Nokian WR A3

Dry Grip 92%
Wet Grip 89%
Road Feedback 90%
Handling 83%
Wear 91%
Comfort 92%
Buy again 88%

The Nokian WR A3 is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre has been replaced by the Nokian WR A4

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Tyre review data from 68 tyre reviews averaging 89% over 472,743 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2013 Winter Tyre Buying Guide - 3rd of 9 tyres

2012 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test - 3rd of 6 tyres

  • Positive - Good handling on snowy, wet and dry roads, stable cornering and precise steering response, short wet and dry braking distances , low fuel consumption
  • Negative - Average comfort
  • Overall - Exemplary

2011 Winter Tyre Buying Guide - 3rd of 5 tyres

  • Overall - The Nokian WR G2 was a Tyre Reviews favourite last year thanks to its "slush optimised" design and excellent wet and dry performance being perfect for the UK climate. The new version, the WR A3 (And its little brother - WR D3) again promises to improve on the G2 in every way. Like last year with the WR G2, supply will be extremely limited this year.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
195/45 R16 84V XL   C C    
205/55 R16 91H   C C 72  
205/55 R16 94H   C C 72  
215/55 R16 97V XL   C C 72  
225/55 R16 99V   C C 72  
215/45 R17 91V   C C 72  
225/45 R17 94H   C C 72  
235/45 R17 97V XL   C C 72  
235/45 R17 97H          
245/45 R17 99V XL          
225/50 R17 98V   C C 72  
215/55 R17 98V          
225/55 R17 97H   F C 71  
225/55 R17 101V XL          
235/55 R17 103V XL   C C 72  
225/40 R18 92V   C C 72  
235/40 R18 95V XL          
245/40 R18 97V   C C 72  
225/45 R18 95V WINTER        
235/45 R18 98V   C C 72  
245/45 R18 100V XL   F C 72  
245/45 R18 100V          
235/50 R18 101V XL          
245/40 R19 98V XL   C C 72  
255/35 R20 97W XL          
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Size Price Range  
205/55 R16 £83.24 - £106.10 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/55 R16 £81.92 - £128.00 (14 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £120.86 - £148.00 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 £91.70 - £98.00 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 13 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Nokian WR A3 Review

Given 95% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro (235/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 27,000 average miles
I've driven these tyres for over 42000 km, with this being their second season. Tread depth is currently 5 mm from the original 8 mm so not bad at all, especially considering that they've seen a fair bit of summer and motorway driving.

They have been driven across Europe multiple times, and seen much of the Alps during the winter, including wet weather, deep snow, and ice (not recommended for regular ice driving! Use studded tyres for that). I didn't think they would perform so well on account of their relatively large width, but so far they have proven themselves to be remarkably reliable, although having a four wheel drive car also helps, no doubt.

Only thing to keep in mind, if driving on the Autobahn, is that they are limited to 200 km/h, but that's hardly a problem I would think.
20 - tyre reviewed on January 9, 2015   

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Given 47% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Focus (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
As every time when I'm about to buy something, I did some research which winter tyres to buy. I read everywhere that Nokian produces excellent winter tyres so this brand was one of the options and one day I saw a set of these tyres were on sale so I bought them. I really had high hopes for these tyres after reading great reviews, but if I want to summarize my experience with them so far, I would say: these are not winter tyres at all. The comfort is ok, they are very silent, but the grip is just awful. If the road is any but dry, they just don't grip. In the snow they are totally useless and I'm not exaggerating. If you stop in snow, you will most likely not be able to get going. This is really annoying, because my car has really low torque and I am really easy on gas, but it still rolls the wheels without any single sign of grip. I was driving in snow with my Falken Ziex summer tyres and they were so much more confident in snow than these Nokians. Ridiculous. I replaced my 10 year old Hankook Icebears to these Nokians and even those 10 year old tyres were so much better. I could even get going with the Hankooks in snow on a 8-10% slope, with these Nokians it's a miracle if I can move the car on flat surface from a stop. I decided to write this review when this weekend every single car could go up a snowy slope except me. Even a big transporter with worn out winter tyres, it was so annoying. With the Hankooks them being 9 years old, I could cross the High Tatras in snow!! With these I can't go up on a little slope. I even experienced my very first slide with them on a wet road, I was doing 70km/h and the rear of the car just started drifting and I almost ended up in the trench. I'm going to sell them the next day I'm changing to summer tyres. Very very disappointing, I would definitely not buy these again.
3 - tyre reviewed on February 26, 2018   
Given 86% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTD Estate (225/40 R18 V) on a combination of roads for 11 average miles
Bought these tyres in late 2011 after two bad winters and fitted them to a Audi A3 Quattro, followed by an A4 Avant then current Golf GTD Estate. After winter of 2015/16 I decided to leave them on all year as I only do c. 5K miles/annum and got fed up with the wheel changes 2 x per year. They have never encountered deep snow here in Central Scotland but have proven quiet, reassuring and economical as a year round tyre. Late April/Early May this year we did a round trip to Murcia in Spain (though Portsmouth - Santander by ferry) and did 2.5K miles in 19-days. Conditions ranged from torrential rain then 2C and snow in Cantabria mountains to 30C in Costa Calida. The tyres took all in their stride and on return to UK trip computer showed 54mpg average. I know these tyres are no longer made in Finland but would hope the Russian versions will be of similar quality. I will probably need to change them after the next winter due to their age, they will certainly not be worn out, as at service last month they were all 6mm+. If I was to select one particular quality it would be their wet road grip in either cold or warm conditions and resistance to aquaplaning. Highly recommended.
1 - tyre reviewed on July 27, 2017   
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Given 100% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 535d msport touring (245/40 R18 V) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
BMW 5 RWD 3.0 diesel, driving high speed in winter Lithuanian coast conditions, usually not to much snow, but ice, wet roads and some snow ocassionaly. Highly recommend A3 for sharp and fast driving in variuos conditions, comfortable as well. I feel confident with these tyres even with rear wheel drive car.
3 - tyre reviewed on April 4, 2017   
Given 93% (breakdown) while driving a Skoda Octavia (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 18,000 average miles
0 - tyre reviewed on March 20, 2017   
Given 88% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 320 d (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 300 spirited miles
An outstanding tyre. My set are 4 years old, but have been shed stored from new and never used. These Nokians grip far better than the R17 Bridgestone RFT summer tyres (unsure of the exact model right now) which I have removed for the winter, at least over the 300 miles of Irish roads covered, with temperatures of 3 to 9 deg Celcius. Also, I cannot get over the increase in fuel economy. Gone from 44.5 mpg average up to 54. Incredible the difference a set of tyres can make. My drive has been transformed. Now I am just praying for snow (and for the Irish government to mandate all season/winter tyres for the cold months). Fat chance.
0 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2016   

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