The Best Winter Tyres for 2020

Here are the Tyre Reviews best winter tyres for the 2020 winter tyre season.

As usual, all these tyres have been picked based on data from Tyre Reviews testing, other tests from around the world, and user reviews - think of this as one big meta-analysis of the best winter / snow / studded tyres on the market. This video covers European, Nordic and North American winter tyres / tyres, and covers cars, SUV's and Electric vehicles (EVs.)

Other videos you should watch if you're trying to make up your mind if you need to fit winter tyres / all season tyres / nordic studless friction tyres / studded winter tyres etc:

 

Top Winter Tyres for the 2020 Winter

1st: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 205/55 R16
The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 has a well rounded balance of performances, with outstanding grip during wet braking testing.
Average wear.

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1st: Michelin X Ice Snow

Michelin X Ice Snow
  • 205/55 R16
The Michelin X-Ice Snow improves snow grip by 4% and ice grip by 8% when compared to the predecessor, making it particularly suited to extreme winter climates where studs aren't appropriate.
Slightly extended dry braking.

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1st: Continental VikingContact 7

Continental VikingContact 7
  • 205/55 R16
The Continental VikingContact 7 is an outstanding studless winter tyre in the snow, with good ice handling and high levels of grip in the wet.

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1st: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
  • 205/55 R16
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is continues to be a leading studless friction winter tyre with excellent handling on snow, ice, dry and wet conditions.

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1st: Michelin X Ice North 4

Michelin X Ice North 4
  • 205/55 R16
The Michelin X-Ice North 4 has the highest levels of grip on ice in the Test World nordic test, with good snow performance and short dry and wet braking distances.
Higher rolling resistance than some competitors tyres.

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1st: Continental IceContact 3

Continental IceContact 3
  • 205/55 R16
The Continental IceContact 3 is a very well rounded studded winter tyre, with excellent grip in the dry, wet, snow and ice.

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1st: Bridgestone Blizzak WS90

Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
  • 205/55 R16
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 improved on the WS80, which is an American market favourite extreme winter tyre.

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2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 205/55 R16
The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ is a balance winter tyre with a very strong snow performance, good braking in the wet and low fuel use.
Slightly extended dry braking distances.

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2nd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 205/55 R16
The Michelin Alpin 6 is good in the dry, wet and snow, with good steering and very low wear.
Expensive to buy, higher noise.

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2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip 9+

Goodyear UltraGrip 9 Plus
  • 205/55 R16
The new Goodyear UltraGrip 9+ looks to have a very good snow and wet performance, with low fuel use.
Slight weakness in the dry.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
  • 205/55 R16
The new Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 has won both tests it has featured in, with high levels of grip in all conditions, very low wear, low fuel use.
Expensive to buy.

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2nd: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
  • 205/55 R16
The studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 consistently tests well in extreme winter conditions, with high levels of grip on snow and ice.
Slight weakness in the dry.

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3rd: Hankook Winter i cept RS2

Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  • 205/55 R16
The Hankook Winter I'Cept RS2 is a well balance, well priced winter tyre with good grip in all conditions, especially the wet.
Average fuel use.

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3rd: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 205/55 R16
While the Continental WinterContact TS860 should have now been replaced by the TS870, the TS860 is still an excellent rounded winter tyre with good grip in the snow and wet.
Slight weakness in the dry.

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3rd: Continental WinterContact TS 860 S

Continental WinterContact TS 860 S
  • 205/55 R16
The Continental WinterContact TS860S is a sporty winter tyre with precise steering and high levels of grip in the dry.
Expensive to buy, extended wet braking.

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4th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 205/55 R16
The Vredestein Wintrac Pro is a very consistent well priced winter tyre, with a balanced performance in all weather conditions.
Increased fuel usage.

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4th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 205/55 R16
The Dunlop WinterSport 5 might be 5 years old now, but is still an excellent performer on snow covered roads, with good aquaplaning resistance.
Extended dry braking.

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4th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  • 205/55 R16
The BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2 is a well priced winter tyre with excellent snow performance and high aquaplaning resistance.
Limited dry performances.

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4th: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
  • 205/55 R16
The Kleber Krisalp HP3 is a well priced winter tyre with excellent snow performance and high aquaplaning resistance.
Limited dry performances.

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