2019 Auto Center Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingMichelin Alpin 6: 33.35 M
Gislaved Euro Frost 6: 38.18 M
Dry BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 27.43 M
Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 31.61 M
Rolling ResistanceBarum Polaris 5: 8.148 kg / t
Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 9.426 kg / t
Straight AquaContinental WinterContact TS 860: 86 Km/H
Gislaved Euro Frost 6: 76.4 Km/H
Snow BrakingContinental WinterContact TS 860: 15.06 M
Toyo Snowprox S954: 17.53 M
Ice BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 11.44 M
Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 13.67 M
Ice TractionNokian WR Snowproof: 5.14 s
Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 6.40 s
Subj. Dry HandlingGislaved Euro Frost 6: 10 Points
Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 04 Points
Subj. Wet HandlingYokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 10 Points
Debica Frigo HP2: 05 Points
Snow TractionToyo Snowprox S954: 6.11 N
Michelin Alpin 6: 5.06 N
Subj. ComfortMichelin Alpin 6: 10 Points
Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 05 Points
Subj. Snow HandlingNokian WR Snowproof: 10 Points
Toyo Snowprox S954: 04 Points
The 2019 Auto Center winter tyre test is both good and bad.

The positive is that out of ten 205/55 R16 patterns, it only includes two premium manufacturers. This means we get a much better look at the midrange bracket of winter tyres, which is great for those of us who want to save a little money, and all ten patterns on test have been tested for ice braking and traction which is now usually omitted from central European tyre testing.

Sadly, Auto Center decided not to provide any data from handling testing, instead giving an overall subjective score, which we assume combines lap time and handling. While this is a little odd, it's better than no test at all.

The final results might not make a buying decision any easier either, as nearly half the tyres on test finished in fourth place. With everything so close in the midrange pack, make sure you drill into the test data to really help you understand which tyre is best for your own driving needs.

 

Dry

During dry braking, the Nokian Snowproof had an unusually large braking advantage, stopping the car nearly two meters shorter than the next best tyre.

The Continental WinterContact TS860 finished joint top with the Gislaved Euro Frost 6. 

Wet

The premium tyres from Michelin and Continental were the best in wet braking.

Yokohama had a strong result in the wet handling tests.

The Continental WinterContact TS860 had another strong result in the wet, winning the aquaplaning test.

Snow

Continental proved to be excellent in snow braking too.

Strangely, the top two tyres from snow braking were near the bottom of the pack in snow traction.

Braking proved to be more important than traction for the snow handling tests, with Continental and Nokian back on top.

Ice

Nokian demonstrated its nordic routes, winning the ice braking and ice traction testing.

Other

The Barum had a very low rolling resistance.

Michelin and Nokian finished the test with the highest subjective comfort scores.

Results

Nokian WR Snowproof1st: Nokian WR Snowproof
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+1.94M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.4kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-6.4Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.11M)
  6. Ice Braking: 1st (+0M)
  7. Ice Traction: 1st (+0s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 4th (+-2Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 7th (+-0.9N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: High grip on ice, excellent snow handling, good dry braking.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Continental WinterContact TS 8602nd: Continental WinterContact TS 860
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+3.03M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.47kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 1st (+0M)
  6. Ice Braking: 6th (+0.82M)
  7. Ice Traction: 8th (+0.86s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 8th (+-0.99N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: High aquaplaning resistance, very well balanced tyre, excellent snow braking.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Michelin Alpin 63rd: Michelin Alpin 6
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+1.98M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.04kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-4.5Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 8th (+0.52M)
  6. Ice Braking: 5th (+0.52M)
  7. Ice Traction: 5th (+0.49s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 10th (+-1.05N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 5th (+-3Points)
Positive: Excellent wet braking, low noise.
Negative: Average ice performance.

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Gislaved Euro Frost 64th: Gislaved Euro Frost 6
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+4.83M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+2.89M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+0.93kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-9.6Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 6th (+0.3M)
  6. Ice Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  7. Ice Traction: 2nd (+0.25s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 7th (+-4Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 9th (+-1.03N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-4Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Good dry handling, short ice braking, good snow and ice traction.
Negative: Long wet braking.

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Fulda Kristall Control HP24th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+2.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+3M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.52kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-3.5Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 3rd (+0.13M)
  6. Ice Braking: 4th (+0.51M)
  7. Ice Traction: 3rd (+0.29s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 8th (+-5Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 7th (+-4Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 5th (+-0.81N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 9th (+-5Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 7th (+-4Points)
Positive: Short snow and ice braking, good ice traction, high aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Poor dry handling, average wet grip.

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Debica Frigo HP24th: Debica Frigo HP2
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+3.15M)
  2. Dry Braking: 9th (+3.79M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.49kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-5.3Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 3rd (+0.13M)
  6. Ice Braking: 3rd (+0.44M)
  7. Ice Traction: 4th (+0.41s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 7th (+-4Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 10th (+-5Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 4th (+-0.79N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 5th (+-3Points)
Positive: Short ice braking, good ice traction, low noise.
Negative: Poor wet handling.

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Barum Polaris 54th: Barum Polaris 5
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+1.86M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+3.07M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-5.4Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 7th (+0.4M)
  6. Ice Braking: 7th (+1.08M)
  7. Ice Traction: 7th (+0.63s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 8th (+-5Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 6th (+-0.89N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 9th (+-5Points)
Positive: Low price, good wet handling.
Negative: Poor snow handling.

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Yokohama BluEarth Winter V9058th: Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+0.56M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+2.07M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+1.28kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-5.2Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 9th (+0.85M)
  6. Ice Braking: 10th (+2.23M)
  7. Ice Traction: 9th (+1.03s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-1Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 2nd (+-0.51N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 7th (+-4Points)
Positive: Good wet and dry handling, short wet braking distances.
Negative: Poor ice braking and handling, high fuel use.

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Toyo Snowprox S9549th: Toyo Snowprox S954
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+1.39M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+2.04M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+0.91kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-5.3Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 10th (+2.47M)
  6. Ice Braking: 8th (+1.22M)
  7. Ice Traction: 6th (+0.53s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 4th (+-2Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 1st (+0N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 7th (+-3Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 10th (+-6Points)
Positive: Good in the dry and wet.
Negative: Long snow braking, low ice grip.

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Uniroyal MS Plus 7710th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+2.92M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+4.18M)
  3. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.86kg / t)
  4. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-2.5Km/H)
  5. Snow Braking: 5th (+0.26M)
  6. Ice Braking: 9th (+1.96M)
  7. Ice Traction: 10th (+1.26s)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 10th (+-6Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 7th (+-4Points)
  10. Snow Traction: 3rd (+-0.7N)
  11. Subj. Comfort: 9th (+-5Points)
  12. Subj. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: High aquaplaning resistance, good ice handling.
Negative: Long braking distances on all surfaces, low ice traction, poor handling.

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