2012 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test

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1st: Continental WinterContact TS 850

Continental WinterContact TS 850
  1. Total: 1085.4
  2. Dry: 199.7
  3. Wet: 388.4
  4. Snow: 398.6
  5. Noise: 98.7
Positive: Strong in every category, winning the wet braking, wet handling, dry braking and snow traction tests. A very special winter tyre
Negative: Higher cabin noise than some of the other leading winter tyres

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2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 8

Goodyear UltraGrip 8
  1. Total: 1079.4
  2. Dry: 196.7
  3. Wet: 394.7
  4. Snow: 388
  5. Noise: 100
Positive: Best aquaplaning result, fastest in the dry, good snow performance and a strong wet lap time
Negative: Slightly high rolling resistance

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3rd: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D

Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
  1. Total: 1066.6
  2. Dry: 198.4
  3. Wet: 370.2
  4. Snow: 399.2
  5. Noise: 98.8
Positive: Best snow braking and handling, second fastest in dry handling
Negative: Average noise and aquaplaning resistance scores

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4th: Michelin Alpin A4

Michelin Alpin A4
  1. Total: 1057.1
  2. Dry: 197.4
  3. Wet: 370.1
  4. Snow: 389.6
  5. Noise: 100
Positive: Strong snow handling, joint quietest tyre on test and good wet and dry braking and handling
Negative: Poor aquaplaning results and average snow braking

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4th: Nokian WR D3

Nokian WR D3
  1. Total: 1050.3
  2. Dry: 198.8
  3. Wet: 373.9
  4. Snow: 379
  5. Noise: 98.6
Positive: Very strong aquaplaning resistance, keen pricing, good dry performance and good wet handling
Negative: Last in the snow tests by a small margin

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6th: Vredestein Snowtrac 3

Vredestein Snowtrac 3
  1. Total: 1053.9
  2. Dry: 197.6
  3. Wet: 371.9
  4. Snow: 385.8
  5. Noise: 98.6
Positive: Good snow braking, strong resistance to aquaplaning and dynamic in the dry
Negative: Struggled in snow traction and wet braking and handling. High rolling resistance

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7th: Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3

Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3
  1. Total: 1030.3
  2. Dry: 196.4
  3. Wet: 352.6
  4. Snow: 382
  5. Noise: 99.3
Positive: Nice progressive slide on wet handling, second place in wet braking and good noise and rolling resistance
Negative: Not quite as strong in the snow as the leaders, weak aquaplaning results

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8th: Linglong Winter Hero Radial 650

Linglong Winter Hero Radial 650
  1. Total: 956.5
  2. Dry: 193.1
  3. Wet: 281.9
  4. Snow: 382.5
  5. Noise: 99
Positive: Most economical tyre
Negative: Extremely poor performances in every wet and dry test. When the Continental had stopped the car in the wet braking test, you'd still be doing 24mph on the LingLong

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