (+-5.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-5.7Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.44kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-2.4Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 11th (+3.2M)
  9. Snow Handling: 11th (+-4.4Km/H)
  10. Price: 1st (+0)
Positive: Low rolling resistance, low price.
Negative: Very low wet grip, long wet braking, slow steering response with understeer in the dry and wet.

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Reference Summer12th: Reference Summer
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+1.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.74kg / t)
  6. Noise: 6th (+1.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.3Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 12th (+50.3M)
  9. Snow Handling: 12th (+-49.4Km/H)
  10. Price: 12th (+-515)
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