|Best tyre for dry roads||Bridgestone Blizzak LM001|
|Best tyre for wet roads||Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1|
|Best tyre for snow||Continental WinterContact TS 850 P|
|The lowest fuel use||Bridgestone Blizzak LM001|
|The most comfortable||Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1|
|The quietest tyre||Pace Antarctica 5 Pace|
The biggest interest in this test was the Chinese budget winter tyre from Pace. With the most expensive set of winter tyres costing 660 euros at time of test, the budget Pace tyres were a full 400 euros cheaper, at just 260 euros. Are the savings worth the performance drop? Read on below to find out.
In the dry, the summer tyre dominates braking, and wins the handling test. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 is the best of the winter tyres, while the test-topping Goodyear and Continental tyres could only manage mid-pack. The budget Pace tyre is acceptable under dry braking conditions, but is by far the worst during the dry handling lap.
For the top five winter tyres, wet braking was closely contested with the summer tyre, with the Goodyear winter tyre finishing top. Wet handling puts the summer reference back on top, with the Goodyear winter being the best of the winter tyres on test. In both tests, the budget Pace tyre again performs the worst.
Surprisingly the Pace budget tyre wins the snow braking test, proving that it's easy for a budget tyre manufacturer to make a tyre which works well in one road condition, but not all three. Snow handling is also closely contested, with only the Maxxis and Vredestein noticeably behind the rest.
Both the Continental and Bridgestone winter tyres have a lower rolling resistance than the summer tyre on test, and every winter tyre proves to be quieter than the summer.
Auto Bild started the test asking whether the huge cost saving of a budget winter tyre was worth the risk? Their answer is a firm no, unless you only ever drive it on snow covered roads - the dry and wet penalty is too vast.
|Positive: Very good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Very high grip on wet surfaces, High level of comfort, Precise steering on dry surfaces|
Negative: Slightly high noise level, expensive
Overall: Test winner
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|Positive: Good balance of performance, Very good results on snow, especially in terms of lateral stability, Low noise level|
Negative: Average braking performance on dry surfaces, Average ride comfort, High price
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3rd: Michelin Alpin 5
|Positive: Good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Short braking distance on wet roads|
Negative: Average braking performance on dry surfaces, High price
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|Positive: Short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces, Good lateral stability on wet surfaces|
Negative: Medium traction and lateral stability in snow, Increased noise level
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|Positive: Close to a summer tyre in the dry, good snow traction, low rolling resistance|
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, poor snow handling
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|Positive: Short braking distance and general well balanced snow performance, well priced|
Negative: Long braking distances in the dry and wet, average comfort
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|Positive: Short braking distance and generally high wet grip, Low noise level|
Negative: Poor snow grip, poor dry grip, high rolling resistance
|Positive: Good snow handling, Low price|
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, low wet grip, poor dry grip and handling
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|Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, Good grip on dry surfaces, Low noise level|
Negative: Relatively weak grip and a long stopping distance on snow and wet surfaces, High rolling resistance
Overall: Not Recommended
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10th: Pace Antarctica 5 Pace
|Positive: Very good results on snow, Very low price, Very low noise level|
Negative: Weak grip on dry and wet surfaces, Very long braking distances on wet surfaces, High rolling resistance
Overall: Not Recommended