2019 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental Premium Contact 6
Best tyre for snowGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
The best tyre overallGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
The lowest fuel useNokian WR Snowproof
The quietest tyreGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
The 2019 Auto Express winter tyre test has tested ten 225/45 R17 winter tyres, and included a summer and all season product as a benchmark.

The newest winter tyre from Goodyear is shaping up to be an excellent winter product. Thanks to a near perfect all round performance, it wins another tyre test, narrowly beating the established king of winter motoring, the Continental WinterContact TS860.

Michelin will be happy with a third place overall, as they're the only manufacturer publicly designing their tyres to work as they wear, with tread blocks that open up as the miles go on. This means the Michelin Alpin 6 might be the best tyre at 50% tread wear, it's something we will try and test in the future.

Vredestein again look to be a good option for a southern UK climate, with the Wintrac Pro performing well the dry and wet, but a little weaker in the snow, while the winter specialists at Nokian might be a little disappointed with seventh overall, seemingly trading the best fuel use on test for lower wet grip.

As for the summer and all season benchmark tyres, there's no huge surprises. The summer tyre had a huge dry and wet braking advantage, stopping the car seven meters shorter than the best winter tyre and ten meters shorter than the worst tyre in the dry, with a similar gap in the wet. The all season tyre placed third overall in this winter test, with its bias slightly more towards dry and wet running, but it still had acceptable snow performance when compared to the summer tyre.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. A good all season tyre is a better option for the most of the UK than a full winter tyre.

Results

Sadly Auto Express don't provide any raw data, instead scoring the best in each test one hundred percent, and working down from there. You can check out the full test on the Auto Express website here.

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
  1. Total: 1372.7
  2. Dry: 194.5
  3. Wet: 489.2
  4. Snow: 400
  5. Rolling Resistance: 89
  6. Noise: 100
  7. Overall: 100
Positive: The new benchmark for a winter tyre. Best in snow testing, excellent in the wet, sport handling in all conditions. Quietest tyre on test.
Negative: Only seventh in the dry, however the margins are very close.

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Continental WinterContact TS 8602nd: Continental WinterContact TS 860
  1. Total: 1357.4
  2. Dry: 195
  3. Wet: 488.9
  4. Snow: 390
  5. Rolling Resistance: 91
  6. Noise: 93
  7. Overall: 99.5
Positive: Best in dry handling, excellent in the wet, best wet braking, good in snow, low fuel use.
Negative: Average dry braking.

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Michelin Alpin 63rd: Michelin Alpin 6
  1. Total: 1335.4
  2. Dry: 196.1
  3. Wet: 483.2
  4. Snow: 384.1
  5. Rolling Resistance: 86
  6. Noise: 87.6
  7. Overall: 98.4
Positive: Strong in the wet and dry.
Negative: Average snow performance, high noise.

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Continental AllSeasonContact3rd: Continental AllSeasonContact
  1. Total: 1340
  2. Dry: 198.3
  3. Wet: 482.2
  4. Snow: 372.7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 94
  6. Noise: 94.3
  7. Overall: 98.5
Positive: Very strong in the wet and dry.
Negative: Weaker than the full winter tyres in snow.

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Dunlop Winter Sport 54th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  1. Total: 1353.1
  2. Dry: 192.9
  3. Wet: 479.8
  4. Snow: 393.9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 92
  6. Noise: 96.2
  7. Overall: 98.3
Positive: Good snow performance, well balanced during snow handling. Low rolling resistance and very quiet.
Negative: Average in the wet and a poor dry grip.

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Vredestein Wintrac Pro5th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  1. Total: 1319.9
  2. Dry: 197.9
  3. Wet: 478.3
  4. Snow: 377.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 76
  6. Noise: 92.4
  7. Overall: 97.7
Positive: Strong in the dry and wet.
Negative: Poor snow performance, high rolling resistance, high noise.

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Falken Eurowinter HS015th: Falken Eurowinter HS01
  1. Total: 1311.6
  2. Dry: 193.4
  3. Wet: 487.5
  4. Snow: 373.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 63
  6. Noise: 96.2
  7. Overall: 97.7
Positive: Best aquaplaning resistance on test, good wet braking result, low noise.
Negative: Poor snow performance, low wet grip during the handling test, high rolling resistance.

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Nokian WR Snowproof7th: Nokian WR Snowproof
  1. Total: 1346.6
  2. Dry: 199.3
  3. Wet: 467.3
  4. Snow: 387.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 100
  6. Noise: 95.2
  7. Overall: 97.6
Positive: Huge lead in rolling resistance, excellent dry braking result.
Negative: Poor wet grip.

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 38th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  1. Total: 1323.6
  2. Dry: 196.4
  3. Wet: 473.4
  4. Snow: 375.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 88
  6. Noise: 93.3
  7. Overall: 97.3
Positive: Sporty feeling.
Negative: Poor snow grip, average wet performance.

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Hankook Winter i cept RS29th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  1. Total: 1304.4
  2. Dry: 195.3
  3. Wet: 458.4
  4. Snow: 386.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 80
  6. Noise: 88.6
  7. Overall: 95.9
Positive: Good in snow handling.
Negative: Poor in the dry and particularly the wet. Last in both aquaplaning tests and wet braking. High noise.

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Toyo Snowprox S95410th: Toyo Snowprox S954
  1. Total: 1285
  2. Dry: 199.5
  3. Wet: 461.4
  4. Snow: 355.5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 80
  6. Noise: 93.3
  7. Overall: 95.3
Positive: Second in dry braking and dry handling testing.
Negative: Very weak in the snow and in wet conditions.

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Continental Premium Contact 610th: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Total: 1206.6
  2. Dry: 221.3
  3. Wet: 500.1
  4. Snow: 205.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 93
  6. Noise: 92.4
  7. Overall: 94
Positive: The summer tyre had a huge advantage in the dry and wet braking tests.
Negative: Extremely poor snow performance.

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