2010 Auto Bild Winter 4x4 Tyre Test

As proven in this video, owning a 4x4 off vehicle is no substitute for being on the correct tyre during the winter months.

Auto Bild have recently tested 8 tyres in 215/65 r16 on a Volvo XC70 for dry, wet and snow performance. As always the results were close amongst the premium brands, with Dunlop just beating Continental to the top spot.

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1st: Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
  1. Total: 25
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 10
Positive: Fantastic grip and short braking distances on snow, predictable handling, very balanced winter tyres with no real weaknesses.
Negative: Average rolling resistance.
Overall: Exemplary.

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2nd: Continental ContiCrossContact Winter

Continental ContiCrossContact Winter
  1. Total: 23
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 10
Positive: Balanced winter tires, short braking distances on snow, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slightly extended stopping distance on dry pavement, not exactly cheap.
Overall: Exemplary.

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3rd: Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero

Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero
  1. Total: 22
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 9
Positive: Short braking distances on snow, very quiet, well-balanced winter tire, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Somewhat reduced performance in curved aquaplaning.
Overall: Exemplary.

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4th: Michelin Latitude Alpin HP

Michelin Latitude Alpin HP
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 7
Positive: Good snow grip, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Reduced adhesion on wet roads, light steering response, not exactly cheap.
Overall: Recommended.

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5th: Toyo Open Country WT

Toyo Open Country WT
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 8
Positive: Cheap, good on snow, short dry braking distance.
Negative: Slightly reduced grip on wet roads, moderate comfort, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Recommended.

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6th: Nokian W RG2 SUV

Nokian W RG2 SUV
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Snow: 3
Positive: Great on wet and dry roads, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Poor grip on snow, moderate comfort, not cheap.
Overall: Recommended.

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7th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 4X4

Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 4X4
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 6
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8th: Kumho Izen RV KC15

Kumho Izen RV KC15
  1. Total: 15
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 3
  4. Snow: 7
Positive: very cheap winter tires, good on snow, very low rolling resistance.
Negative: Very poor wet grip, spongy ride in dry conditions, poor aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: Not recommended.

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