Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 86%
Road Feedback 83%
Handling 78%
Wear 87%
Comfort 87%
Buy again 91%

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

This tyre has been replaced by the Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S

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Tyre review data from 61 tyre reviews averaging 85% over 700,444 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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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.
54 - tyre reviewed on May 8, 2015   

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Given 63% (breakdown) while driving a Jaguar XFR (225/40 R19) on mostly motorways for 40 average miles
I was advised to get these tyres by my local tyre dealer as a cheaper alternative, and by and large they are good tyres in the snow, BUT, they are very poor in the wet.

The original car that they were fitted to was the Jaguar 5.0 v8 with 385 BHP and they were ok, but when I put them on my Jaguar XFR with 510 BHP the wet grip went from OK to dangerous. Losing traction at 70 MPH on a motorway in the rain whilst going uphill and round a slight bend was not fun.

I suspect that they are OK on lower powered cars, but can't recommend them on higher powered cars.

UPDATE:- I have now spent a winter on some new tyres which are an order of magnitude better than these tyres in the wet and slightly better in the snow.
0 - tyre reviewed on April 5, 2018   
Given 86% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Galaxy (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 23,000 average miles
I have tried 3 brands of winter tyre and the Vredstein has been head and shoulders above the others. Having travelled through the alps in winteron fresh and packed snow, I have never been stuck with these. Ford Galaxy 2wheel drive.
8 - tyre reviewed on December 12, 2017   
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Given 83% (breakdown) while driving a Vauxhall Insignia ST SRI CDTI ecoFLEX 160 (245/45 R18 V) on a combination of roads for 18,000 average miles
So drive on these everyday all year round on the front, motorway, A and B roads, now getting to the wear bar at 18000 miles.
They break traction at roundabouts if there is grit of salt on the road when you pull out, That's about the only real issue I have found.
Drove through some atrocious rain storms on the A1 last year and never felt the car move around at all, and I do not hang about.

Ok they are getting noisier as we get towards the end of their life, but on an icy January morning or with a little snow on the ground I know I am getting to work !
There seems to be more grip from these than the summer Continentals on the works car.
Would I have another set, yes as I cannot find any all seasons tyres to fit the bill.
3 - tyre reviewed on October 8, 2017   
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.
6 - 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!

4 - tyre reviewed on May 30, 2016   

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