2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 41.9 M
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 46.5 M
Dry HandlingApollo Aspire XP Winter: 110.6 Km/H
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 106.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 47.3 M
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 56.7 M
Wet HandlingContinental WinterContact TS 850 P: 74.4 Km/H
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 69.6 Km/H
Straight AquaFulda Kristall Control HP2: 91.3 Km/H
General Altimax Winter 3: 81.9 Km/H
Snow BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 24.3 M
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 26.1 M
Snow TractionGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 3098 N
Kleber Krisalp HP3: 2294 N
Snow HandlingDunlop Winter Sport 5: 61.5 Km/H
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 57.4 Km/H
NoiseBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 69.7 dB
Dunlop Winter Sport 5: 74.8 dB
WearMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 47970 Km
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 29930 Km
ValueLaufenn I Fit Plus: 10.41 Price/1000
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 16.22 Price/1000
Rolling ResistancePirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 6.95 kg / t
Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 8.85 kg / t
Following on from the 52 winter tyre braking test, the top 20 winter tyres in 245/45 R18 have been put through the usual Auto Bild winter tyre tests, to discover the best performance winter tyre for the 2020 season.

As usual there's a summer tyre for reference, so scroll down to see all the details of this mega test, and don't forget to check out the Auto Bild website for the full details of this epic winter tyre.

Dry

As always the case, the summer tyre had a significant advantage in dry braking, as the siped winter tyres can't provide enough block stiffness to match the summer tyre during an emergency stop.

The best of the winter tyres was the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5, nearly two meters ahead of the second placed Vredestein Wintrac Pro.

 

The summer tyre held the advantage in the dry handling testing, with the Apollo Aspire XP Winter moving up to the best of the winter tyres on test.

Wet

As winter tyre technology progresses, we are starting to see winter tyres outperform summer tyres in wet conditions, even when warm.

In this test, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 had an impressive advantage in the wet braking test, with the worst tyres taking nearly 10 meters longer to stop the car.

The Michelin, Continental and Semperit were all ahead of the summer tyre in the wet handling test.

Interestingly the summer tyre had a big advantage in straight aquaplaning, which is unusual for modern top tier summer tyres. This could indicate the chosen summer tyre was a second tier brand.

Snow

Unsurprisingly the summer tyre had no grip in the snow tests, and there was a near 2 meter spread between the best and worst winter tyre during snow braking.

The snow traction test was even worse for the summer tyre, with around 1/6 the traction performance of the best winter tyre.

The sister brands of Dunlop and Goodyear lead the snow handling tests.

Environment

As usual, Michelin had the best projected wear from the tyre, with the worst winter tyre having almost 50% of the projected mileage.

When you compare price against projected mileage, the well priced, low wear Laufenn tyre proved to have the best value.

Even though the Michelin had the best wear on test, it also had the most expensive purchase price making it one of the worst value tyres.

Pirelli and Bridgestone had the lowest impact on fuel use on test.

Auto Bild test external drive by noise, not internal cabin noise. In this test, the three Michelin brands proved to be the quietest tyres.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H
Wet Braking4th+2.6 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua14th-5.2 Km/H
Snow Braking1st
Snow Traction5th-93 N
Snow Handling9th-1.3 Km/H
Noise3rd+0.4 dB
Wear1st
Value19th+4.81 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance8th+1.02 kg / t
Positive: Test winner with high levels of grip in the snow, dynamic wet and dry handling, short braking distances, very low wear, low rolling resistance.
Negative: High price.

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2nd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
Dry Braking10th+2.5 M
Dry Handling5th-0.5 Km/H
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling4th-0.5 Km/H
Straight Aqua11th-3.7 Km/H
Snow Braking2nd+0.2 M
Snow Traction2nd-69 N
Snow Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H
Noise9th+1.6 dB
Wear11th-7790 Km
Value15th+4.27 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.4 kg / t
Positive: Convincing all round performance, excellent winter properties, good wet and dry handling, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average wear.

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
Dry Braking12th+2.8 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+6.4 M
Wet Handling10th-2.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua4th-1.7 Km/H
Snow Braking7th+0.5 M
Snow Traction1st
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H
Noise13th+3 dB
Wear10th-7380 Km
Value12th+3.14 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance6th+0.88 kg / t
Positive: Excellent in the snow and on dry roads, safe characteristics on wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Average comfort.

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4th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
Dry Braking8th+2.3 M
Dry Handling15th-2.4 Km/H
Wet Braking7th+6 M
Wet Handling8th-1.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-2.8 Km/H
Snow Braking4th+0.3 M
Snow Traction3rd-86 N
Snow Handling6th-0.8 Km/H
Noise1st
Wear3rd-3690 Km
Value10th+2.58 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance13th+1.49 kg / t
Positive: Convincing winter tyre with good economy, good in the snow, good aquaplaning resistance and low wear.
Negative: Increased rolling resistance.

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4th: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
Dry Braking7th+2.2 M
Dry Handling14th-2.2 Km/H
Wet Braking9th+6.4 M
Wet Handling10th-2.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua8th-3.2 Km/H
Snow Braking4th+0.3 M
Snow Traction20th-804 N
Snow Handling8th-0.9 Km/H
Noise1st
Wear5th-4920 Km
Value7th+1.67 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance18th+1.72 kg / t
Positive: Well priced with good performance level and safe handling in all weather, low wear.
Negative: High rolling resistance.

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6th: Hankook Winter i cept evo3

Hankook Winter i cept evo3
Dry Braking4th+2 M
Dry Handling6th-0.6 Km/H
Wet Braking5th+3.2 M
Wet Handling6th-1.2 Km/H
Straight Aqua5th-2.7 Km/H
Snow Braking11th+0.7 M
Snow Traction10th-208 N
Snow Handling9th-1.3 Km/H
Noise17th+4.5 dB
Wear13th-8200 Km
Value11th+2.92 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance17th+1.64 kg / t
Positive: New winter profile with sporty performance on wet and dry roads, good in the snow, short snow and wet braking distances.
Negative: High rolling resistance.

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7th: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
Dry Braking19th+4.2 M
Dry Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H
Wet Braking3rd+2.4 M
Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua12th-3.8 Km/H
Snow Braking14th+0.9 M
Snow Traction8th-172 N
Snow Handling4th-0.7 Km/H
Noise8th+1.5 dB
Wear4th-4510 Km
Value17th+4.32 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance11th+1.31 kg / t
Positive: Wet specialist with sporty dynamic handling in all weather conditions, precise steering, very low wear.
Negative: Long dry braking distances, high price.

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8th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Dry Braking16th+3.7 M
Dry Handling10th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M
Wet Handling12th-2.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua3rd-1.6 Km/H
Snow Braking11th+0.7 M
Snow Traction9th-189 N
Snow Handling1st
Noise20th+5.1 dB
Wear7th-5330 Km
Value18th+4.36 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance4th+0.64 kg / t
Positive: Balanced winter tyres with excellent grip in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, good comfort.
Negative: Extended wet braking, high price.

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9th: Apollo Aspire XP Winter

Apollo Aspire XP Winter
Dry Braking4th+2 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking13th+7.6 M
Wet Handling7th-1.6 Km/H
Straight Aqua6th-2.8 Km/H
Snow Braking15th+1 M
Snow Traction12th-222 N
Snow Handling12th-1.6 Km/H
Noise19th+5 dB
Wear15th-8610 Km
Value9th+2.42 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance7th+1 kg / t
Positive: Good traction and short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic dry handling.
Negative: Extended wet braking.

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9th: Semperit Speed Grip 3

Semperit Speed Grip 3
Dry Braking9th+2.4 M
Dry Handling9th-1 Km/H
Wet Braking2nd+0.8 M
Wet Handling3rd-0.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua19th-8.3 Km/H
Snow Braking19th+1.7 M
Snow Traction15th-244 N
Snow Handling17th-1.9 Km/H
Noise15th+3.1 dB
Wear5th-4920 Km
Value7th+1.67 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance9th+1.23 kg / t
Positive: Short braking distances and dynamic behavior in the wet, high mileage, good value.
Negative: Low aquaplaning resistance.

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11th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Dry Braking20th+4.6 M
Dry Handling19th-4.1 Km/H
Wet Braking20th+9.4 M
Wet Handling20th-4.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua1st
Snow Braking2nd+0.2 M
Snow Traction7th-156 N
Snow Handling4th-0.7 Km/H
Noise17th+4.5 dB
Wear8th-5740 Km
Value4th+1.19 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance5th+0.72 kg / t
Positive: Good snow grip, good aquaplaning resistance, good levels of comfort, low wear.
Negative: Understeer in the wet and dry, extended wet braking.

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12th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
Dry Braking2nd+1.8 M
Dry Handling7th-0.7 Km/H
Wet Braking6th+4.6 M
Wet Handling5th-0.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua9th-3.6 Km/H
Snow Braking9th+0.6 M
Snow Traction14th-229 N
Snow Handling14th-1.7 Km/H
Noise13th+3 dB
Wear11th-7790 Km
Value14th+4.15 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance20th+1.9 kg / t
Positive: Balanced in all weather conditions, short snow braking distances, dynamic wet handling.
Negative: Average value, increased rolling resistance.

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13th: Giti GitiWinterW1

Giti GitiWinterW1
Dry Braking15th+3.4 M
Dry Handling16th-2.6 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M
Wet Handling8th-1.8 Km/H
Straight Aqua17th-7.3 Km/H
Snow Braking16th+1.1 M
Snow Traction13th-224 N
Snow Handling18th-2 Km/H
Noise12th+2.4 dB
Wear9th-6150 Km
Value2nd+0.71 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance12th+1.39 kg / t
Positive: Short braking distances and good traction on snow, dynamic wet handling, low wear, low price.
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking.

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14th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
Dry Braking13th+3.3 M
Dry Handling13th-1.9 Km/H
Wet Braking8th+6.1 M
Wet Handling12th-2.7 Km/H
Straight Aqua9th-3.6 Km/H
Snow Braking11th+0.7 M
Snow Traction6th-108 N
Snow Handling6th-0.8 Km/H
Noise10th+1.7 dB
Wear19th-14350 Km
Value16th+4.31 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance10th+1.28 kg / t
Positive: Good in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, good levels of comfort.
Negative: Average wet grip, high wear.

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15th: Barum Polaris 5

Barum Polaris 5
Dry Braking13th+3.3 M
Dry Handling12th-1.3 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M
Wet Handling15th-3.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua13th-4.1 Km/H
Snow Braking9th+0.6 M
Snow Traction16th-264 N
Snow Handling11th-1.5 Km/H
Noise6th+1.4 dB
Wear18th-12710 Km
Value6th+1.36 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance16th+1.58 kg / t
Positive: Good in the snow and on dry roads, good aquaplaning reserves.
Negative: Long wet braking, average wear, high rolling resistance.

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16th: Nokian WR A4

Nokian WR A4
Dry Braking10th+2.5 M
Dry Handling8th-0.9 Km/H
Wet Braking11th+6.7 M
Wet Handling14th-3 Km/H
Straight Aqua18th-7.5 Km/H
Snow Braking17th+1.2 M
Snow Traction11th-215 N
Snow Handling19th-2.2 Km/H
Noise6th+1.4 dB
Wear17th-10660 Km
Value13th+3.39 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.47 kg / t
Positive: Good snow qualities, good value.
Negative: Low levels of grip in the wet.

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16th: Laufenn I Fit+

Laufenn I Fit Plus
Dry Braking4th+2 M
Dry Handling18th-3.8 Km/H
Wet Braking19th+9.3 M
Wet Handling19th-4.4 Km/H
Straight Aqua16th-6.2 Km/H
Snow Braking7th+0.5 M
Snow Traction17th-271 N
Snow Handling14th-1.7 Km/H
Noise4th+0.9 dB
Wear2nd-3280 Km
Value1st
Rolling Resistance15th+1.57 kg / t
Positive: Balance performance in the dry, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer in the snow, average aquaplaning resistance.

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18th: General Altimax Winter 3

General Altimax Winter 3
Dry Braking17th+3.8 M
Dry Handling17th-3.6 Km/H
Wet Braking18th+8.9 M
Wet Handling18th-4.3 Km/H
Straight Aqua20th-9.4 Km/H
Snow Braking6th+0.4 M
Snow Traction4th-92 N
Snow Handling16th-1.8 Km/H
Noise5th+1 dB
Wear15th-8610 Km
Value3rd+0.77 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance14th+1.55 kg / t
Positive: Well priced with good snow performance, low noise.
Negative: Understeer in the wet and dry, average aquaplaning resistance.

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19th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Dry Braking2nd+1.8 M
Dry Handling10th-1.1 Km/H
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M
Wet Handling17th-3.9 Km/H
Straight Aqua15th-5.3 Km/H
Snow Braking18th+1.5 M
Snow Traction18th-273 N
Snow Handling12th-1.6 Km/H
Noise11th+2 dB
Wear13th-8200 Km
Value20th+5.81 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Good in the snow and dry, low fuel use.
Negative: Average wet grip, high price, high wear.

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20th: Cooper Weather Master SA2+

Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus
Dry Braking18th+4 M
Dry Handling20th-4.3 Km/H
Wet Braking11th+6.7 M
Wet Handling15th-3.1 Km/H
Straight Aqua2nd-1.5 Km/H
Snow Braking20th+1.8 M
Snow Traction19th-321 N
Snow Handling20th-4.1 Km/H
Noise15th+3.1 dB
Wear20th-18040 Km
Value5th+1.28 Price/1000
Rolling Resistance19th+1.74 kg / t
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, low noise, low price.
Negative: Average grip in the snow, understeer in the dry, high wear.

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