2012 Sport Auto Winter Sports Tyre Test

The 2012 Sport Auto winter tyre test was the first tyre test to include both the new Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 and the new Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance.

Somewhat surprisingly, the winner of the test was neither of the new tyres, but the Continental Winter Contact TS830P which took the top spot thanks to its near perfect snow performance. Worth noting that for the UK climate at least, the Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 is the best all round tyre as it matched the Continentals wet performance, and the small deficit in snow performance is worth the trade in higher dry stability and grip.

The Results

Continental WinterContact TS 830 P1st: Continental WinterContact TS 830 P
  1. Total: 249
  2. Dry: 59
  3. Wet: 91
  4. Snow: 99
Positive: Very balanced tyres, excellent traction on snow and wet surfaces, short braking distances in all conditions
Negative: Relatively sluggish and inaccurate steering response in the dry

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Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance
  1. Total: 242
  2. Dry: 59
  3. Wet: 91
  4. Snow: 92
Positive: High grip and good handling on wet roads, high lateral grip and short braking distances on snow
Negative: Average dry handling and braking

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Michelin Pilot Alpin 43rd: Michelin Pilot Alpin 4
  1. Total: 242
  2. Dry: 66
  3. Wet: 91
  4. Snow: 85
Positive: High grip and short braking distance on wet roads, very precise reaction to steering the dry

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Nokian WR A34th: Nokian WR A3
  1. Total: 238
  2. Dry: 67
  3. Wet: 78
  4. Snow: 93
Positive: High grip and short braking distances on snow, good handling on dry surfaces
Negative: Relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning, relatively long braking distance on wet roads

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Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D5th: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
  1. Total: 235
  2. Dry: 59
  3. Wet: 91
  4. Snow: 85
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, good handling on dry surfaces
Negative: Relatively poor traction and long braking distances on snow

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Pirelli Sottozero Serie II6th: Pirelli Sottozero Serie II
  1. Total: 222
  2. Dry: 53
  3. Wet: 76
  4. Snow: 93
Positive: High traction on snow
Negative: The tendency to shift from understeer to oversteer. Relatively long braking distances on dry and wet surfaces, poor resistance to aquaplaning

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Toyo Snowprox S9537th: Toyo Snowprox S953
  1. Total: 213
  2. Dry: 55
  3. Wet: 69
  4. Snow: 89
Positive: High grip, balanced behaviour and excellent traction on snow
Negative: Relatively long stopping distances on dry, poor handling and long braking distance on wet roads

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Hankook Winter i cept evo8th: Hankook Winter i cept evo
  1. Total: 212
  2. Dry: 67
  3. Wet: 79
  4. Snow: 66
Positive: Good handling on dry surfaces
Negative: Weak performance in the wet, very weak grip and poor handling in the snow

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