2009 ADAC Winter Tyre Test
ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.), Europes largest motoring club have published their 2009 winter tyre test.
As always, ADAC have been extremely thorough testing 34 different tyres across two tire sizes. All the tyres were purchased anonymously from independent retailers to avoid any "special" test samples being delivered by the manufacturers.
The winter tyres were tested on dry and wet roads, a specially created snow surface and the local ice ring to emulate icy conditions! The characteristics taken into account were
- Subjective dry handling during every day driving
- Subjective handling during emergency situations
- Wet braking
- Wet handling
- Straight line aquaplaning resistance
- Cornering aquaplaning resistance
- Snow acceleration
- Snow braking
- Snow traction and stability
- Ice braking
- Ice traction
- Internal noise
- External noise
- Fuel consumption
- Tyre wear
The results are broken down into 5 groups from highly rated to not recommended.
Full details of the test can be read on the ADAC Website
(translated to English