Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1

Dry Grip 91%
Wet Grip 95%
Road Feedback 84%
Handling 82%
Wear 91%
Comfort 94%
Buy again 97%

The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1 is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance 2

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Tyre review data from 14 tyre reviews averaging 90% over 110,240 miles driven.


Latest Group Test Results

2018 Autobild UHP Winter Tyre Test - 5th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Premium tyres with excellent performance in the snow and wet.
  • Negative - Average dry grip and dry braking.

2018 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 4th of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Well balanced performance, excellent aquaplaning result.
  • Negative - Slightly weak dry handling, high rolling resistance.

2017 ADAC SUV Winter Tyre Test - 215/65 R16 - 3rd of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Especially good in the wet, good in the dry, best fuel consumption.
  • Negative - Slightly weak on snow.
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Size Price Range  
195/50 R15 £55.00 - £65.32 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/55 R16 £83.00 - £125.46 (24 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £94.20 - £121.60 (23 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 £98.20 - £123.20 (24 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/55 R17 £111.50 - £158.20 (25 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1 Review

Given 81% while driving a Ford Focus MK3 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
Running 215 width tyres on 16" rims.

Dry grip good but lacks a bit of feedback. Wet grip superb. Got my first go on snow with them this morning with 3 inches of wet snow on the ground and they shone. On slush it's like the slush isn't there. On snow there's a bit of wheelspin unless you are gentle with the clutch (mine is an auto so it's a bit tricky persuading the car to be gentle!). However it's the stopping power of these tyres on the snow I was very impressed with. Yes they slide (but not very much!) if you jam the brake pedal to the floor but braking normally with a bit of caution it's not far off driving on a snow free road. Going round corners and up hills the car felt planted to the road and any sideways wiggle was easily corrected. I've got a heavy diesel engine up front helping with traction too.

They are very soft sidewalls and were a bit squishy at first but an extra 3 psi above normal and the handling was improved.

They run quietly and and are very comfortable too. Would definitely recommend.
27 - tyre reviewed on March 4, 2016   

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Given 96% while driving a SEAT Leon FR+ (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 5,650 average miles

Quiet, excellent performance on any type of coating and in all weather conditions.
I did not expect such a balance of performance from winter tires. Impressed.
I recommend to buy.
2 - tyre reviewed on April 1, 2018   
Given 93% while driving a Audi A6 (225/50 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 0 miles
I have used these tyres for two winters in the harsh climate of the Bulgarian severe snowy and icy winter with temperatures between -25 and +10-15 degrees and have very elaborate observations.
So, the tyre is perfect on wet and frozen roads below 0 degrees. Actually it slides and drifts on deep snow when it cannot touch the asphat intil the cuts become filled with snow. After that the grip is perfect.
It slides on ice but hardly is there a tyre that does not slide on smooth ice at all. Anyway the grip even on smooth ice is satisfactory.
On light and wet snow it is perfect and the grip is even better than on dry road. You feel as if you are driving in a summer day with perfect tyres. No difference. You forget that it is winter and the conditions outside are harsh and you just wonder why your colleageus drivers are drifting around you with their tyres and it is more difficult to avoid driftings cars than gripping the road.
There is one disdvantage of these tyres - they ARE NOT good for warmer temperatures. As soon as the temperatures go over around 10 degress the tyres become so soft that you are virtually glued to the road. The car starts torturing itself. The acceleration falls sharply and the car becomes slow and lazy although my car i 245 hp and 480 NM torque. The grip is so strong that you feel as if the car loses at least 30% of its power and acceleration only because of the grip of the tyres. These tyres are incredible for super low temperatures but bad for warmer ones. My advice is to swap them some time between middle of March and the beginning of April for the moderate climate zone.
8 - tyre reviewed on March 8, 2018   
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Given 81% while driving a BMW 320D (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 1,500 average miles
I bought these on steel wheels for my wife's BMW 320D Hardtop Cabriolet. In East Sussex we've had no real snow this year but plenty of cold wet weather. In the rain and wet these tyres are superb and there have been no problems at all with a few patches of ice. I struggled (in play) to get the wheels to slip at all on large sheets of white ice. By contrast,I am running Continental Wintercontacts on my BMW X3. They are good but these Goodyears are far better in really wet conditions. There is no sign of aquaplaning or any movement at all. Sheets of water over the road are easily dispersed without barely any pull on the steering.

At first they seemed a little soft so I recommend going a few PSI on the high side of their rating, whereupon they feel firm and planted. Fuel economy is surprisingly good and braking and handling give enormous confidence in cold/wet conditions. I'll be interested to try them in snow as the ADAC test rated them rather average in snow yet the Bild test rated them very highly. My gut feeling, from all other indications, is they will be a very competent tyre in the snow. These tyres and matching steel wheels have turned a posing summer car into a very competent winter sports car. I can't wait for snow covered roads with a bright sunny day, cruising with the roof down.
5 - tyre reviewed on January 23, 2018   
Given 81% while driving a Audi A3 (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 16,500 average miles
For my experience I find these tyres very comfortable, I can slightly hear the difference between summer tyres. Furthermore I never noticed any difference in fuel consumption. The road feedback it's ok but not the best. They thend to oversteer on cornering. For my experience wet grip is good as the tyre have no more than two/three years, especially on cornering but I find this a common behaviour in all winter tyres. The wear is uniform, I suppose I may use these tyres for another 16000 miles. Definitely they're good tyres.
Would I buy them again? Yes if snow period is long. The last two years snowed just a couple of times so I'm more oriented to an allseason tyre for the future.
2 - tyre reviewed on January 17, 2018   
Given 83% while driving a Kia Motors ceed (225/45 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 12,000 spirited miles
Had these on a Kia Ceed SW 2013 all year and not much wear .
The side walls do flex a bit if you push into the corners too hard in the dry, but actually the fuel consumption is great, wet road and snow handling is fantastic. I usually swap summer/winter so I'm used to the differences between the two types of tyres but really with all the rain in the UK why bother as these give much more confidence in the wet.
2 - tyre reviewed on October 30, 2017   

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