2019 Auto Bild Winter 17 inch Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingPirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 44.3 M
Sava Eskimo HP2: 47.3 M
Dry HandlingContinental WinterContact TS 860: 82.9 Km/H
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 80.1 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 29.2 M
Debica Frigo HP2: 34.2 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 74.7 Km/H
Debica Frigo HP2: 69.5 Km/H
Straight AquaBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 78 Km/H
Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 62.8 Km/H
Snow BrakingKleber Krisalp HP3: 24 M
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 26.4 M
Snow HandlingHankook Winter i cept RS2: 78.4 Km/H
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 75.3 Km/H
NoiseNexen WinGuard Sport 2: 68.7 dB
Sava Eskimo HP2: 76.1 dB
WearMichelin Alpin 6: 51250 Km
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 35260 Km
ValueSava Eskimo HP2: 07.62 Price/1000
Nokian WR Snowproof: 11.69 Price/1000
PriceSava Eskimo HP2: 300
Michelin Alpin 6: 520
Rolling ResistanceNokian WR Snowproof: 7.43 kg / t
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 9.99 kg / t
It's winter testing time, and as always, Auto Bild are leading the way! Following on from the 53 winter tyre shoot-out, Auto Bild have taken the top twenty 225/45 R17 tyres through to the full test, along with a summer tyre as reference. Each set of tyres has been tested in the dry, wet and snow using a RWD BMW 1 Series, and Auto Bild are one of the few publications which test for wear. It's an exciting test! (if you're into tyres...)

The Top Three

After finishing just fifth in the braking shootout, you'd be forgiven for thinking Continental have some serious opposition for the TS860 dominance, but now all aspects of the tyres performance has been tested, they're back on top with another win for the TS860. As with previous tests, the Continental excelled with an all round performance, while having the second lowest wear on test! An impressive feat, and another sign that the high wear Continental tyres have experienced in the past are firmly behind them.

The new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ finished in second place, again with a very well balanced performance and low wear, with the new Michelin Alpin 6 close behind it. As usual, the French tyre displayed the best wear on test, combined with an excellent all round performance, but as with all three tyres, it came at a price, with the top three tyres having some of the highest purchase prices on test. 

The Rest

This time, the "best of the rest" award goes to Apollo, with the Aspire XP winter proving to have an excellent blend of winter qualities, and a very low purchase price, leaving it as the fourth best value tyre on test (a metric dividing purchase price with tread wear!)

Bridgestone couldn't hold onto the win from the braking test, struggling a little in the snow testing, but it is still an excellent result for the LM005, and a tyre that looks to be well suited to the British style winters thanks to a very strong dry and wet performance.

Vredestein once again put on an impressive performance finishing sixth place overall, with the Wintrac Pro noted as a sporty feeling winter tyre. Like the Bridgestone, it coped better in the dry and wet than it did the snow, so a good candidate for the UK market.

The final notable performances are Dunlop finishing in sixteenth, and Pirelli finishing eighteenth place. Buying premium doesn't always guarantee you a premium performance, with the Pirelli having both poor grip, and very high wear.

Read on for all the data below.

Dry

As is the case with siped tyres, and the main reason you shouldn't run winter tyres year round, all the winter tyres lagged behind the summer reference during dry testing, with the best on test (Pirelli) a full 6 meters behind the summer.

There was a smaller, but still significant gap during dry handling testing.

Wet

The Bridgestone LM005 was the only winter tyre which beat the summer tyre during wet braking, while the Michelin could only match the summer tyre.

The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ was the best winter tyre during the wet handling lap.

There was over 15 Km/H difference in straight aquaplaning testing.

Snow

The snow testing was separated by 2.4 meters, with all tyres having an acceptable performance for most of the UK.

Snow handling showed the well priced Kleber to have the best all round balance of snow performances.

Environment

The Nokian SnowProof had an incredibly low rolling resistance, with nearly all the winter tyres having lower fuel use than the summer reference.

The Nexen and Continental were the quietest tyres on test during the external noise testing.

Cost / Wear

Michelin is always strong in wear testing, and it continued its dominance by having a big advantage. Continental and Apollo also proved to have really strong wear characteristics, while Uniroyal, Kleber, Pirelli and Kumho wore out nearly 15,000 km sooner than the Michelin.

The "Value" score is simply the price of the wear in Euros, per 1000 km. In this test, the lower priced tyres proved to be the best value, with even the excellent wear of the Michelin unable to offset its higher purchase price.

Results

1st: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking7th+2.3 M
Wet Handling4th-1 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-1.3 Km/H
Snow Braking9th+0.5 M
Snow Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Noise2nd+0.2 dB
Wear2nd-5330 Km
Value16th+3.27 Price/1000
Price19th+200
Rolling Resistance9th+0.68 kg / t
Positive: Best driving characteristics in all conditions. Direct steering, stable cornering, low fuel use and excellent tread wear
Negative: None mentioend
Overall: Test Winner

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2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
Dry Braking6th+0.4 M
Dry Handling10th-1.2 Km/H
Wet Braking3rd+1.4 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua4th-3.4 Km/H
Snow Braking5th+0.3 M
Snow Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Noise8th+1.6 dB
Wear4th-8380 Km
Value14th+3.09 Price/1000
Price17th+170
Rolling Resistance12th+1.01 kg / t
Positive: Excellent driving properties on wet and snowy surfaces, precise steering behavior with dynamic wet and snow handling, and short braking distances. Low wear.
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
Dry Braking4th+0.2 M
Dry Handling10th-1.2 Km/H
Wet Braking2nd+1.2 M
Wet Handling5th-1.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua9th-6.3 Km/H
Snow Braking13th+0.7 M
Snow Handling13th-1.5 Km/H
Noise12th+2.5 dB
Wear1st
Value11th+2.53 Price/1000
Price20th+220
Rolling Resistance14th+1.14 kg / t
Positive: A model winter tyre with excellent snow and wet performance, good aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking, good ride comfort and lowest wear
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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4th: Apollo Aspire XP Winter

Apollo Aspire XP Winter
Dry Braking6th+0.4 M
Dry Handling4th-0.6 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+2 M
Wet Handling6th-1.9 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-4.6 Km/H
Snow Braking17th+1.1 M
Snow Handling14th-1.8 Km/H
Noise10th+2.3 dB
Wear3rd-6150 Km
Value4th+0.69 Price/1000
Price7th+75
Rolling Resistance16th+1.37 kg / t
Positive: Well priced winter tyres with a balanced performance, stable wet and dry handling, short snow and wet braking, good aquaplaning resistance, best price / performance ratio
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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5th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
Dry Braking4th+0.2 M
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-3.8 Km/H
Snow Braking10th+0.6 M
Snow Handling16th-2 Km/H
Noise6th+1.3 dB
Wear5th-9020 Km
Value17th+3.63 Price/1000
Price18th+175
Rolling Resistance7th+0.52 kg / t
Positive: Good wet and dry grip, with dynamic handling and good steering precision
Negative: Average lateral stability on snow
Overall: Exemplary

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6th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.4 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+1.6 M
Wet Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua13th-8.7 Km/H
Snow Braking18th+1.2 M
Snow Handling15th-1.9 Km/H
Noise14th+3 dB
Wear7th-9840 Km
Value15th+3.25 Price/1000
Price14th+150
Rolling Resistance17th+1.54 kg / t
Positive: A new winter tyre with excellent wet and dry handling
Negative: Average lateral stability on snow
Overall: Exemplary

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7th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
Dry Braking10th+0.9 M
Dry Handling17th-1.7 Km/H
Wet Braking10th+2.8 M
Wet Handling10th-2.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua1st
Snow Braking4th+0.2 M
Snow Handling5th-0.8 Km/H
Noise4th+0.9 dB
Wear7th-9840 Km
Value8th+2.04 Price/1000
Price11th+100
Rolling Resistance15th+1.34 kg / t
Positive: Good value tyres, high aquaplaning resistance, low noise, low wear
Negative: Average dry grip
Overall: Good

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8th: Semperit Speed Grip 3

Semperit Speed Grip 3
Dry Braking17th+2.2 M
Dry Handling13th-1.3 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+2.4 M
Wet Handling7th-2.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua17th-11.2 Km/H
Snow Braking5th+0.3 M
Snow Handling3rd-0.1 Km/H
Noise7th+1.5 dB
Wear7th-9840 Km
Value8th+2.04 Price/1000
Price11th+100
Rolling Resistance5th+0.38 kg / t
Positive: A strong all round tyre with good winter characteristics, stable wet handling, low noise and low rolling resistance
Negative: Average aquaplaning, average dry braking
Overall: Good

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9th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2

Hankook Winter i cept RS2
Dry Braking9th+0.8 M
Dry Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking10th+2.8 M
Wet Handling14th-3 Km/H
Straight Aqua12th-7.9 Km/H
Snow Braking16th+0.9 M
Snow Handling1st
Noise18th+5.4 dB
Wear6th-9430 Km
Value6th+1.71 Price/1000
Price8th+90
Rolling Resistance18th+1.86 kg / t
Positive: The winter king with the best performance on snow, good dry handling, well priced
Negative: Average wet performance
Overall: Good

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10th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
Dry Braking13th+1.7 M
Dry Handling10th-1.2 Km/H
Wet Braking15th+3.6 M
Wet Handling11th-2.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua11th-7.7 Km/H
Snow Braking10th+0.6 M
Snow Handling10th-1.4 Km/H
Noise11th+2.4 dB
Wear17th-12890 Km
Value12th+2.63 Price/1000
Price9th+95
Rolling Resistance11th+0.85 kg / t
Positive: A good winter performance with stable characteristics in all conditions, low rolling resistance, low price
Negative: Average dry braking
Overall: Good

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11th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2

Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
Dry Braking18th+2.4 M
Dry Handling5th-1 Km/H
Wet Braking17th+3.8 M
Wet Handling8th-2.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua14th-9.6 Km/H
Snow Braking13th+0.7 M
Snow Handling10th-1.4 Km/H
Noise1st
Wear10th-10660 Km
Value3rd+0.26 Price/1000
Price3rd+20
Rolling Resistance19th+2.16 kg / t
Positive: A balanced winter tyre with stable driving characteristics in all conditions, short snow braking, low noise, low price
Negative: Long dry braking, high rolling resistance
Overall: Good

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12th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Dry Braking16th+2.1 M
Dry Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking18th+4.3 M
Wet Handling18th-4.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua9th-6.3 Km/H
Snow Braking5th+0.3 M
Snow Handling19th-3.1 Km/H
Noise16th+4.6 dB
Wear16th-12300 Km
Value7th+1.88 Price/1000
Price6th+70
Rolling Resistance4th+0.37 kg / t
Positive: Good ride comfort, good aquaplaning resistance, low price, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average corning in the wet and snow
Overall: Good

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13th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
Dry Braking6th+0.4 M
Dry Handling15th-1.4 Km/H
Wet Braking12th+3 M
Wet Handling17th-3.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua19th-12.5 Km/H
Snow Braking10th+0.6 M
Snow Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Noise9th+1.9 dB
Wear12th-11280 Km
Value20th+4.07 Price/1000
Price15th+165
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Excellent snow handling, with sporty dynamic steering, low noise, very low fuel use
Negative: Average wet grip, average aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Good

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14th: Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905

Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905
Dry Braking12th+1.4 M
Dry Handling5th-1 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+3.3 M
Wet Handling14th-3 Km/H
Straight Aqua20th-15.2 Km/H
Snow Braking19th+2 M
Snow Handling18th-2.8 Km/H
Noise15th+3.7 dB
Wear12th-11280 Km
Value10th+2.31 Price/1000
Price9th+95
Rolling Resistance9th+0.68 kg / t
Positive: Good traction on snow, short wet braking distances, good dry handling
Negative: Understeer in the wet, poor aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Good

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15th: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
Dry Braking13th+1.7 M
Dry Handling19th-2.5 Km/H
Wet Braking12th+3 M
Wet Handling12th-2.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua3rd-2.2 Km/H
Snow Braking1st
Snow Handling1st
Noise3rd+0.6 dB
Wear18th-13940 Km
Value5th+1.63 Price/1000
Price4th+45
Rolling Resistance13th+1.13 kg / t
Positive: Very good in the snow, dynamic handling and short braking distances, high aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Understeer and long braking distances in the dry, average wear
Overall: Ok

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16th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Dry Braking15th+2 M
Dry Handling13th-1.3 Km/H
Wet Braking16th+3.7 M
Wet Handling16th-3.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua7th-4.7 Km/H
Snow Braking5th+0.3 M
Snow Handling10th-1.4 Km/H
Noise17th+5.2 dB
Wear11th-11070 Km
Value18th+3.95 Price/1000
Price15th+165
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.34 kg / t
Positive: Snow specialist with good traction and short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Understeer in the dry and wet, long dry braking distances
Overall: Ok

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17th: Sava Eskimo HP2

Sava Eskimo HP2
Dry Braking20th+3 M
Dry Handling16th-1.6 Km/H
Wet Braking19th+4.4 M
Wet Handling19th-5.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua18th-11.4 Km/H
Snow Braking2nd+0.1 M
Snow Handling6th-1 Km/H
Noise20th+7.4 dB
Wear15th-11890 Km
Value1st
Price1st
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.35 kg / t
Positive: Dynamic handling and short braking distances in the snow, low rolling resistance, low price
Negative: Average wet and dry performance, high wear
Overall: Ok

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18th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling7th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+2.1 M
Wet Handling13th-2.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua16th-9.9 Km/H
Snow Braking20th+2.4 M
Snow Handling19th-3.1 Km/H
Noise13th+2.9 dB
Wear19th-15170 Km
Value19th+4.02 Price/1000
Price13th+120
Rolling Resistance8th+0.61 kg / t
Positive: Stable handling and short braking in the wet, low fuel use
Negative: Average snow performance, average comfort, high wear
Overall: Ok

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19th: Debica Frigo HP2

Debica Frigo HP2
Dry Braking18th+2.4 M
Dry Handling18th-2.2 Km/H
Wet Braking20th+5 M
Wet Handling20th-5.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua14th-9.6 Km/H
Snow Braking2nd+0.1 M
Snow Handling4th-0.6 Km/H
Noise19th+5.8 dB
Wear14th-11480 Km
Value2nd+0.05 Price/1000
Price2nd+5
Rolling Resistance6th+0.42 kg / t
Positive: Excellent in the snow, low fuel use
Negative: Poor wet and dry grip, high noise
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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20th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71

Kumho WinterCraft WP71
Dry Braking11th+1.2 M
Dry Handling20th-2.8 Km/H
Wet Braking7th+2.3 M
Wet Handling8th-2.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-5.8 Km/H
Snow Braking15th+0.8 M
Snow Handling17th-2.1 Km/H
Noise5th+1.1 dB
Wear20th-15990 Km
Value13th+2.73 Price/1000
Price5th+65
Rolling Resistance20th+2.56 kg / t
Positive: Short wet braking, good wet handling, low noise
Negative: Poor dry grip, high wear, high rolling resistance
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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