2020 ACE Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Best tyre for wet roadsMichelin Alpin 6
Best tyre for snowBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
The best tyre overallBridgestone Blizzak LM005
The lowest fuel useGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
Continental WinterContact TS 860
Nokian WR Snowproof
The quietest tyreBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
The 2020 ACE / ARBÖ / GTÜ winter tyre test has tested nine winter tyres in the popular 225/50 R17 size using a BMW 3 Series.

As there's no data with this test, we'll leave the commentary to a minimum, but it's great to see Bridgestone continuing it's run of sucsess with another win for the Blizzak LM005.

The testing notes have left us a little confused, as tyres with seemingly big issues such as long dry and wet braking distances still being recommended, but be sure to head over to the ACE website to see the full details.

Results

1st: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  1. Total: 395
  2. Dry: 47
  3. Wet: 64
  4. Snow: 60
  5. Rolling Resistance: 17
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Overall: 200
Positive: High grip and good handling in all conditions, no obvious flaws.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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2nd: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  1. Total: 402
  2. Dry: 42
  3. Wet: 63
  4. Snow: 80
  5. Rolling Resistance: 14
  6. Noise: 9
  7. Overall: 194
Positive: Good performance on snow and wet roads, low noise level.
Negative: Understeer balance in the dry.
Overall: Recommended.

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  1. Total: 381
  2. Dry: 44
  3. Wet: 66
  4. Snow: 53
  5. Rolling Resistance: 18
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Overall: 193
Positive: Short braking distances in all conditions, good performance on wet surfaces, very high resistance to aquaplaning, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Oversteer balance in the snow.
Overall: Recommended.

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4th: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  1. Total: 380
  2. Dry: 48
  3. Wet: 63
  4. Snow: 52
  5. Rolling Resistance: 18
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Overall: 192
Positive: Good handling in the dry and wet, low noise level.
Negative: Oversteer balance in the snow.
Overall: Recommended.

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5th: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  1. Total: 367
  2. Dry: 46
  3. Wet: 67
  4. Snow: 45
  5. Rolling Resistance: 16
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Overall: 185
Positive: Top marks in the wet.
Negative: Poor snow performance, high price.
Overall: Recommended.

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6th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  1. Total: 360
  2. Dry: 45
  3. Wet: 56
  4. Snow: 57
  5. Rolling Resistance: 16
  6. Noise: 3
  7. Overall: 183
Positive: Short braking distances and good traction in the snow, good handling in the dry.
Negative: Poor lateral stability in the snow, very long wet braking, poor wet handling, high noise levels.
Overall: Recommended.

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7th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  1. Total: 352
  2. Dry: 45
  3. Wet: 56
  4. Snow: 47
  5. Rolling Resistance: 18
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Overall: 179
Positive: Good handling in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Relatively poor performance in the snow, unstable handling in the wet.
Overall: Recommended.

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8th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  1. Total: 345
  2. Dry: 44
  3. Wet: 58
  4. Snow: 51
  5. Rolling Resistance: 13
  6. Noise: 4
  7. Overall: 175
Negative: Relatively poor performance on snow and wet surfaces, long dry braking distances, high noise.
Overall: Recommended.

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9th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  1. Total: 330
  2. Dry: 45
  3. Wet: 63
  4. Snow: 39
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10
  6. Noise: 5
  7. Overall: 168
Negative: Weak traction and dangerously long braking distances on snow, poor handling in the wet, high rolling resistance. Can only be recommended for regions with very rare snow on the roads.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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