2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview

It's the test we look forward to all year, the Auto Bild winter tyre shootout.

2014 sees Auto Bild testing fifty different winter tyres in 225/50 R17. As usual, they test all fifty tyres in wet braking from 50 mph, then take the top twenty through to a snow braking test from 31mph. The top fifteen from this test then go on to the full winter tyre test, where Auto Bild crown the best winter tyre of 2014.

As usual, there's a huge disparity between the best and the worst winter tyres in the wet braking test, with the winning Pirelli stopping in 35.7 meters and the worst budgets at 52.7 meters, a huge 17 meters, or nearly two double decker busses further. For a predominately wet winter climate like the UK, the wet braking tests are really worth concentrating on.

For comparison purposes, Auto Bild also included an undentified summer tyre in the wet and snow braking tests. The summer tyre matched the bset winter tyre on test, stopping in just 36 metres in the wet, but took a huge 58.2 metres in the snow, 30.3 metres longer than the best winter tyre from 31 mph.

The Braking Results

Please note: Places 20-50 were not tested in snow braking, our results show 0.1 metres for formatting reasons. Position 45 was PneuVranik Everest HPL in 45.1 metres, and Position 50 was Sonny WOT 18 in 52.7 metres. Neither tyre feature in our database as there is no brand information online.

1st: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  1. Total: 63.6
  2. Wet: 35.7
  3. Snow: 27.9
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2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance

Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance
  1. Total: 63.8
  2. Wet: 36.4
  3. Snow: 27.4
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3rd: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D

Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
  1. Total: 64.1
  2. Wet: 36.5
  3. Snow: 27.6
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4th: Continental WinterContact TS 850

Continental WinterContact TS 850
  1. Total: 64.3
  2. Wet: 36.1
  3. Snow: 28.2
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5th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S

Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S
  1. Total: 65
  2. Wet: 36.9
  3. Snow: 28.1
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6th: Michelin Alpin A4

Michelin Alpin A4
  1. Total: 65.2
  2. Wet: 36.8
  3. Snow: 28.4
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7th: Nokian WR D3

Nokian WR D3
  1. Total: 65.9
  2. Wet: 37.5
  3. Snow: 28.4
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8th: Cooper WM SA2

Cooper WM SA2
  1. Total: 66.5
  2. Wet: 37.9
  3. Snow: 28.6
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9th: Semperit Speed Grip 2

Semperit Speed Grip 2
  1. Total: 66.7
  2. Wet: 38
  3. Snow: 28.7
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10th: Hankook Winter i cept RS

Hankook Winter i cept RS
  1. Total: 66.9
  2. Wet: 38.5
  3. Snow: 28.4
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11th: Kumho IZen KW27

Kumho IZen KW27
  1. Total: 66.9
  2. Wet: 38.3
  3. Snow: 28.6
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12th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  1. Total: 67
  2. Wet: 39.9
  3. Snow: 27.1
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13th: Fulda Kristall Control HP

Fulda Kristall Control HP
  1. Total: 67.3
  2. Wet: 40
  3. Snow: 27.3
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14th: Goodride SW608

Goodride SW608
  1. Total: 67.3
  2. Wet: 37.6
  3. Snow: 29.7
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15th: Westlake SW 608

Westlake SW 608
  1. Total: 67.5
  2. Wet: 37.9
  3. Snow: 29.6
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16th: Barum Polaris 3

Barum Polaris 3
  1. Total: 67.8
  2. Wet: 39.7
  3. Snow: 28.1
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17th: Falken Eurowinter HS449

Falken Eurowinter HS449
  1. Total: 68
  2. Wet: 37.8
  3. Snow: 30.2
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18th: Roadstone Win guard Sport

Roadstone Win guard Sport
  1. Total: 68.2
  2. Wet: 37.8
  3. Snow: 30.4
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19th: Apollo Alnac Winter

Apollo Alnac Winter
  1. Total: 69.6
  2. Wet: 40.1
  3. Snow: 29.5
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20th: Nexen Winguard Sport

Nexen Winguard Sport
  1. Total: 69.6
  2. Wet: 39.1
  3. Snow: 30.5
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21st: BFGoodrich gForce Winter

BFGoodrich gForce Winter
  1. Total: 40.6
  2. Wet: 40.5
  3. Snow: 0.1
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22nd: Nankang SV2

Nankang SV2
  1. Total: 40.7
  2. Wet: 40.6
  3. Snow: 0.1
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23rd: Sava eskimo hp

Sava eskimo hp
  1. Total: 40.7
  2. Wet: 40.6
  3. Snow: 0.1
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24th: Accelera X Grip

Accelera X Grip
  1. Total: 40.8
  2. Wet: 40.7
  3. Snow: 0.1
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25th: Toyo Snowprox S953

Toyo Snowprox S953
  1. Total: 40.8
  2. Wet: 40.7
  3. Snow: 0.1
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26th: GT Radial CHAMPIRO WT AX

GT Radial CHAMPIRO WT AX
  1. Total: 40.9
  2. Wet: 40.8
  3. Snow: 0.1
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27th: Ovation W 586

Ovation W 586
  1. Total: 40.9
  2. Wet: 40.8
  3. Snow: 0.1
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28th: Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO

Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO
  1. Total: 41.1
  2. Wet: 41
  3. Snow: 0.1
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29th: Star Performer Winter AS

Star Performer Winter AS
  1. Total: 41.1
  2. Wet: 41
  3. Snow: 0.1
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30th: Kleber Krisalp HP2

Kleber Krisalp HP2
  1. Total: 41.6
  2. Wet: 41.5
  3. Snow: 0.1
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31st: Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme

Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme
  1. Total: 41.6
  2. Wet: 41.5
  3. Snow: 0.1
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32nd: Sonar PF2

Sonar PF2
  1. Total: 41.7
  2. Wet: 41.6
  3. Snow: 0.1
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33rd: Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow

Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow
  1. Total: 41.9
  2. Wet: 41.8
  3. Snow: 0.1
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34th: Yokohama W Drive V902B

Yokohama W Drive V902B
  1. Total: 41.9
  2. Wet: 41.8
  3. Snow: 0.1
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35th: Sunny SN3830

Sunny SN3830
  1. Total: 42
  2. Wet: 41.9
  3. Snow: 0.1
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36th: Ceat Formula Winter

Ceat Formula Winter
  1. Total: 42.7
  2. Wet: 42.6
  3. Snow: 0.1
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37th: Evergreen Winter EW66

Evergreen Winter EW66
  1. Total: 42.7
  2. Wet: 42.6
  3. Snow: 0.1
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38th: Hifly Win Turi

Hifly Win Turi
  1. Total: 42.8
  2. Wet: 42.7
  3. Snow: 0.1
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39th: Fortuna Fortuna Winter

Fortuna Fortuna Winter
  1. Total: 43.5
  2. Wet: 43.4
  3. Snow: 0.1
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40th: Maxxis Presa Snow Wintermaxx

Maxxis Presa Snow Wintermaxx
  1. Total: 44.2
  2. Wet: 44.1
  3. Snow: 0.1
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41st: Marangoni Meteo HP

Marangoni Meteo HP
  1. Total: 44.5
  2. Wet: 44.4
  3. Snow: 0.1
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42nd: Wanli Snowgrip S1083

Wanli Snowgrip S1083
  1. Total: 44.5
  2. Wet: 44.4
  3. Snow: 0.1
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43rd: Minerva IcePlus S210

Minerva IcePlus S210
  1. Total: 44.8
  2. Wet: 44.7
  3. Snow: 0.1
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44th: Syron Everest 1

Syron Everest 1
  1. Total: 45.1
  2. Wet: 45
  3. Snow: 0.1
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46th: Rockstone Eco Snow

Rockstone Eco Snow
  1. Total: 46.1
  2. Wet: 46
  3. Snow: 0.1
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47th: Imperial Snowdragon 3

Imperial Snowdragon 3
  1. Total: 48.3
  2. Wet: 48.2
  3. Snow: 0.1
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48th: Maxtrek TREK M7

Maxtrek TREK M7
  1. Total: 48.3
  2. Wet: 48.2
  3. Snow: 0.1
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49th: Hercules Winter HSI L

Hercules Winter HSI L
  1. Total: 50.6
  2. Wet: 50.5
  3. Snow: 0.1
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