Nokian WR D4

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 85%
Road Feedback 84%
Handling 81%
Wear 80%
Comfort 89%
Buy again 84%
Nokian WR D4

The Nokian WR D4 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Nokian WR D3

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Tyre review data from 19 tyre reviews averaging 84% over 64,096 miles driven.


Tyre Test Highlights

2016 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test - 2nd of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Good results in the snow, high resistance to aquaplaning
  • Negative - Slightly slower steering response

2016 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 2nd of 8 tyres

  • Overall - Like the test winning Continental, the Nokian WR D4 excelled in almost every test. It had the strongest snow braking and traction results, finished third and fifth in wet braking and handling tests, won dry braking and was within 1% of the best in dry handling. The main weakness of the Nokian was the rolling resistance, where it finished last, a full 15% behind the best in test.

2016 AZ Winter Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 - 2nd of 14 tyres

  • Positive - Good handling on snow, short braking distances on wet surfaces, the shortest braking distance on dry roads (other than CrossClimate), predictable behavior on dry roads, low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Average wet handling
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
205/60 R16 86H XL   B A 69  
225/45 R17 94H XL   C A 69  
225/40 R18 92V XL          
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Size Price Range  
175/65 R14 £40.22 - £43.77 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
185/65 R15 £47.46 - £53.20 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £59.98 - £77.00 (15 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/60 R16 £64.00 - £84.71 (15 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/55 R16 £80.69 - £98.40 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £74.00 - £101.40 (17 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 41 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Nokian WR D4 Review

Given 66% (breakdown) while driving a SEAT Leon (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 8,000 easy going miles
As for grip, fantastic tyres, I am however disappointed with the wear. I use winter tyres all year round and I have found these tyres are starting to break down around the edges of the tread. The sipes are delaminating and falling off in chunks around the edges of my front wheels.
They are fuel efficient and quiet, but the wear is terrible. Wouldn't buy them again Because of wear.
53 - tyre reviewed on August 6, 2016   

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Given 74% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 325i (225/45 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
These tyres are really quite good for handling for a winter tyre in wet and dry. I have never driven them in show, so no comments there. They are very comfortable but are dim witted in terms of steering feedback (much as you would expect from a winter tyre).

I live in the SE of the UK and it has been rather dry the past couple of winters. I fitted them to my car for the first time last winter for 2 months, probably traveled under 2,000 miles and it scrubbed off 1mm in that time on the driven tyres. Rotated, they should last 4 winter seasons. For their price, it is pretty good value IMO.
0 - tyre reviewed on February 6, 2017   
Given 64% (breakdown) while driving a Honda Accord (225/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 10 average miles
Good handling on dry and wet, almost excellent on snow, but the wear is disaster. I have them second season as winter tyres, more than 10K km so far, but I have noticed that the front tyres are falling apart. Good enough not to buy them again.
0 - tyre reviewed on February 3, 2017   
Audi (225/60 R16 V) on mostly town for 10 spirited miles
I have just bought these tires and those 100-200 miles hadn't pass yet so not 100 % performance BUT they are incredible !!!! It is unimaginable how these tires behave in the snow. I have to push it really hard to get those protection systems to enable (ABS ESP) . I have a 2013 Audi A6 front wheel drive 177HP and I have pushed it hard on thin snow with very impressive grip and break !!!! Would never change them for anything else. The only tire that comes to mind for replacement would be Continental TS860 but those are not available on my "flavor" (225/60/R16). Those were 99% alternative for this Nokian WR D4, but for the price difference I think they dont worth it !

I have no data for the Wear factor, but I will only have them for 2 months or so then go back to summer tires so they wont have the time to wear.....

It has been heavy snowing last night . Over 10cm of snow here. I cant wait to go out and ... "PLAY" :) Good luck to you all !! Congrats to NOKIAN !!!
0 - tyre reviewed on January 11, 2017   
Given 90% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 3 series (205/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 200 average miles
Put these on my BMW last week and initially i was very concerned with how "slippy" the tyres felt but after reading some articles on the web regarding releasing agents that some Tyre manufacturers use i thought i would reserve judgment until i had "brushed" them in after driving on them for a few hundred miles or so first.

after 180 miles done i can say that the grip and drive is much improved . cornering seems assured in the wet and dry now . Grip has been good on icy roads in the morning and evening . Now just. waiting for the first snow to test .
oh and also , i think my fuel mileage has also improved.
Decided on these as i needled run flat winter tryres and this was the newest tyre available . If the Conti TS860 was available in run flat versions i think i would have chosen that one to be honest but these were well priced.
6 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2016   
Given 69% (breakdown) while driving a Vauxhall Corsa D (185/65 R15 H) on mostly town for 6,000 spirited miles
This is the second year for these tyres. Last year I did about 4000 miles on them, and the fronts were down to 5mm tread (3mm worn off). This year, those tyres are on the back and the fresher ones are on the front. At this rate they'll be done after their 4th year.

Generally, they're fine. Wet grip isn't great, on smooth city streets I can easily lose grip taking off from traffic lights, or accelerating while turning. Nipping out of a junction isn't a sure thing compared to the summer tyres. Braking is just OK. My car isn't the highest performing car in the world, (only 100hp 1.4 so not much torque and long fuel-economy gearing). I think these tyres wouldn't suit anything with more power.

Comfort is OK, similar to the Kumho EcoWing 195/55/16 tyres fitted to my summer wheels, much better than the Continentals the car came with which were like rocks.

I think if I were buying again, I'd give them a miss and go for the Dunlop WinterResponse 2 that I run on the wife's i30 (in the same size), as they seem to be able to handle the 133hp of that car no problems. The Dunlops also give much better confidence in the wet.
0 - tyre reviewed on November 22, 2016   

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