Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 83%
Handling 78%
Wear 87%
Comfort 87%
Buy again 91%
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme

The Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

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Tyre review data from 58 tyre reviews averaging 85% over 659,404 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview - 31st of 48 tyres

Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
215/65 R15 96H   C E 69  
205/50 R16 87H   E E 69  
205/55 R16 94V XL   E E 69  
215/55 R16 93H   E E 69  
215/55 R16 97H XL   E E 69  
225/55 R16 99V XL   C E 69  
225/55 R16 95H   E E 69  
225/55 R16 99H XL   C E 69  
215/60 R16 99H XL   C E 69  
225/60 R16 98H   C E 69  
235/60 R16 100H   E E 69  
215/65 R16 98H   C E 69  
215/40 R17 87V XL   E E 69  
205/45 R17 88V XL   E E 69  
225/45 R17 91H   E E 69  
225/45 R17 94H XL   E E 69  
225/45 R17 94V XL   E E 69  
245/45 R17 99V XL   E E 69  
205/50 R17 93H XL   E E 69  
205/50 R17 93V XL   E E 69  
215/50 R17 95V XL   E E 69  
225/50 R17 98V XL   E E 69  
225/50 R17 94H   E E 69  
225/50 R17 98H XL   E E 69  
215/55 R17 98V XL   C E 69  
225/55 R17 101V XL   C E 69  
235/55 R17 103V XL   C E 69  
265/35 R18 97W XL   E E 70  
225/40 R18 92W XL   E E 69  
235/40 R18 95W XL   E E 69  
245/40 R18 97W XL   E E 69  
255/40 R18 99W XL   E E 70  
225/45 R18 95V XL   E E 69  
235/45 R18 98V XL   E E 69  
245/45 R18 100V XL   C E 69  
255/45 R18 103V XL   C E 70  
235/50 R18 101V XL   C E 69  
225/60 R18 104V XL   C E 69  
265/30 R19 93W XL   E E 70  
275/30 R19 96W XL   E E 70  
235/35 R19 91W XL   E E 69  
245/35 R19 93W XL   E E 69  
255/35 R19 96W XL   E E 70  
255/40 R19 100W XL   E E 70  
225/55 R19 99V   C E 71  
285/25 R20 93W XL   E E 70  
235/30 R20 88W XL   E E 69  
245/30 R20 90W XL   E E 69  
245/40 R20 99W XL   E E 69  
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215/45 R17 £110.92 - £111.50 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme Review

Given 88% (breakdown) while driving a MG ZT 260 (235/40 R18) on mostly town for 10,000 spirited miles
First winter tyres I'd ever used. Very good in the snow on my MG ZT V8.Very good in the wet too.
However all four tyres have now split on the inside walls - they are dated 2010.
27 - tyre reviewed on May 8, 2015   

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Given 69% (breakdown) while driving a Jaguar XFR (255/40 R19) on mostly motorways for 40,685 average miles
I fitted these tyres, initially to my V8 XF Jaguar and then onto my V8 XFR Jaguar.

The grip in the snow is excellent, which is what you need with a powerful rear wheel drive car, but the wet weather handling was always suspect. But when I put these tyres onto the XFR the wet weather handling issues became dangerous. even using winter mode on the car and barely touching the accelerator I would get wheel spin on all uphill starts, and I live in the hills in the North of England so that is inevitable. But the breaking point for me was when the rear wheels broke traction, in the rain, going uphill on the M1 at 70 MPH when I crossed the white line changing lanes. That got my attention and so I have removed these tyres even though they have over 4mm of tread left.

Having said that the wear rate if phenononal, I said 4mm of tread left and they have done 40,685 miles. They may simply be too hard to grip in the wet.
0 - tyre reviewed on December 10, 2016   
Given 89% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen TOUAREG V6 TDI (275/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 26,000 average miles
In March 2014 we purchased our first VW Touareg 3.0 V6 Diesel, we previously had a Mercedes ML and had some issues with the tyres. We wanted a four season tyre for our 275/45 R20 wheels but couldn't seem to find any for such large wheels.

We went onto the web to try and find an appropriate tyre, but just ended up more confused! I spoke to my local tyre fitting expert Jeff Fowkes Wheels Ltd in Ibstock Leicestershire and he suggested that I take a look at the Vredestein Wintrac Extreme.

I immediately expressed surprise as spring had sprung and summer was coming, I was told that they could be left on all year round and they would still perform well. I was a little sceptical but went ahead with the purchase and we have now enjoyed just over 26,000 on the same set of tires, they are not particularly noisy and we haven't had any issues with performance at all.

Apparently the front tyres have around another 3,000 miles or so left in them (6mm left on the rears and 5mm on the fronts) before we need to think about replacing them, we were advised to run them at around 40 psi rather than the 35 psi we were running them at to give a bit more support to the side walls, the front passenger side one has worn the outside edge away (apparently this is a Touareg thing) and we were advised to have the tracking checked and corrected which we did. It was also suggested that we should have rotated the tyres (front to rear) each twelve months to equalise the wear, which we didn't do, but will in future.

the Wintrac Extreme has now been replaced by the Wintrac S Extreme and we will be fitting another pair of these on the front in around three months time and will continue to run these "winter" tyres all year round. For those who are fortunate enough to have the space to store winter and summer wheels, the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti is an excellent summer tyre, good value and also lasts for a good few miles!

I hope that this helps people who are having the same dilemma as we did!

1 - tyre reviewed on May 30, 2016   
Given 91% (breakdown) while driving a Audi Q3 (215/65 R16) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
superb in snow and ice circa -2degs-4degs C . in the lake district . gives total confidence and tractability . no problems with grip even on steep down gradiuents . Will buy again the same or equivalent when necessary . Equally impressive on normal dry/ wet roads above o degs too. Went for new small wheels ; 16 inch with 215 , 65 ,16inch H speed on on audi Q3 quattro . Exellent ride quality .mike m.
0 - tyre reviewed on February 4, 2016   
Given 84% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen mk7 Golf GTD (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,000 average miles
These are the second set of Vredestein winter tyres after I had a set of snowtrac 3s a couple of years ago. I've only had a couple of weeks worth of driving in the snow with them but they are an excellent tyre for those conditions. Car behaves well, pulls well and stops well. I've never once gotten stuck even in relatively deep snow. In normal road conditions they behave almost as well as the Bridgestones I use in summer, not quite as good in fast flowing corners but you'd have to go some to get them to break traction. For someone who is looking for a set of winter tyres that are good in the snow and good in average road conditions I would recommend these tyres. Wear is pretty decent I've used them for over 12k miles and wear is barely 2mm across all four tyres.
2 - tyre reviewed on September 17, 2015   
Given 77% (breakdown) while driving a Land Rover Freelander 2 (235/55 R19) on mostly country roads for 3,000 average miles
I fitted these to my Freelander 2 Just before winter and grip in cold/icy/snowy conditions is exceptional. I have kept them in on in the summer and you would never know they are winter tyres. Not done enough miles yet, but they look like they aren't wearing overly fast either! However Fuel economy has taken a hit. They are a good 10% down over Continental cross contact UHP's. It might not sound like much, but on a run I used to get 43mpg and now get 38mpg and it adds up. That said, come the winter they are exceptional.
0 - tyre reviewed on September 11, 2015   

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