2015 Auto Express Winter Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsPirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Best tire for wet roadsPirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Best tire for snowGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
The best tire overallGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
The lowest fuel useDunlop Winter Sport 5
The quietest tireVredestein Wintrac xtreme S

There's not much we can say about the excellent 2015 Auto Express Winter Tire Test, other than head over to the Auto Express site and check out the full review!

We've summarised the braking and handling data from each discipline below, but full details of all 13 tests can be found on the Auto Express website here.

Results

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1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 885.2
  2. Dry: 195.1
  3. Wet: 193.3
  4. Snow: 199.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 98.4
  6. Noise: 98.8
  7. Overall: 100
Impressive debut, with a solid all round performance

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2nd: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 884.1
  2. Dry: 194
  3. Wet: 195
  4. Snow: 196.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 100
  6. Noise: 99
  7. Overall: 99.7
Good price and low rolling resistance, generally impressive on all services

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3rd: Nokian WR D3

Nokian WR D3
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 872.2
  2. Dry: 193.7
  3. Wet: 188.6
  4. Snow: 197.6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 94.1
  6. Noise: 98.8
  7. Overall: 99.4
Good on snow, not as good as the best in the wet and dry

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4th: Continental WinterContact TS 850

Continental WinterContact TS 850
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 881.5
  2. Dry: 195.9
  3. Wet: 197.5
  4. Snow: 192.3
  5. Rolling Resistance: 97
  6. Noise: 99.6
  7. Overall: 99.2
Impressive wet grip combined with low rolling resistance

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5th: Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin Alpin 5
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 868.2
  2. Dry: 196.3
  3. Wet: 195.7
  4. Snow: 193
  5. Rolling Resistance: 84.9
  6. Noise: 99.1
  7. Overall: 99.2
Great in the wet and dry, but the leaders are better in the snow

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6th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 870.4
  2. Dry: 199
  3. Wet: 199.6
  4. Snow: 182
  5. Rolling Resistance: 92.6
  6. Noise: 99.1
  7. Overall: 98.1
Poor snow performance, good in the wet and dry

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7th: Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S

Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 860.5
  2. Dry: 193.3
  3. Wet: 187.7
  4. Snow: 191.9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 89.9
  6. Noise: 100
  7. Overall: 97.7
Quiet, but struggles in the wet

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8th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S

Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 S
  • 225/45 R17
  1. Total: 850
  2. Dry: 193.8
  3. Wet: 184.3
  4. Snow: 190.7
  5. Rolling Resistance: 84.3
  6. Noise: 99.3
  7. Overall: 97.6
Not leading in any category, and highest rolling resistance

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