|Best tyre for dry roads||Continental WinterContact TS 860|
|Best tyre for wet roads||Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3|
Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO
|Best tyre for snow||BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2|
|The lowest fuel use||Uniroyal MS Plus 77|
|The most comfortable||Michelin Alpin 5|
Semperit Speed Grip 3
BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
|The lowest wear||Fulda Kristall Control HP2|
Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
|The quietest tyre||Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO|
|The best value tyre||Nexen WinGuard Sport 2|
Sava Eskimo HP2
The next phase was testing the remaining thirty patterns for snow braking, which was then combined with the wet braking distances to allow the ten worst tyres to be dropped. This left twenty winter tyres which Auto Bild regarded as the best winter tyres on the market, and deemed worthy enough to take through to the full testing.
As ever with Auto Bild testing, they undertake all the usual dry, wet and snow testing, but also including important factors such as wear and cost per 1,000 km, which a lot of tests are unable to include.
The results as closer than ever, and you'd be hard pressed to classify any of the top 10 tyres as bad tyres, but three in particular rose to the top.
In the dry grip testing, no tyre got close the reference summer tyre. During the braking tests, the Pirelli was the closest, but with all twenty winter tyres separated by just 3 meters overall when braking from 100 km/h, the differences between the top ten were small.
The Continental winter tyre was a step above the rest during dry handling, however it was still a large margin behind the summer reference tyre in another closely contested category.
Winter tyres often have a bad reputation for being noisy, but every winter tyre managed to best the summer reference on test, with the Bridgestone winter tyre quietest by some margin.
All tests are the combined results of drive by noise readings at both 50 km/h and 80 km/h.
The shallow water wet testing results were a little more spread out, but the summer tyre still dominated. Again, the Pirelli was closest in wet braking, but this time there was over 4 meters separating the winter tyres when braking from 80 km/h.
This time the Pirelli matched its wet braking peformance and finished the best winter tyre during wet handling too.
The summer tyre could only manage fourth place overall in the deep water aquaplaning tests, with the Michelin owned BF Goodrich and Kleber taking the top two places.
BF Goodrich and Kleber continued their success during the aquaplaning tests to stop the quickest when braking from 50 km/h on snow.
Barum took a surprise win during snow handling, with BF Goodrich a close second place. The reference summer tyre couldn't even manage a lap of the snow handling course.
Difference between value and wear is an important distinction. Wear simply shows the projected mileage of the tyre, based on Auto Bild's testing. Value looks at the projected mileage divided by the price Auto Bild paid for the set, giving you a "euro per 1,000 km" figure. While Michelin offered the best value of the premium tyres on test, Nexen scored best in value thanks to excellent wear and a low purchase price.
While none of the winter tyres could beat the summer tyre during the rolling resistance testing, a number of tyres were close. Ironically, the best value tyre on test had the worst rolling resistance, which will offset some of the savings made over the tyres tread life.
The full results are below, and have Auto Bild's usual confusing weighting attached to each of the criteria. For more information, be sure to check out the Auto Bild website (German).
|1st: Continental WinterContact TS 860|
Positive: Test winner. Excellent performance in all weather conditions, direct steering response and strong handling in the snow and on dry roads.
Negative: Average mileage.
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|2nd: Michelin Alpin 5|
Positive: Winter specialist with very good wet grip and low wear. Balance handling in the snow and dry, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Slightly high rolling resistance.
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|3rd: Dunlop Winter Sport 5|
Positive: Premium winter tyre with balanced performance, good handling in the snow and wet, short wet braking distances.
Negative: Average mileage.
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|4th: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1|
Positive: Premium tyres with excellent performance in all weather conditions. Precise steering and good feedback, short braking distances.
Negative: High price, high wear.
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|5th: Semperit Speed Grip 3|
Positive: Convincing all rounder with good winter characteristics and good handling in the dry. Good comfort.
Negative: Average mileage.
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|6th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2|
Positive: The winter kings, winning the snow tests, excellent aquaplaning results, good ride comfort.
Negative: Slow steering, understeer in the dry.
|7th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2|
Positive: Low price, very good in the winter, excellent aquaplaning result, good ride comfort.
Negative: Slow steering, understeer in the wet.
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|8th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO|
Positive: A well balanced tyre with excellent handling in the wet, low noise.
Negative: Average snow handling, long dry braking.
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|9th: Kleber Krisalp HP3|
Positive: Excellent in the snow, good price / performance ratio, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise.
Negative: Poor dry grip and handling.
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|10th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2|
Positive: A good value winter tyre with balanced handling in the snow and on dry roads. Short wet braking distances.
Negative: Limited aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.
Read Reviews Buy from £66.13
|11th: Gislaved EuroFrost 5|
Positive: Stable handling on snow and dry roads, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Limited grip in the wet with understeer.
|12th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71|
Positive: Good snow traction, short wet and dry braking distances, good value.
Negative: Average handling with delayed turn-in, low comfort.
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|13th: Uniroyal MS+ 77|
Positive: Good traction and braking in the snow, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Slow steering response and poor cornering in the wet and dry.
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|14th: Nokian WR D4|
Positive: Good performance in the wet and snow.
Negative: Understeer in the dry, high wear.
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|15th: Yokohama W drive V905|
Positive: Good traction and short braking in the snow, stable wet handling.
Negative: Poor snow handling, low aquaplaning resistance, poor comfort, high rolling resistance.
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|16th: Barum Polaris 3|
Positive: Low price, stable snow performance.
Negative: Poor wet braking and handling, average aquaplaning reserves.
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|17th: Sava Eskimo HP2|
Positive: Best price / wear ratio, good in the snow.
Negative: Poor wet handling, long wet and dry braking distances. Low comfort.
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|18th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3|
Positive: Short wet and dry braking distances, dynamic wet handling.
Negative: Average winter performance, low snow traction, long snow braking, high wear.
Read Reviews Buy from £85.68
|19th: Firestone Winterhawk 3|
Positive: Good snow traction, low noise.
Negative: Poor snow and wet handling, long wet braking, high rolling resistance.
Read Reviews Buy from £75.40
|20th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2|
Positive: Good dry handling, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Poor handling in the snow and wet. Average comfort.
Read Reviews Buy from £81.00
|21st: Reference Summer|