|Dry Braking||▲Nokian WR Snowproof: 27.43 M|
▼Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 31.61 M
|Subj. Dry Handling||▲Continental WinterContact TS 860: 10 Points|
▼Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 04 Points
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Alpin 6: 33.35 M|
▼Gislaved Euro Frost 6: 38.18 M
|Subj. Wet Handling||▲Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 10 Points|
▼Debica Frigo HP2: 05 Points
|Straight Aqua||▲Continental WinterContact TS 860: 86 Km/H|
▼Gislaved Euro Frost 6: 76.4 Km/H
|Snow Braking||▲Continental WinterContact TS 860: 15.06 M|
▼Toyo Snowprox S954: 17.53 M
|Snow Traction||▲Toyo Snowprox S954: 6.11 N|
▼Michelin Alpin 6: 5.06 N
|Subj. Snow Handling||▲Nokian WR Snowproof: 10 Points|
▼Toyo Snowprox S954: 04 Points
|Ice Braking||▲Nokian WR Snowproof: 11.44 M|
▼Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 13.67 M
|Ice Traction||▲Nokian WR Snowproof: 5.14 s|
▼Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 6.40 s
|Subj. Comfort||▲Michelin Alpin 6: 10 Points|
▼Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 05 Points
|Rolling Resistance||▲Barum Polaris 5: 8.148 kg / t|
▼Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 9.426 kg / t
The positive is that out of ten 205/55 R16 patterns, it only includes two premium manufacturers. This means we get a much better look at the midrange bracket of winter tyres, which is great for those of us who want to save a little money, and all ten patterns on test have been tested for ice braking and traction which is now usually omitted from central European tyre testing.
Sadly, Auto Center decided not to provide any data from handling testing, instead giving an overall subjective score, which we assume combines lap time and handling. While this is a little odd, it's better than no test at all.
The final results might not make a buying decision any easier either, as nearly half the tyres on test finished in fourth place. With everything so close in the midrange pack, make sure you drill into the test data to really help you understand which tyre is best for your own driving needs.
During dry braking, the Nokian Snowproof had an unusually large braking advantage, stopping the car nearly two meters shorter than the next best tyre.
The Continental WinterContact TS860 finished joint top with the Gislaved Euro Frost 6.
The premium tyres from Michelin and Continental were the best in wet braking.
Yokohama had a strong result in the wet handling tests.
The Continental WinterContact TS860 had another strong result in the wet, winning the aquaplaning test.
Continental proved to be excellent in snow braking too.
Strangely, the top two tyres from snow braking were near the bottom of the pack in snow traction.
Braking proved to be more important than traction for the snow handling tests, with Continental and Nokian back on top.
Nokian demonstrated its nordic routes, winning the ice braking and ice traction testing.
The Barum had a very low rolling resistance.
Michelin and Nokian finished the test with the highest subjective comfort scores.
1st: Nokian WR Snowproof
Negative: None mentioned.
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Negative: None mentioned.
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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6
Negative: Average ice performance.
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Negative: Long wet braking.
Negative: Poor dry handling, average wet grip.
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4th: Debica Frigo HP2
Negative: Poor wet handling.
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4th: Barum Polaris 5
Negative: Poor snow handling.
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Negative: Poor ice braking and handling, high fuel use.
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9th: Toyo Snowprox S954
Negative: Long snow braking, low ice grip.
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10th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
Negative: Long braking distances on all surfaces, low ice traction, poor handling.
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