|Dry Braking||▲Continental IceContact 2: 51.63 M|
▼Bridgestone Noranza 001: 53.86 M
|Wet Braking||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic: 55.09 M|
▼Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 63.86 M
|Snow Braking||▲Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 18.35 M|
▼Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62: 19.11 M
|Snow Traction||▲Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 5.77 s|
▼Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62: 6.4 s
|Snow Handling||▲Continental IceContact 2: 90.5 s|
▼Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62: 97.5 s
|Ice Braking||▲Continental IceContact 2: 10.59 M|
▼Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62: 17.69 M
|Ice Traction||▲Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 3.97 s|
▼Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62: 6.98 s
|Ice Handling||▲Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 73.5 s|
▼Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62: 86.4 s
|Rolling Resistance||▲Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 4.12 kg / t|
▼Continental IceContact 2: 4.59 kg / t
Why this one? Well, they've used a Volvo V30 to test seven studded tyres in the very common 205/55 R16 tyre size, and they've also included a friction studless nordic winter tyre.
It's worth noting that the nordic winter tyre included in the test, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3, is STILL too extreme for the UK winters. Instead we use a winter tyre type called "European winter tyre" which is covered in the Nokian line up by the WRD4 and WRA4.
These European winter tyres are again a step below the nordic winter tyres in snow and ice, but offer a better dry and wet performance, meaning they're more suitable to the type of winters we see in central Europe.
In the dry, Continental IceContact 2 was the only tyre able to beat the Nordic friction tyre, but in the wet the friction tyre surpsingly performed badly, taking over 4 meters extra to stop when compared to the worst studded tyre!
During the snow testing, the friction tyre won both the traction and braking tests, but struggled more with the lateral stability requirements of the snow handling lap.
Unsurprisingly, the studded tyres had a big advantage during the ice testing.
The friction tyre proved to be the quietest tyre on test, and had the lowest rolling resistance.
|Positive: Joint best on ice, excellent traction and braking in the snow, very short braking distances in the dry and wet.|
Negative: High noise level, highest fuel use.
|Positive: Joint top on ice, quick steering reactions and a stable neutral balance allows excellent control in winter conditions.|
Negative: Relatively long stopping distances in the dry and wet.
|Positive: An excellent all round tyre, shortest stopping distance in the dry and wet.|
Negative: Slight understeer on ice and snow.
|Positive: Excellent on snow.|
Negative: Average in dry and wet, relatively weak on ice due to low number of spikes.
|Positive: Good traction and braking on ice.|
Negative: Relatively long snow braking, longest dry braking distance.
|Positive: Short braking distances in the wet.|
Negative: High noise, poor snow and ice handling.
|Positive: Low noise.|
Negative: Worst ice performance, even worse than the studless Nokian R3. Poor in the dry and wet.
|Positive: One of the best tyres in the snow and the dry. Lowest noise of all the tyres.|
Negative: Couldn't match the studded tyres on ice.